Quantcast

Santorum: Improving jobs outlook due to ‘optimism’ for Obama defeat

By David Edwards
Friday, January 6, 2012 14:36 EDT
google plus icon
Rick Santorum in Keene, New Hampshire
 
  • Print Friendly and PDF
  • Email this page

GOP hopeful Rick Santorum found a way on Friday to give Republicans credit for the lowest unemployment rate in three years.

Speaking to a crowd at a town hall event in Keene, New Hampshire, the Republican presidential candidate said that the economy added 200,000 nonfarm jobs last month because people were hopeful President Barack Obama was not going to be re-elected in 2012.

“I’m very gratified to see that in spite of President Obama’s policies, the job market is beginning to pick up a little bit,” the candidate opined.

“I think there might just be some optimism that maybe Republicans are going to take the White House,” Santorum added with a smile. “Maybe that’s spurring people to start taking some risks. I’ll take that as a reason.”

The Labor Department said earlier Friday that the unemployment rate dropped to 8.5 percent, the lowest since February 2009. Most analysts had expected unemployment to rise to 8.7 percent.

Watch this video from CNN, uploaded Jan. 6, 2012.

 
David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
 
 
 
 
By commenting, you agree to our terms of service
and to abide by our commenting policy.
 
Google+