About 35,000 fewer jobs than the consensus expected were created in April, a fact that gives Republicans even more reason to hammer President Obama on the state of the economy. They’re already at work.
Mitt Romney guessed right, writing an op-ed in The Plain Dealer of Cleveland this morning that served as a “letter” to Obama — which also happens to be in a swing state. In it, he asks, “Where are the jobs?”
Mr. President, your promises now ring hollow. If you have brought new ideas to Ohio for creating jobs, why have you waited three years to unveil them? Have you suddenly had a revelation, or is it because 2012 is an election year? Whatever the case, what you are offering Ohio now is too little, too late.
It comes as Obama prepares to travel to Ohio State University this weekend as part of a two-event schedule to officially “kick off” his 2012 campaign.
Romney was also on Fox News this morning, giving his direct reaction to the jobs report and calling it “terrible and “very disappointing.” He said the economy should be creating about 500,000 jobs at this point.
And just minutes after the jobs report was released, the Republican National Committee was ready with its statement hammering Obama.
“President Obama’s desperate hype-and-blame campaign will try to spin today’s anemic jobs report six ways to Sunday, but the facts remain clear: too many Americans have been unemployed for far too long. For millions, the economy is simply not working,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said.
House Speaker John Boehner (also from Ohio) was late to respond by other Republican standards. He issued this around 9 a.m.:
Rather than address these challenges, President Obama has wasted time trying to distract the American people with gimmicks like the Buffett tax hike and fake fights over noncontroversial issues. Election-year gimmicks might win the president some votes but they won’t create American jobs.
Still awaiting the White House reaction…
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