September 5th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain, Obama jump on jobs report

(CNN) - With the conventions over, the running mates picked, and 60 days to go until the election, Friday began a new stage of the presidential campaign. And it came with a big new piece of fodder for both campaigns.

The latest government jobs report, released Friday morning, showed unemployment at a five-year high of 6.1 percent.

Related: Jobless rate soars to 6.1%

"You would think that George Bush and his potential Republican successor John McCain would be spending a lot of time worrying about the economy, and all these jobs that are being lost on their watch," Barack Obama told voters at a campaign stop in Duryea, Pennsylvania.

Instead, he said, speakers at the Republican National Convention "didn't say a thing about what is going on with the middle class."

On the campaign trail, Obama has been working to link McCain to the unpopular president, and to convince voters that McCain doesn't understand the economic troubles facing them.

Some speakers at the Republican convention did discuss the middle class, and McCain promised economic improvements during his speech Thursday night, saying, "These are tough times for many of you. You're worried about keeping your job or finding a new one, and you're struggling to put food on the table and stay in your home."

McCain echoed those remarks Friday at a campaign stop in Cedarburg, Wisconsin - like Pennsylvania, a key swing state. "These are tough times. Today the jobs report is another tough reminder," he said.

He added, "All you ever asked of government is to stand on your side, not in your way. And that's what I intend to do. Stand on your side and fight for your future."

Unlike the day after the Democratic National Convention, when McCain's surprise pick of Sarah Palin for his running mate quickly shifted the media's attention to the GOP camp, Friday brought no major new curve in the race to the White House. But it marked the beginning of a new swing-state blitz, with both camps facing an exhaustive schedule in the coming weeks.

soundoff (219 Responses)
  1. prabs

    John McCain has no experience economy-wise; picking him for the president spot, would cause chaos around the world!

    September 5, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |

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    A M E R I C A N,,,,,,,,,,J O B S,,,,,,,,,,T H A T,,,,,,,,,C A N ' T,,,,,,,,,,,B E,,,,,,,,,,,

    S H I P P E D,,,,,,,,,,O V E R S E A S

    September 5, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    I can't believe that McCain stood up their with a straight face talking about "tough times"!!! Meanwhile, his wife shows up on Tuesday night (you know, the day after their "day of service") wearing an outfit worth over $3,000 and jewlery worth over $300,000!!!!!

    Yeah McCain, you really know something about the rest of us hurting financially!!!

    September 5, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. DUTCH from VA

    John McCain has no economic policy. None, zilch, nada!!!!! How you like that one Rudy?


    September 5, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    So McCain's answer was, "Times are tough. Tough."

    September 5, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. Tzigan

    Give me one of your many houses, McCain. Then I will earnestly listen to you tell me how much better my life could be under 4 more years of failed Republican policies. Someone that rich cannot possibly know what it's like to be average. He never has and he never will.

    September 5, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    So McCain is wrapped in the flag, with Palin by his side – but what are the specifics of his economic plan? Focus on big business and let the gains "trickle down" – sound familiar? Tax breaks for the wealthy and fortune 100...billions for the oil companies. Why isn't he out there touting these plans, if he's so convinced they'll work. What he says and what's in his platform are two different things...take a look!!
    I've looked long and hard – I'm clueless as to how McCain will get this economy turned around...and what does Palin know? Alaska has so much money they can afford to send out checks to all residents! No job security issues up there, folks...

    September 5, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. CauseNEffect

    If the Republicans win, expect to see these new movies coming to theaters everywhere in '09:
    "McZack and Pali Make a Porno"
    "The White KKKnight"
    "Tropic Thunder, Part 2: 40 Years Later (and Rehashed to Death!)"
    "(Nuked Back to) Babylon BC"
    "Traitor 2: In The White House"
    "Disaster Movie… Made Real!"
    "Mamma Mia! 2: Too Busy for 5 Kids"
    "The House Bunny: Cindy"
    "The Cloned Wars: Fighting on All Fronts"
    "Harry McPotter and the Chamber of Missing E-mails"
    "Fast & Furious… The Race for More Oil"
    "Saw V: McJigsaw's Evil Plan"
    "G.I. McJoe, Part 73"...

    September 5, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. Dexter

    This is highly rediculous! Sarah Palin is not talking about the issues. We as Amaericans have lost 84, 000 jobs last month and all she can do is be a pitt-bull on the campaign trail. Why is she running for office? This is not the time to be playing POLITICAL games when this country is going up in smoke.

    The economy , education, government, resources, and many other elements in our country are going up in smoke and all Sarah Palin can do is add wood to the fire by not taking the time to sit down and intelligently come up with a plan that will help this country.

    Her ignorance on the issues is a shameful tale. If she wants to attack Obama on policy the least she could do is come up with one on her own, but of course that will not happen because she has proven that her ability to aid people in economic, governmental, social, and educational distress is as valuable as the falling dollar.

    From Washington, DC

    September 5, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. LS

    WARNING ! McCain will do nothing for fix the economy people, absolutely NOTHING!!

    The only job people are going to have a choice to pick from, who have lost their jobs, would be the military – and fight McCain's upcoming wars. THAT'S IT !!

    I believe McCain thinks that just because he suffered, it is okay that everyone else should suffer also, regardless of lives that are going to be lost.

    September 5, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. Tired of W, OH

    All Bush and McCain say is "I feel you pain...These are tough times" but they offer nothing in way of solutions! They only "care" when they need your votes.

    September 5, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. sarah baracuda said it best

    Obama has been harmmering at it for along time.
    All these job losses are because of export, cheaper wages and health care corverage in other countries.
    You have to look out for your selves and think of ways to make America a place for competition.
    McCain has no solution and has not your intrest at heart. He is the biggest free trader in the world. stop being misled, oldage does not mean experience if you're not intelligent!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Think for yourselves and stop being misled!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 5, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. linda from South Dakota

    its unforgiable of the mccain party on the lies they say about obama,, they will do anything to get votes,,, includin sayin that certain people want them on their show(ophra),, i never thought i would see the day when so called real people that run for office would lie like mccain and his party have,, if people just listened to his speeches from bfore and compare them to what he says now,, he talks about flip-floppin,, hes a expert at this,, hes talkin chg which is what opbama did,, mccain talks solar energy which is exactly what obama did,, u can bet he copied stories and adds them to his plan,, what plan>?? he doenst have one for america,, hes a mockery to society,,,

    September 5, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. Tim

    I bet McCain wishes ANYBODY had mentioned the words "job loss" during the 4-day convention.

    They just did not talk one line about the problems of people. Ok, they talked about Gas Prices – we have to give them that one. But what about jobs, healthcare, real wage decline etc? 😕

    September 5, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. Concerned INDEPENDENT CT voter

    Thanks McCain for SIMPLY STATING THE OBVIOUS... now what?

    Obama has given his vision... you have said "there there, it'll get better someday"

    McCain you've said.. "change is coming"... you don't know how right you are!


    September 5, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. Obama 08: 60, white, female.

    Maybe Palin can ease that exhaustion by sitting down in a nice easy chair and do a one on one interview without talking points and justify her attacks with some substance.

    Also, will McCain/Palin end the funds for Evangelists' outreach programs as they are staffed by community organizers that Palin has deemed as inconsequential??

    September 5, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. ron from california

    McCain and Palin don't even want to talk about economy so how they are going to bring back the jobs.

    September 5, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Roger

    It is absolutely hilarious to see the fear in the Obamabots. How can you tell they are scared? Read over all of these posts. All they can do is say John Mccaine is old. All they can say is skin cancer. All they can say is Mcbush. All they can say is he is boring. All they can say is I fell alseep.

    Well here is something for you to ponder. Instead of sleeping through the speech…next time listen to it. Listen to his ideas. Listen to his past accomplishments. Listen to him give you examples of his bipartisanship. Inform yourselves for crying out loud.

    Some people inspire through words like Obama….other people inspire through actions like Mccaine.

    It is so sad that you all need fireworks, flashing lights, and Roman columns to be able to stay awake through a speech. There was alot to be learned last night about the man John Mccaine. About his decision making processes, about his leadership skills, about his character. There was also alot of information on what direction he wants to take the country. Not a laundry list of false promises, false dreams, and outright lies. He gave a practical vision of what it will take to turn this country around…..a plan that with hardwork and good discipline is achievable. He didn't promise you free this, free that, checks in the mail, lower gas prices because I said so, higher paychecks because I said so, world peace because I said so.

    It is great to see the Obama supporters so involved, now take some of that energy and inform yourselves.

    John Mccaine sealed the deal for this independent voter.

    September 5, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. Oh yeah, the economy...

    McCain forgot all about it during the convention.

    Maybe Cindy can donate her $300,000 outfit for sale on eBay to help a few hungry families. I mean, you gotta know she cares.

    September 5, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. Dan

    Senator McCain.....Just as I asked all last night....HOW?


    September 5, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. MIKE

    Somebody ask McShame what he's got to say about the job reports after so much of the convention and didnt address these issues i hope he does now

    September 5, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Generation X

    Created by the GOP. So, what the hell can McCain say? lol

    September 5, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. Breck

    If you want to help McCain why aren't you proposing to do anything about it? Your a continuation of the disaster that started this mess.

    Vote for change. Vote for what America should be. Vote Obama/Biden 08.

    September 5, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. Independant Voter

    How can anyone look to the Repiblicans for solutions after all this time in power and not a lot of progress?
    You would think that the Republicans would be all over the whole "green" energy idea. A relatively small investment by our government into promotion of these new types of energy would translate into a new crop of businesses trying to race into this market. Those new businesses sure would create a lot of jobs that our people here could do. And, I bet they'd pay pretty decent wages, as well.
    But, the truth is that McCain's energy plan does not instigate a rush of entrepreneurs to the clean energy scene. The Obama plan does. Take a look.

    September 5, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. Ian MN

    Yeah thats what bush said, and he hasn't done a single thing for me and my family and friends. I just don't buy it republicans...I just don't want to take that chance again.....

    September 5, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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