U.S. 'losing the future,' says RNC chair
April 20th, 2011
11:46 AM ET
7 years ago

U.S. 'losing the future,' says RNC chair

(CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus used President Barack Obama's tag line against him Wednesday, saying for the first time in years the United States is "losing the future."

At a speech to the City Club of Chicago, in the president's backyard, the newly-elected chairman jabbed the president over spending and the budget, while making the case for a Republican president in 2012.

"Sure the President can talk about hope all he wants. But here is the problem: hope isn't hiring in America," Priebus said. "He may win the 'debate' award, but he loses the 'follow through' award."

After issuing a caveat saying the president isn't a "bad man" and is a "gifted politician," he said "good speeches do not create jobs."

"The president has said a lot of right things. But here is the problem: the results do not match the rhetoric," Priebus said.

Since he succeeded Michael Steele as chairman of the GOP leadership committee in January, the RNC has focused on fundraising, raking in $7.014 million in March, bringing its debt to $19.764 million.

But the Wisconsin native pointed to the unemployment level and the stimulus bill as signs the president has not delivered on job creation. Although he said leaders on both sides of the aisle contributed to the current situation, he doesn't see the president solving the issues, unlike the "new brand of Republican leaders" in Washington.

"More than anything, these Republicans say what they mean; they mean what they say," Priebus said. "Above all, they govern like they campaigned. What they pledged on the campaign trail is what they are delivering on Capitol Hill and the State House."

And ultimately, he's focused on 2012.

"This election in 2012 is not about liking President Obama. It is an election about principles; economic principles that will profoundly affect our ability to put this country back on a sustainable path to prosperity," Priebus said. "My job is not just to help elect a Republican president in 2012; my job is to help elect a Republican president who can deliver meaningful economic results."

Hari Sevugan, a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee said Priebus should concentrate on the economic obstacles facing the RNC instead of criticizing the president.

"With 13 straight months of private sector job growth, the President has led the country from the brink of economic collapse following eight years of Republican economic policies to the road to recovery today," Sevugan said in an email. "If we were Mr. Priebus we'd focus on the economic collapse that is facing his Republican National Committee."

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soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. Frustrated Independent Voter !

    And if the Republican's get anywhere near the White Hose we will go backward's even further ! Obama is the best man for this moment in history , he just need's the GOP to stop putting up road block's and work with him to move our country forward !

    April 20, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. wired

    "Republicans say what they mean; they mean what they say,"

    More false rhetoric. Republicans have been nothing but two face liars since 2000.

    April 20, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Sniffit

    I can see the scene in the RNC board room now"

    Rinse P-nis: "You know, Obama's come out with a catchy new campaign slogan and we need to combat it...can't have another one like "Hope and Change" get away from us."

    Minion: "What is it?"

    Rinse: "Winning the Future"

    Minion: "Oooooh, that's a good...what are we gonna do?"

    Rinse: "Well, clearly we can't agree with him."

    GOP Brain Trust: "I know! Let's say the opposite!!! "Losing the Future"!!!"

    Rinse: "Perfect. The opposite. We haven't tried that yet I don't think. Let's go with it. "Losing the Future." That sounds sufficiently dismal and disheartening to ruin peoples' day and perhaps get them to blame it on him...and it conveys that we don't agree. Thanks to all who attended...this has been a really successful and creative meeting."

    April 20, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. SayWhat

    Yes, we lost a big chunk of the future because of GOP policies from 2000 to 2008, and based on the first three month's performance of the Republican House of Representatives focusing on ideological battles rather than offering leadership, we will continue to lose the future until we realize that governing this country by what is good for the .02 richest citizens is not good for all Americans. Say goodbye GOP.

    April 20, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. NVa Native

    Yes, by following the failed Bush tax and spend policies – along with tax subsidies for the very wealthy and corproations of America at the expense of small business with the middle & working class, for over ten years – we are failing.
    Obama seems to have now caught ion that there is an inteligent majority who does not follow fox media and hate radio, a majority that want the US to succeed and move forward away from the fascist policies of the GOP. Stop the destruction of our country for the sake of profit for multi-national corporations and their masters (Koch Bros, etc.)

    April 20, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. Sniffit

    "good speeches do not create jobs."

    But but but...I thought the GOP refusing to push any jobs legislation and instead simply standing around harrumphing and regurgitating their embellism-induced magic pixie dust trickle-down brainfart ideology was what is fixing the economy?

    April 20, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Bob in PA

    No, the future is lost. We will not regain it for a minimum of 10 – 15 years. The damage done to our government infratstructure, reputation, economy, and monetary system by this administration will takes years to repair.

