October 23rd, 2010
10:33 AM ET
8 years ago

Republican calls Obama campaigning a wrong turn

(CNN) - Less than two weeks before the midterm elections, one Republican thinks the president should spend less time on the campaign trail and more time creating jobs for Americans.

"President Obama has been running around the country trying to re-elect Democrat members of Congress," Sen. John Thune said in the weekly Republican address Saturday. "But if the conversations I've had with voters are any indication, the president should spend less time campaigning to save the jobs of Democrats in Congress, and more time trying to create jobs for the American people."

The South Dakota Republican, who is often mentioned as a potential presidential candidate in 2012, derided Obama's oft-used campaign line: If you want to move a car forward you put in "D," and if you want to move it backward you put it in "R."

"It's a clever line, but when you're speeding toward a cliff, you don't want to keep the car in drive," Thune said.

He said Republicans "have real, concrete solutions" and want to take the country in a new direction. Thune called for repealing the health care law, supporting small businesses and reversing government bailouts and "takeovers of private businesses."

In his weekly address, the president said Republicans would "take this country backward." He cited Wall Street reform legislation that he said was passed "in hopes of ensuring that we never again face a crisis like the one we've been through."

"Despite the importance of this law … top Republicans in Congress are now beating the drum to repeal all of these reforms and consumer protections," Obama said. "I think it's so important that we not take this country backward – that we don't go back to the broken system we had before."

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Filed under: 2010 • issues • John Thune • President Obama
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Hugo

    Considering that Democrats controlled Congress for the last four years and Congress is the one that spends, I would say that at the very least the Democrats assisted the Republicans at driving the car in the ditch. If you have ever run off the road into a ditch, you will realize that you do not put the car in D to try to move out, you put the car in R and back out the way you came in. Obama is clueless, he and his cabinet are the worst in the history of the United States and if allowed to continue, there will be no United States history left.

    October 23, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. PalmReader

    Poor Thune. Guess he's starting to understand what he'll be up against should HE decide to run in 2012. Oh, and by the way, isn't Thune one of the GOPers in the Senate pushing the House Republicans to block the bill which would have eliminated the tax credit for business still out sourcing jobs overseas?

    October 23, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Do these guys talk for the sake of talking or do they really believe this stuff?
    With the exception of Bush in 2008, what Preosident hasn't campaigned att the end of the mid-term?
    And Mr Thune- if jobs can be created by Washington- where are you and the rest of Congress? the President does not spend the money- you do.

    October 23, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Josh

    Does anyone in the media actually understand how government works? Please, someone, explain that the POTUS cannot create jobs. Congress can. So it make sense that he'd be out trying to drum up support for those he thinks will best be able to create jobs. If these people want to criticize someone, it should be Congress for spending so much time out of DC (so much for being "insiders") trying to ensure their reelection.

    October 23, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. Marty, FL

    Coming from hypocritical Thune who voted AGAINST relief for American small businesses (more than once), and Thune voted AGAINST closing a loophole that sends our jobs overseas.
    Shameless nonsense, Thune, and transparent projection.

    October 23, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. Brian

    I wisj rebuknicans would shut the f...k up and work with the President. They are just vial carnage that the country does not need at this time!

    October 23, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. Indie Woman in Denver

    Sounds like someone's gonna be runnin' for prez in 2012. But we don't need a leader who only wants to take the country back to a place that caused all our current problems, as the Repubs have been telling us they'd do.

    October 23, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. Vet For Obama

    Dude (Sen Thune),

    The last time I checked it was Obama and the Democrats who tried to pass a jobs bill. It was you and your goons who stood in the way and blocked it. You guys made a calculated decision to block all progress (including passing laws that will help create jobs) because if jobs are created and the economic improves then you and the GOP are screwed. Block the jobs bill and then turn around and blame Obama for not creating jobs. You guys are taking this rhetoric too far.

    October 23, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  9. dave

    Bush campaigned while the country crumbled all around him. I bet you didn't say anything about it then...

    October 23, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. Sam Sixpack

    In 10 days we will finally stop the free pie lie and start rebuilding America

    October 23, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. stevegee

    We The People have two choices:
    Vote for the failed Socialist agenda of Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the Democrats.
    Vote for the American principles of freedom and liberty, vote for a free market economy, vote for individual responsibility - vote Republican.

    October 23, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. cjg

    Yes , I am sure the repubs would want the Presidant to hide and not campaign then they would be able to make headlines by saying he is not helping his own partyi! He is damned by the GOP regardless what he does. They will put their own spin on whatever he does or does not do, so most people just consider the source! And Yada yada Yada .....

    October 23, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. Jay T.

    Because Republicans have no interest in creating living-wage jobs. They prefer to appease their anonymous corporate donors, believing the Bernie Madoff's of the world will fix the problem.

    October 23, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. jimmy

    Go obama do your thing republican mad because they mess the country up an trying two blame you do worry we democrat have your back go 2010!!!!!

    October 23, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. Brendan

    It sure is fun to make fun of the President, isn't it Mr. Thune? I bet it makes you feel really important and powerful. It helps you avoid the question of why you want to repeal Wall Street Reform, doesn't it?
    Can Mr. Thune explain, incidentally, how cutting government spending creates jobs? Can you explain what your people will offer as a health care reform, to replace Obama's reform? Or would you guys rather send us back to the old, failed health care system?

    October 23, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. vic nashville tn

    2001 to 2006 republicans spend time on scaring us its lead us to this mess
    2001 to 2008 gas price went up every year
    2001 to 2006 you all cash my fortune now I have to work 80 hrs per a week
    2001 to 2006 you all start to build Infrastructure in Iraq and Afghanistan ignoring ours
    republican voting for democrats

    October 23, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  17. Kevin

    This guy is a typical republican lier. He acts as if the president caused the mess we're in now. This guy and the rest of his republican ilk don't want to work with the president one bit. They want him out by 2012 because they know all the things he's done now will bear fruit later and they want to be in office to take take credit for it. They have fought president Obama from day one and now you have their leaders coming out saying if they do win back congress and the senate they will not compromise on one thing. For those of us Americans with intelligence we know you can't have a democracy without compromise. If you do not have compromise you have the bush years which were a dictatorship.

    October 23, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. J. Keffelew

    Republicans never cease to amaze me. Is John Thune scared that Obama might mobilize the millions of democrats and independents? What Obama is doing now is no different than what George Bush did when he was president. Why didn't John Thune object back then?

    October 23, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    We in Minnesota have lived with the republican agenda for 8 years now. Pawlenty is leaving this state with high unemployment, high forclosures, and a $6B budget deficit. We have also seen the TeaParty's influence, heck their Queen, Michelle Bachmann is seen over the national airwaves continuously. Yet, she has failed to propose one bill in her 4 year term as Representive. Her 6th District is one of the hardest hit in Minnesota, yet she is no where to be found (other than on FOXNEWS, that is).

    October 23, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. fatlip

    Too bad George W Bush didn't follow this example while he was in office instead of raping our economy. Too bad the republicans haven't done ANYTHING since to make the situation better. I can't believe they call themselves Americans, it would be embarrassing if it wasn't so disgusting!

    October 23, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. Beola

    Mr Thune and all the other nay saying Republicans no thanks to you the President has the car out of the ditch you and George Bush drove, he wants to keep moving forward in D you want to go back in R to that ditch.

    October 23, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. Klaxon McFlinderginder

    Odd, this guy was dead silent when it was Bish doing the campaigning. But right-wing looneys will get into a frothing rage about anything their leaders tell them, no matter how hypocritical or preposterous.

    Ooops! I use a lot of syllables, Next time I will use tiny words so the tiny minds of the Tea losers and Rush propaganda-suckers can understand.

    October 23, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. Rudy

    This is ridiculous. These Republicans attack everything. Every President goes out and campaigns during the midterms. Even their beloved W who got us in this mess!!!! It is also not like he is not working. He does not need to be in the White House to work, remember these new gadgets called phones, computers, and PDAs. Get over yourself republicans!!!!

    October 23, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. Dale

    I suspect he would criticize Obama no matter what Obama did or did not do.

    October 23, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  25. John in Mississippi

    I can't wait to hear those "real and concrete solutions". Actually I've been waiting ever since Bush was president and I'm still waiting. I'm not expecting any in the near future. All talk, no action.

    October 23, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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