September 7th, 2010
08:46 AM ET
8 years ago

Republicans highlight 'summer of failure'

 The NRSC is out with a new web ad Tuesday.

The NRSC is out with a new web ad Tuesday.

(CNN) - It hasn't been the best of summers for congressional Democrats and now Republicans are making an effort to remind voters just how difficult the last three months have been for the party in charge in Washington.

In a new Web video out Tuesday morning, the National Republican Senatorial Committee repeatedly flashes reports from a wide variety of cable news programs that report a rising unemployment rate, question the efficacy of the stimulus program, discuss the possibility of a double-dip recession, and show President Obama's sinking approval ratings.

The ad also takes digs at the president for embarking on a 10 day vacation in Martha's Vineyard and first lady Michelle Obama for visiting Spain on a lavish trip with her daughter earlier this year.

"So … How was YOUR summer?" the ad asks. "The Recovery Starts November 2nd."

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soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. Papasan in AZ

    Fascism has come to America wrapped in the U.S. flag and carrying a cross...
    What the Fascists fear most of all is intelligence.
    Stay stupid America, the GOP loves you that way.

    September 7, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA

    Well the nerve of neocons!!!!
    I bet they say this with a straight face after 8 years of Bush and 12 years of complete Republican congress... careful what you wish for 😉

    September 7, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Andy

    I'm looking forward to the dems video showing 30 years of republican failure. There's certainly enough material for them to work with.

    BTW...what have the republicans done to foster an economic recovery? To reduce unemployment? Standing on the sidelines cheering for the failing of the us and the american worker will certainly not win my vote this election season.

    September 7, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. Bill from GA

    Those repugs really think Americans are dumb.

    Unfortunately, they may be right.

    September 7, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Another question for you...
    What had the Republicans done for you in the eight years of thier total control?
    Deregulation that allowed the Gulf oil accident
    Deregulation that allowed the financial markets to collapse
    Tax cuts for the wealthy that not only didn't help the economy but manegd to dilute out tax intake and add to the deficit
    Started a trillion dollar war.
    Contract to Haliburton and its subsidiaries in no-bid contracts ( Cheney's company)
    Allowed healthcare costs to quadruple a go unchecked.
    Gas prices sky-rocketed.
    The past two years is not the issue- its the 16 years prior to Democrats took power. Most of thier new laws have not even gone into effect yet!

    September 7, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. Lynn

    The Republicans are experts on failure so apparently they feel everything the Bush administration did created a stable government. The GOP still has their shorts in a knot over losing to Obama. Get over it and help clean up your mess..

    September 7, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. Bob

    Painfully truthful ad.

    September 7, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Louisiana Man

    A summer of failure?

    How about eight yrs of failed policies, bloated deficit, squandering a surplus, a deceitful war, thousands of our kids killed and maimed in a useless war, cheesy enriching himself on the backs of dead soilders in flag draped coffins, deregulation of rules so businesses can prosper and citizens suffer, tax cuts for the obscene wealthy, borrowing from our good friends, the Chinese, Wall St bailouts-
    and thats what I can think of in half a minute.

    September 7, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. ch

    So the Repubs think Obama should not take any kind of vacation. I haven't had a vacation in five long years...longer than Obama has been president. But wait, that puts my dismal attitude right smack into the Bush years, doesn't it?????

    Of course, us news people will remember that Bush took lots of vacations and trips, repeatedly, to the ranch in Texas and other places. They did not criticize him then but now they criticize Obama. That is the Republican way...hide, shoot, gaggle, smack, run, hide, deny, lie. I did not vote for Obama and, thank God Almighty, I also did not vote for Bush.

    The issue is not Obama's vacation. The issue is no matter what anyone says, Republicans will oppose and lie and smirk. I despise what the Dems are doing in Washington, but I absolutely abhor what the Republicans are doing anywhere and everywhere else.

    It is because of Bush Republicans that we are in the mess we are in across this country. Not one single Republican has a right or a reason to say anything about what goes on around the country. They put us into this mess and would keep us there if given the chance.

    September 7, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. rta

    boehner takes a vacation everyday. mcain and mcconnell take a vacation every other day. the republican party in the congress and senate has taken a vacation for the last 18 months. after all it does not take much effort to obstruct and sit a get paid. this was also a time for families to reconnect however expensive or least expensive the vacations were and i believe the president and first lady did that.

