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

    Given that the RepublicanTea Party seems uterly fixated on a pre-CivilRights; pre-Social Security; pre-Medicaid America, I'd have to they thay are the ones who have lost a vision for the future- they are too busy living in the past.

    April 20, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    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?
    Jobs Bills like the Democratic Grande Stimulus of 2008 throw money at the problem but don't solve anything. Responsible management, including extensions of tax cuts and reduced government spending encourage economic recovery and job growth. Ask Larry Summers, Obama's Economic Advisor who convinced him to go along with the Republicans for extension of the Bush Tax Cuts in December. He was correct. It worked.

    April 20, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. indydave

    What a laugh. If the mass of GOP (Guaranteed Obstructionist Partisan) supporters had their way, we'd be teaching creationism in schools, shunning science in any form, and even becoming suspicious of math, probably, since it's closely related to logic, which is the method by which all their dogmatic preconceptions of the world are torn apart and shown to be self-contradictory, inconsistent and just plain stupid. We'd be forging boldly backwards in terms of civil equality and real freedom for every citizen, to the early 20th, if not the 19th, century if dunces like Palin and Dominionists (don't know what the word means? look it up!) like Santorum rose to power. The Dems are bad enough, but not NEARLY bad enough that I'd consider voting Republican.

    April 20, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. PalmReader

    The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE – The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends ... to be replaced with, what, the Great Republican Corporate Welfare Tax Society? Thanks, but I think I'll pass. Especially considering it is these very corporations you support (with your tax cut talking points) which are indeed inflating the gas prices, food prices, inflation, and higher healthcare costs you moan over.

    April 20, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. Jake

    thanks to eight years under Bush reign...you're right! but luckily we have the Obama administration slowly getting us back on track!

    April 20, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. indydave

    " "More than anything, these Republicans say what they mean; they mean what they say," Priebus said. " Is that intended to be a factual statement? 'Cos it just makes me laugh. It's all about jobs, jobs, jobs, the economy, the deficit, and limited government, UNTIL THE REPUBLICANS GET ELECTED, and then it's about pushing their regressive social agendas to enshrine civil inequality in state constitutions (see Brian Bosma in Indiana for one example of many). Don't believe a word of what they say. The main thing I've learned about Republicans is, whatever they screech about the loudest when complaining about anyone else, is exactly the same thing they themselves are most guilty of.

    April 20, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Marko

    Great Republican Corporate Welfare Tax Society = "The Greedy 400". The not for any of you club also.

    April 20, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. PalmReader

    "Ask Larry Summers, Obama's Economic Advisor who convinced him to go along with the Republicans for extension of the Bush Tax Cuts in December. He was correct. It worked."

    Do please explain why it worked in December of 2010, and not in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, or 2010? During which time these exact same tax cuts were in effect.

    April 20, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Eunice

    If we would stop financing wars, nation building, taking care of illegal and their so called rights, giving away money to other countries, maybe we wouldn't be broke. I'm sick of it all. Maybe if the governments wallet was taken away from him, we just might get somewhere. This is very embassing as a nation and YET WE HAVE THE AUDACITY to tell other nations what they should do. What we should do is mind our OWN business. As it is, WE OBVIOUSLY CAN'T TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN!!!!

    April 20, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. AEJ


    April 20, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. tulsa, ok

    Bob in PA
    Still an idiot, but the perfect Republican... Bitch, bitch bitch with no ideas but what the GOTP is always pushing.... TAX CUTS!!!!
    OH, and let's do away with any unions, or any means the WORKING people of the USA have of pulling themselves out of poverty and send their kids to good schools... OH! SCHOOLS! Lets do away with them too, 'cause smart people scare Republicans.
    Dumb as rocks the Republicans are.

    April 20, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. Hotdog

    The Republicans have not cooperated with this President from day one. They come with this superiority type of attitude and any one with any sense can see that it is bogus. All of the racial rug rats have come out since President Obama has taken office. It has nothing to do with what is best for the country but all to do with not allowing this African American be succeful as POTUS. This is how we deal with other countries and is also the kind of stuff that start wars.

    April 20, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE – The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Do you work for Fox News? I mean, everyday you say the same worn out talking points. Obamacare as you so eloquently refer to it hasn't even been fully implemented. So how is it destroying the healthcare system? As a medical provider genius, I have the privelage of knowing certain things such as reimburesment rates to providers from insurance companies and procedures insurances refuse to pay for but are necessary for medical recovery. There is a major provider in my state of Virginia who as of 6/1/11 will no longer accept Anthem BCBS because the reimbursement is too low and the non covered services are too broad. So spare me with the Obamacare crap that you talk day in and day out. I'm thinking of the alternative, which is Paul Ryan's budget proposal. That's FASCISM on steroids. You give a $15,000 voucher to seniors to cover their medical expenses. What a joke. $15,000 in my field of medical practice(Physical Therapy) equates to about 37 visits for a year. So if a patient uses up that 15K, they are on their own. 5-6 procedures of PT for a day runs at $395-$500. Are you honestly saying your grandma can pay that much out of pocket expense?????

    April 20, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. tulsa, ok

    hey 4 and the door, WHO'S bill was it in '08????
    Oh, that's right, it was BUSH that put that legislation forth, NOT the Democrats.

    April 20, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC


    I get it now. I see what "smaller government" means, and how a society can function with a "smaller government". If you take away the rights of the people, then you do not need a large government to oversee, guarantee, and enforce those rights. If you have a smaller government, then the power is concentrated in the hands of the few instead of in the will of the many.

    Yes. Yes, I get it now.

    April 20, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. Lolo

    Yes he should know, because the republicans do not want to change for a better future. Just keep their sheep dumb and in the dark.

    April 20, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. bobden

    The rich could create jobs, but they don't. They DID create a lot of jobs in other countries, but not here.

    Who would fix our worn out roads and bridges? The rich? No, the various governments, mostly federal.

    Who won't fix a damn thing? The repugs.

    April 20, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Shirley

    If we are losing the future, we can blame Republicans. Look at what 8 years of Bush has done to the middle class and these Freshman Republicans are ready to do more harm. Rob middle class working Americans to continue paying for 2 wars on 'terror' that cannot be won, it's like the war on drugs or obesity. Continue to turn a blind eye to illegal immigrants for future votes. Transfer the Countries wealth to Corporations and the rich to guarantee large compaign contributions – the list goes on and on. Many expected President Obama to fix the mess Bush made overnight, it would take years even without the posturing going on in Washington. And yes, Obama is a politician too but less lethal to the middle class working Americans.

    April 20, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. Monk

    @Frustrated Independent Voter, republicans might work with Obama if he could work for the good of the country. Why would anyone support ideas/proposals that will harm this nation? You call the republicans obstructionists? While I don't agree with all they try to do, at least they have been trying to minimize the damage Obama has been doing.

    April 20, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. Lolo

    These republicann and tea partiers do not see or don't want to see that our children are not striving anymore for highter education, making the world a better place. They are happy just going along to get along to satisfy their folloerw. i definitely do not want our future to be replaced or guided with the likes of Palin, Bahmann, Trump, etc. They all just don't get it.

    April 20, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. jim

    George W. Bush's stance on housing during the 2004 Republican Convention Acceptance Speech

    This speech was delivered at the 2004 Republican National Convention on September 2, 2004 when George W. Bush officially accepted the Republican nomination to run for President.

    "Another priority for a new term is to build an ownership society, because ownership brings security, and dignity, and independence. Thanks to our policies, homeownership in America is at an all-time high. Tonight we set a new goal: seven million more affordable homes in the next 10 years so more American families will be able to open the door and say welcome to my home."

    I wonder what these policies were that put so many people into homes they couldn't afford?

    Thanks George. You yourself take the credit for this disaster.

    April 20, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. Vic of New York

    That's really Brilliant Priebus. Only one question. WHY THE H DIDN'T YOU THINK OF THAT WHEN YOU PUT BUSH IN THE WHITEHOUSE ! ! !

    April 20, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. Jim

    Wasn't it the Republicans that said they were going to focus on job creation? So stupid Americans went out and voted them into power. What was the first thing the house did when they assumed power, nothing but try to repeal healthcare. Where are the jobs that they said they were going to focus on?

    April 20, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    Reagan was always an optimist, what the hell happened to that quality amongst Conservatives?

    April 20, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  25. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    but luckily we have the Obama administration slowly getting us back on track!
    Right, the track to hyper-inflation, low employment and financial ruin! I'd like OFF THIS TRAIN! Unfortunately it'll have to wait another 2 years.

    April 20, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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