2012ers throw punches at Obama
April 4th, 2011
07:00 PM ET
4 years ago

2012ers throw punches at Obama

Washington (CNN) - Likely 2012 Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum joined the list of White House hopefuls using President Obama's re-election announcement as a platform to voice criticism of the current economic climate under Obama.

"We can't take four more years of the 'change' the Obama Administration has forced upon America," Santorum said in a release Monday. "The only thing that has changed is the amount of our debt, the size of our government, the loss of our freedom, the fewer jobs for those wanting work, the diminished stature of America, and an expensive military commitment without a clear national security purpose."

The former Pennsylvania senator, who has traveled extensively to early primary and caucus states, also criticized the president's record in office.

"The 'progress we've made' that the President refers to has nothing to do with improving the lives of Americans or providing a better future for the next generations. It is about moving an ideological agenda to grow the power of Washington over the average citizen," Santorum said.

Former Massachusetts governor and possible 2012 candidate Mitt Romney knocked Obama on Monday, tweeting, "@barackobama I look forward to hearing details on your jobs plan, as do 14m unemployed Americans."

Tim Pawlenty, former Republican governor of Minnesota, was the first presidential hopeful to respond to Obama's re-election announcement with his own video Monday morning that said a new president is needed to take America in "a new direction."

And former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Obama is trying to "coerce and run over the American people" with his fundraising machine.

"I don't believe he can raise enough money to hide from the American people," Gingrich said in New Hampshire on Monday. "I think frankly he'll be a one-term president."


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • President Obama • Rick Santorum • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. CNN watcher

    Throws punches but offers NO solutions. Obama's on the right track – the GOP clowns of 2012 have no clue what to do.

    April 4, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  2. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    lol a lot of thses so-called 2012ers are really going to be 2016ers because unless the economy goes into a big slump, or Obama does something that is really disagreeable to all involved, I don't see anybody in this bunch that should be able to win in 2012. The right wingers, FoxNews, Koch Brothers, C of C may try to buy the election like they did in 2010, but I don't think it's going to work next year. Plus after what happened in Ohio, Wisconsin, and New Jersey some of the people that got caught up in the "angry voter" syndrome or even MORE angry after seeing what the GOP had in store. You know that old saying, "fool me once, shame on you"???

    April 4, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  3. Lenmsith

    This man is as sick as they come. He is a loser and is in it to try to make the millions that the Palin woman has made. And, if the news media keeps it up he just might and than never have to work again. He really does not understand our great country or our very good President.

    April 4, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    Without George W. Bush to campaign against, Obama is going to have a tough time coming up with a strategy. Of course, GWB was defeated by term limits, but who gets caught up in details? Obama will certainly not let term limits take him down.

    April 4, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  5. Marjee123

    I was s wrong about the republican candidates needing a football field to have room to debate. They need two football fields. Gee gee gee why don't the whole republican congress run wouldn't that be fun.

    April 4, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  6. S. In California - Obama 2012

    Throw ALL the punches you want.

    Obama is a TWO TERM president.

    April 4, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  7. Jane

    Wheres the gops plans to create jobs, oh yeh, I forget they wanta cut 700,000 jobs, . whats wrong with Boener and a job plan , its what they promised. now its all intitlement stuff and robbing the middle class to feed the wealthy more morney. Jane

    April 4, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  8. Brian

    Sounds like you are talking about Bush to me!

    April 4, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  9. Mr. Marcus

    The GOP has been running for the presidency against President Barack Obama since February 15, 2009 - literally THREE WEEKS after he took office. Too bad their opposition to him IS NOT based on PRINCIPLES.

    We all know that the Party of No launched a not to transparent attempt to keep Mr. Obama from achieving ANYTHING just so that could paint him as inexperienced and unable to be effective in office, but that hasn't worked.

    Then they tried to deride the stimulus bill, harping on the administration provided unemployment number that was underestimated when the legislation was being discussed. The only problem with that is unemployment is dropping and it's due to the President's policies overcomming the inertia in the economy. Since their claim that they would focus on JOBS, the GOP has done NOTHING to advance the economy (unless you count UNION BUSTING, ABORTION, BIRTH CERTIFICATES) . Despite having done nothing, I'm sure the GOPer's will try to find a way to take credit for PRESIDENT OBAMA'S work as the unemployment rate continues to drop over the next 18 months.

    It has been 1,013 days since a Republican put forth any kind of solution for anything in America. Tomorrow will be day 1,014 because they don't bring forth viable plans with timetables, budgets, milestones, metrics and due dates. All they can do is throw stones.

    April 4, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. Mike

    "The only thing that has changed is the amount of our debt, the size of our government, the loss of our freedom, the fewer jobs for those wanting work, the diminished stature of America, and an expensive military commitment without a clear national security purpose."

