Gingrich derides Obama on jobs, new numbers aside
January 6th, 2012
10:41 AM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich derides Obama on jobs, new numbers aside

Lebanon, New Hampshire (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich derided the failed economic policies of President Barack Obama despite the latest jobs numbers that show the unemployment rate is now the lowest since the beginning of his administration.

"Three full years into the Obama presidency, and there are still 1.7 million fewer Americans going to work today than there were on Obama's Inauguration day," the former speaker said in a statement.

The economy added 200,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 8.5 % in December, according to a Labor Department report.

"Today's new December unemployment figure doesn't capture the full scale of the tragedy: almost 24 million Americans still unemployed, working part-time for economic reasons, or discouraged from looking for work," Gingrich said.

For the past 6 months, at least 100,000 jobs have been added the economy each month.

The 8.5% unemployment rate is now the lowest it's been since February 2009.

The statement said, "The Obama experiment has failed, and it is time to look to proven solutions that have successfully empowered job-creators in the past."

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Filed under: 2012 • Jobs • Newt Gingrich • President Obama
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. patrica dickeNson

    Mr Pres.if God is for you who can be against you God bless you keep up the good work God is with you always.

    January 6, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. Michael

    The REAL news is that President Obama is turning the country around without REPUGLCAN help, but it looks like GOD's help was in play here to their dismay....That is the story CNN....President Obama's STIMULUS has had an effect on this economy in a positive way.....The GDP was -8.9%, national debt 1.3 trillion, Deficit 11 trillion, 2 wars, mortgage crisis, Auto crisis, Wall street crisis, nuclear crisis was the baggage this President inherited and repuglicans and the media act liked recovery should have been instantaneous.......I DO NOT THINK AMERICANS ARE THAT STUPID!

    January 6, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Rickster

    I saw Debbie Wasserman-Schultz on TV last night talking about the republican candidates. I knew she was a major-league loon but I had no idea how dumb she is........she could barely put words together to form a sentence.

    January 6, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What's he doing in that picture? Trying to resurrect the dead?
    "Rise Lazarus, rise!!".

    January 6, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC


    Why is it so many commenting on this page forget the last 2 years of the Bush administration, Congress was run by Democrats, Democrats were making law, Democrates run this country into the ground and ran up the debt.
    Why is it that so many conservatives *choose* to ignore that fact the Republicans ran the Congress for the previous ten years, with a Republican in the White House for the last six years? The Democrats gained the Congress in Jan. 2007, people noticed the mortgage crisis in 2006, and the Great Recession began in Dec. 2007. The first budget from the Democratic Congress began in Oct. 2007. Why is it that so many conservatives keep trying to blame the Great Recession on the Democrats.

    January 6, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. Steve, New York City

    True, Gingrich, fewer jobs . . . .and simply STAGGERING that the right bluntly ignores the fact that their buddy Bush '43 had some role in this.

    January 6, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ...Or more like trying to resurrect his campaign!!

    January 6, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. tony

    Thank you Mr President for outstanding efforts to put America back to work keep fighting do not get bugged down by these good for nothing republicans come out swinging the only reason you are not getting any credit from them is because you are a black man plain and simple.

    January 6, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. Just a thought


    You are pathetic. First off, look at your moniker(?) Stupidity and ignorance knows no bounds with people like you. During the Obama Presidency, I got a great job...paying twice what I was getting during Dubya's stint in office. But of course I have an advanced degree and I wasn't the vapid loon, that sits watching"all Faux'd NEWS" like you.

    Return to your mom's basement, take your meds...we're not counting people like you in the unemployment numbers, as we need skilled/thinking americans to get back to work....we don't need your pointy headed simple terms...Go away

    January 6, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. eciam

    Very Good News, I hope the next report states 275,000 jobs added.

    January 6, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. once upon a horse

    @ PA_outofwork.....

    if you are still unemployed according to the GOP it's YOUR OWN FAULT. Herman Cain said it and got a standing ovation. Yet these are the people you want to support. LOL

    January 6, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. patrica dickeNson

    No weapon that form. Against Pres Obama shall prosper and every tongue that rise up.against. Him shall be stop amen.

    January 6, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. ade sha

    the Republicans would lose in election day thank to obama and his cabinet.

    January 6, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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