April 2nd, 2010
10:15 AM ET
12 years ago

Kaine says jobs report shows economic recovery is working

(CNN) - Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said the latest jobs report is evidence President Obama's economic recovery plan is working:

"We've come a long way over the past year. When President Obama took office, the economy was shedding jobs at an alarming rate – nearly 800,000 a month – and the economy was in a free fall. Starting almost immediately after inauguration, President Obama and Democrats in Congress began to turn that around, implementing an ambitious agenda to get our economy back on track and get people working again," Kaine said in a statement.

Full statement after the jump:

DNC Chairman Tim Kaine On March Jobs Report:

President Obama's Economic Policies Are Working

"This morning's jobs report shows that President Obama's unrelenting focus on economic recovery is working. In the last three months, more than 200,000 Americans have returned to the workplace, bringing new relief to families across the country.
"We've come a long way over the past year. When President Obama took office, the economy was shedding jobs at an alarming rate – nearly 800,000 a month – and the economy was in a free fall. Starting almost immediately after inaguration, President Obama and Democrats in Congress began to turn that around, implementing an ambitious agenda to get our economy back on track and get people working again. Through the Economic Recovery Act, infrastructure investments, support for small businesses, and incentives for employers that take on new workers, we've been able to go from massive job losses under the prior Administration to the job gains we have seen in the first quarter of 2010. Our economy has gone from contracting at an alarming rate to growing again, We are starting to see signs of relief. Unfortunately, Democrats have had to do this heavy lifting with next to no cooperation from the Republican Party-all because of a plan of obstruction and political gamesmanship Republican leaders concocted when the economy was at its lowest point since the Great Depression. That was, of course, the very time when when they should have been focused on helping the President turn the economy around to help the American people get back on their feet. The Republicans' failure to work with us on these important issues was politics at its worst.
"Even with these encouraging job numbers, we know that our work is far from over. Too many Americans are still looking for work – and until everyone who wants a job has one, we cannot rest President Obama and his Democratic allies are committed to rebuilding our economy for the short and long term, and are working hard every day to implement policies that will create jobs and a secure future for middle class Americans. Republicans have another opportunity to set aside their differences and find common ground on the issues facing America's families. It's time for them to stop cheering for failure, playing political games and start working with us to find solutions to our nation's problems. It's what the American people want, and it's what they deserve"


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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. ib

    Kaine is such a great leader of the DNC just like he was gov. in our state. What a joke.

    April 2, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. Gary (I)

    Cut taxes. Cut spending. Cut the deficit. Stop making up new entitlement programs! Stop taking money from the hardest working Americans and giving free stuff (food, housing, healthcare) to the laziest Americans.

    And as for illegal immigration, I'd rather have 10 hard working immigrants who want to work for their food than one lazy american who won't work and thinks that the government owes them free food, housing, healthcare or money. Everyone needs to work, everyone needs to contribute to society with taxes and good citizenship.

    April 2, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Mark

    HA HA HA HA!!!! Wrong!!! It's laughable to think that we buy that.

    April 2, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |

    All of this done without republican support. I hope they don't think voters will forget that in November. Not one vote from a republican on the stimulus. Not one vote from them on healthcare reform. It's clear to see that they simply don't want the first african american president to succeed. Way to gather support from minorities republicans(sarcasm here).

    DEATH OF THE GOP 11/10

    April 2, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. Teena

    So now what is the party of No going to say?

    April 2, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. gt

    where ?..... are you kidding .. what area and what state,,,

    April 2, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. Gil Oberdas

    As the Party of No has to change gears with the improving stock market and jobs report what will they blame on the democrats now? What new No's will we all be hearing? Don't they get it! We are getting sick of them and in November they will be in for a big, unexpected, surprise!

    April 2, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. Mike

    These are thousands of temporary jobs(census takers)that have bumped up the numbers. They will also soon include the 16,000 IRS jobs (federal jobs) that will be created by the health care deformity to ensure everyone has health insurance or pay fines. I can only hope the US Supreme Court will overturn this theft that the demobrats call health care.

    April 2, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. 60's survivor

    this is the party of hope and reconciliation. I'm backing them all the way. the GOP remains the party of NO HOPE and negativity.

    April 2, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. The most inept President ever

    And after the census workers are back to the unemployment line it will be back to "It's Bush's fault".

