August 3rd, 2012
07:37 PM ET
11 years ago

Sununu: White House 'numb and dumb' on jobs report

(CNN) - As both sides of the aisle put political spin on Friday's job report, outspoken Mitt Romney surrogate John Sununu weighed in, calling the White House and advisers' comments on the report "numb and dumb."

"They're numb because they're insensitive to the 25 million people that are unemployed and underemployed. And they're dumb because they're deceptive," the Romney national campaign co-chairman said Friday on CNN's "The Situation Room."

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Sununu, the former New Hampshire governor and chief of staff to former President George H.W. Bush, continued, "There were 162,000 jobs created primarily by the artifact of a seasonal adjustment. There were 175,000 fewer people working last month than the month before. These people - if (President Obama) wants to brag about 163,000 phantom new workers, the 152,000 who lost their job are not very happy to hear what Mr. Krueger and the president have to say about trying to spin this as good news."

July's jobs report showed an increase in hiring in the private sector but also an increase in the nation's unemployment rate, which a 10th of a percentage point from 8.2% to 8.3% from last month.

Earlier Friday, Alan Krueger, chairman of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, touted the 172,000 new jobs in the private sector, steering away from the rising unemployment numbers.

Obama followed suit, highlighting the private sector portion of the report in remarks in Washington.

"That means that we've now created 4.5 million new jobs over the last 29 months and 1.1 million new jobs so far this year," Obama said at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Friday. "Those are our neighbors and family members finding work and the security that comes with work."

At a campaign event in Nevada - a state with unemployment numbers above the national average - presumptive GOP presidential nominee Romney said the report was a "hammer blow to struggling middle-class families."

"A lot of people are suffering in this country," Romney said. "I think it's an extraordinary failure of policy, a failure of leadership, and I think it's a moral failure for a country as successful and prosperous as our own to go now four years in a mode which feels to many people as a recession."

Sununu also defended the Republican candidate on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's allegations that an unnamed Bain Capital investor told him that Romney had not been paying taxes. Reid and fellow Democrats have been calling for Romney to release more of his tax returns, suggesting that the wealthy businessman may have something in his financial profile that he wants to hide.

Romney has made public the full 2010 tax return and an estimate for 2011, with a pledge to release the full year once it's complete. He filed an extension for an October deadline, refusing to release further tax documentation.

A loyal Romney aide, Sununu said the political conversation would veer away from distractions like Reid's comments as the public begins to pay more attention to the campaign - a shift that he says will happen about a week or two out from the Republican National Convention in late August.

–CNN's Tom Cohen and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.

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soundoff (189 Responses)
  1. California Gary

    The fact that this particular individual would come out and refer to anyone else as "dumb" is just too funny. If I was in the Romney camp, I would be pushing to dump this guy as quickly as possible.

    August 3, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Mitt Romney's surrogate lap dog John Sununu is such a tough guy !

    All sandwich and no Cuban !

    August 3, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. fullclarity

    And, John, jus what is it you've done to address the American economy? Nothing that's we've seen thus far. so, it's you who's numb and dumb for chairing a candidate whos' being dishonest with the American people. Ask him about what he promised iin the temple and every Sunday when he takes the sacrament. He is not being honest with anyone, least of all himself.

    August 3, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  4. Linda

    Prove Mr. Reid wrong. That is Romney has to do. Until then, Amnericans don't trust him. For all we know, Romney could be getting money from the Taliban or the Mexican Drug Cartel since his SuperPac funders are also secret. The economy... Obama is one there not 435 people in Congress and how many polticians in each state? So why aren't these politicians producing jobs and showing us their numbers. We have 2 half of the jobs problem and the blame of it belongs to the GOP.

    August 3, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. w l jones

    Strange coming frorm a person who do not know the history of labor in America.

    August 3, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  6. Pander Bear

    This from the jackwagon who said "I wish this president would learn how to be an American". Classless conservative.

    August 3, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  7. mjw

    The only numb and dumb is Sununu and Romney supporters. Romney is playing all of you for a fool, because he knows you are all so obssessed with getting rid of Barack Obama you will accept and do anything like lap dog. Romney has been as big a disappointment as Sarah Palin and will produce the same result. I have to say rick Santorium was right. Romney is so wrong in every way.

    August 3, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  8. IrvineCAvoter

    He's just upset that the number has given the POTUS credit and not the GOPT/Repubs any credit.
    Vote Obama/Biden this year America. Romney thinks we're little working class people that don't deserve anything.

