2012 GOP candidates react to Obama's speech on jobs
September 8th, 2011
09:33 PM ET
11 years ago

2012 GOP candidates react to Obama's speech on jobs

(CNN)–Contenders in the 2012 GOP presidential field reacted late Thursday to President Obama's joint congressional speech on jobs.

See reactions after the jump

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann

“Unfortunately it seems that every time the president of the United States speaks his policies have cost the American people both jobs and future prosperity. Tonight the president, under the veil of one of the most sacred deliberative forums, a joint session of congress, delivered yet one more political speech where he doubled down on more of the same policies that are killing the United States economy. Mr. President, what among your proposals was new?”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry

“President Obama’s call for nearly a half-trillion dollars in more government stimulus when America has more than $14 trillion in debt is guided by his mistaken belief that we can spend our way to prosperity.

“Like the president’s earlier $800 billion stimulus program, this proposal offers little hope for millions of Americans who have lost jobs on his watch, and taxpayers who are rightly concerned that their children will inherit a mountain of debt.

“America needs jobs, smaller government, less spending and a president with the courage to offer more than yet another speech.”

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman

"The American people are tired of President Obama’s empty rhetoric and failed policies; they're desperately searching for leadership and, above all, results. Tonight's list of regurgitated half-measures demonstrates that President Obama fundamentally doesn't understand how to turn our economy around.

"Rather than tinker with a broken and outdated tax system, I propose bold reform which eliminates loopholes, special interest carve-outs and subsidies, while lowering rates across the board to make our tax code flatter, fairer, simpler and more conducive to growth."

"President Obama has failed. It's time for America to compete again. We did it in Utah and we can do it for America."

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney launches new website


"I’m a conservative businessman. And that is what America needs if we’re going to get our economy going. I put out a booklet which describes the things I’d do to get this economy going again. There are 59 different steps that have to be taken. And President Obama, there’s no way he could do something like that because he just doesn’t understand it.”

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum

"Many say the President is a failure, but I disagree – he'd have to improve a whole lot to even be considered a failure. The President's speech tonight was more of the same failed policies and empty rhetoric that got him elected and got us in this mess. Sadly, the President seems to have forgotten his own charge that our country should come before party or his own even re-election.

Instead President Obama kicked off his campaign for reelection in the most disingenuous way possible – by using the Congress as a his political toy. His failed plan to spend over $400 billion more that we do not have, create further tax instability for workers and employers alike, and use federal tax dollars to prop up government is only made worse by the political theater we saw tonight.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

"The president just got some of his facts wrong tonight."

"All the ideas that didn't work with 800 billion dollars he now wants to try to get it to work with 400 billion. He has zero pay-fors. He's got to quit being a candidate, and actually be president for awhile.”

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Jennifer

    Wow! Could they be more negative and disrespectful? You can disagree with someone without being ugly. Terrible.

    September 8, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  2. Liberal elite=anyone with an education

    Anybody want to bet on how many of these responses were written before the candidates heard one word of the Presidents plan? Even the GOP in congress is coming around to the idea that we need consensus. Too bad the Teapublican presidential wannabe's can't.

    September 8, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  3. Bachmann Doesn't Make Sense

    It's really scary to see that these morons are running for office and haven't the basic skill of listening. They just repeat things without thinking like wind-up toys, while even Cantor and Boehner, the two biggest boneheads in Congress, are willing to consider some of the ideas the president brought forth. Each and everyone of them needs to withdraw from the race immediately.

    September 8, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  4. Gregintexas

    It is really sad to see these fools and their reactions. What specifically is wrong with the friggin plan?. And despite what these copycats say. You need to spend right now to save the economy. Hopefully, Perry pooped in his messkit last night and we will no longer hear from him.. Bachman became a 2nd stringer last night. Gingrich is the whiniest no-load ever.Paul? He is so irrational it is scary. The only GOP candidates that are even remotely likely to be able to win an election are Romney, Huntsman and Cain.

    September 8, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  5. Daniela

    Everything the president said makes sense. How do smaller government and the government creating jobs go hand in hand?? Candidates are criticizing Obama's ideas and not clearly outlying what theirs are. Also, I'm tired of Republicans (not all but often the most outspoken) fighting for tax breaks for wealthy people and corporations. You represent me and are supposed to be fighting for what I need, not what gets you elected. Obama's plan is better than doing nothing which seems to be what Congress is intent on doing.

    September 8, 2011 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  6. TheAmericanPeople

    Yet again these yahoos (to put it nicely) can spew the hate but no ideas, yet alone constructive ideas. Their comments show so much immediate disrespect for the Office of the President of the United States in degradation of the significance of issue, why would we want them to assume that position? For the first time since the civil war do we see a leading presidential candidate (albeit GOP) as one who has threatened succession from the Union. That's patriotism? That's American? And these people wear American Flags on their lapels? Wow!!! Obama is soooo much more American than these yahoos (to put it nicely)!!!!! At least he has ideas we should seriously consider for the betterment of, should I say, the Americans?

    September 8, 2011 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  7. Melo-D

    Really Rick, Obama got us into this mess?? Where were you during the Bush administration? Did anyone tell these jokers that many of Obama's proposals are republican ideas? Kinda like health care reform. I guess it's like everything else, they were for it until Obama proposed it. Now they have to pretend like they never supported any of those plans. What a pathetic lot the republicans are. How could anyone support these idiots?

    September 8, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  8. bigwilliestyles

    These guys disagree. Is there anyone left out there that was surprised by that? If so, I have a bridge in Brooklyn...

    September 8, 2011 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    These dolts are completely out of touch with reality. Other than lies and failed Hoover economic policies, they have nothing.

