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. Ghost

    Yep with John McCain the government will be by your side watching more jobs shipped over seas.

    September 5, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Elaine

    McCain didn't say anything about the economy cause he doesn't know anything about the economy. He's said it before.

    I wouldn't trust him to stand at your side. He'd look like he'd help you, but in reality all he would be doing is causing more harm.

    Just say no in the fall.

    Obama/Biden 08 and 12

    September 5, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. obama all the way

    HOW???? TELL ME HOW!!!!!!!!!!! YOU NEVER TELL US HOW!!!!


    THAT'S ALL YOU GOT!!!!!!!!!!!!



    September 5, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. The Geezer and Gidget

    Fact is, Obama and Biden jump higher and faster and get it! Other fact is, Grampy and his nursemaid sidekick do the crawl and drag their sorry 20th century-thinking, 49th state mentality behinds along the ground and don't. No matter how you dress it up, McCain/Palin is just a nicely redecorated package of Bush III ecomonics.

    September 5, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. silver light

    Looks BAD for McCain.. So, McCain has Palin in media lock-down with the exeption of as many magazine covers they can circulate with Palin holding her downs syndrome baby. How pathetic! America deserves SO MUCH BETTER, especially after what we've been through the last 8 years.

    Why isn't America outraged that McCain is USING America's lack of intelligence to try to get elected?

    September 5, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. Bob

    This wasn't Obama-palin context, it is Obama-mccain context and let us go back to the real issues.
    Palin should understand her place in this campaign just like Joe Biden has!!

    September 5, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. Moose on the loose

    There's nothing wrong with being a community organizer. Jesus was a humble community organizer trying to save people in his neighborhood. Pontius Pilate was the Governor condemning Jesus for trying to save the people in his neighborhood. Some of you just don't get it.........and you are still wondering why Mr. Obama will win this election. I may be an old lady with wrinkles.... and my lovely lady lumps are all gone..........I got false teeth, an artificial heart ....and fake hair but I know a REAL man when I see one.

    By the way nosey neighbor had one of dem pitbulls....he finally divorced her.

    September 5, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. obama for potus!!! si se puede!!!

    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,"

    hey obama, be careful with the "their watch" idea, you were there in the senate too. and no I dont think taxing the hell out of the wealth in this country is going to help anyone, it will just drive the wealth out of this country, which seems to be what pathetic libs want.

    September 5, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. michael

    The only hope that Obama has is that the ears of Americans malfunction when McCain or Palin speak and we don't hear what they actually say.
    In short Obama has no hope of winning this election.
    He might as well stop now and save his money and declare that he beat Bush because that is who he is running against.
    On election day Obama/Biden will actually have to face McCain/Palin and the result will be America will have two true agents of change in the white house. The one serving as President will be a great American war hero and the other will be the first women in history to serve as VP and quite likely someday the first woman President of the United States.

    September 5, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. faye, NV

    Obama economy package is better than McSame because, Johnny boy does not have a plan.

    I ask all parties to think about our future and see which one have all of America in interest of a better day for our children.

    September 5, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Tamera

    I have not heard ANYTHING specific from McCain on what he would do about the economy. I don't know what "Stand on your side, not in your way" means when it comes to jobs and the credit crisis. Does that mean he'll stand by and watch the american worker as they're Bushed (yes Bushed, not brushed) aside? While not standing in the way of the export of our jobs? With the global economy growing, perhaps the elite no longer see value in the american consumer, but instead see greener($) pastures overseas.

    September 5, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Ian

    Interesting that they'll both fight for us, yet we continue with the record deficit spending. I'm sure they'll find a way to balance the budget and give us universal healthcare and finance the war on terror at the same time.

    See you all in the food line.

    September 5, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Jon

    when will Obama learn that McCain is much more hands on than Bush ever was. These aren't the same people at all, and we have a long history to prove it! It's insulting to our intelligence, and if stop and think about what Obama is saying, it's a complete lie.

    McCain almost died for principle. His campaign in 2007 almost died because of opposition to Bush and advocacy of the surge.

    McCain is no different person than he was in 2000. Obama lies today and he'll lie tomorrow.

    And by the way, Obama voted 97% of the time with his party and ultraliberals like Pelosi. If you use the same numbers he's using to tarnish McCain.

    When McCain opposed Bush it was on very signifcant issues – Surge, immigration. Both of which almost killed his campaign. But his stand was right for the country.

