Republicans respond to new economic numbers
February 3rd, 2012
10:42 AM ET
9 years ago

Republicans respond to new economic numbers

(CNN) – Republicans were slower than usual to respond to the better than expected January jobs report Friday, which showed the unemployment rate fell to 8.3% and employers added 243,000 jobs.

However, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus was the first high profile GOPer to react, saying the "welcome news" is too little for most Americans.

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"Our economy remains unacceptably weak, and families across the country are still struggling to make ends meet," Priebus said in a statement. "Today's unemployment numbers remind us that our economy is far from fixed. That, by the president's own standard, should make him a one-term president."

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was the first 2012 presidential candidate to respond to the figures and did not miss the opportunity criticize President Barack Obama's handling of the economy.

"Unfortunately, these numbers cannot hide the fact that President Obama's policies have prevented a true economic recovery. We can do better," Romney said in a press release. "I am running for president because I have the vision and experience to help rebuild the economy and put us on a path toward greater prosperity for all Americans."

Former Pennsylvania Sen. and current White House hopeful Rick Santorum said he is encouraged that people are returning to work, but said he is concerned about people abandoning the workforce and the impact the current health care law, dubbed "Obamacare" by Republicans, might have on jobs in the future.

"We're not going to see unemployment go down substantially in the future unless we turn this economy around and get it growing again," Santorum said Friday during a visit to the Mark Twain Dinette in Hannibal, Missouri.

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soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. Al-NY,NY

    hey Mittens...hear that hissing sound? That's the air going out of your big-oil-, big business- balloon

    February 3, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. S.positive

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth, Woww, you are in a PANIC mode. Not to worry, President Obama will win re-election in Nov 2012 as another 4 more years of this good news is good for America...

    February 3, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. mfb

    I don't understand the GOPthe prior GOP policies are what created this mess. And they say Obamas policies are the problem. It looks to me that his policies are starting to help. You can't expect things to recover over night. So if the cut taxes and spend more is what caused this, why does the GOP still think that's what we need to do to fix it. And its a fact that the CBO has stats to show which pres raised the national debt the most. Guess who has raised our debt less then the last 3 GOP pres. Its Obama. Regan,Bush 1 and Bush 2 raised it more then Obama has. So let's talk about our debt peoblem GOP. Let's get the facts out there.

    February 3, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Enough.

    As usual the GOP creates pointless spin. Where are those jobs that the tea-party was supposed to create? NO WHERE!. This wasnt/isn't your average recession one that the GOP created. The GOP has done nothing to create any of these jobs created. Imagine how many more would be created if the jobs bill could be passed? Truth & Nothing But The Truth... SHUT UP!!! GROVER NORQUIST LOVER!! Obama 2012!

    February 3, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. beevee

    The job growth information is indeed good new for all americans except for the republican leadership. They want amricans should suffer longer with high unemployment so that President Obama will be a one term president. Just look at the two GOP leaders's faces in the picture. They are very gloomy because those who voted them into office and lost jobs are getting their jobsback becasue of Obama's policies. That should be very disturbing to them. I only hope those numbers are right and the country is heading in the right direction, no matter what the GOP wants it to head.

    February 3, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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