GOP quick to criticize president over jobs report
March 9th, 2012
09:18 AM ET
11 years ago

GOP quick to criticize president over jobs report

Washington (CNN) - National Republicans were quick to attack the White House over the February jobs report.

Just ten minutes after the Labor Department reported Friday that the nation's unemployment level remained unchanged last month at 8.3%, with 227,000 jobs created, the Republican National Committee issued a press released on the report, which arguably showed the most important economic numbers in the battle for the White House.

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"Today's jobs report is yet another reminder that far too many Americans are out of work, and the situation is clearly not improving. Millions of families continue to feel the pain of the sluggish Obama economy and the rising cost of gas, groceries, and healthcare. They are still waiting on President Obama to keep his promise of an economic recovery," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

GOP presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich will hold campaign events Friday morning in Alabama and Mississippi and are expected to speak out on the jobs report.

President Barack Obama will most likely comment on the unemployment report as well during a manufacturing event later in Virginia.

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    It must kill them that our economy is improving.

    March 9, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  2. @Tothiwim

    The stimulus should have been twice as big. Unemployment is the result of GOP outsourcing, obstructionism, and "trickle-down" Big Lie. We need infrastructure jobs that the corporations won't finance themselves because they are only interested in short-term profits, not the greater good. That's what government is for, and why government should not be run by the rich.

    March 9, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  3. Republican who supports President Obama

    The GOP could have done more when the truth is they are sitting on the sidelines complaining. Actions speak louder then words or spin. I think the spin should stop and they should admit that if they did not participate in hyper-partisanship and obstruction they could have helped shape the jobs bill the President proposed last year. Time to vote out people who are unwilling to work with others for the good of the people.

    March 9, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. Holla

    That's what GOPTP does best criticizing even if the unemployment is pegged to 1 percent. They will find another way of intruding. Enough is good for a wise. Obama 2012.

    March 9, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. Seattle Sue

    I guess the GOP and that weasel Reince Priebus preferred the 775,000 jobs lost during the last few months of G.W. Bush. They can see the chance of them winning the Presidency flying out the window. They would like to see the economy stay down to improve their chance. BTW, I can remember gas hitting $4.13 per gallon in the summer of 2008 and we all know who was President at that time.

    March 9, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  6. SCOTT


    It must kill them that our economy is improving

    How is the ecomony improving, seems to me from these numbers that nothing has changed unemployment is still at 8.3 same as last month. Also how is gas going up in price improving the ecomony. Since most compaines now are charging a fuel surcharge on items they ship. ANONYMOUS you really need to think before you write.

    March 9, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  7. thomas

    Obama is destroying our economy. He gave us two wars and trillions in debt ?

    The GOP will return America to its greatness .

    March 9, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  8. Steve

    Lets not forget that it was the REPUBLICANS that put us in this mess under President Bush. Obama kept us from going into a depression. The GOP are a bunch of liers. They are whats wrong with America. I hope Romney don't get the nomination. HE IS BUSH ALL OVER AGAIN. No Way No Way!! Vote Obama 2012!!!

    March 9, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    they are desperate. RomneyCare is a non-starter. The economy is getting better. They figure making up numbers and information is the only way they don't get completely trounced in the election.

    March 9, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  10. macrasta

    wow..why am I not surprised they are disappointed

    March 9, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  11. MaryM

    lol,, GOP, just keep talking. You are doing more to help President Obama re-election than any DNC ad can.
    lol Just Keep Talking, GOP

    March 9, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. carrotroot

    Leave it to the Republicans to scoff at any good news.

    March 9, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  13. kevin

    @ hey anonymous after 4 yrs. and this man still has unemployment at 8.3% to 14% that are under-employed. gas prices4.50 to5.50 around the country. 18% of the america people's house's are under water. then yesterday to create some jobs any jobs they shot down the keystone pipeline again. he said last year I WILL NOT REST UNTIL EVERY AMERICA HAS A JOB, I GUESS HE PICKS THE JOB HE WANT'S YOU TO HAVE.

    March 9, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  14. Four and The Door

    President Barack Obama will most likely comment on the unemployment report as well during a manufacturing event later in Virginia.
    Let me guess what Obama will say. "You can't fix problems in 3 years that took 8 years to create." ...hoping that there are still enough American voters out there that are stupid enough to imagine that Obama is running against George Bush. He is not. He never was. George W. Bush was taken down by an unconquerable force Obama will never have to worry about. Term Limits.

    March 9, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. RealityBites

    And yet 23.5 million Americans remain out of work or underemployed..

    March 9, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  16. CoJo

    got to agree with Seattle Sue. But people have such short memories

    March 9, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  17. Bob

    Their just salty because if the economy isn't going in the dumps then they dont have a pot to piss in come November.

    March 9, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. Marry

    Reince Priebus: …the situation is clearly not improving.
    Wait – did it say “with 227,000 jobs created” or did it say “jobs lost”? Thought so. Poor GOP/TP/candidates, can’t live a day without a lie against the President!
    BTW, I can already hear the "fans" talking about “can’t trust statistics”. Well, they are still made according to the same standards as under President Bush’s term. Except in his time unemployment rose DRASTIC! Just so we do not forget were we came from, my friends!

    March 9, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  19. Bill

    Nice try GOP – the news is good and you can not handle it. A pathetic group, who clearly do not have America's interests at heart. It is eating them alive every month when positive job numbers are reported. Not a word about the creation of thee jobs, just more carping, complaining, and lambasting the president. Precisely why they will lose in November.

    March 9, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  20. Independent Voters

    President Obama is doing a great job we the american people will make sure Obama win 4 more years.
    These republican candidates are want our country to fail.

    Obama/Biden 4 more years
    Warren 2012

    March 9, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  21. Biggge

    The GOP would have a issue if it was a million jobs, every month America is adding jobs... I am starting to think the GOP is wanting bad news and is upset about the jobs gained....

    March 9, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  22. Jess C GOP'ers really must get your "facts" from Fox Noise. Again and again, you entertain us. It'll be funny to watch "Four & Door" have to change his name in Nov. because of the joke the GOP has become. It it very true. The GOP would rather the county not improve so they can continue their dream of regaining control. However, most of us are aware of where that control got us and haven't forgotten that we were losing over 750,000 jobs per month before Obama took office. Suck on that, GOP....we know our President is working for the middle class. You've never answered how the two Bush wars were to be funded and how those "temporary" tax breaks for those who don't need it impacted the economy.

    March 9, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |

    You never hear any optimism out of the RNC or any of the republican candidates. Even if I oppose the President, you got to admit that this is good news. With all the negative things republicans say regarding the economy, I find it amazing that people still have hope because they just spread a message of gloom and pessimism.

    March 9, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. jboh

    Give it up TEA/GOP. Only your cultists buy your garbage anymore. Your party has become a bunch of mean, nasty, chronic mal-contents. Women are not going back to the kitchen, bare foot/pregnant, graciously submitting. Blacks are not going back to "their place" at the back of the bus. Ask 29 W.Virginia families about the excessive safety regulations TEA hero Don Blankenship rallies against at TEA parties. Sorry folks, but you lie.

    March 9, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    I seem to remember that when we did not get the Olympics, the right cheered: they literally cheered our country losing. The complaints we're seeing come out of our resident rightie trolls only show their frustration at not screwing things up more over the last 3 years. They should be happy that more people are looking for, and finding, work, but I know that kills them. So, they will concentrate on contraception and other issues, determined to to paint themselves as the party of virtue when they would sell their parents' jobs overseas-wait, they already did that.

    March 9, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
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