U.S. 'losing the future,' says RNC chair
April 20th, 2011
11:46 AM ET
4 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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  1. Rudy NYC

    Since when is the GOP concerned about the future. Everything they propose and do has always been for the here and now. And if Mr. Chairman is concerned about jobs going overseas, then the GOP needs to revise their own policies.

    This guy is spin, spin, spin. GOP tax cuts for the wealthy, GOP tax cuts to corporations, and GOP spending cuts for the needy have not created jobs either. TARP didn't create jobs, but the Stimulus created jobs, and saved even more.

    They new playbook is unfolding, folks. The foundation of the GOP platform is being lied (no mispelling) out right now.

    April 20, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. TruthPerhaps

    "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."

    This is a brazenly false statement from my fellow Wisconsinite. Scott Walker has been forced to admit, before Congress no less, that he did not campaign on his 'drop the bomb' policies. Lies to the people will never equate to sound governance, yet Mr. Priebus continues to perpetuate the lies.

    April 20, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. once upon a horse

    maybe if your guys would tell your CEO buddies, you know the ones making record profit and getting all the tax breaks to start hiring some people with REAL jobs then the future would not be lost. But as long as the GOP worships at the altar of the Koch Brothers and Tea Party the future si going to be bleak, at least for the ones below the upper 2%.

    April 20, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    The Republicans have plenty to be proud about with what they have accomplished since taking the House of Representatives in January. They were elected to get government spending in control and it has been slashed. Even Obama now is on the bandwagon trying to portray himself as fiscally responsible.

    The Republicans were elected to bring the federal government back in support of jobs creation and the unemployment rate has fallen last month faster than in the last 2 decades.

    Finally we see our voting power translating to good results in Washington. Because of this, 2012 is looking excellent for Republicans across the country.

    April 20, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. C. Howe Yulikit

    Fear! It's what's for Dinner at the GOP. How's that Jobs Bill coming?

    April 20, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. thomas

    A California Republican official "Marilyn Davenport" has apologized for sending an email that depicts President Barack Obama as a young chimpanzee. Davenport, who is a Tea Party activist and an elected member of the central committee of the Republican Party of Orange County,
    "More than anything, these Republicans say what they mean; they mean what they say," Priebus said. "Above all, they govern like they campaigned.
    Future of NRC ?

    April 20, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Jay Markowitz

    "More than anything, these Republicans say what they mean; they mean what they say,"

    Princess is a straight up lying scumbag.

    WHERE ARE THE JOB BILLS REPUBS? YOU PROMISED AND YOU PROMISED AND NOT ONE JOBS BILL.

    YOU ADVOCATE SMALLER GOVERNMENT BUT YOU ARE ALL ABOUT CONTROLLING WOMEN'S REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS.

    April 20, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. Common Cents

    If YOU inherited two wars, rising unemployment, a failing job market, Wall Street abuses and mispractices from CEOs, a broken healthcare system that badly needs fixing, a failing housing market, a BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf, rising inflation, Bush tax cuts for the rich, criticisms, lies and conspiracy theories from extremists, right-wingers, conservatives and Tea Partiers (and Donald Trump) and a NATO coalition that's creating rising gas prices.....could YOU fix it all in FOUR YEARS?!?

    Not to mention people like Limbaugh, Palin, Bachman, Cantor, Beck, Huckabee, Hannity, Paul and now this clown Priebus constantly on your hindquarters about SOMETHING!!!

    Give President Obama the respect, patience and prayers that he deserves to FIX THIS MESS!!!!

    April 20, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. john

    It's his party that's losing its future, by pushing a death panel replacement for Medicare.

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

    We lost the future a long time ago. It started with Reagan, continued with the two Bush's. With all that the republicans are trying to do nation wide with anti-union legislation, take over town legislation, suppressing voter registration and presidential running requirements we have lost the past achievments and have no future. The Republicans have always had the problem of over reaching when they are elected into office, this cycle they have set a new terrible, nation destroying standard.

