It's not just that they oppose the ideas in President Obama's jobs plan. No, the Republicans in the race to defeat him in 2012 reacted to his speech to a joint session of Congress by saying that the current inhabitant of the Oval Office just simply isn't capable of fixing the nation's economy.
"I'm a conservative businessman. And that is what America needs if we’re going to get our economy going," Mitt Romney said in an interview on Sean Hannity's radio show. Discussing his own jobs plan, which he released this week, Romney continued that there is "no way" Obama could match it, "because he just doesn’t understand it."
His campaign also launched a new Web video Friday arguing that Obama introduced his plan "960 days late."
The only top-tier candidate who was in the House chamber for Obama's speech, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, held a news conference afterward to levy her response. She said Obama should support "permanent, pro-growth policies that are driven by the free market."
"The president is politically paralyzed, and he's philosophically incapable of doing what needs to be done," she said.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry slammed the president for proposing new stimulus spending, arguing that like the first stimulus of Obama's term, it "offers little hope for millions of Americans who have lost jobs on his watch." One of the pillars of Perry's campaign is his claim that under his governorship, Texas has created 1 million new jobs while the nation lost 2.5 million.