Republicans hit Obama after jobs report
November 4th, 2011
09:58 AM ET
11 years ago

Republicans hit Obama after jobs report

(CNN) - Republicans hurried to criticize Pres. Barack Obama and congressional Democrats Friday after a jobs report showed the American unemployment rate falling slightly to 9%, with only 80,000 jobs created.

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Preibus appeared to be one of the first to respond, putting out a email statement just minutes after the Labor Department issued the October jobs report at 8:30am ET. Preibus said the numbers, which showed the economy adding half as many jobs in October as it added in September, were indicative of a president distracted by his re-election campaign.

"While President Obama spent October on the campaign trail, the American people endured another month of unacceptably high unemployment," Preibus said in a statement issued Friday. "Today's jobs numbers underscore the devastating toll President Obama's record of over-regulation, tax threats and reckless spending has taken on the American economy."

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney went after Obama for his stance on federal spending and debt, saying it was hurting job creation.

“President Obama’s reckless spending and trillion dollar deficits are hurting this economy and stifling job growth," Romney said in a statement. "Today’s employment report is a reminder that America continues to face a jobs crisis of historic proportions. At this rate, it will take years to get back the jobs that have been lost under President Obama. October marked the thirty-third consecutive month that the unemployment rate has been above 8%. It is time to once again unleash the tremendous economic potential of the American people, but that can’t happen until President Obama is defeated.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry identified government regulations as a cause for high unemployment.

"Today's jobs report showing the lowest growth in four months proves that American employers remain burdened by uncertainty and excessive taxes and regulations," Perry said Friday. "American workers and taxpayers need a president committed to private sector job creation and fiscal sanity in Washington, D.C. As president, I will fundamentally change Washington by cutting taxes to a low, flat 20 percent, cutting federal spending and regulations, and ending bailouts to protect taxpayers and jumpstart American job creation."

GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota placed blame on Obama for slow economic recovery, but also faulted protesters associated with Occupy Wall Street for taking on capitalism instead of corrupt government.

"President Obama joined with the Occupy Wall Street protesters who believe that the problem we face is capitalism, the free markets and job creators. It's not," Bachmann said in a statement. "This is more crony capitalism – forcefully taking your money for the purpose of paying off a politician's political friends. If we are ever to get out of this ditch, President Obama, the Democrats and Occupy Wall Street need to wake up and stop blaming job creators for the failures created by selfish politicians."

Former Utah Gov. and ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, also a candidate for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, issued a statement through his spokesman painting himself as the best candidate to speed up economic growth.

"Jon Huntsman has proposed the most pro-growth plan to turn our economy around and he has the record to back it up, taking Utah to first in the nation in job growth," Huntsman spokesman Tim Miller said.

He continued, "While Rick Perry and Mitt Romney are timid, Jon Huntsman is offering the bold solutions Americans need."

Texas Rep. Ron Paul's campaign manager said the jobs numbers fell short.

"We can and must do better," John Tate said. “More federal intervention is not the answer; it will only dig a deeper hole. Few in government seem to realize this."

House Speaker John Boehner used the jobs numbers to call on Senate Democrats to take action on jobs bills that passed the Republican-controlled House.

"Senate Democrats are out of excuses and the president must call on them to act," Boehner said in a statement. "The House has voted to remove government obstacles to desperately needed jobs - and we've done it in a bipartisan way. At a time when these bipartisan jobs bills are stalled in the Senate, it is unacceptable for the White House to be anything less than 100 percent engaged in the legislative process."

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soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Paul

    fascinating, where's Freud when you need him? As Franklin Rossevelt said Mr.President, just try something! and you've done just that.

    November 4, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. Scot

    JOBs JOBS JOBS That is what the republicans ran on in 2010 ! Jobs bill passed ? Republicans blocked all aspects of it for political gain ! Who's the bad guys now ? Whos's the first to whin about any positive gain ? The republican congress again !

    November 4, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. WatchDawg

    Off course the GOP did. But what have the GOP/Tea Party done to help the economy..WAIT..they are ensuring In GOD We Trust stays on the books...
    They missed a priority jobs jobs

    November 4, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. Salsaluver

    The republicans are spewing they're own BS. Where is they're plans for a jobs bill? The president has layed one out and its voted down. How do you expect for the unemployment numbers to decline? Al least the current administration has stopped the bleeding somewhat.

