August 3rd, 2012
07:37 PM ET
10 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. Betty MN

    No matter how hard they try nobody in the White House will ever be as numb and dumb as Mitt Romney, John Sununu and their republican bretheran

    August 3, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  2. Debbie

    Sununu tied to Bush's as is Romney. A vote for Romney is a vote to return to Bush's...Read my lips and Mission Accomplished.

    August 3, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  3. Myviewis

    More people are looking for work, are unemployed than the 163,000 jobs created which is why unemployment rate went up to 8.3%. It's simple mathematics. And does anyone really believe Harry Reid that a Bain Capital investor knows the private IRS matters of Governor Romney and knows for a fact that Governor Romney did not pay taxes for 10 years? Give me a break, how dumb is all this nonsense becoming. Anything to distract the voters but hey, people are still standing in the unemployment line and have been standing there for years now. I think Harry Reid should try medication for this out of control behavior.

    August 3, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  4. lyn

    Takes a lot of gaul to criticize the White House when his plan would be to go back to the policies that nearly destroyed this Country. Dumb and dumber would be anyone who buys into his philosophy.

    August 3, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    No, John, YOU and YOUR PARTY are the numb and dumb in this scenario, putting party ahead of country as you block everything the President has tried to do! You and your Rethug governors who've been cutting taxes for corporations and the wealthy in their states, then balancing the budget on the backs of police, fire and teaching personnel. If your party and your governors weren't so intent on bringing our country down in an attempt to blame President Obama, unemployment would be closer to 7%.

    Under President Obama's leadership, we've experienced 28 straight months of private sector jobs growth – compare that to the 800,000 jobs our economy was shedding EVERY MONTH when Bush left office.

    Sununu, you and your party and you ilk make me want to HURL! And I'm not the only one: I personally know three life-long Republicans who've switched their party affiliation because they also want to hurl over what your pathetic party has become!

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice.

    August 3, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    I would really like for Willard and Shamu to tell the 163,000 employed people that this doesn't matter. Any bets they will?

    August 3, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  7. david

    in America the word job is all about politics it does not represent reality. and if the republicans win again they will screw up America again becaise they are like locust that destroy everything on their path but they dont like por people, the 25 million they say they are fighting for are mostly minirities Black, Latinoes who are being deliberately ignored by the republican policy, they talk about black unemployment as if they were not the one that discriminated against their hiring. the problem of unemployment was the legacy left by the republican government of Bush and it is not what you can solve overnight it will take time especially when the unemployment is related to the economy operating at maximum, and the maximum for America is the economy of the world . and since the recession only America ha recovered albeit slow the rest of the world econmy has remain tepid with negative GDP growth. it can be argued that the result in America is a pointer to the ability of President Obama in managing the economy , not to mention that his stewardship of the entire nation have prvided strength for other aea of the economy to heal. Obama is the answer not Romney

    August 3, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  8. mcmasehere

    I totally agree!! Numb an Dumb is Obama if he thinks we are buying his made up figures on any topic!
    I wonder how much CNN is getting of the 77 million to make Obama look good. WOW Obama really thinks
    Americans are stupid enough to fall for this? Not me!

    August 3, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  9. Arun

    This man and his party are the most pathetic group of people in this country. Their policies brought the world economy close to destruction by deregulating everything. Oh yeah, we'll let wall street and the oil industry regulate themselves. Lets see, wall street collapsed and we had the wors oil spill in the history of this country.

    August 3, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  10. once upon a horse

    you think a lot of people are suffering here now, just put Romney in office with his plan to continue to cut taxes for the wealthy and pass the burden on to the rest of us. Plus Sununu and his GOP cronies think adding almost 200,000 jobs in July was bad then they have to put a negative spin on the economy because Mitt has no plan to really move it in a better direction. And if the latest polling shows anything more Americans are NOT falling for Mitt's voodoo economics much anymore.

    August 3, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  11. mcmasehere

    Wow I just noticed if you say something kind about Obama....your post goes thru right away, HOWEVER, If you say something negative about Obama your post awaits moderation! YEAH...THATS CNN ALRIGHT...Right up Obama's
    A$$ and making sure Obama sounds good to voters. better call out the reinforcements...You are going to need a lot more help to make Obama look good. Sorry are making yourselves look Numb and Dumb as well.

    August 3, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  12. FedUp

    The White House thinks no one has a brain and can think for themselves. That's why they cited the new jobs number instead of the higher unemployment. We are supposed to be too stupid to realize that we are losing jobs faster than we are gaining them.

    August 3, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  13. Richard T.

    This coming from the fool that stated that Mittens "retroactively retired" from Bain. Show the tax returns!

    Mittens has avoided showing then in running for the Senate and MA Govenor despite saying others should. When one did he then said she did not release her husbands tax return (hypocritical butt-head Mitt Robmey. Also stated in his run for Govenor that he would release his, just like he said after T. Kennedy releases his. Oh that was from severaol years before in an unrelated election.

    Truly an tried and practice etch-a-sketch campaign tactic. What is he hiding?

    August 3, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  14. me again

    If Obama gets reelected, I can see just see him boasting of continually creating jobs for another four years while our country falls to pieces. I don't want Romney elected, I want to see Obama do something, to back up his loud talk.

    August 3, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  15. T

    This dude needs to shut-up!! He is always calling some names.....

    August 3, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  16. CryBabies

    Too bad that the POTUS is in way over his head. People voted for a rookie politician and this is what we have... a"marketing manufactured" POTUS. Don't let David Axelrod fool you again attention!

    August 3, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  17. chuck weidemann

    Sununu has no clue...he's part of the say anything ,do anything hit men for Romney to do the muck raking. Romney likes to have others with nothing to lose do this for him. So far I haven't see one bit of positive look to the future plan or innovative idea put forth by this Romney campaign.....only attack or react adds. Not much behind this stuffed shirt that I can see.

    August 3, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  18. Squigman

    What a pant load. If it would start raining jobs, and the economy started looking as bright as the sun, the republican idiots would still find something to whine about. It's getting so every time I see one of them on a channel, I change it as fast as I can, They're constant whining makes me physically ill.

    August 3, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  19. carlos

    Romney said the report was a "hammer blow to struggling middle-class families."....him and sununu should be the ones getting the hammer blow...imbeciles

    August 3, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  20. LMC

    Does any really expect Sununu to have an unbiased opinion?

    August 3, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  21. luke,az

    Who in the heck is Sununu, is he from the Nixon administration or what?, by the way Gov. Romney, SHOW US YOUR TAXES !!!

    August 3, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  22. rparker2757

    ...bravely spoken (what's the current compensation rate for such bravery)?

    August 3, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  23. DTDinNM

    Anyone, and I mean ANYONE who was in any way, shape or form part of the George W. Bush (biggest idiot to EVER serve as POTUS) who calls the current White House dumb is a blatant example of the pot calling the kettle black!

    August 3, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  24. w5cdt there's a loser we haven't heard from in a long time.

    August 3, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  25. spenteco

    Hey, CNN, Mittens's tax return is incomplete as he has not released the form concerning foreign bank accounts. What is it about those accounts that CNN is not curious about? Mixed breed Sununu, with his Muslim Palestinian father and Latin momma, was born in Cuba because his old man was a Baptiste fascist. What credibility does that no serving POS have . I include his wussy son in that Pos club of Mittens' boys. That Romney bunch is a real bunch of egotistical, hypocritical, candyasses that don't have a man among them. And Lady Mittens needs to have rafalca mount her and ride off into the sunset. Ot would be the best ride she ever had.

    August 3, 2012 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
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