Minutes after learning of an uptick in unemployment in the month of June, Michelle Bachmann quickly wasted no time in using the report as a barometer on Obama's economic policies.
Bachmann said the report, which showed stunted job growth and an unemployment increase to 9.2 percent, was stunningly bad news and a major indictment of Obama's failures in dealing with the country's economic woes.
Clearly the president's policies haven't worked. It's a failure. The stimulus has only brought us deeper in debt with nothing to show for it, Bachmann told CNBC.
Bachmann, who recently announced her presidential campaign, went on to say that voters she's met on her campaign trail are paralyzed with fear about the current financial state of the United States.
But Bachmann wasn't the only GOP candidate to take a bad report as an opportunity to attack the President.
Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney put the blame squarely on Obama adviser David Plouffe and did not mince words with what he'd like to do with Plouffe.
If David Plouffe were working for me, I would fire him and then he could experience firsthand the pain of unemployment, Romney said. With their cavalier attitude about the economy, the White House has turned the audacity of hope into the audacity of indifference.
Romney's anger at Plouffe is related to recent comments made by the senior Obama adviser that unemployment rates or even monthly job numbers, do not matter to the average American.
Plouffe also recently stated to the media, I will say it's been interesting just obviously the last few days, Gov. Romney has reminded us that he's a world class political contortionist.
The debate over the best course of action in bettering the economy figures to be the major issue of the 2012 elections. Bachmann, Romney, and other candidates will likely continue to take any chance they can get at bettering their own chances while attacking the residing president.
And when advisers like Plouffe get involved and trade barbs, the discourse has a chance to get ugly in a hurry.