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. Vieteran

    The republican Party must think that everyone is as dumb as their misguided base, they have block every effort put forth by the President to create even more jobs and to date the only thing they have put forward are defund plan parenthood, deregulation and "In God we Trust" then they comeup with their usual smoke and mirrors. Thery are going to realize to late that its not going to work in 2012!!

    November 4, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. w l jones

    Our Feb have untold twillion of dollar on it land( oil. gas coal and timber) do what business does devolpe and market it there by put people to work.

    November 4, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Pa mom

    Do those looking for jobs understand the very president they support has built obstacles that prevent job growth? Looking at the OWS, I doubt they are smart enough to comprehend this is not about the top 1%. That top 1%, whoever they are, includes the very people Obama takes money from and plays golf with. It includes Michael Moore who spews hate for capitalism and all the other actors who could afford to give up millions. People need to start evaluating what the dems are saying and get back to common sense. Unfortunately, desparate measures to create jobs will also affect the handouts. 50% paying taxes cannot take care of this country!

    November 4, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. thomas

    Republicans hurried the US into two wars lasting over ten years. LOOK BEFOR YOU LEEP GOP !

    I believe that if the GOP had known the whereabouts of Ben Louden . They would have tipped him off just to spite the Obama administration !

    House leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor, Senate leader Mitch McConnell ARE BUMS who will soon be Lobbyist !

    Imagine what this country could accomplish if the OBSTRUCTIONIST GOP WAS OUT ON THE STREET !

    November 4, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Ed DFWTX

    The 80,000 jobs created is at least an improvement considering the obstructionist in the GOP-controlled Congress that have done everything possible to railroad job creation. The Repubs should be ashamed of themseves for putting party before country. Obama 2012! Four more years!

    November 4, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Allinit123

    Do they not know that most of America knows they are hoping the countries economic situation continues to worsen so they can vote out Pres. Obama? They do nothing to help. They are digging themselves in a hole. It's very transparent.

    November 4, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. GI Joe

    It's been slow but steady.

    In the past 2-1/2 years, President Obama has created more jobs than G.W. Bush did in 8 YEARS. In fact, most of our current unemployment started in 2008 and 2008 when Shrub was losing 700,000 PER MONTH CONSISTENTLY. He did nothing. The republicans did nothing. The republicans are STILL doing NOTHING.

    November 4, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. Liz the First

    And they're congratulating themselves for keeping the unemployment figures high so our president looks like the failure. how pathetic! all you unemployed out there still supporting the Greedy Old Pigs, how does it feel to be collateral damage in the war against Obama?

    November 4, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  9. GI Joe

    2007 and 2008 -– my bad typo.

    November 4, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |

    Hmm....,obs, jobs, jobs is the platform the GOP/Tea party ran on in 2010. Where are they?


    November 4, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. Auzzie

    Let me get this right,

    Obama is responsible for modest job growth despite Republican resistance on all initiatives.

    And the Republicans are happy about this. WOW!!!

    November 4, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Honestly

    Doesn't something have to actually get through Congress to be passed into law by the President? If the Republican's would quit filibustering, and actually do their job maybe things would actually start to change.

    November 4, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. Tired of the nonsense

    So here's Obama trying to put people back to work....
    There's the obstructionist GOPers who want to destroy America by shoving us into a depression started by Bush...

    And it's the GOP saying Obama is the problem? What planet do these people come from? The president's the problem solver, they're the problem makers.

    Vote out the GOP!

    November 4, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Jules

    Really, the people who ran on creating more jobs and have done nothing at all, including passing anything to help create jobs, thinks an improved job report is something to critize? These people are the worst of the worst when it comes to politicians. After the Tea Party asked small businesses not to hire so they could keep everyone on the ropes until after the elections, I cannot believe anyone believes in this group of Republicans. Wake up America, the GOP cares nothing for this country and especially not for you.

