September 9th, 2011
11:59 AM ET
The White House press operation was hard at work following the president’s speech last night, sending out rapid-fire emails filled with endorsements of the president’s new jobs plan. Support came from all corners, everyone from California Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer and St. Louis’ Democratic Mayor Francis Slay to the United Steelworkers union and the BlueGreen Alliance. More than 40 emails in all were sent by the White House between the time the president finished his speech at 7:40 PM and midnight last night.
The emails kept coming this morning, carrying messages of support from Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and even Michigan’s Republican Governor Rick Snyder. You may be asking yourself in shock, ‘a Republican expressed support for the president’s jobs plan?!?!’
Well, not exactly…but that was the impression the White House initially gave when they sent out Gov. Snyder’s response to the president’s speech with this subject line: “Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Backs American Jobs Act.”
Less than an hour later, the White House sent out the same email with a new subject line: “CORRECTED: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on American Jobs Act.”
The correction was a bit more accurate as Snyder’s response wasn’t exactly glowing. In a four paragraph statement, Snyder expressed support for certain aspects of the president’s proposal, but he called on congress to “make the tough decisions” rather than calling on them to pass the president’s bill.
Snyder began by running through a number of the president’s proposals that Michigan had already adopted – including cutting payroll taxes and ending corporate tax loopholes – saying that those changes “will help create an environment where jobs can grow, and they should be considered by Congress.”
But rather than complimenting the president for suggesting such changes, Snyder called on Washington to “continue to follow Michigan’s lead.” He then commended two Republican members of the Michigan Congressional Delegation for fighting for fiscal discipline as members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction – Rep. Dave Camp and Rep. Fred Upton.
While Snyder didn’t enthusiastically endorse the president’s call for increased infrastructure spending, he acknowledged that such spending “will boost the economy,” and he cited a specific project where his state could be eligible for more than $2 billion in federal money for road projects.
Snyder concluded his reaction to the president’s speech by stating how bad the economic crisis has hit his state.
“Half of all jobs lost in the entire United States over the past decade were lost right here in Michigan,” he said. “We are in a crisis, and cannot afford to waste time on unproductive political posturing and partisan fighting. It’s time to make the tough decisions needed to reinvent Michigan and reinvent the United States.”
While certainly not critical of President Obama’s new proposal, Snyder doesn’t quite seem to be a ‘backer’ either.