A drop in the unemployment rate to the lowest it has been in almost three years might seem like good news, but Republicans aren't ready to let President Obama and Democrats take credit.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus threw cold water on the latest Labor Department figures on Friday, acknowledging it was positive news but claiming it failed to mask the damage Obama has inflicted on the nation's economy.
“Only in an economy so badly damaged by Democrats’ policies would the White House celebrate 8.6 percent unemployment," Priebus said in a statement shortly after the numbers were released. "The fact is, unemployment remains unacceptably high."
Priebus pointed to another part of the unemployment report that showed many unemployed Americans have stopped looking for work, which also drives down the unemployment rate, calling it evidence that Obama had so discouraged the job market that workers had simply given up.
Priebus joined a chorus of Republican leaders Friday who downplayed the significance of the unemployment report, which showed a steep drop from the 9 percent jobless rate one month ago.