    September 5, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. joey from NC

    barack obama is going to wipe the floor with mccain during the debates. He is waiting, being patient. Not unloading onto him viciously until the right time has come. September 26th we will see the carnage! It will be payback for the spin that bush put on kerry in 04.

    September 5, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. Helene

    It's the Republicans who have created this mess and they would (McCain) have us believe that THEY will clean it ? Give me a break ! 8 years of their disaster policies are ENOUGH.

    September 5, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. Mikey

    But the economy if fundamentally strong, right?

    In addition to all the people who have had their homes foreclosed or are struggling with higher food and energy prices, we can add the millions of unemployed who are also suffering from some sort of "mental" or "psychological" recession. What a bunch of whiners!

    But McCain can really relate – he really, really understands their pain. Of course, it was sort of slid in between the 50 references to him being a POW and the 300 times they said how patriotic he is.

    If you liked the last 8 years of Republican government, elect McCain for 4 more.

    September 5, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. John McBush

    How can McCain say that to struggling Americans. All McCain does is stand by, while big corporations make millions and prices sky rocket. When his Economic adviser is the orchestrator of the legislature that created the housing crisis he stood by, he helped enact legislature that enabled companies to ship American jobs overseas and caused local plants to close then he stood by, right now when America needs a plan all he's willing to do is WHAT???... stand by. He's not standing by your side.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 5, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. Black Truth, AZ

    Mc(fill in the blank) never had a plan and never will.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12!!

    September 5, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. Morals and Values for sale!

    McCain, that line is getting OLD. Just like you. I want GOVERNMENT to fix the problem that they created. The GOVERNMENT put us in debt. We had a surplus when Bush 43 took over.

    6 of those 8 years, YOUR PARTY WAS IN CONGRESS and had the MAJORITY. Dont try and place it on the Dems like it just went bad the last 2 years. It's been BAD.

    Now you want people to trust you in charge because all of a sudden you had an EPIPHANY about this being a change election? KICK ROCKS old man.

    You sold out this Maverick(the most overused term in the political game lately) for the nomination.

    If you were a real Maverick, you would have chosen who you REALLY wanted as VP, but the Base pulled your card. How are you going to stand up to PUTIN and everyone else, when you won't even stand up to the Religious right?

    Guess when you can't send young kids to fight your battles, you don't talk as tough....Your bark is more than your bite, huh? Don't worry, you have the Pit Bull by your side.

    Was she trained by Mike Vick?

    September 5, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. Rottweillers Eat Pit Bulls

    MCCain thinks the economy is secondary or tiertiary to WAR.

    He fails to realize that national security will be threatened more by TRADE DEFICITS than enemy troops.

    McCain simply regurjitates, low taxes creat jobs from the prior administration (which by the way IS NOT TRUE). McCain has no idea why he is saying this and has no ORIGINAL though on what to do to create Jobs.

    Jobs are created when businesses are formed. Business are formed to fill an need. Cutting taxes has ZERO to do with whether a need exists or not.

    September 5, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. Hillary, now Obama

    McGramps, "I don't know much about the economy"

    And it shows John, it shows.

    September 5, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  22. JB

    What BS!!!

    McCain has no clue what to do and has never offered a plan!

    September 5, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. Mike - Texas

    And what has the democratically led do nothing congress done to help with our economic woes?????

    ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The economy only started going into the tank AFTER the democrats took over congress. Six months before that, the economy had the highest approval rating in nealy 40 years.

    Economy GOOD before democratic takeover of congress.

    Ecomony BAD after democratic takeover of congress.

    I believe it is time to get the democrats out of congress before they take us into a depression.

    September 5, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. Kasim

    McCain is trying to trick the American people,he mention the word change,reform etc many times in his speech today. He want the American people to believe that he is different kind of republicans.he is saying that just to win election,Americans will not be fool by what he is saying, they know if he win it gona be business as usual the same mosquitos.No matter how far he is trying to distance himself from bush,McCain is Mcbush he is still a member of the same mosquitos ruining white house for eight years and he is trying to get them another four years.WATCH OUT MY FRIENDS!!.

    September 5, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  25. Working man for McCain

    Hey maybe if we raise corporate taxes they might hire tons new people! What states have the highest unemployment? States that are heavy with unions and states that have high taxes, coincidence???

    September 5, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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