    Obama for 4 more years. For sure.

    Do I need to mention his foreign policy experience? In my views, the crooked republicans cannot even consider on attacking the President with their non-experienced views.

    November 4, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. Ryan NC

    Republicans astound me! They ran saying they were to create jobs and did NOTHING but HAMPERING job creation and now they pin it on the Democrats and the president?!?! They won't be ousted from congress fast enough!

    November 4, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. Stephen in VA

    Yeah, yeah, it's always the same ole' same ole' from Republicans. We let the (R)s drive the economy off the cliff, and so now all they've got is that it's not coming back fast enough. Give it a break, folks.

    November 4, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. Larry

    I do not see any jobs bills coming out of congress. Until that happens, congress and the republican party should quit pointing any blame at this point. It has been one year since the last election and this congress has done literally nothing except to be concerned about "in God we trust".

    November 4, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Michael Turner

    Oh dear, the republicans criticize President Obama when they were responsible for losing millions of jobs during George W. Bush's presidency. Obama has added more than a million jobs while the Republicans added no jobs during 8 years in the White House.

    November 4, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  9. Debbie

    Oh come on! I'm not a lover of Obama but the GOP cannot keep blaming the jobs numbers on Obama. Well, I guess they can keep blowing hot air but they have done zero! The Bush Tax cuts have done zero (in the over 10 years we've had them) for creating jobs. It's a constant excuse about jobs. Where are the jobs promised from 2010 elections? Why have all GOP signed the Norquist pledge? How is representing 1 man (King Louis?) representative government. Why the everyday block or filibuster on jobs? As I said, I am not an Obama lover but the GOP is not even remotely honest on the jobs issue.

    November 4, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. Mike

    I don't get it? The GOP has stalled congress and is voting on "In God We Trust". We need to vote out the stallers, and put in some movers and shakers. And yes, America is losing the middle class.

    November 4, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. gg

    30 years of shipping jobs overseas importing every thing,is going to take a while to correct thank you congrees

    November 4, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. hondabear

    HEY REBUBES..... LOOK AT YOURSELF!!!! if you haven't noticed the Pres. is doing what he can with a no do congress!!! you (congress) said no to his jobs bill and he went to the people. congress has done NOTHING but blame the Pres. FYI, the people are watching you. the Presidents approval ratings are going up, unemployment is down and we have gained jobs. all this without the help of congress!!!!!! put that in your pipe and smoke it!!!

    November 4, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  13. chelle

    OWS is entirely correct. The fact that regulations did not exist to prevent this mess did not mean that Goldman Sachs and all the other greedy people needed to take advantage of that lack of foresight. They turned a blind eye to the damage they were causing and proceeded to wheel and deal with impunity. Please don't blame this solely on the politicians – some self-restraint would have been admirable.

    November 4, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. Woman In California

    Whatever, I'm STILL voting for President Obama AGAIN.

    November 4, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. k

    50-years of BS politics and economics are why we are where we are.

    And still nothing has changed.

    November 4, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. SecedingfromTexas

    1. If the Bush tax cuts are so "job producing", why does Bush still hold the worst job creating record of any
    President since the beginning of job creation recording?
    2. What would the job creation numbers be if House Republicans worked for the people that hired them and not
    for Norquist?
    3. What possible defense do those who are willing to let the American people suffer because they are so
    filled with hate and jealousy have?
    4. Do you really trust and respect these people? I do not.

    November 4, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  17. KathyC in Minnesota

    I have never read such rediculous statements by Congressional Republicans in all my life!! John Boehner keeps saying, "Where are the jobs?"

    When President Obama has traveling , and will continue to do so, around the country talking with Americans that the GOP in Congress needs to get off their lazy butts. Obama HAS been selling his case that the very wealthy need to pay their fair share, invest in America, and get America rebuilt. There are millions of Construction workers who are out of work. People want to work! Mitch McConnell and his Senate ilk, along with John Boehner and his ilk in the House are the ones keeping Americans from working!

    Asking Millionaires and Billionaires to pay seven-tenths of a penny more in taxes over a million dollars is too much of a burden?? Give me a break!!! The American people are listening and that has the GOP worried. No wonder their poll numbers are in the toilet. For the JOBS the GOP in Congress care about are their own.

    November 4, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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