    August 3, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  9. vic , nashville ,tn

    Do we have to vote for the policy put us in to this mess or slow recovery? Many will pick slow recovery over the policies put us in to this mess

    John Sununu doesn’t get that

    August 3, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  10. Mokeman

    Given the fact that the world economy is in the tank and we are still seeing growth (athough slower than we would have like), I will take Obama any day.

    August 3, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  11. Bill in Florida

    I don't think an ugly, fat slob such as Sununu should go around insulting people. He needs to look in the mirror!

    August 3, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  12. Bootstomper

    The republican party, the party of sensitivity. Give me a break.

    August 3, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  13. george of the jungle

    where did this clown come from all of a sudden. Repos must be worring they keep digging up these old guys to attack the predident Forward 2012 Hey mitt wheres your tax returns??????

    August 3, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  14. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    Sununu get your old thefing ass back to the retirement center. Release the tax returns.

    August 3, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  15. Thomas

    As White House Chief of Staff, Sununu reportedly took personal trips, for skiing and other purposes, and classified them as official, for purposes such as conservation or promoting the Thousand Points of Light.. Sununu's jets "took him to fat-cat Republican fund-raisers, ski lodges, golf resorts and even his dentist in Boston.. Sununu had paid the government only $892 for his more than $615,000 worth of military jet travel. , Sununu said that his use of the jets was necessary because he had to be near a telephone at all times for reasons of national security.

    Romney / Sununu
    True American Fiscal Responsibility 2012

    August 3, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  16. thedude

    Sununu, of course, is correct – Obama has become such an embarrassment that now even the Kenyans are saying he's from Hawaii.

    August 3, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  17. Cathy

    Sununu thinks alexithymic Mitt's tax evasion problem will go away? NO WAY

    August 3, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  18. doug

    then we can start a conversation about how raising middle class taxes to lower taxes on the rich will do anything to move this economy.

    August 3, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  19. Doc_Hollywood

    Hey, Sununu, if the government wasn't forced by the republicans to cut public sector jobs, the unemployment rate would more likely be in the 5 to 6 percent range. You guys just can't handle ANY good news can you? I think at night you people sit and pray for companies to lay off people so you can say how bad Obama is. It must really chap your balls that the numbers stay positive, huh?

    August 3, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  20. Patriot

    I know its silly but I couldn't resist.
    How much goo does a Sununu spew when a Sunnunu spews out goo?
    What a silly man and what silly spin... We all know, the truth is that Democrats know how to create jobs.
    Since John F. Kennedy was elected president in 1961, job growth under Democratic presidents has outnumbered that under Republicans by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, according to a Bloomberg Government analysis. During that period, non-government payrolls grew by almost 42 million jobs under Democratic presidents, compared to 24 million when a Republican party member was in power.
    The pattern seems to be holding true under President Obama. During the first three years and two months of his presidency, the country hasn't lost nearly as many jobs as during that same first period of his predecessor, according to an analysis from Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman. In April, the total number of private sector jobs finally surpassed that which existed when Obama took office in January 2009, according to the Bloomberg Government report.

    August 3, 2012 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  21. g

    wonder how much this guy has made on wars and overseas investments

    August 3, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  22. De Odorizer

    Sununu put his foot into his less than attractive mouth about a month ago and people made him eat crow.
    So, now he comes for seconds. He is still the same guy who used military planes even to get to the dentist to a cost of 695k to the tax payer under Bush I. Look him up in Wikipedia. Even a Tapir shows beauty compared to this....

    August 3, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  23. MakesSense

    Sununu – Sue – new' -new. n. An irrelevant politician who runs around in circles, spouting irrational conservative propaganda to an audience usually measuring in the single digits to teens...

    August 3, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  24. matt

    Sununu again. Lets wait may be he will try to refrace his statement or retract it entirely. Do you have to use profanity when you are in disagreement with the otherside. Yesterday, Romney told an elderly man to put up or shut up. That is unprofessional for someone who is aspiring to be the leader of the world. Where are the so called christain conservatives. Are you buying into these insults. God will judge iyou f you fail to stand for the truth. Remember abortion is not the only, but lieing is big sin.

    August 3, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  25. vivian

    He never said that about Bush because Sununu is a scathing Right Wing idiot, like the rest of 'em.

    August 3, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
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