[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/09/05/art.kaine.file7.gi.jpg 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.