Republicans blame Obama for job numbers
June 1st, 2012
09:07 AM ET
9 years ago

Republicans blame Obama for job numbers

(CNN) - Top Republicans were quick to fault the Obama administration for Friday's job numbers, which showed a lower-than-expected addition of 69,000 jobs in May and a slight bump in the unemployment rate to 8.2% from 8.1% last month.

"It is now clear to everyone that President Obama's policies have failed to achieve their goals and that the Obama economy is crushing America's middle class," Mitt Romney said in a statement.

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The presumptive GOP presidential nominee went on to describe the new numbers as "devastating news for American workers" and evidence of the president's "handling of the economy."

"The President's re-election slogan may be 'forward,' but it seems like we've been moving backward. We can do so much better in America," he said.

House Speaker John Boehner also piled on, saying the numbers represent a new "normal" for the White House.

"President Obama's failed policies have made high unemployment and a weak economy the sad new normal for families and small businesses," Boehner said in a statement.

He argued that for the last three years, "the unemployment rate has remained far above what the administration predicted with the 'stimulus' spending binge."

Boehner also blamed Congressional Democrats for halting legislation that Republicans argue would improve the economy, such as the production of the Keystone pipeline.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus also fired off a statement hitting the president over the numbers.

"Today's extremely troubling jobs report proves yet again that President Obama's policies simply are not working and that he has failed to live up to the promise of his presidency," Priebus said.

He added: "The American people are still asking, 'where are the jobs?' Republicans are listening. It's time for President Obama and Senate Democrats to stop playing games and start listening too."

Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, chairman of the House Republican Conference, said while he doesn't blame the president for creating the problem, he holds Obama responsible for making it "worse."

"What we need is to promote economic growth, fundamental tax reform," he said on CNN's "Starting Point." "You won't get economic growth with this president's policies."

However, Alan Krueger, chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, made the case that "problems in the job market were long in the making and will not be solved overnight."

Despite the sluggish job growth, Krueger said May marked the 27th month in a row with additional private sector jobs.

"The economy is growing but it is not growing fast enough," he said in a statement.

Krueger pointed to the president's "American Jobs Act" and his "To-Do List" for Congress, which includes proposals to cut tax incentives for moving jobs overseas, give a 10% tax credit to small businesses that add jobs or raise wage and help veterans find work.

"It is critical that we continue the President's economic policies that are helping us dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession," Krueger siad.

CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Jobs • John Boehner • Republicans • RNC
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Ancient Texan

    The "laser focus" on jobs turned to 100% focus on character assasination on his opponent. Nothing else matters, just his re-election. The country and it's citizens are just an afterthought to his narcissism.

    June 1, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  2. Jim

    And I suppose they had no hand in the matter, right? Because it's not like they block any bills the President submits, or like they are willing to compromise. Nope, it's all got to be Obama's fault. Well, guess what, Right-Wingers, you share as much blane as the President. Time to own it.

    June 1, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  3. Fair is Fair

    As well they should. He's been in office for 3 1/2 YEARS now. The economy is HIS. And he's failed... MISERABLY. And yet his minions will defend him to their last breath. Well go right ahead. Follow him right off a cliff.

    Romney 2012

    June 1, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  4. Jill-IN

    Liars liars and pants on fire. The Hell NO Congress under Boehner ran on Jobs and has refused to put jobs bills and training bills on the floor to help lift the 6% who needs jobs. 92% who want to work are working and in some States the employment rate is much higher than that. This Congress has done nothing to help citizens get training and jobs – that is the real failure here.

    June 1, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. go

    manufacturing plants are now parking lots across america,. did not happen on obama,s watch,replacing those jobs will take time

    June 1, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  6. rla

    Pointing out the obvious is not blame!!!!!! It is assigning responsibility!!!! Too bad the democrats have not evolved enough to see reality from within their closed circle of ideologues!

    June 1, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    I won't argue Republican hypocrisy anymore. At this point in American history, it is a useless to argue with those put in charge to "correct" joblessness in America, and yet have done nothing but literally clap their hands in glee when these reports come out each month showing a lower than predicted increase.

    Fact is, the GOP is beyond contempt.

    I will say that ANY month that adds American jobs is a good month for America. This is the 26th straight month of positive job growth ... in spite of the GOP.