    Take Santorum's words here, roll back the clock to election time 2008, apply the words to what was being said by Democrats about Bush, and here we are right back at the same place.

    As an Independent, I am looking for someone sane and reasonable to change the worn out, stale, and unimaginative political rhetoric in this country. We need an intelligent and rational conversation about the greater good. Unfortunately, the best qualified and brightest people for President would never subject themselves to the abuse of our 24/7 news cycle. So we are stuck with ego maniacs and narrow minded candidates.

    April 4, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  11. The Greedy Old Parasites have declared war on YOU!

    An incredibly clownish collection of cultists with no real ideas how to help average Americans, mostly because they care nothing about such Americans. However, they need average Americans to vote for them so they spout fear, ignorance, lies, hate and general nonsense in hopes they can sway a sufficient number of average Americans to vote against their (average Americans') best interests. People are waking up to the GOBPbagger scam, however, so the clowns are starting to get scared. Expect massive attempts to rig the vote and massive donations from their faceless billionaire masters to sway the elections.

    April 4, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. Russ

    The only platform the Republicans have to run on is the "we don't like Obama" platform. Pretty weak at best. All they can come up with is we don't like the Obama policies, but have none of their own. At least none that will be good for the average American. However, if you're in that top 1% of the income bracket you'd be set to get even richer if they win the next election. So you trailer trash, bible thumping, pro lifer, gay bashing morons had better think about that before you vote.

    April 4, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  13. 4merRepubCT

    What a bunch of losers – all mouth, no cajones! Why don't these wannabes man up and declare? They're quick to take shots at the POTUS since no one is taking them seriously.

    April 4, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  14. TEE

    Repubs, where are the jobs ????

    April 4, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  15. April

    We can only hope he will be a 'one-term president'. He did not have me fooled for one second and he has only lived up to be exactly what I thought. He has done absolutely nothing productive or 'progressive' for our country.

    April 4, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  16. Tired of the nonsense

    "The only thing that has changed is the amount of our debt, the size of our government, the loss of our freedom, the fewer jobs for those wanting work, the diminished stature of America, and an expensive military commitment without a clear national security purpose."

    That was the efforts and legacy of the Bush Dictatorship, not the Obama Administration. President Obama has been trying very hard to undo all that damage that the Bushies did to this country. It'll take at least another four years to even put a dent in the damage Bush left us with.

    April 4, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  17. larry

    Will some republican tell this guy he is just a joke....and would never become president.

    April 4, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  18. Kara

    Do any of these people actually have a plan? And are they going to have primaries, or are they all just going to run against Obama?
    What a bunch of cowards!

    April 4, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  19. Bill from GA

    We couldn't stand four more years like Pres. Obama's first two. Jobs went from MINUS 750,000 (JOBS LOST, December, 2008) to around 200,000 GAINED per month, the last few months. Terrible!

    GDP (Growth) went from MINUS 6% (last quarter, 2008) to positive growth of as much as 5% (after first year of Pres. Obama's Stimulus). Unbearable!

    Repugs have to run on lies; the truth is UNMENTIONABLE to them. They hate success.

    April 4, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  20. usualone

    Seems to me the Republicans ran on "jobs" in 2010. More people are getting employed, the stock market is basically thriving, car companies have been saved and other things show that things are improving in the economy. Of course these candidates will tear this President apart, but they have nothing to offer of substance to get them elected.

    April 4, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  21. mark in Toronto

    Santorum running for president. You gotta be kidding! Every single thing that this idiot claims the Obama administration has caused was caused by his own loser party. American politics are the laughing stock of the world. You guys might as well nominate Charlie Sheen . . . . he would be a better choice than this bigoted, ultra-right-wing scumbag. Believe me . . . Santorums ego is much, much bigger than Charlie's.

    April 4, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  22. w l jones

    Debt is the hallmark of goverment without it the people wont have nothing to talk about. Every project the government under take in the best intrest of the public cannot wait until the tax monies come in so they do what we all do borrow it. Bless.

    April 4, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  23. Shane

    Republicans don't have any answers either. They want to cut taxes for billionaires while they slash benefits for the working class. They want to ensure we're behind the rest of the world in education, healthcare and transportation, so long as the rich get richer.

    April 4, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  24. gedy

    Please Rick Santorum see yourself and what the GOP did b4 2008. @Newt Gingrich, you donot have anything to say. You did what did when you were in the office. Shuuuuuuuuuu.

    April 4, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  25. KK

    Attn: Republicans and Tea party
    It is highly likely you will be crushed by the over looked and underestimated independent moderates!
    We are better educated, have better health, better jobs, better looks and we make up over a third of registered voters. Here's the head line – We are sick of radicals from both sides of the isle hijacking our country for what is nothing more than a political food fight. You will all hear from us in November of 2011

    April 4, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
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