    UNRELENTING FOCUS, is this guy insane or is he simply a "BIDEN" nitwit?

    The only sector that has experienced growth since this fraud Owebama has "taken charge" is the "gubment" sector and that sheeple is a fact.

    We were shedding jobs at a record rate and that has stopped, hey Kaine, THAT IS BECAUSE THERE ARE NOT AS MANY JOBS TO CUT NITWIT.

    When the jobs get back to the Bush levels of about 3.5-5 and the stock market get's back up to 14,500 and Owebama breaks the BUSH RECORD of the most consecutive quarters of GROWTH (YES SHEEP, Bush has the record, look it up), then come a calling about how great things are.

    Do I miss the dolt Bush, you betcha.

    April 2, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. Tommy P

    GOBAMA!!! You are doing more in the little time you have been in office than the repubs have done in the last 20 years.

    April 2, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. Desmond in Canada

    Obama is so right about those pundits in Washington and elsewhere. They are either not very smart or they are downright nasty or just say anything to try and stay relevant.

    April 2, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. Cindy PA

    More lies, in 2010 when we have 20+ percent unemployment, the GOP can tie the Obama agenda onto the Democratic Party in Congress and show they have no clue and are incompetent. The GOP will take back Congress and once again have to rescue the American public from government.

    April 2, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. The Calabash Kid

    Back when the economy was losing jobs and unemployment was over 10%, Conservatives said that Obama's policies were not working.

    Now that the economy is adding jobs, Conservatives will still say, of course, that Obama's policies are not working. They will argue, perhaps, that jobs are not growing fast enough or that this turnaround would have happened anyway or that the moon is made of green cheese, but they will not say anything positive.

    They will also oppose all jobs creation bills. They want the middle class to suffer so frustrated voters will turn to "the other guy."

    April 2, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. Irma in North Carolina

    The republicans will never change. They are just out to spend their own partys money and make nast remarks, they think this will get them back in office. I hope the american people will wake up and realize wha they are like.

    April 2, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. Yossi Gestetner

    How about this for a statmant: "Right before the Stimulus was signed more than a year ago, the Unemploymant Rate was in the low 8% range; now it's still at 9.7 percent, which is more than double of the 4.4% we had when Republicans lost control of Capital Hill in early '07. In addition, the recent job gains does not even come close in recoupin the 3 million jobs lost since the Stimulus, and the millions more lost since Pelosi/Reid/Dems came to power."

    Really, did anyone think we will lose 800,000 jobs per month for ever?

    April 2, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. stop the nonsense

    Let's be realistic- things always come back, but we must give credit for the turn around to the blailouts keeping the doors open at companies that employed millions combined.
    We have all said-"if we only had a little relief, we could get through this" – this is what our government did last year. As a result, employees at Chrysler, GM Citibank, AIG, Bank of America and hundreds more are still open and people are still working.

    April 2, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. sam, LITTLETON.CO

    Great job, President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid , Members of Congress. God Bless you all for working for the people.

    April 2, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. S Callahan

    That is a bold face lie! Ask Main Street!

    April 2, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. Larry

    So, this sound good . . . except I didn;t know that 'recovery' included a jobless rate of nearly 10% . . . when will the Progressives and blame media learn to recognize lies.

    April 2, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. Tom

    These are all Census temp jobs. What will we say in JUNE when all the jobs are dropped will we declare another Recession?

    April 2, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. coreywalker

    sad.but true.

    April 2, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. seebofubar

    Don't be fooled. Acording to private sector payroll company survey, there was actually a net loss in jobs. The only jobs created were temporary government jobs. This administration thinks that Americans are so stupid that we will believe their lies. We were only stupid once, when we elected this arrogant fool.

    April 2, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. Death Panel Sarah

    Darn right its working!!!!

    The reptilicons hate to hear that and will lie as long as they can, because it is bad news for their chances in November.(Just wait for all the posts denying the job increase!)
    They HATE Americe so much, they want it to FAIL!!!!

    April 2, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. JES

    I don't think so.

    With the passage of health care bill this will create about 150,000 government jobs to help offset the jobs that will be lost in the private sector.

    You do the math 200,000 new jobs in three months vs. 800,000 a month job losses.

    April 2, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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