From NBC's Mark Murray
A couple of weeks ago, we wondered if the economy would start becoming a bigger issue in the presidential election -- and whether that would become a problem for Republicans.
Today, the top Democratic candidates are jumping all over a new jobs report showing that 4,000 jobs were lost in August -- the first job drop in four years. Clinton was the first out with a statement: "Alongside continued weakness in wages, healthcare and housing, today's disappointing jobs number is only the most recent indication that the Bush Administration's simplistic supply-side economic strategy is not working for working Americans."
This came Obama: "The Administration's failure to lead while thousands of Americans found themselves in danger of losing their homes is now affecting the broader economy, as thousands of workers lost their jobs this month for the first time in four years."