Economic woes give Republicans early campaign focus
June 5th, 2011
01:50 PM ET
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Economic woes give Republicans early campaign focus

Washington (CNN) - Eight months before the Iowa caucuses, a spate of bad economic reports last week gave Republicans a chance to start framing the 2012 campaign on their topic of choice - President Barack Obama's record.

With the unemployment rate ticking up to 9.1 percent, home prices falling further and consumer confidence down, GOP strategists and possible and declared presidential contenders harmonized their criticism of Obama administration economic policies that they say have stymied recovery.


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  1. chris

    It was the Republicans who ran their 2010 campaign on Jobs, Jobs, Jobs! And they have done absolutely nothing about unemployment.

    June 5, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. OneMoreTime

    SO WHICH IS IT TEACANS? Last March, and even as far back as January 2011 you were screaming that you deserved
    (unearned) credit for the drop in unemployment and the rise in job growth. Now, all of sudden, a bad month and you
    are hiding behind your "skirts" claiming it is Obama's fault. You all are so screwed up I don't know what your plans
    are and apparently, neither do you.

    June 5, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Ken Smidy

    I continue to be amazed that people and the media forget that between 6 and 8 million people lost their jobs under the Republicans when they were power during the first decade of this century. If the Republicans were unable, or unwilling, to fix the problem when they were in power the last time, what makes people think they will fix the problem if you let them back n power again.

    As people look for work, they are told to provide a resume that shows they have a proven track record of fixing the company's problems. When is the media going to ask the Republicans for their resume that shows they can, or are wiling, to fix the unemployment problems?

    We constantly get a lot of emotional rhetoric from the Republicans. When is the media going to force them to provide facts?

    June 5, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    the GOP must also hope that the public has very short memories. Didn't they run on a platform in 2010 of JOBS, JOBS, and more JOBS?? And what have they done since, other than try to defund Plan Parenthood, Healthcare, NPR, PBS, all of which would help put people OUT of work. Then try to pass the Ryan Plan which would put MORE people out of work. And how about those Bush tax cuts that were supposed to stimulate the 'job creators" into hiring folk? Well the only thing that did was make more money for the CEOs and corporation which they are putting in their pockets and not back into the economy. Of course they are going to try to hit Obama on the economy, but inspite of the May numbers the recovery, though not fast is still going on. Maybe the GOP should tell their CEO buddies to stop being greedy and hire some people.

    June 5, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Ryan NC

    Of course, it's not that the GOP won the 2010 elections by promising jobs... and did nothing to create them! Maybe sending home all those public workers created jobs and stymied the recovery, Right?
    Do they really think that Americans are that stupid?

    June 5, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Yes, I'm watching from a distance here but ... didn't the House Republicans campaign on JOBS, JOBS, JOBS? If so, the current economic woes are probably because they haven't come through with anything. The GOP campaign focus is really more about showing off their lack of getting anything done to change the US economy. So ... basically, they're going to campaign on their own shortcomings? Seems like a really dumb strategy!

    June 5, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. OneMoreTime

    Just sayin' – That's the ugliest table I have ever seen. It looks like part ironing board and part wine rack. I guess it cost
    a fortune, but wowie whoa whoa, it is uggggggggleeeeeeeeeeeee.

    June 5, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. Ricky

    But wait a second, im so confused!! Obama is so brilliant and so great i thought this trasnformative figure we elected was going to keep unemployment low and the economy would boom if we spent trillions of dollars. i dont get it, what went wrong libs!!?!!?

    Oh wait, thats right, its everyone elses fault. Gas prices, European debt issues, Japan earthquake.. thats why things are going down hill.

    yeah ..right..what a joke.

    June 5, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. John

    The Republican run In 2010 On getting JOBS till no JOBS, They have had one bill to cover anything about Jobs. They spend the first two years of President Obama for just saying NO, So what do the American people do ,the vote them In Control of the House. So you pay these Republican 174,000 a year or more for just saying No, Instead Of doing the JOBS they were pay to do In the First Place. Now the Want to take away Medicare away from the OLD. They want to take Medicaid away from the POOR and the Disable. And the Republican want to rise the age limit for the American people to retired. And the Only thing that they really got to do IS bring are Troops home and Quit spending Money In Afghanistan and Iraq and we could save Trillions of dollars. And the Republican still want to keep are troops there longer than President Obama does. And Quit give all these other Country money , until We can take care of are own. Republican ERIC CANTOR say this Friday that the Government shouldn't give the Tornado victims any money. But It OK to give money to other country . If something bad Happen To ERIC CANTOR home state ,he be the first one asking for money. This Is want the Republican party Is all about , They have to go In 2012 and as many as we can> American People better wake Up be for It to late.

    June 5, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |