By Justin Sink
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) jokingly labelled President Obama "the worst socialist ever" in a tweet deleted from her official account Friday.
The stock gains were fueled by a jobs report from the Department of Labor showing the nation added 165,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell to 7.5 percent. The new report also revised March's disappointing 88,000 new jobs to 138,000, buoying economic models.
Republican presidential candidates, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich repeatedly referred to the president as a "socialist" during the 2012 campaign. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Obama "takes his political inspiration from Europe and from the socialist-democrats in Europe."
“I look in the mirror and say ‘I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist I used to be,’” Obama joked at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner last weekend. “Time passes, you get a little gray.”
Kaptur later posted a more restrained comment on the jobs numbers to her Twitter feed.
"Strong jobs report surprises experts," she wrote. "Unemployment: five-year low. First-time jobless claims: five-year low. We must keep focusing on jobs."