    April 20, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Laverne

    This guy is soo irrelevant..........he is a backstabbing leach who is convinced the republicans are his friends. If he doesn't raise the money they want, his fate will be just like Michael Steele, oh wait, he's a white man so maybe not!

    April 20, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. insert sarcastic remark here

    You are right, hope isn't hiring in America. But McDonald's sure is. 50,000 employees. The middle class is saved!

    Thanks RNC! 🙂

    April 20, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    He pretty much was truthful, in what he said. Obama talks a good speech, and he is not a bad person.......he simply spends too much, to do too little, and he is not results focused.

    April 20, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. michael , MN

    I don';t see any ideas from the GOP that will lead america into the future – of course being governed by the Uber rich while the middle class works at wall mart

    April 20, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. CNNLover

    The GO (aka the Regressive party) is wishing we lose the future.

    April 20, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. Marla

    How do the repubs dare to start talking about jobs again? I haven't seen them do a thing about jobs since they took over the house.
    Please, voters! Give the Democrats a super-majority in 2012!

    April 20, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. Bill

    Does this clown really think the GOP can win on such a message? Most people realize that it was failed GOP economic policies that got us into the Great Recession in the firdt place.

    April 20, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. Joseph-Ohio

    Just like a Republican, side bar the real issue by laying blame on the wrong guy (anybody but a Republican)! Bush was responsible for over 12 Trillion of the current debt. This is a clear example of what the coming race will be, A BUNCH OF TWO FACED TALK! All of President Obama's decisions have not been good (He should have allowed the tax cuts to expire for the rich!!!!!!!!!!), but the man is making headway. Job growth is slow but steady.......How about this, how about you guys get behind the President and trully try to fix this country.........We can no longer run this country only caring for the rich (aka....The Republican way!)........

    April 20, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Just more proof the Republicans know that they created the economic disaster but made no attempt or took any responsibility to help. It sure doesn't fair well to say "losing the future" when Americans need to know you're working along with the President to "win the future" and then turning right around saying it's my job to elect a Republican. This guy is a total idiot and incapable of reducing the RNC debt as well as getting a Republican elected.

    April 20, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. mike

    what about jobs jobs jobs that is all I heard from these self center all about me scum bags that sold the american voter that they are going to focus on jobs but the only thing they care about is cutting programs that effect everyone but the rich remember one thing who got you in to this crap hole and it wasn't a democrat was it and now we want to be spend thrifts on the backs of the working poor keep voting republican

    April 20, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. Danny Cali

    Hey, how about your G.W.B man? I think your Republican the one cause this country lost the future.

    April 20, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. Reince Priebus

    Yes...listen to us! The party that destroyed the economy and offer more bad ideas to force the middle and lower class to shoulder the weight of reconstruction. We Republicans at the RNC are already operating in the negative and owe MILLIONS. We pander to zelots and lied about creating jobs. Anything...and we mean ANYTHING to make this black guy a one term president! We are the party of hypocrates and bigots. When we say racist statements, we blame you for either not getting the joke or being "too sensitive".

    April 20, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. PalmReader

    "Sure the President can talk about hope all he wants. But here is the problem: hope isn't hiring in America," Priebus said. "He may win the 'debate' award, but he loses the 'follow through' award."

    (sigh). Once again, Mr. Priebus, more jobs have been added under Obama's 3 years as President than the past 8 years of Bush.

    April 20, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. TEXAN

    I blame Wall Street greed and Bush Republican decisions based on $$$$$ for themselves for the mess we`re in now. Cheney and the PAC and others in power then tried an imperialistic "experiment" by entering Iraq to hopefully control that region`s oil. They were success in- so- much as Cheney`s Haliburton and Brown&Root made BILLIONS at taxpayer expense. Now those "super rich" are fighting against letting the Bush tax cuts expire as they agreed too years ago. -----– What GREED and GALL they have !!!!!!!!

    April 20, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. NVa Native

    Where are the "JOBS BILLS" the GOP put out as a campagin promise??
    What about the JOBS??

    April 20, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. American

    More double speak from politician hypocrisy...

    RNC's group has not focused on campaigned jobs, instead pandering to ideological nonsense that many Americans are sick of in politics.

    Instead of "governing" as promised, RNC's group has focused on taking rights away from Americans and wasting our tax dollars on things that have No chance of passing instead of working together.

    If Priebus was (truly) concerned about losing the future, he would look in the mirror at his own party's Big government intrusions into Americans' private lives and local communities (i.e. Power-focused overreach, not governing).

    April 20, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. james Miller

    NO !!!!! THEY lost it.

    April 20, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. NVa Native

    It will take many many many years, probably many generations, to end the wars and destruction the GOP has visited on America.
    And putting the GOP back in power to continue their evil ways would fix that how?

    April 20, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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