Jobs report gives Obama boost

President Barack Obama celebrated much-needed good economic news Friday as the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level since he took office. "We are moving forward again," he boasted. Republican rival Mitt Romney retorted that the president still hasn't done enough to help millions of people who are out of work.
Associated Press
Oct 5, 2012

The figures announced by the Labor Department — 114,000 new jobs last month to bring the unemployment rate to 7.8 percent — gave Obama fresh evidence on the heels of his disappointing debate performance to argue that his economic policies are working. Romney countered that the country can't afford four more years of the president's leadership and argued that the rate is low in part because some people have quit looking for work.

"These are tough times in this community," Romney told a rally outside a construction equipment store after meeting with coal miners who have been laid off. "We're going to bring back jobs and bring back America."

Obama responded that Romney wants to roll back policies that are repairing the economic damage.

"Today's news certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy to score a few political points," Obama said. "It is a reminder that the country has come too far to turn back now."

The unemployment rate fell from 8.1 percent in August, matching its level in January 2009 when Obama became president. There is one more monthly unemployment report before Election Day, so Friday's numbers could leave a lasting impact on Americans who are already casting ballots in states that allow early voting.

The candidates campaigned Friday on opposite ends of one of those early voting states, Virginia. Romney, in the state's far western coal country, said he wants to develop coal and other domestic resources to make the United States energy independent in eight years. Obama focused on recruiting women at an appearance in the Washington suburbs, where he argued that his health care policy has improved their health care choices.

Obama, seeking to rebound after Romney dominated their first debate Wednesday night, is accusing his rival of being dishonest about how his policies would affect the tax bills of middle-class families and the Medicare benefits of retirees. He told an audience at George Mason University that his rival "got an extreme makeover" in their face-off.

He also argued Romney can't bring change to the country when he's "willing to write off half the nation before you take office," a reference to Romney's disparaging remarks about the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay federal income taxes. Romney made the comments at a fundraiser in May that was secretly recorded, but the videotape did not emerge until last month. Romney went as far as he's ever gone to try to take back his words in an interview Thursday night with Fox News.

"Well, clearly in a campaign, with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question-and-answer sessions, now and then you're going to say something that doesn't come out right," Romney said Thursday. "In this case, I said something that's just completely wrong."

At the White House, senior adviser David Plouffe retorted: "I would take with a huge grain of salt trying to clean something up five months after you said it for the first time."

The next presidential debate is not until Oct. 16, a town hall-style meeting at Hofstra University in New York, giving both sides ample opportunities to blanket battleground states and raise money for the final weeks of television advertising.

Romney released three new ads on Friday, offering a window into his strategy for the coming week. One, called "Facts Are Clear," focuses on the national debt and accuses Obama of wasting trillions of dollars instead of creating jobs. A second spot features Greg Anthony, a former professional basketball player from Nevada, talking about his roots in the state and his switch from backing Obama in 2008 to Romney this year.

The third spot is titled, simply, "Ohio Jobs." It features Romney looking straight at the camera to talk to voters from the Midwestern battleground state seen as critical to his White House hopes. Obama also was campaigning in Ohio on Friday.

Obama's team countered with an ad targeting Romney's tax plan, accusing him of planning to raise taxes on the middle class. The ad was airing in seven battleground states.

Romney planned a rally later in the day in St. Petersburg, Fla., kicking off a weekend of campaigning in that state, the largest of the prized battlegrounds. Obama was holding a Friday rally in Cleveland before heading to California on Sunday for a fundraising spree that will include a concert in Los Angeles featuring Jon Bon Jovi, Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder.

Traveling aboard Air Force One, Plouffe foreshadowed an intense focus on Ohio in the coming weeks, where polls have shifted in Obama's favor. No Republican has won the presidency without winning Ohio, and Obama's campaign sees blocking Romney there as one of its best paths to victory.

Plouffe said the true measure of the first debate was whether it moved voters in the battleground states. Speaking of Romney, Plouffe said: "Is he going to take the lead in Ohio? If he doesn't, he's not going to be president," he said.

 

Comments

mikel

mr & mrs moderator please e-mail me a copy of my removed comment along with your reasoning. true to democratic form, if something does not meet your agenda you delete it. i do not believe that any of my recent posts were intrusive to one's feelings. if they believe that then maybe they should pull up their pants and move elsewhere.

Kimo

Re:Rush didn't say it.....I did.

I saw the tape played on nightly news, Rush said it, you repeated what Rush said........man up........

There you go again

I have never watched Rush Limbaugh in my life. Don't tell me what I have said or not said, please.

the office cat

Perhaps.... but you heard it somewhere. We know it. You can deny it all you want. I'll bet you also were the first to say "there you go again" because you certainly don't attribute - and even he didn't originate it.

Contango

@ toc:

And you don't watch MSNBC, CNN and read the Daily Kos in order to gather your Obamasheeple opinions?

Fox, Limbaugh and none of the above own the "truth."

I'm with Pres. Reagan on at least one point: "Trust, but verify."

If I hear or read an "opinion," I often dig for the source and from there form my own.

the office cat

You're right. I don't watch/read any of the above. What is the Daily Kos?

buckeye15

I believe that. You probably haven't watched Rush.....since he has a radio show...not a tv show...lol

Contango

@ buckeye15:

Doesn't he webcam his program?

TV? What age do 'you' live in?

Too bad for you that "Air America" went kaput.

coasterfan

Dear Republican Naysayers: The very same economic experts who analyzed monthly unemployment statistics for years are the same ones who analyzed things this month. This is bad news for Romney because NOT ONLY did 400,000 new people join the work force during the past month, more than twice that amount found jobs. So you can't bring out that tired old argument that the unemployment rate is lower because fewer people are in the job force. Let's see, that makes 31 straight months of continued jobs growth. Thank you Mr. President, and no thanks to Republicans, who have fought against every jobs creation bill he has presented.

