GOP pounces on Obama economic comments
June 8th, 2012
03:27 PM ET
10 years ago

GOP pounces on Obama economic comments

(CNN) - Republicans wasted little time on Friday after President Barack Obama's assertion that the "private sector's doing fine," hammering him for the comment in a web video, conference call, and on stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney asked at a campaign event in Iowa if the president was "really that out of touch."

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In a Friday press briefing, Obama provided the fodder for Republicans, saying, "we've created 4.3 million jobs over the last two - 27 months. Over 800,000 just this year alone. The private sector is doing fine." Local governments and infrastructure - the public sector - are stuttering, he continued, urging Congress to consider "how do we help state and local governments and how do we help the construction industry." At a photo-op later in the day, the President sought to clarify his comments saying "it is absolutely clear that the economy is not doing fine."

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey shot back in his appearance at CPAC that Obama "saddled us with all of these federal rules and regulations that don't allow governors to have the freedom to do what we really want."

"He has the audacity to stand up this morning and say that it's the nation's governors and mayors who are driving our economy down by not hiring enough people for government work," he said.

A few hours after the press conference, Obama's remarks were rolled into a Republican National Committee web video, which sandwiched it between news clippings.

"How can President Obama fix our economy if he doesn't understand what's broken," the video asked.

RNC chairman Reince Priebus said in a conference call with reporters that "his announcement that the private sector is doing 'fine' says to me that he's just completely out of touch with the 23 million struggling Americans, and doesn't have a clue how to create jobs or turn the economy around."

The president, Priebus said, "has to be living in an alternate universe."

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Filed under: 2012 • Chris Christie • President Obama • Republicans
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. mikle

    American people did experiment and they pay for it. I'm sure this will make story for future vote. President must have experience. No more community organizer.

    June 8, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. Ready

    Obama/Biden are hacks for the unions and leftist orgs, it's obvious they have no clue how to run a govt.

    June 8, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. FedUp

    The private sector IS doing fine. After all, that dirty money that Obama loves to hate, added up to over $60 million for his little campaign last month. The private sector is doing fine donating to him.

    June 8, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. Delusional Democrats Whining Crying Blaming, My Dream Has Come True

    Scott - seem to forget that Romney wants to lay off police, fire fighters, and teachers
    Police, fire fighters and teachers are state, city and town expenses. The federal government has no business in paying for ANY of these. Local taxes should pay for them. Should the feds be paying for your local trash collection too? The dog catcher?? The local building inspector??? And if they do, does this then make them federal employtees and not town employees??

    Bottom line is that this type of spending IS NOT THE ROLE of the federal government! If the states, towns and cities can't afford to pay for these people, then these jobs should NOT exist.

    June 8, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. DTB

    Good point FedUp, especially when last month Romney received more private funding than the democrats. You giant idiot.

    June 8, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Luke,AZ

    If the party of NO would get off of their butts and do something instead of wanting to see our president fail our country would makea quicker recovery. Boehner and McConnell need to think more about America than they do about petty politics.

    June 8, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. Former Republican for President Obama

    @ Scott; Thank you for your post you are a very intelligent and reasonable person. When I read a response such as yours I know we will be alright and there are still many intelligent people.

    June 8, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. scmom

    Please let November come soon. The republicans are going to explode. If they get their way you all will get what you deserve. Unless you are rich of course, then no worries, be happy.

    June 8, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Santorum hasn't released his delegates to Romney just like he's expecting the unexpected. If I were Romney I'd watch my back very closely because it's clear Republicans don't want him anymore than Democrats.

    June 8, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. steve

    The private sector is doing fine, look at all the cash they have on the books. They just aren't HIRING,! Unless you live in another country.

    June 8, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. Moderate Independent

    If Former Governor Romney would stop criticzing President Obama and give us his plan he might earn some respect. As of this date he has not told the American people his plans. It is easy to armchair quarterback when one does not have to make decisions. We need a plan not just criticism of President Obama.

    June 8, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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