    November 4, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Terry

    So where were all of the Republicans between 2004 and 2008? The US Economy, with the Housing Market Collapse and Wall Street Debacles leading the way, was in free fall. Millions of Americans lost their jobs. So where were the Republicans?

    November 4, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. icreepin

    While I am not an Obama supporter I will say that instead of laying blame why not put the same energy into fixing the problem. With the current political system in place neither the Dem or the Rep have the ability to do it alone.

    November 4, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. v_mag

    Since the 2008 elections, it's been the Repugnants who have been focused solely on defeating Obama in 2012. To that end, they have obstructed every measure that has been proposed to increase jobs and help the economy. Their goal is to make the economy as bad as they can in order to blame Democrats in 2012 and convince America to hire them, the party that gave us the mess in the first place. They will stop at nothing, including destroying the country, in order to defeat the Democrats, and Obama in particular. That's very close to treason, and a complete abrogation of their sworn duty.

    November 4, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |

    Mitt Romney made profits when the companies he represented at Bain Capital experienced loss of profit, outsourcing of jobs, and plant closings. I don't trust him. Why does the GOP hate the American middle class?

    November 4, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  19. M-AZ Independent

    This is one Independent that is TIRED of the Republican Rehetoric...

    Obama/Biden 2012

    November 4, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. Joshua Ludd

    So... remind me exactly what the Republicans have done about JOBS JOBS JOBS. It was their mantra when they took office, but so far.. its been abortion abortion abortion.. and, of course reaffirming our national motto, which was not being threatened at all. They have done their best to keep anything that would improve the jobs picture from passing including the latest attempt to fund infrastructure projects. They are trying to hold jobs creation hostage until after 2012 so that Obama cannot get any credit for any improvement... putting their own political gain above the good of the country and the people. One could argue it is because what they would do in office is so superior and would fix things, but one would have the problem of the past couple decades of the GOP and the fact that they went out of their way to dig us into this hole in the first place.

    November 4, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. Unbelievable

    Oh give me a break, the main group that refuses to do anything to move this country forward has the nerve to say anything about the President? How stupid do they think we really are?

    November 4, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. a in austin

    What a laugh – the gopt must think main street people are stupid with no memories. The gopt ran on jobs in 2010 but have yet to produce anything except more tax cuts and deregulation ideas. These ideas do not create jobs. For those who bash the "corrupt" government are all members themselves and enjoy their piece of the pie. Geez....

    November 4, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. Joi Gibson

    These people just floor me. House Republicans spend time on bills like reiterating "In God We Trust" as the nation's motto. How does that create jobs? All they do is blame President Obama, which, they hope, will take the focus off them for doing absolutely nothing. The jobs lost under President Obama – seriously. We were slowly but surely chugging along until the Tea Party took over and then things began going down hill and somehow that is the President's fault. Not one Republican has ever accepted responsibility for the nation's fiscal problems, Medicare Part D Program for instance, yet somehow, all our ills began on January 21, 2009.

    November 4, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. Citizen

    As the French proverb goes "Les chiens aboient, la caravane passe". Barking (many times howling) is the only thing that the gaggle of GOP Presidential contenders know. Mr. President continue doing what your conscience permits.

    November 4, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. Real Patriot

    "Republicans hurried to criticize Pres. Barack Obama and congressional Democrats Friday...."

    Wouldn't it be great if the Republicans would "hurry" to work with the Democrats and get something done that might in fact improve the situation?

    Independents-take a close look here-the Republicans don't care about you or anyone but the top 1%-Theirs was supposed to be the "Jobs" Congress-they spend so much time criticizing, setting political IED's for the Democrats-just hoping for the situation to worsen so they can get power-what they will do with that is further eviscerate the middle class-destroy the Social Security and Medicare safety net-throw more people out of their houses–hospitals–jobs, dictate who can marry and who has children....etc..

    Wake up and smell the roses folks-the Republicans are not for America–they are for themselves and their supporters-the top 1%-DON'T LET THEM DO IT!

    November 4, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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