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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soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. FactCheck

    Responsible management, including extensions of tax cuts and reduced government spending encourage economic recovery and job growth

    Tell me, how many net jobs were created between 2001 and 2008 when your precious Bush tax cuts and GOP spending policies were put into effect? Now go back to high school and learn something about economics before you show off your ignorance.

    April 20, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. Andi

    Republicans should be insulted that the leaders of your party actually think you are ignorant and stupid. These folks are of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich. ONLY! Everyone else does not matter in their book.

    April 20, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. DaJeepster

    We are loosing the future! Every Republican Governor that cuts school spending is speeding up that loss.

    April 20, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. AC

    Priebus respond to the following and you know why their are no minorities in the GOP: Today’s installment of “heinous, unacceptable racism disguised as ‘jokes’” features a Republican official on Orange County, California, President Obama, and monkeys in photoshop. GOP official Marilyn Davenport is coming under fire for sending other Republican officials an email depicting President Obama as a chimpanzee, in the arms of chimpanzee “parents,” claiming, “Now you know why– no birth certificate! [sic].” Davenport is sticking to her guns, blaming the media for making too much of a fuss!

    April 20, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Kim

    Actually the president has fulfilled a large number of his campaign promises.

    I have to laugh at this clown because it's his own party that is hampering this nations progress. Since they took over the house, after campaigning on jobs, we've been entrenched in rehashing abortion – cripes, settled law for over 40 years, in the midst of the deepest recession this country has seen, and the republicans are concerned with abortion? How about their desire to demolish medicare and medicaid – demolish programs that have been filling a need for over 40 years – what's a few steps backward. Old folks and sick kids will just die sooner. No health care reform for them...lets just hang back with the other 3rd world countries that don't provide universal health care. Education? Why fund that either huh Mr. Preibus? We don't need to compete – all the jobs are going overseas anyway, right? Heck, republicans are still debating the cause of the civil war for cripes sake.

    The republicans and their regressive agenda is a fail – no matter how badly they try or how hard they hope, they cannot reconstruct their lilly white re-written version of america. We have options – progress into the future or regress into the past. We've tried it the republican way for the better part of 30 years, and we've just marked time. Time for a new – progressive approach. The president is right – we're better than that.

    April 20, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. johnmenacherjr

    Watch for those extreme fringe from Wisconsin. This guy Walker and the Koch Bros are all the same Be really careful they do not even enact what they campaing on like job creation. Wisconsin snce Walker messed it all up we have lost jobs hand over fist. seriously who would ever want to come here with the mess HE created – not this guy. same can go for the national level!

    April 20, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. LouAz

    He is right. Since Marrying Newt Gingrich, the Republican Party has sold our future to Wall Street and religious fanatics.

    April 20, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Jobs Bills like the Democratic Grande Stimulus of 2008 throw money at the problem but don't solve anything. "

    You mean the stimulus package that was almost half tax cuts, refunds, deductions, delays and incentives? So what you're saying is...you admit that tax cuts etc. don't do diddly to create jobs. We appreciate yoursudden honesty and candor. However, if I've somehow weirdly mistaken your whoel-hog dismissal of the stimulus package despite the evidence and studies that show not only that it had an impact but what they impact was, please explain to the class how tax cuts, particularly those solely for the exrtemely rich and corporations, etc. are somehow different than blindly "throwing money at the problem." Or maybe you'd like to take back your statement now and give us some spin like "well, if it had any effect at all it was soelly from the tax cuts etc. that were in it"?

    April 20, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    "good speeches do not create jobs.", but apparently, neither has the Republican controlled House, despite their promises last fall. In fact, based on their actions over the past 3-1/2 months, I am surprised we have not lost more jobs!

    Also, here is a question for my Republican friends reading this – Maybe it's the New England Yankee in me, but why do you guys keep insisting on electing people with first names that you would never hear on the Country Club circuit where much of your fundraisers come from. I mean come on, Newt, Reince, Trent, Loch, Saxby, Rand! Where do these names come from, anyway? How could anyone with an IQ that is more than two digits vote for someone with those names?

    April 20, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    This man needs to look at the Republicans inhouse bookkeeping before criticizing the President.
    They are a net of over a 1.3 million in debt from running thier campaigns. This si the party that claims they can help our deficit? HA! They can't even budge thier perosnal spending.

    April 20, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. vic , nashville ,tn

    Republicans budget proposal shows that we are losing the future

    April 20, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    Oh please. This coming from a man whose last name sounds like a hybrid car of sorts.
    The rethugs govern like they campaign? Really, really? WHERE ARE THE JOBS?????
    That was their campaign cry until they were elected. Now it's all about taking the President and the Nation down do their level.
    Principles in 2012? Then the party of hell no better not show up. Your principles and values can be found in the Appalachian Trail, men's bathroom at airports or at C Street, NW in Washington!!

    April 20, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. PacificView

    The republicans think we still live in 1840 and want to go back to those "good ole days". They have no vision going forward. Talking about abortion and passing legislation that they know is going nowhere are not creating any jobs as far as I can tell. Thier 2010 campaign was the biggest bait-and-switch fraud ever committed.

    April 20, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. vet in texas

    anyone who supported W twice, thinks Palin, Bachmann, Pawlenty, Santorum, Romney and Trump (of all people). Has lost any credibility regarding what's "right for America". These same people won't look to 2000-2006 and look at what was passed or what was spent during that time frame has not credibility. Anyone who claims the "greatest American ever" who raised taxes 9 times, tripled the national debt, provided amnesty, was a former union boss, and an actor......looses credibility. You have allowed yourself to be played just because they told you what you wanted to hear and then did the exact opposite and you took every gulp. Arizona got played just to put money into the private prison system, Wisconsin got played just to end their oppositions donors, Texas got played just to earn more money from business deals, I can go on and on. I love when people claim that this president is the most secrative......how can that be when we hear about what he is doing everyday, the white house website tells you exactly whats going on. I have no problem with someone who wants fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, etc., but the people you have CHOSEN, show you time and time again that those things are not what they care about. We all are biased by our political choices, but blinded by it only exposes who you truly are. Good luck America, and question who you choose to follow, and who they really move for (quickly move for), it won't be you, your family, your values, and your desires. You wanted jobs but they went after NPR and planned parent hood. You wanted to fix the budgets fixed but they gave out even more to corps as tax cuts.......how much more are you going to let them fool you and take your money for nothing in return? All they do is say obvious misstruths and outright lies.

    April 20, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Busted2010

    Yeah because the republican solution of handing out bigger shovels and telling people to dig their way out of the hole the republicans put us in really is going to give us a chance in the future.

    April 20, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. BlackPanthers2020

    @four and the door , the repubs had nothing to do with the jobs that were and are being created right now , you have really some wishful thinking , but we all knew that as soon as the economy started to right itself , some republican idiot would try to take the credit for it . In the last 2 years your party did everything in it's power to derail any economic recovery for it's own citizens , and that's the truth !!!!

    April 20, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. BlackPanthers2020

    GOP=GREED OVER PEOPLE , now where are those jobs , wasn't that the platform that most republicans ran on in the last election........................tick tock tick tock ...........i'm still waiting !!!!!

    April 20, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. Four More For Sure!

    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.
    [Proud of fixating on things like abortion, gay rights, styrofoam cups, and protecting subsidies for big oil and Bachmann's farms - yup that's a winning platform]

    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. [Show us all AGAIN what jobs bill they have sent to the floor so far in 2011, nothing like riding President Obama's coattails and trying to steal credit]

    It would be even funnier if you didn't believe half of the crap you throw around here

    April 20, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. Four More For Sure!

    The rethugs have lost the future. They have alienated the youth, the women, the minorities, the GLTB, the moderates, and the thinking portion of the USofA...just a dying breed that is marching itself towards extinction thankfully.

    April 20, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  20. Scott F

    Take the South bound lane on a Northbound freeway. You are the party of Monday morning quarterbacks. You criticize everything except you never played the game. You ARE the problem not the solution.

    April 20, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  21. Sgt Joe

    The GOP does not recognize the future; this guy is hot air. If they did, we'd be leading the way in green technology. All the GOP does is hamper any progress in that regard. To listen to these tired windbags is old news. Obama's our only chance of forward (progressive) thinking. If you want to go backwards and deal with their chronic fixation on social issues instead of improving on jobs and the economy, vote GOP. If you are among the middle class, wake up and vote Dem or we won't have a middle class!

    April 20, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  22. Chris~Albany, NY

    You idiots were elected on the SOLE basis of JOBS JOBS JOBS!!! WTF have you done but talk about abortion and other stupid and totally unrelated items! Give me back the Dems, at least they seem like they care.

    April 20, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Sgt Joe

    Hey 4&Door: "reduced spending"? Really? Why is it Boehner is okay spending our tax dollars on marriage laws (social issues)? What has that got to do with the promise for job creation? How do some of you find it in yourself to defend these hacks?

    April 20, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |

    PRIEBUS take the back seat along with your fellow republicans. in 2010 they campaigned to create jobs. show me their contribution towards creating jobs. I have seen The President has CREATED MORE JOBS THAN THE REPUBS AND priebus can count. If the republicans would stop being the PARTY OF NO there would be a lot of hope for the american people. Look at what they are doing in the states where they have republican governors. They are making voting more and more difficult for the voters. They are so afraid of Obama winning a 2nd term that they will do any thing even if it means fraud. But they should remember THINGS THE DO CAN COME BACK TO HAUNT THEM. GOOD LUCK DEMOCRATES. GO OBAMA GO OBAMA I WILL PRAY FOR YOU.

    April 20, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. Rosslaw

    Lord knows Al Queda and Iran miss the Republicans-they never could have achieved the heights in terror that they did in Iraq without Bush and Co.'s sleaze, stupidity and incompetence.

    April 20, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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