    April 20, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Brian

    The future was lost thanks in no small part to you conservatives

    April 20, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. PalmReader

    "The Republicans were elected to bring the federal government back in support of jobs creation and the unemployment rate has fallen last month faster than in the last 2 decades."

    Still aren't able to come up with one House bill introduced by the new GOPer majority (let alone signed into law) which would give credence to your comment, can you, Four and the Door?

    April 20, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. SuperD

    These comments are so stupid. You liberals are obsessed over the "rich" Whatever that means. Just keep sticking your hand out, you're not getting anything. Get off your butt and quit looking to the govt. to solve all your problems. The Dems are going to get clocked even harder in 2012 than they did in 2010.

    Govt does not create jobs....."Rich" people do......it's a fact that you like to ignore

    April 20, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. gt

    the future needs to be get out of 2 wars.....the would be a ray of sunshine for this country...

    April 20, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Thankfully Independent

    Yes, but this trend started during the second Reagan term, stalled during Bush 41's term and was reversed during the Clinton years. But then it went into free fall during 43's Bush Administration and the GOP-controlled House and Senate did nothing to stop it.

    So why should we trust them now?

    April 20, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. ben

    Thats right! You Republicans "Swindled the American people into your 10 Trillion dollar(and counting)invasion of Iraq? You did,nt go after Al-Queda,if you had, we would of "wraped" Afganistan up by now,and pulled out of their!!!! You let Wall Street gamble away 401K,retirement funds,held up important Stem Cell research,that would have saved 10s of thousands of lives by now? What did,nt you republicans do to our economy and reputation? The old "Blame Game" lol Times up-Gop!

    April 20, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. Kevin

    "America is "losing the future"? That's terribly un-American to say and a very pessimistic viewpoint of this great nation from the chair of the Republican party. The future needs work, and together we can work on it, but we're losing the future? Really? I hope young Americans feel they have a bright future in the greatest nation that ever existed. Boo to Reince Priebus the Republican party for politics of this nature. There was a day when being American came first above all else.

    April 20, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. Phil in KC

    This from the party who supports big business when they outsource everything. From the party who decries No Child Left Behind. This from the party who sees the Department of Education as unnecessary. The party who oppose aid to needy children. They gave up on our future a long time ago. All they care about is whatever puts money in their pockets today.

    April 20, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. mesamick

    Glad to see that the GOPers think their vision for 'merika is so positive...Ryan's "Path to PERDITION" plan along with their fear mongering, dem bashin', union bustin', anti-womens liberties and elimination of the middle classes really makes me want to vote for them that's fer shure...How 'bout you?

    April 20, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Obama's vision of the future.... TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICITS AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE. 8.8% unemployment (really much higher), sky rocketing gas prices and food prices, sky rocketing inflation, higher healthcare costs from Obamacare, employers dumping medical coverage because of Obamacare, and on and on.

    This country can't take another 4 years of this financial illiterate.

    April 20, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. peace

    this jerk dont have a clue about nothing they should of kept micheal steele he could lie better than this guy.

    April 20, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. Ex-GOP Con

    I am getting tired of the GOP and their hopes for failure. Whatever happened to patriotism and being an AMERICAN!

    April 20, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. Marko

    Yes and very nicely tee'd up by the Bush years and republican congresses. They built the mess, passed it on and don't have the guts and integrity to call it their own. What can we all expect from the top most wealthy, the "Greedy 400" who are calling the shots by owning our gutless politicians.

    April 20, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "They gave up on our future a long time ago."

    I do believe that for most of them, the final straw was in 1964. That's when they threw up their hands and said fark it.

    April 20, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. Joe

    Forget the past look at the future. Let's do the country and Obama a favor, elect a Republican like Romney that actually understands what it is like to run and manage a business. We can let Obama after 4 years of failure play as much basketball as he wants to. It's obvious, that Obama spent more time campaigning than he did doing his job as a Senator. He was and remains over his head. I switched from Republican to Independent and will vote for the best man/woman for the job. Obama ain't that guy, just ask the 14 million unemployed Americans and the military now fighting our 3rd war.

    April 20, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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