    September 7, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Granny Griper

    Wow Wow. I bet a lot of republicans had a great summer too.
    Let them and the tea partiers win in November, we will go on with politics as usual from repubs and the idiotic plans of the teabaggers.
    Then after two years and November 2012 arrives and they have drug us back down to the bottom again guess who will win in 2012, then we will have to start all over to try to straighten up the mess they make, such a sad situation, but thats what hate and fear mongers do to get elected

    September 7, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. Finch

    How convenient for the anti-Obamaists to forget that George Bush used Camp David more than any other president and the months he spent in Crawford clearing mesquite on the ranch.

    September 7, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I think the #1 issue for discussion this week should be the Quran burning in Florida on 9/11. They are putting our troops in danger and giving the enemy a recruiting tool. All Americans should condemn their actions.

    September 7, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. Gary

    Summer of's been 2 years of failure after failure. This first term has been a disaster. Our deficit is out of control. Our economy is still slow. Our unemployment, housing, banking and healthcare is still not fixed...failure failure failure

    September 7, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. Patricia Dickson

    So what Bush didn't have a good summer when he was in the white house so it Obam time go to hell all the Republicans you people is the demon from hell go to hell and stay there you will never get my vote and i am going to make sure that every one in my church vote for the Democrats ok that my wish and i am going to work on that.

    September 7, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. Snow

    I look forward to the winter of recovery which is election day. The summer of recovery was a dud just like this administration.

    September 7, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. Jim

    Let's highlight what the Republicans accomplished over the summer...

    OK, that was a long list...

    September 7, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. Eric

    2010 = 1980

    Had enough?

    Morning in America starts November 2nd.

    September 7, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. Me

    yeah, but what did the GOP do to help the situation they created?
    What ideas did they offer to get us out of the mess they put us in?
    Have they done or said anything useful or constructive?
    Who have they helped besides themselves and their wealthy corporate frieds and masters?
    The GOP apologized to BP
    The GOP tried to stop financial reform after a GLOBAL ECONOMIC MELTDOWN!
    The GOP tried to deny poor people unemployment benefits when we have record levels of unemployment
    The GOP wants to return to power NOT to fix the economy
    NOT to help people

    September 7, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. Dave

    Summer is over and it is time to continue the never ending presidential campaign, this is what we saw this labor day weekend.

    September 7, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. katiec

    What the republicans know but, of course, not saying is other than point fingers, obstruct, vote against anything to get our country back on it's feet, promote hate, anger, fear, spread propaganda, lies they have nothing of creditibility to offer.
    A political party that wants no improvement, destroy our president, is willing to sacrifice us and our country for the purpose of winning the next election is a political party that has thrown all honor, integrity, responsibility to the wind and is a disgrace to our country and us.
    And, with the medias constant backing, headlining their hypocrasy, pushing their right wing bias down the throats of the American people,
    we must stand strong and let them know we are too intelligent to believe or accept their attempts to manipulate, control this next election.
    We cannot allow the party of big business, Wall St etc to regain control.

    September 7, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. all of America

    obama and this administration has been a failure from the beginning .The people have spoken out many times against all of their socialistic agenda and the democrats ignored us and did what they wanted anyway. Now they will pay the price. They can't blame bush for their own arrogance and ignorance .

    September 7, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. Dt

    Oh Really. And my question to repubs are what did u do to TRY TO HELP? thats right NOTHING. Dems should slam their a$$ on that issue. all repubs say the thing over and over. Dems should also remind america that repub leaders vow not to work with obama at all on anything. so the economy is just as much as repubs problem

    September 7, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. LacrosseMom(the real one)


    George W. Bush: in his first 18 months in Office Bush took a total of 96 days vacation.

    Barack Obama: in his first 18 months in Office took......... 36 days.

    America beware of GOP hate, lies, fear and division.

    In NOvember vote NO for the Party of NO!

    September 7, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. John Hennessy Black

    This is all the Republic Party can do... criticize, mis-inform, obstruct, lie and push the underlying racism that defines the Party. They and their racist sycophants have been attempting to delegitimize the Presidency of Obama since he came into office; mainly because they cannot deal with the fact that a bi-racial person is President of the USA.

    Look at the long list of attacks: Obama was not born in the USA so he cannot be President; Obama is a Muslim, Obama is a Socialist, Obama apologizes for some of the USA’s atrocities throughout the world so he cannot be an American, Obama is not a Christian, Obama hates America and is trying to destroy it; this is just a small sample of what both the Republic Party and their sister party the Tea Party have converged to do to the President of the USA.

    I have never seen this country so divided; I have never seen this country so full of hate… and all of this is because of the rampant racist underpinnings of both the Republic Party and the Tea Party.

    I just hope that the go people of this country begin to wake up soon before America gets a real Revolution to deal with…

    September 7, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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