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. Wake up people

    Of course they do...and they blame him for Global Warming, the wars, kids getting high off potpourri, Aids, Cancer. The list is endless. Yet not one of them is doing anything to make things better. Look up hypocrite in the dictionary and I guarantee a picture of the rethuglican party will pop up.

    OBAMA 2012!
    Don't fall for the lies people.

    June 1, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. kakaraka


    June 1, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. DLA1

    I see that trickle down economics and the Bush Era tax cuts and having their desired affect.

    June 1, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. Matt

    It's just not Republicans that are blaming Obama for the lousy job numbers. It's the American people, many of which are unemployed and see no hope of employment until this guy is voted out of office in November.

    June 1, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. Sandy

    "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.

    What policies? Republicans won't pas them!

    June 1, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. F Minus

    Obama himself said during 2008 campaign (while he was promoting "Change") that we cannot expect different results by doing the same thing.
    So we now know what Obama did in his first term (national debt grows to 15 trillion, unemployment rate 8.2+%, etc, etc), how can we expect his second term will be any different?

    June 1, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  7. dreamer96

    Typical..the GOP house writes the spending bills...the GOP trashed the economy...the GOP and the Tea Party, block any fair budget deals...they were the ones chanting "bring on the default"....

    June 1, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. The REAL Truth...

    You gotta luv Mittens and the Repugs.. EVERYTHING wrong with the country – including jobs – is Obama's fault. Look in the mirror guys! There are none so blind as those that don't want to see !!

    June 1, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. bethjoyce

    So what else is new? If the numbers were good the Republicans would say the validity is in question. If they're bad they blame Obama. What they say is so predictable that it ultimately has no impact on the polls or election outcomes.

    June 1, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. RealityBites

    Its about a lot more than the job numbers.

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    June 1, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. winromney

    wow i think the moving van should be just around the corner

    June 1, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  12. John

    GOP House has not passed any jobs Bills. They have tanked the economy on purpose and are trying to fool the American people.......

    June 1, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. Wake up people

    If you traitors would get off your sorry azzes and stop trying to obstruct the POTUS, things would be a helluva lot better. Get over it. The POTUS is black and the world didn't end. Who on earth would have thunk it?? As a black woman in America, this absolutely breaks my heart, knowing so many still hate and disrespect our race. God bless you President Obama, you definitely need it with this pack of jackals.
    OBAMA 2012!

    June 1, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. Ann Marie

    Thanks obstructionist bagger domestic terrorist GOP house. I'm sure you're high fiving each other all over the place. I still know what you're doing, it is your wet dream

    June 1, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  15. joyce

    Other than cutting taxes for the rich and approving the oil line what have the republicans said they would do to create jobs. That is what they said they woiuld do in 201 when the tea party people got in and they havin't done it.

    June 1, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Sydnium S. Washington

    Flop goes the Obama. (shudders)

    June 1, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. geeky

    Here's what's killing the middle class:
    1. Despite rising profits, American corporations are still reducing health care benefits and pay. Why? Because they can.
    2. High fuel costs caused in large part by failure to regulate rampant speculation
    2. Outsourcing of American jobs overseas
    Can Obama do anything to fix those things that would not be painted as "anti-business" by the Republicans?

    June 1, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. aurelius

    For the GOP to blame Obama for the economy is the height of hypocrisy. Bush left Obama with a $11 trillion deficit from which we may never recover, two wars and 200+ country in the world who felt contemptuous toward the US for electing such an inept and poorly prepared president.

    June 1, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. Amazing

    When the jobs numbers were trending up in thepast couple of months, Romney said President Obama had nothing to do with the trend. Mitt, you can't have it both ways!

    June 1, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. Hurryup 2012

    Unemployment rises, stocks fall......yep, that hopey/changey thing has been wonderful for America. Things will not improve until this clown is out of office.

    June 1, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  21. Natalie in MN

    Are you serious....Republicans blaming Obama? Now, that's novel and surprising! Most of us get that the GOP tactics have led to this outcome. From day one, remember, they said they'd make him a "one-term President." Their tactics have been to block every dang thing Obama puts forward for jobs....the infrastructure bill that would have put thousands back to work and repaired our embarrassingly broken down bridges and highways. They do this with no regard to the middle class and jobs outcome and now they sit and point fingers because they didn't really want the country to succeed under Obama, they just want their greedy power back. The true blame lies with the GOP. Didn't they lie their way in to taking over Congress in 2010 by promising "JOBS, JOBS, JOBS" and so many fools fell for it? Now we have the worst Congress in recent history. The GOP must go so this country can finally move forward.

    June 1, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. george of the jungle

    congress has stalled any job creating bills. I see they are going to start giving mitt intellegence briefings. Maybe they should just give him some intellegence. Hopefully this will shut him up on foreign policy that he knows nothing about. Slime that he is. Obama 2012 Forward.

    June 1, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  23. Thomas

    A do nothing congress !

    Infrastructure , the GOP obstructionists need to be thrown out .

    June 1, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |

    Who is the President. It is President Obama, where are the jobs, it is your policies that are creating unemployment. Today Mitt Romney has clinched the Election.

    June 1, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  25. dnick47

    Romney is a bold faced liar! Any one can see that Republican policies of huge tax breaks for the rich, trickle down economics and Fox New 24/7 rotating lie gam has destroyed the job market. Were we under a Keysenian system we'd be well on the way to recovery, the deficit would be falling, unemployment would be a 6% or less and the mood of the nation would be 1000000% brighter. More Republ;ican + the Mormon Church = Pain + Grief + Misery

    June 1, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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