Other news from the economic experts. It appears that Romney's assertion that the deficit has grown each year under Obama is false. Today, they announced that the deficit was $1.1 trillion last year and $207 billion lower today.

Those are the facts, kids. Denying them doesn't make them any less true.

Randy_Marsh

Except some americans no longer count right? Anything to make his messiahship look better. U6 14.7% unchanged, U3 gov model no longer counts its citizens as unemployed even though they are no longer working. Those are the facts denying them do not make them any less true.

sanduskysteve

And let me see if I understand this correctly - enemployed are those how are no longer working..... Hey - that's the way I see it too. Someone working part-time IS employed - are they not? What definition do you use to define employment? I suppose it depends on what party you are affiliated with. If your a republican - then employment means working and making over 200,000 - this IS the bottom of the middle class according to Romney isn't it?

KnuckleDragger

Actually coaster, as stated in my previous post, the only thing that really increased was the number of part time jobs. The numbers don't lie. Your messiah is only creating part time minimum wage jobs. Wow, how exciting.

the office cat

To one who is starving, part-time minimum wage (which is rising in January) is a Godsend. So if someone can't get a fulltime job (of which ther are few) he should walk away from a part-time job that will jeopardize his 'freebies' until a full-time comes along?

mikel

yippee! you are excited that prez o has contributed ONLY $1.1 trillion to the deficit? i would hate to see your check book. just an fyi, coaster, deficit is a dirty word. it means that you do not have enough money to cover your expense's. i know that dems have a hard time comprehending the word balanced. of course, dems, have no problem asking the chinese for more money either. i hope more schools start offering chinese as we will all need to learn the langauge if prez o gets another term!

the office cat

WHO financed the Iraq War with Chinese money? Ah yes... the Republicans who controlled all of Congress...
You can't rewrite history.

Swamp Fox

The unemployment was 7.8% January 2009 when Obama took office, Obama and friends passed a "jobs" bill, the largest stimulus in history that increased the Federal debt by a third the largest increase in history by any president. There are 300,000 less Americans working today compared to when Obbie took office. This is the best Obbie can do? Time for him to join the 7.8%.

buckeye15

Actually you have John Kasich to blame/thank for these numbers. Government employment is up substantially since his last budget. Here are links to explanations from each side that confirm it:

http://gohpblog.com/?p=1403
http://www.plunderbund.com/2012/...

the office cat

yup. Ohio unemployment figures down to 7.2% - and 87,000 jobs today on Ohio Means Jobs.

Kimo

Re:you are a buffoon.

Republicans are such nice people.

BTW

Name-calling now OK for the SR. Anything for a hit.

:-))

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Mime Bloggling

Ohio shocker: GOP closes early voting gap, boosting Romney

http://washingtonexaminer.com/oh...

"In a remarkable reversal of fortune for President Obama in Ohio, the GOP has closed the huge gap in absentee ballot requests used by early voters that favored the Democrats and the president in 2008, setting up what one state analyst said could be a Mitt Romney blowout on Election Day.

While in 2008, 33 percent of the 1,158,301 absentee ballots went to Democrats and just 19 percent to registered Republicans, a 14-point gap, this year 29 percent are being requested by Democrats and 24 percent by Republicans, a five-point gap."

For instance: Erie County: Was +24% DEM, now +7% DEM -17 point shift.

All I can say is WOW!

the office cat

hmmmmmmmm. 33% plus 19% + 52%. Who requested the other 48%.

If you were in the system, you'd know there is no way to know if a request is D or R or G or C or I. "Registration" is dependent ENTIRELY on which ballot you took in the last primary IN WHICH YOU VOTED. In the 2008 primary many Rs took D ballots to vote for Hillary because McCain had long ago been nominated.
If you study trends, Rs tend more heavily NOT to vote Absentee or early, preferring to vote on election day.
Oh. And. The Washington Examiner? Really?

Kimo

How many of those will not have enough postage and what will happen to those votes?

SR should do a public service, and remind both sides to make sure they have enough postage on the envelope...........

the office cat

Actually, we followup on everyone who requests an absentee ballot with an offer to drive them to the BOE and have non-profit groups who are paying postage - regardless of party affiliation. We just believe EVERY American should have EVERY opportunity to exercise the RESPONSIBILITY to vote.

Swamp Fox

The democrappers aren't returning their mail ballots when they discovered it wasn't government paid for postage, they are entitled..... How long before we have the Obama postage stamp, it will be "free," with no value..

mikel

my thoughts exactly! the dems most not be smart enough to calculate postage. i hope that i didn't offend anyone!

Swamp Fox

According to Obama's own Labor Department 150,000 new jobs are needed each month just to keep up with population growth. How can we add only 114,000 and see a reduction in the unemployment rate?

clubfrog

so true ,Fox!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Contango

A "good," number but let's dig through some of the hype:

600K new part-time jobs, 8.6 million total. Many want full-time, but can only find part-time.

Pres. Obama is the the part-time job king.

During the Bush Admin., the Dems called them "McJobs." Where are their howls now?

U-6, the 'true' unemployment number is unchanged at 14.7%.

Lastly, the labor force participation rate remains at 30 yr. lows. That number was higher in Sept. 1982.

One of the Federal Reserve's mandates is employment - they're doin' a 'fair' job, but 'one' jobs report does not a trend make.

This economy has some very serious structural and systemic issues.

Getting excited about one number makes no sense and overall proves very little.

https://personalp.vanguard.com/u...

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/...

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/L...

44846GWP

I knew you would spin it. Way to go Winnie!!

Contango

@ Zippy:

As an 'informed' Obamasheeple can you share the 'official' "spin"?

BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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