September 5th, 2010
02:58 PM ET
11 years ago

Democrats defend state of economic recovery

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="DNC Chairman Tim Kaine on Sunday defended his party’s record on the economy. "](CNN) - As the summer begins to wind down, Republicans are criticizing Democrats over economic promises they made at the beginning of the season.

Democrats had dubbed it a recovery summer, but critics were taking aim at some economic indicators that didn't show much forward progress.

According to the critics, totaling the job losses from the summer months, a total of 283,000 jobs were lost during that period. GDP growth was only 1.6 percent in the last quarter, and existing home sales fell in July by 27 percent.

On "Fox News Sunday," host Chris Wallace brought up these figures to Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine, who defended his party's record.

"There are still challenges out there. Too many people are hurting and we've got a long way to go," Kaine said.

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  1. Orlando Patriot

    Summer of Recovery?? Are you kidding me? This administration spends nearly one TRILLION dollars and we LOSE an additional 300,000 jobs in the last 4 months? No rational person would even CONSIDER that a recovery.

    Let's play role-reversal for a moment. Suppose McCain was elected president, voted in a partisan law while literally keeping the other party out of ALL discussion, spent almost one TRILLION dollars, and during that time period RAISED the unemployment rate from under 7% to over 9.5% and STILL losing jobs would ANY rational person (Republican OR Democrat) call that a success? OF COURSE NOT!!

    The Democrats have consistently played their supporters as fools but THIS time they can't fool them anymore. The Democrats have KILLED this economy and the majority of the people now it!! We are going to start the process of getting our country back in less than 60 days....

    September 5, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. Colorado Liberal

    Republicans have driven this economy into the ground and will continue to do so... and then blame it on the Democrats.

    Sorry, Republicans–not buying your propaganda issued from our far right media. "Liberal press?" That's one of the biggest myths on this planet.

    I expect to see "Dewey defeats Truman" in November. I could be wrong but I am not giving up.

    September 5, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. doug

    Democrats want you to be added to that 48% of taker lib Americans who don't pay any taxes.

    These Democrat voters don't think, its all greed for them, gimme gimme gimme, vote lib and steal from your fellow Americans, those are your Democrat values.

    September 5, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. phoenix86

    I guess one of the requirements of being a democrat is to look facts straight in the eye, and ignore them.

    September 5, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Reality Check

    Both parties are clueless-I recommend each member of congress try to live on the average American's salary-pay rent/mortgage, utilities, food and clothing to gain some understanding of what it's like. Too many are out-of-touch millionaires who have no idea what it is like for the ordinary person trying to make it from paycheck to paycheck.

    September 5, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. jpmichigan

    Rhetoric is just that rhetoric! The Democratic party will be judged by it's actions and lack of actions. The economy only benefited unions, government (sate and federal, financial institutions (mainly Wall Street, GM and Chryslers) The middle class recieved extensions on unemployment benefits. The poor recieved welfare, medicaid and food stamps, as long as their states can afford to do so. The entire Obama administration has no clue how to govern, they forget they are no longer in Chicago, Illinois. Time to take ownership of Obama and the Democrats actions and lack of action!

    September 5, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. Ricky

    Keep crying liberals. Your policies have failed, the country has seen what liberalism is all about and is rejecting liberalsim by the masses!!!

    How could any liberal defend a stimulus package that did nothing and ended up costing more than the entire cost of the Iraq war? Liberals say the stimulus protected us from a depression, but thats all BS...and they know it. Fact is that liberal policies always lead to FAILURE !!!!

    September 5, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. the real ib

    Why didn't Kaine talk like this when he was gov. of Va. All we heard from him is tax increase. He got the largest tax increase in the history of this state passed and then wanted another one just before he left office. He is so funny it's pathetic.

    September 5, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. jay

    283,000 jobs lost to cheap overseas labor.

    September 5, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. Hammerer

    How can anyone support the idea that the economy and jobs are heading in the right direction? This is the group that ran a campaign with the promise that they knew economics and had a plan to right America's economy and job losses. Are they out of touch or were those lies?

    September 5, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. GuyinVA

    We must be recovering, because it's "Recovery Summer", right? We'll count jobs saved (undefinable) rather than net jobs lost/gained. Don't forget the left's mantra (all together now); "It could have been worse."

    September 5, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. hal

    Summer Recovery?! Yeah....right!

    September 5, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. False and Biased brought to you by the GOP

    Our country is being way too impatient and expecting the economy to be fixed and back to normal in less than two years when it took many years to get us here. The choice is clear - do you want to focus on the middle class that is hurting and invest in educating our children since the jobs that are available now require a higher degree of education (the Democrats) OR do you want to keep giving tax breaks to the ultra-rich and deregulating so overpaid CEOS can put more money in their pockets while sending our jobs overseas and ruining our environment (the Republicans). The choice is clear - neither party has all the answers, but President Obama and the Democrats have their priorities straight. The middle class, not the ultra-rich, need some breaks now.

    September 5, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Nothing really to "defend." Democrats took a morally, ethically, criminally created DISASTER and lessened the impact to working class Americans, they took a lopsided self serving Republican money/power grab and have given some of what was taken from us back to working class Americans, and they are still working on that agenda (while taking even better care of themselves, I must admit).

    September 5, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. joe kiloz

    TK is in serious denial. A healthy political party would realize that now is the time they start to admit Mr. Obama has turned out to be a mistake, and the party begins to show a new vision for 2012. Instead, all we get is that the President cares only about himself, and none for the party that helped to elect him

    September 5, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |