Priebus: Unemployment dip not enough

Oct. 7, 2012 at 1:33 PM
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said Sunday last month's dip in the U.S. unemployment rate is not enough.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last week the September unemployment rate dropped below 8 percent to 7.8 percent. In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Priebus said despite the improvement, "we're nowhere close" to being better off.

"If you are getting blown out in a football game but you are scoring field goals once a quarter, you can't point to the three points every quarter and say, 'At least we're scoring some points,'" he said. "You're still getting clobbered.

"The fact of the matter is the president and [Vice President] Joe Biden are getting clobbered on the policies that they put in place. They promised we'd be a heck of a lot better off than we are today. We're nowhere close."

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