    June 1, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  8. John Y

    I also think President Obama deserves the blame for 26 months of positive job growth!

    June 1, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  9. RKN

    Making it worse? Obama has had to fight the GOP in congress as they do everything they can to make him fail. He is just trying to clean up the mess he was left with from 8 years of Bush. If not for Obama we would have much higher unemployment and a much worse economy.
    Romney is clueless. All he did was buy companies, take them apart and fire people... don't forget that he said he liked to fire people.

    June 1, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  10. J

    I thought the Republican's were going to create jobs. Isn't that what they promised when the were voted into office almost 2 years ago? Are you telling me they lied?

    June 1, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  11. yea right

    crushing the middle class....really! short term memory loss for repug policies

    June 1, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  12. GI Joe

    With Congress sitting there yelling NO to infrastructure jobs, it's kinda hard to start anything.

    Vote the baggers out in 2012 and get our country back on it's feet.

    June 1, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. s

    Of course they will blame anyone but themselves, that is what they are good at. There has to be better news reporting than this.

    June 1, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. Larry L

    Only a complete fool would expect the terrible economy left for President Obama to be fixed in less than four years. Over 8.5 million jobs were lost before he took office. Every attempt to help has be purposefully obstructed by the Republicans – especially those in the Senate. Their only goal was to prevent an economic recovery to increase their chances of election.

    June 1, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  15. tee27

    what`s so funny about Republicans there are framing Obama on the Jobs report by blocking everything, Voters remember this mitch mcconnell went on TV before Obama took office and said his #1 gold is to make Obama a one term President at any cost even if it ment bringing down the economy, Theses are mitch words.

    June 1, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  16. TrueAmerican56

    Yeah, cause it couldn't be the Republican's pre-occupation with abortion laws and making sure Obama doesn't get elected, nah, that can't be it.

    June 1, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  17. Bill, NY

    No one, and I mean no one kills jobs like republicans. In spite of these republican buffoons our rate is below 9%. Spain 24%, Greece 22% and Europe as a whole at 11%. Despite being obstructed by the republicans and jitters about Europe we are doing better than expected. We need to vote these clowns in Congress and really get the ball rolling. Boehner and company need to get the hell out of the way and let the big boys handle real business!

    June 1, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  18. s

    Romney and Boehner one of kind, one is incompeitent as hell an the other is just a lair and will say anything to get a vote.

    June 1, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  19. ST

    When the number goes down they start bubbling that the number has been manipulated. And when the number goes up, they start throwing their blames to Pres. Obama. Can anyone help me what these people really want???

    June 1, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  20. demogoat

    The GOP platform during the 2010 elections was JOBS. Sounds to me like they are just as big a failure as anyone else.

    June 1, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  21. 1crusader

    The GOP needsto look in the mirror and blame themselves.The economy would be doing better if the GOP in Congress had signed on to the president's jobs bill with a public/private partnership.They've done nothing for their country except harm it.Also, there are global economic problems that effect us; and that will happen regardless of who's in the White House.

    June 1, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It is too bad that republicans refuse to vote for anything that would help create jobs. Instead, they vote to restrict women's rights.

    June 1, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  23. vgsb2001

    I bet the Romney campaign's are doing high fives right now. They'd rather see the country go down so they can win. Mr. Boehner, what have you done in 2 years..... Mr. Romney, tell me what you would do different... Bush tax cuts are in force for 10 years, nothing has happened... the rich got richer, nothing happened

    Shame on you, republican (and democrats too)...

    June 1, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  24. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Gaining 4.3 million jobs under Obama is a lot better than losing 8 million jobs in Bush's last three years.

    June 1, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    "President Obama's failed policies have made high unemployment and a weak economy the sad new normal for families and small businesses," Boehner said in a statement.
    Why do they have to always speak in the abstract? Republicans make accusations that lake facts and substance. What "failed policies" is he talking about? Because if you look at the record, Repubilcans have succeeded in making a liberal POTUS govern like a conservative.

    Pres. Obama has cut taxes, not raised them. Pres. Obama has not added significant new regulations, except for the financial reforms. Despite the dire rhetoric about financial reforms, the banks seem to be doing pretty well with their record profits year after year. So, it cannot be financial reform that Boehner is talking about? What could it be? Unicorns? It's got to be those pesky unicorns again.

    June 1, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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