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July 6th, 2012
10:31 AM ET

Mayor Landrieu, Rep. Gingrey spar on who should get credit for improving local economies

On "Starting Point" this morning, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) argues that President Obama has not done anything to improve the unemployment rate in Georgia and credit should go to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu challenges Rep. Gingrey, asking why President Obama doesn't get credit for lowering unemployment in a state like Louisiana.


Filed under: Economy • Jobs • Politics
July 6th, 2012
10:14 AM ET

Goolsbee: 2012 job growth in 'meh' range, Europe problems dragging on US jobs

Univ. of Chicago professor Austan Goolsbee looks at June jobs report and factors contributing to anemic growth.


Filed under: Economy • Jobs
June 15th, 2012
10:41 AM ET

Philadelphia Mayor Nutter says biggest issue facing mayors is job creation, says Romney's record not 'particularly great'

Nearly 200 of America's mayors are in Orlando for their annual conference this week. They are trying to come up with ways to help the nation move forward, and topping the agenda is job creation and infrastructure.

This morning on "Starting Point," Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who will be inaugurated as the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Saturday, explains why job creation is top of mind with mayors across the country.


Filed under: 2012 Race • Jobs • Politics
June 15th, 2012
10:35 AM ET

Obama Press Sec. Labolt: Citizens United ruling changed fundraising landscape, says 'we need to look for creative ways to raise money'

President Obama and Mitt Romney were both in Ohio Thursday, courting voters in the electorally important swing state. No Republican has ever won a presidential election without winning Ohio, a state Obama carried in 2008.

Both candidates focused on America's economy in their speeches, taking hits at the other's economic plans and touting their own.

The President followed his Ohio trip with a visit to New York's Greenwich Village where actor Sarah Jessica Parker and husband Matthew Broderick hosted a $40,000-per-plate fundraiser for the president's campaign. With 50 guests in attendance, the event raised a total of about $2 million. Critics say the high-end fundraiser is problematic for the President, who spent the day in Ohio speaking about the middle class.

Obama Campaign press secretary Ben Labolt tells Soledad on "Starting Point" this morning that the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling "changed the fundraising landscape in this country." He adds, "we need to look for creative ways to get people involved who wouldn't be traditionally involved in politics contributing to the campaign."

See more clips from Soledad O'Brien's interview with Labolt in the videos below. Read the full transcript of the interview after the jump.

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LaBolt: Government has role in economy

Obama Campaign's Ben LaBolt says government does have a role in investing in the economy to spur growth.

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LaBolt on Romney's Obamacare threat

Obama Campaign's Ben LaBolt responds to Mitt Romney's threat to repeal Obamacare if he is elected as president.

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LaBolt on economic 'vision' in election

The Starting Point Team asks Obama Campaign's Ben LaBolt if the President can run on blaming Congress for dysfunction.

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Filed under: 2012 Race • Economy • Jobs • Politics
June 14th, 2012
10:08 AM ET

L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa to Washington: Stop the partisan gridlock and get Americans back to work

Nearly 200 U.S. mayors are convening this week at the 80th annual U.S. Conference of Mayors in Florida. The mayors are rallying together and telling Congress to stop partisan gridlock and work across the aisle to help create jobs.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D), President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, tells "Starting Point" anchor Soledad O'Brien, "...we've got to work together on both sides of the aisle to get things done, to put people back to work."

Approval numbers for both Mitt Romney's and President Obama's economic plans are low. A Washington Post/ABC News poll found that 38% of Independents favor Obama's economics plan while 35% favor Romney's. Looking ahead to the November presidential elections, Mayor Villaraigosa says both candidates need to avoid harping on what the U.S. is doing wrong with regards to the economy, and emphasize plans for the future.

Villaraigosa says both investments and cuts are necessary for economic improvement. "We can't continue to extend the Bush tax cuts and not make investments in education and transportation," he says. "We've got to do both."

The U.S. Conference of Mayors wraps up Friday.

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Filed under: 2012 Race • Economy • Jobs • Politics
June 12th, 2012
02:41 PM ET

Starbucks CEO Schultz pushes jobs initiative, says business leaders shouldn't wait for Washington

President Obama and Mitt Romney are in the midst of a back and forth over who's really out of touch with the American worker. It all started when President Obama said that the private sector was doing fine Friday. Republicans were quick to pounce, suggesting the President doesn't understand what it takes to get this country working again. Though job growth is slowing, more than 4 million jobs have been created since the President took office.

Putting the political spin aside, Christine talks with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz this morning on "Starting Point," a business leader who knows a thing or two about creating jobs. He says it's incumbent on companies not to wait for Washington to do something about the jobs crisis.

"At one point there was 30 million manufacturing jobs just in 1979," Schultz says. "We are down to 9 million now in the United States. We have to be able to bring back and reset the table to get manufacturing back in America. What that's going to take, obviously, are policies from Washington that stimulate the economy. But what I'm saying is that companies and business leaders must recognize we can't wait for Washington, that we too can make a difference. In Starbucks' case, we're trying to demonstrate you can balance profitability with a social conscience and make a difference. And I also think the consumer today is willing to pay more for a product as long as it's high quality."

Also, Starbucks is rolling out a new initiative to support its Create Jobs for the USA program. Schultz explains how the company was able to revive the town of East Liverpool, Ohio.


Filed under: Economy • Jobs
June 1st, 2012
12:08 PM ET

Jobs report: U.S. adds 69,000 jobs, but unemployment rises to 8.2%

Christine Romans on the May jobs report, which show the economy added 69,000 jobs and unemployment rose to 8.2%


Filed under: Economy • Jobs
June 1st, 2012
12:04 PM ET

Rep. Jeb Hensarling: Jobs numbers show Obama's policies are failing, responds to whether government job layoffs are a burden to overall unemployment

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Businesses hired far fewer workers than expected in May, throwing into doubt the strength of the economic recovery.

Only 69,000 jobs were added last month, the weakest growth in a year. The unemployment rate rose to 8.2%, as people rejoined the labor force.

This morning on "Starting Point," Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) responds to the jobs numbers, and responds to a question from CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin if government layoffs are doing more harm than good for the economy.


Filed under: 2012 Race • Economy • Jobs • Politics
May 30th, 2012
10:12 AM ET

Fmr. Gov. John Sununu: Donald Trump is wrong, and we should be talking about the jobs problem in the U.S.

In a heated exchange with "Starting Point" anchor Soledad O'Brien, fmr. New Hampshire Governor John Sununu lamented the ongoing coverage of the 'birther' issue and emphatically stated that "Donald Trump is wrong" on the issue of where President Obama was born.

"Why is CNN so fixated on this? Why don't we talk about the jobs issue in this country?" Sununu asks Soledad. "Mitt Romney has made it clear - Mitt Romney has made has clear that he believes that President Obama was born in the U.S."

Later in the interview, Soledad presses Sununu to put the controversy to rest by disavowing birther claims.

"How come someone doesn't say, 'Donald Trump is wrong?' We're going to tell Donald Trump he is wrong," Soledad asks.

"Donald Trump is wrong. The president is born in the United States," He says.

Read more from the conversation in the transcript below.

Gov. Sununu also talked about the struggling U.S. economy, and says it all comes down to job creation.

 

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Filed under: 2012 Race • Birthers • Jobs • Politics
May 22nd, 2012
01:08 PM ET

Senators propose new bill for immigrant entrepreneurs

A new bipartisan bill, Startup Act 2.0, aims to keep global talent in America by providing benefits to immigrants who launch startups.

On Starting Point this morning, Senators Mark Wagner (D-VA) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) describe their bill, insisting that they don’t think an election year is an excuse to not get anything done.

Startup Act 2.0, essentially the sequel to the Jobs Act, offers new visa classes for immigrants, as well as incentives to invest in startups and tax credits for new businesses. It will also use existing federal funds to help universities bring their research to the market faster.

To be eligible, an individual must have completed graduate-level work in science, technology, engineering or math. Within a year, he or she must launch a business that has two full-time employees who are not family members, and their company must raise capital of at least $100,000.

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