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Mitt Romney didn’t send out a press release until 9:03 a.m. this morning, presumedly because he was updating this statement to hammer President Obama even more on the disastrous jobs report:”Today’s weak jobs report is devastating news for American workers and American families. This week has seen a cascade of one bad piece of economic news after another. Slowing GDP growth, plunging consumer confidence, an increase in unemployment claims, and now another dismal jobs report all stand as a harsh indictment of the President’s handling of the economy. 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. The President’s re-election slogan may be ‘forward,’ but it seems like we’ve been moving backward. We can do so much better in America. That’s why I’m running for president.”
The RNC and Chair Reince Priebus were ready at 8:40 with a pretty standard attack. In part:
“As President Obama jets off to multiple campaign fundraisers today, families across America are still struggling just to make ends meet. The president is desperate to win a second term, but for most Americans, his first term has been unbearable.”
House Speaker calls this weak jobs report the “new normal,” and he’s got a point:
“President Obama’s failed policies have made high unemployment and a weak economy the sad new normal for families and small businesses.”
In case you missed it, the May jobs report was a total disaster. Only 69,000 new net jobs were created in May. Analysts had expected 150,000 new jobs, which was pretty week to begin with.
UPDATE: Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, called the jobs report “awful” on a conference call with reporters this morning.
“[People are] hurting, they’re scared and they want a new direction,” Pawlenty said.
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