2012 candidates jump on July jobs numbers
August 5th, 2011
09:32 AM ET
11 years ago

2012 candidates jump on July jobs numbers

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidates were among the first to respond to the July jobs numbers Friday, using the figures to illustrate what they call the failures of the Obama administration.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said the jobs report is a "far cry from the hope and change that President Obama promised on the campaign trail."

"This lack of leadership is inexcusable and driving our economy toward decline," Pawlenty said in a statement. "It's time for a new president to point us back in the right direction, and I am the only candidate who has proposed a specific economic plan that will create jobs and grow our economy."

The job market strengthened in July with employers added 117,000 jobs, well above the 46,000 jobs added in June. The unemployment rate improved slightly to 9.1 percent.

Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota said Obama's "failed economic policies are digging us deeper into a hole."

"The President can attempt to blame and spin away this week's bad economic news, but you can't fool the markets," Bachmann said in a statement. "Mr. President – the only way to dig us out of this hole your administration has gotten us into is to stop digging."

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney warned of eight years of Obama.

"When you see what this president has done to the economy in just three years, you know why America doesn't want to find out what he can do in eight," Romney said in a statement.

Former Utah Gov. and U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman said Obama has failed to turn the economy around since he took office.

"When President Obama should have been focused on creating jobs, he focused on a government-mandated health care system that the American people didn't ask for and can't afford. What we can't afford now is to waste any more time," Huntsman said in a statement. "America needs a President who knows how to create an economic environment that allows entrepreneurs to thrive and create jobs."

Filed under: Jobs • Jon Huntsman • Michele Bachmann • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Tim Pawlenty • unemployment
soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Proud Liberal

    What a bunch of GOP clowns standing in a lineup. Are these candidates the best the GOP can offer? They're carnival barkers!

    August 5, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. *sigh*

    Weren't the Repubs supposed to make jobs the #1 priority when they won the House? It seems that the moment they stepped into office, the focus shifted back to gay marriage, abortion and seemingly unconditional obstruction. None of those equates to making jobs a #1 priority.

    August 5, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Kwesoe

    Did I miss something? There is no mention about how the Republican controlled house has no plans for creating the jobs they promised, no mention of their recent failed policy for raising the debt and no criticism of their party leaders on solutions to the nation's economy. It's all the president fault. And as for Tim pawlenty, he's always the first to speak but when it comes to his standing in the polls, he is first to the rear.

    August 5, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. A True Conservative

    To Pols on both sides – It's not the role of government to create jobs. The role of government is to create an environment through limited legislation and logical tax laws in which private entities can create jobs. Please – most of you have never run a business or met a payroll – please get out of the way. You are all doing much more harm than good – and that includes the community organizer.

    August 5, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |

    want to learn how to turn a positive into a negative.......just ask a Republican. Now somebody remind me just HOW many jobs we were losing before Obama took office??

    August 5, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. Four and The Door

    During the Tea Party inspired debt ceiling crisis, none of these folks looked like leaders.
    And Obama did?!?! No. But there was clear leadership through this process by Speaker Boehner.
    In any event, the next Republican president does not take charge for another 17 months.

    August 5, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Let's be honest: no one but the most ardent, card-carrying democrats are impressed with these numbers."

    One presumes the 117,000 newly employed care a great deal. Surely, you're not suggesting that unemployed are all Democrats, or ... even more absurb ... that only Democrats have lost jobs in the past 15 years?

    August 5, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. Ed Texas

    The answer most of the GOP candidates have about our economic problems is to pray them away. We need strong leadership and someone who actually leads by example. I don't see that in any of the GOP candidates. Most are dividers, not uniters.

    August 5, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. larry

    I guess if I were running for office I would want to toot my own horn about my experinces and accomplishments of my past and my dreams of the future where I could take the country if I were elected for office;, actually this is like applying for a job and most employers dont want to here about someone else, after all your the one applying, If you are looking for someone to run down and kick around Im not interested in listening to you; cause after all we are trusting you with our money, I cant speak for everyone but there are times I feel we are getting cheated for having people who cant seem to do there jobs. Yeah m talking about congress there are several in there wouldnt be working for me they would have been canned long ago. there are people in there could care less about anyone other then there selves and I hope next election the people will get them out, The way I look at it if you are really looking to be in office then toot Your own horn we have enogh cry babys in there now.

    August 5, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  10. Gloria in NW

    Ho hum. It would be news if any one of them said something halfway honest about President Obama. Otherwise this is just "been there done that."

    August 5, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  11. logic in LA

    This article only shows why none of these candidates are qualified for the job as President. Slow growth is good. Less debt held by consumers is good ( separate article). In 2009, President Obama told us we needed to start living with in our means and saving more as consumers. Without wasteful spending, we will not need as many goods meaning less stock, less workers but a stronger economy in the long run.
    Even he seems to have forgotten those wise words.

    August 5, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. larry

    I think that its great thank lord for giving more jobs thanks to those who made it possible;

    August 5, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. Positive

    Oh Please! Can anyone tell me one, single Republican idea for job creation that has any chance of working? Now that everyone realizes the the Trickle down plan (cut taxes for the wealthy & corporations and hope something magic happens even though it never does) is just overwhelmingly damaging, I think we can rule that out. And that's all they have. No thanks. We're still trying to climb out of the last time they had enough power to go that route.

    When John Boehner was asked about the Republican policies causing job loss he said "So be it".

    They've blocked the Democratic attempts to tie tax breaks to job creation. What does that tell you?

    Wise up, America! We can't afford Republicans in power! All they do is mess everything up and then point the finger at everyone else.

    August 5, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  14. blf83

    Republicans and Tea Partiers refuse to give a black president any credit for anything. Their ill-disguised racism is designed to discredit President Obama at any cost, including driving the country into a chasm. We, the people, want compromise, respect for the greater good, and cooperation.

    August 5, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. LMC

    It's OK if the GOP hopefuls aren't too impressed because I don't think a lot of Americans are impressed with them! The Republican 2008 mantra was jobs! Yet they haven't done one thing to try to help the economy or introduce jobs programs. The cuts they demanded in the budget will actually mean loss of federal jobs which will trickle down to loss of private sector jobs. These people, especially the Tea Party group seem to have no compassion for the jobless whose benefits are running out or for those without medical insurane. In fact, the whole Republican Party seems to be lacking in compassion these days. They like to push Christian "values," but they sure seem to be lacking in the compassion side of those values.

    August 5, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. Jamie5

    GOP hopefuls not impressive.

    August 5, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. DinkyD

    Say what you want but the GOP has a point. We're supposed to get all excited b/c of 117,000 new jobs? Let's see.. how many people did HSBC lay off last week? And you do realize that unemployment rate is calculated by those that are currently receiving unemployment benefits. What about those whose benefits have expired and still do not have a job?

    Its ALL of government's fault that we're in the mess we're in. Obama is no better than any other idiot President we've had in the past.

    August 5, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. bobcat2u

    Can these republicans get any more hypocrtical ? 117,000 jobs added last month ( hopefully here in the US ) and they still do nothing but browbeat our president. Considering the platform of JOBS JOBS JOBS that they ran on to dupe people to vote them in, they have shown just how small mided they really are. I truly hope these republican voters are looking at what's happening with clear eyes. Maybe, just maybe they can see the mistake they made and make the proper corrections in the next election.

    August 5, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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