NH Dems on GOP field: 'Irritating, but not dangerous'
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June 13th, 2011
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NH Dems on GOP field: 'Irritating, but not dangerous'

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Hours ahead of the Republican debate in New Hampshire, Democrats took aim at the candidates' chief line of attack: the state of the economy.

At an event minutes from the CNN debate site at St. Anselm College, Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley conceded the sluggish jobs outlook remains a problem area under President Obama, but slammed the economic track record and policies of the GOP field, including Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty.

Buckley downplayed the threat posed by any member of the Republican field taking the stage Monday night. "At this point they're kind of like these bugs flying around us," he said, swatting at mosquitoes. "They're irritating, but not dangerous."

Despite the lack of primary action, Democrats have set up ambitious grassroots efforts in several key early-voting states – a pre-emptive pushback to the expected swarm of candidate attacks directed at President Obama in the months ahead.

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  1. Clwyd

    they are dangerous and all of them are crazy from the nut case women to the member of a religious cult!

    June 13, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Yes. look at the records of Pawlenty and Romney while governors of their respective states. One made a career as a corporate raider while another turned a surplus into a deficeit. The sad thing is, what other options are there? What is more to the point is, there is nothing new. The GOP has been using the same tired, worn out playbook that launched Reagan. There is nothing new here, and there won't be anything new. They have painted themselves into an ideological corner, and any deviation is regarded as heresy.

    June 13, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Irritating, but not dangerous"

    That's right...just like herpes.

    June 13, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    The country is on the economic path laid out for us by President Bush. Yes, Obama made many promises during his 2008 campaign. Those visions and plans got thrown out the window with the Wall Street collapse and TARP coming just a month before election day.

    While Obama has been criticized for being a "failure," it deserves to be pointed out that not one tax cut implemented by Bush has been repealed. In fact, despite rhetoric that accusses Obama of raising taxes during a recession, he has in fact implemented middle class tax cuts (40% of the Recovery Act) and has been thwarted from implementing small business tax cuts by the Senate "Party of No" Republicans.

    June 13, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Get ready for the big GOP "snow ball" debate.

    June 13, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. Name king

    First of all where is the the jobs bill by the repugs controlled congress, they replaced the dems last election on their slogan jobs jobs jobs, yet 6 month have past and they still haven't presented the president with a single job bill to sign. Where is the outrage from the American people, how much time will they allow the repugs to swindle them with their uniformed talking points and policies that haven't worked over the past 10 years, wake up America.

    June 13, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    They're all liars. Every last republican. That's all I need to know.

    They tell people what we want to hear and then switch once they're elected (i.e., they ran on jobs in 2010, and so far all the bills they've worked on are about abortions and union rights in some states). What a bunch of duds.

    June 13, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. hgrayowl

    I'm not sure I'll even bother to watch the 7 dwarfs perform tonight. They have nothing new to offer.

    June 13, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. Thankfully Independent

    Are they kidding?

    I would rate this GOP herd of myopic pachyderms as slightly entertaining ... but not substantial. Beside the obligatory Obama bashing, witch is getting tiresome and repetative, only one of these guys has actually put forth some sort of plan.

    PS to Mitt and the other business types – The U.S. is a country, not a business and should not run as such. Also, in this case the CEO works for the employees, the employees do not work for him. The position is a temp job at best. If you're good, you;ll get eight years; if not, four years tops.

    June 13, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. Ryan

    The GOP presidential field from an economic and job creation standpoint is a lot like sending a bunch of arsonists to put out a five alarm blaze.

    June 13, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. ABM

    The GOP said they would focus on jobs when they took over the Congress. Hmmmm????? Where are the jobs?

    The GOP stalled and fought to keep the tax rates the same for the rich stating that they were the ones who create jobs. Hmmm.... Where are a registered Republican I will call out my own party and take them to task. If they don't do anything meaningful and stop playing partisan politics I will not vote for any of them in the general.

    June 13, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    They are all the political equivilent of a case of gas: offensive, and at times painful, but with no real substance.

    June 13, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. Woody

    Oh boy....tonight should be a lot of fun…however in a sad way. The GOP had done nothing to help the country. The people gave them a chance in the 2010 elections and what did that get us…nothing as usual. I am an independent…and still think the President is doing a great job with what he had to work with. And besides….the field of candidates currently presented by the GOP is not the answer.

    June 13, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    @Just As I Thought
    Thank-you for conceding defeat by attacking my character and not my facts.

    June 13, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    It is an exciting field of candidates for the Republican nomination we will be watching. There are a lot of Democrats posting on this board who completely misinterpret ( some of them intentionally I'm sure ) the Republican ideology and they should take the opportunity to watch the debate and get a better idea about what the Republican focus is. But I will give you a hint. Fix the economy for everybody. It will be much better to have everyone in socoety be winners instead of just the Wall Street Bankers, the union bosses and the bureaucrats like we have seen in the last 2 years.

    June 13, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    'Irritating, but not dangerous'
    Only if you've been vaccinated, otherwise associating with them could be hazardous to your health and well-being.

    June 13, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Anyone remember The Great Sucker Punch? You know, the 2010 Elections. I remember.
    When the candidates promise jobs tonight, I will remember that dirty trick all over again.
    -Promise jobs. Cut public union jobs.
    -Promise jobs. Kill Medicare.
    -Promise jobs. Pass capricious immigration laws.
    -Promise jobs. Blame the Democrats.
    -Promise jobs. Complain about where are the jobs.
    Get the idea, people. Promises, promises. I remember, and so should you.

    (signed by a fully functional and independent minded moderate, not a Democrat)

    June 13, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. Patrick from Minnesota

    Besides, the three Republicans that would even stand a chance against obama (Johnson, Daniels, and Paul) either won't run and/or won't win the nomination. Obama can pretty much start planning his second inaugural ball at this point.

    June 13, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. mj

    We have a huge "pot hole" in the road. Not a "bump". This is growing deeper and wider day by day. Obama is too preoccupied with trying to get reelected and staging "fund raising". Just tell me one employer you had that was poor? Think about it. I'm not talking just Bill Gates, but the Small Business that might have less than 10 employees. Obama is destroying Small Business to distribute the wealth. Small Business can not suceed with the current administration.

    June 13, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    They want to take away all women's rights and turn them into breeding factories to give them troops for their future wars. I guess men don't think that is dangerous. ASK THE WOMEN !!!

    June 13, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |