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RNC And Romney Slam Obama Online Over Tepid Jobs Report

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, July 6 2012

The Republican National Committee released a new online video and statement on Friday slamming President Obama over the weak jobs report released by the Labor Department.

The video features a a clip of CNBC's Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood reporting that the country added only 80,000 jobs in June, which meant that the second quarter of 2012 was "the worst job-adding quarter" in two years."

The clip then cuts to a clip of President Obama telling an audience that "That's a step in the right direction," to applause, followed by silence and the words: "Out of touch, out of time."

YouTube reported that the video had only been viewed a few hundred times in the couple of hours after it was posted, nevertheless, Topsy, the social search service, showed it as a trending item on Twitter with 127 posts.

Both RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Mitt Romney focused on voters' "pain" in their statements on the jobs report on Friday.

"After taking office, President Obama promised he would fix the economy in three years or face a 'one-term proposition.'" Priebus said in a statement sent out to reporters. "While the president believes 'the private sector is doing fine,' the rest of the country knows we are not 'doing fine' at all. We cannot afford another term of this president because we cannot endure four more years of painfully high joblessness."

For his part, Romney said on his blog: "American families are struggling. There is a lot of misery in America today, and these numbers understate what people are feeling and the amount of pain which is occurring in middle-class America."

What grabbed conservatives' attention online even more sharply than the RNC video on Friday, however, was an Investors Business Daily story with the headline "Disability Ranks Outpace New Jobs In Obama Recovery," which received a link from The Drudge Report.

The story focused on the Social Security Administration's report that 85,000 workers left the workforce to enroll in the Social Security Disability Insurance program, and the growth of the ranks of those enrolled in the program in general. Topsy reported that that report received 807 posts on Twitter.