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Dems Pounce On New Unemployment Numbers

Congressional Democrats pounced on bleak unemployment figures released Friday, hoping to undercut the Republicans’ economic message a day after their convention in Minnesota.

“If all you knew about the economy was what you saw on TV at the Republican convention, you might be under the impression that GOP economic policies are a huge success,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

“But today’s jobs report shows just how disconnected from reality the Republican Party really is.”

The unemployment rate jumped to a five-year high of 6.1 percent as 84,000 jobs were slashed in August, according to figures released by the Labor Department.

While John McCain spoke extensively Thursday night about the need to prevent American jobs from going overseas, by Friday morning, Democrats were already using the figures to tie McCain to the economic policies of George W. Bush.

“On the most basic level, the very economic policies that John McCain was touting last night have already proven dismal failures,” said Hoyer.

Congressional Democrats also used the numbers to renew their call for a second economic stimulus package this fall.

“When Congressional Republicans return to Washington next week, they should face the facts and work with Democrats to pass a plan to create jobs and get our economy back on track,” said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel.