GOP slams Obama in Keystone state
June 24th, 2011
12:52 PM ET
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GOP slams Obama in Keystone state

(CNN)-Republicans staked claim to the state of Pennsylvania Friday as President Obama made his ninth visit to the battleground state since he announced his re-election campaign in early April.

The President spent Thursday night in Pittsburgh and made remarks at a robotics facility Friday morning. The state should be friendly territory for the President, since he won Pennsylvania during the 2008 election, but Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus used a Friday conference call with reporters to suggest otherwise.

"In 2008 Pennsylvania went for Obama based on his rhetoric," he said. "2012 will be based on results."

The chairman commended GOP Gov. Tom Corbett for doing "an amazing job" in the state, but decried the impact of the Obama administration.

"He can only do so much when President Obama's extreme policies are raining down all over Pennsylvania and America," Priebus said.

"Pennsylvanians already know they can't afford another year with Obama."

Rob Gleason, chair of the Pennsylvania Republican Party agreed, slamming the president for "unpopular" and "failed" policies on employment.

"President Obama is returning to Pittsburgh to talk about jobs and the economy once again," he stated.

But, the chairman declared, "The only job he cares about is his own."

The president is traveling to Pittsburgh to stoke the main point of Gleason's criticism: jobs.

Obama visited the National Robotics Engineering Center at Carnegie Mellon, the site of his visit last year, to launch a "national effort to bring together industry, universities, and the federal government to invest in the emerging technologies that will create high quality manufacturing jobs" and "enhance global competitiveness," according to a statement from the White House.

But the GOP leaders doubted that effort will translate into votes for the incumbent president.

Gleason claimed the president's actions have turned against him because his "failed policies" have created "a coalition of Republicans, Democrats and independents" that will mobilize for 2012.

In a rallying cry that echoed Priebus who vowed,"Republicans will win Pennsylvania in 2012 and make President Obama a one-term president," Gleason said, "We're almost red and we're going to finish it off this year."

According to a Quinnipiac poll released in early June, Pennsylvania residents are split on how the president is handling his job. Forty-eight percent said they approved of how Obama is handling his White House duties, but the same amount disapproved.

CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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soundoff (34 Responses)

    GOP: Jealous much?

    June 24, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. Reggie from LA

    Reenk, are you or GOP candidates gonna offer up some results for your party (or just spew rhetoric attacking the prez as you have for the last few years). You got nothin', backstabber.

    June 24, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Tulsa

    Liars and thieves. REPUBLICANS HATE AMERICANS.
    (unless they are making a half million or more a year)

    June 24, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. logic in LA

    The results of the Republicans have been to block any bil that would help the individual, stimulate jobs or reduce the debt.
    Think this is rhetoric? By gutting healthcare-, they made it virtually useless for most Americans. By insisting on tax cuts in the stimulus package, they gave away money, rather than use it for infrastructure jobs and by extending the Bush tax cuts, they cost us Billions in revenue that would have reduced our debt.
    for 30 months they have had one agenda- win back the White House on the backs of Americans. They are concerned about neither the individual or the debt. All they want is control so they can continue to make their wealthy friends wealthier

    June 24, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. sue

    The Republicans better start working on the issues and giving some real hardcore solutions......all I hear from the GOP is everything the President is doing wrong.....well we are all ears, we don't want to hear what he is doing wrong, we want to hear what you are doing right and what you will do in the future for this country and how much better you can do than Obama.....and if it is the same old road that Bush went down than you can forget it.......

    June 24, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. GOP Tea Party Is Selling America to China and India at Low Bottom Wages

    where is the JOBS bill GOP?

    June 24, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Pennsylvania will not vote for Obama again in 2012. The American people are not that stupid. No matter how many lies Obama and the Democrats spout, the facts speak for themselves. We're close to slipping into another recession from this dolt. If he gets re-elected we'll slip into the Obama Depression. THAT is the "change" Obama and the Democrats have in store for America.

    June 24, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. J

    The comments of the repubs read like cliff notes...what policies are you guys talking about?

    June 24, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. Liberal elite=anyone with an education

    Of course they "slammed" the President. Why even bother reporting it, it's as regular as sunrise. That's ALL they have to offer. "What are you going to do about the wars, economy, jobs, healthcare"? "Geez, no clue, but it sure ain't gonna be any of what Obama's doing – even the stuff we originally proposed, like health insurance mandates, questioning the validity of the War Powers act, etc. etc.
    I can't blame them, they're politicians – I just can't fathom the fools that buy this stuff.

    June 24, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    "In 2008 Pennsylvania went for Obama based on his rhetoric," he said. "2012 will be based on results."
    2010 was based on results already. Pennsylvania elected Republicans in the US Senate and as Governor.
    Obama will not carry Pennsylvania in 2012. His results since 2010 elections have been even worse. Oddly enough, he is spending most of his current effort not on manufacturing jobs, but to increase the federal debt ceiling as high as he can get it and to increase taxes.

    June 24, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. ted

    What kind of a name is Reince Preibus? We need to see his green card, his papers, his long form birth certificate. This guy is as much a joke as Michael Steele. The Republican clown car wiht Rinse Pleasebus now has Palin, Newter, Paul Ron, Romney, Pawlenty, Blechmann, sanaterium, and others in it. all laughable.

    June 24, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    "He can only do so much when President Obama's extreme policies are raining down all over Pennsylvania and America," Priebus said. "In 2008 Pennsylvania went for Obama based on his rhetoric," he said. "2012 will be based on results."
    He has kept those sacred Bush Tax Cuts that were supposed to create jobs. Yup, 2012 will be determined by the results.

    June 24, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Isn't amazing how Republicans will commit the exact offenses that they accuse Democrats of doing. I think Republicans have redefined the meaning of "extreme policies" in American politics.

    June 24, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. ConservaFASCISTS

    Priebus is in no position to be criticizing anyone when HIS party ran on JOBS and are rejecting every jobs bill that comes to the floor. Priebus is in no condition to offer his opinion on Weinergate when he refuses to acknowledge that Sen. Vitter should resign as well. Republicans are a bunch of liars and hypocrites only focused on power and the destruction of the economy simply to try and make the President look bad. I call that downright dispicable and treasonous.

    June 24, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Expat American

    Where are the jobs that Boner weeped about? I thought the GOP was given a 'second chance' to solve all of the nation's problems? Well?

    June 24, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. W l jones

    On every hill there a crest two thousand 12 is far away and the Rep. is still at the foot of the hill without a candidate not to be seen so for. Bless.

    June 24, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. Patrick from Minnesota

    The GOP can try all they want to prevent Obama from his second term. But they will fail. They have lost our trust for the second time (!!).

    June 24, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Mike

    The republicans better have a better message than simply bashing the president at every turn. That could backfire on them. After a while all the negativity start to get to people and they may start to realize that the republicans are merely obstructionists and do not care about the average worker. After all, they are the ones that encouraged businesses to send they manufacturing out of the country and it was their president that was in charge when the economy went down the tubes.

    June 24, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. S. In California - Obama 2012

    GOP slams Obama in Keystone state. Well, now that is news isn't it? Since that's all they do is "slam" our president instead of getting jobs created (as they promised to do). Pennsylvania will weigh the pros and cons just like most of the other states and conclude President Obama is the BEST choice to continue moving this country forward.

    June 24, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. Texas Doc

    Reince Priebus? Is this guy even American? What did he come over from France or Canada? Who is this guy and why is he being allowed to speak for Real Americans?

    June 24, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. Kenneth

    The GOP/tea party will try slamp the presient if he change his boxer while on air force one. So when I read about ever thing th
    Presient do tell it like it is. You dilike the man
    What ever he do an he doing the same thing the gop working on2012 GET real

    June 24, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. gt

    the key to winning next election is jobs ... america needs to start converting to natural gas.pennyslvania is sitting pretty.. there is tons of the stuff... that would mean good paying jobs in the auto ind., gas drilling ,transporting , and for construction .... plus we no longer need the middle east oil..and more tax dollars for the states to do more for the people....

    June 24, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. Jimmy

    Answer this: How many job bills has the Teapublican led House of Representatives passed much less even introduced? Answer: Zilch, zip, nada, squat. And yet they blab on and on and on about Pres. Obama whose stimulus packages have at least done something. Something is way better than nothing to anyone with an ounce of cerebral gray matter.

    June 24, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. Mah

    Keep Dreaming, Priebus.

    June 24, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    What have the Republicans done to get employers to have their jobs here in the US? What are their alternatives? If they are doing more of the same cutting taxes and reduce regulation talk then there is nothing new.

    June 24, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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