    September 8, 2011 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  10. Namryan NC

    So they prepared the same trite response they give to anything the president says. Probably these statements were prepared a week ago!

    September 8, 2011 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  11. John

    Now did you really think any of them say they would like It. It would make The President look good. I could have told you what they was going to say be for they even say It. The Republican and the Tea party have NO PLAN ON WORKING WITH THIS PRESIDENT AT ALL, never had and never will. To these People It there Party first and America and the American People second. Party First and Protecting the Rich and big Business , This Is the Republican and the Tea Party.

    September 8, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  12. newdem

    These remarks simply confirm what I've learned ever since leaving the Republican party..... Republicans are stupid, dispicable, disgusting, hateful human beings.

    September 8, 2011 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  13. MrManhattan

    Even though she hasn't announced, you should have included "Grizzly", the seventh dwarf.

    September 8, 2011 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  14. Indy

    $2.00 a gallon Bachmann brought up the price of gas again and it is hard to believe that she has any kind of education when she brings up the price of gas and blames the President. She is obviously not bright enough to know that the high worldwide price of fuel has didly squat to do with any American President. Does she even know that the US has the cheapest gas prices in the western hemisphere ? Pretty good for only holding 2% of the worlds deposits, and Obama or any other US President does not have any control over the OPEC price strategy. If you claim to be smart enough to be be POTUS, you better know facts like how gas is priced and you should know that if you are elected you cant do a damm thing about the price of gas. What a complete fool Bachmann is no one needs a stupid President

    September 8, 2011 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  15. Obama Voter

    Neither one of the Monday night candidates had a viable economic plan. They did not talk about a positive job objectives. The seem to bicker amongst their pre-planned answers. They ducked questions that the NBC host asked and talked about the presidents performance majority of the time. This show was about bashing the president. I was disgusted and turned to another program.

    September 9, 2011 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  16. Ibrahim

    Man convinced against his own will is still of the same opinion ! Watching president Obama speaks tonight and replaying the mental movie of those cartoon figures debating yesterday night is stunning ! The level of maturity and intelectual depth displayed by that president is unmatched and unequalled !!

    September 9, 2011 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  17. sha alexander

    I wish they leave the PRESIDENT alone they must have forgotten he is not the one who got us in this mess BUSH did he is only trying to fix it and it is not going to happen in a 2 year max i wish they quit with all this negativity he is also a human being and should be treated fairly and i believe this is all happen because of the color of his skin

    September 9, 2011 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  18. Middle Class Baby Booomer

    Please stop Ms. Bachmann you are hurting my ears. If you continue with this vile rhetoric of oppositional statements you will turn off all reasonable people from the political process. Any attempt by the president to lead is met by illgical opposition by these nay sayers. This is downright scary. We are doomed

    September 9, 2011 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  19. kat

    BHO must go. Anyone else in 2012. We can't afford 4 more.

    September 9, 2011 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  20. Hand of God

    Where is the rest of the runner ups speech? There is more than 6 people up there. I guess only 6 people out of millions oppose! Who cares if you hate Obama. You can not say something do not work if you never gave it the time or day to work. We have to do something and we can not be waiting and depending on another president to get it done when we already have one. GET OVER YOURSELVES!!! Seriously. The American people deserve better than this. This is not some American reality tv show where you go and compete to win. This is peoples lives you guys are playing with here. Grow up please? I know elementary school kids that do a better job at working together on a issue they disagree with. These same children know how to compromise better then these Parties! And whats with these Parties anyway? I thought most people stopped partying after a certain age and started really living (joke). 🙂

    September 9, 2011 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  21. steven Anderson

    It is like talking to a dumb wall with these people. What about the regulation cuts, the small business tax cuts, medicare & medicaid reform. All they heard it was "It's not my idea so forget it"

    September 9, 2011 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  22. Bob Ramos

    These guys are nuts. Many of the proposals in the bill are taken straight from the GOP playbook. These guys are so used to pandering to the far right that anything Obama does is wrong in their book. In this case, the GOP proposed certain alternatives that did not pass, Obama is now willing to adopt them but because Obama now favors them, these wackos now oppose them.

    September 9, 2011 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
  23. "The GOP biggest deception is getting the Poor and Middle class to believe they are out to help them"

    LOL....I like how they continue to say the President has failed, but if you ask me the GOP party as a whole has failed this Country by their continued bickering and their incessant need to condemn everything this President tries to do as bad for America!!! They are party living in the past looking to the economics of the Reagan era as the be all save all. But what they don't understand is those economic policies will not work in this day and age!!! GET OVER IT YOU ARE ALL HAS BEEN'S!!! We live in a global economy and doing the Reagan years we were just on the cusp of entering that arena!!! They are still in cold war economics and those days are long gone!! New era, New President, New America!!!

    September 9, 2011 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  24. Paul

    You all want the job and stinking rich through tax breaks for the wealthy.At least say something about the wealthy on why they are benefiting than the ordinary man that is taxed hard.Buffet wants to be taxed and so should you egomaniacs .

    September 9, 2011 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  25. anon-i-mouse

    Any shred of respect I might have had for any of these people (actually, Huntsman is the only one I had a shred of respect for) is now gone. It is clear that they are all in full campaign mode and are more than happy to derail any progress for their own election prospects. I would have expected a true leader to give a reply that embraced merits of the plan (Mr, Huntsman, President Obama said the same thing about the tax code), and say "look, I have these additional ideas that would make the good parts of his speech better". To just dismiss it entirely and then offer nothing but rhetoric is really sad and a pathetic testament to our state of politics. Unfortunately, many (who didn't even bother to watch the speech) will believe these people's snippets that there is nothing of value in the President's plan.

    September 9, 2011 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
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