Romney, GOP Pounce on Dismal May Jobs Report
A distressing May employment report -- with the fewest number of new jobs created in a year, as unemployment rose to 8.2 percent -- elicited swift criticism of President Obama by Republican leaders and presidential nominee Mitt Romney, as each hammered home their election-year message: The president has had three years to create more jobs and revive the U.S. economy -- and he's "failed."
“Today’s weak jobs report is devastating news for American workers and American families,” Romney said. “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.”
Earlier Friday, House Speaker John Boehner said the president’s “failed policies have made high unemployment and a weak economy the sad new normal for families and small businesses.”
He was joined by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor who declared, "The American people really deserved better... and under new leadership I believe we can do better.”
Democrats were quick to defend the president.
“Problems in the job market were long in the making and will not be solved overnight,” said Alan Kruger, chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers. “The economy lost jobs for 25 straight months beginning in February 2008, and over 8 million jobs were lost as a result of the Great Recession. We are still fighting back from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression."