RNC to Obama: You're taking the country off a cliff
July 6th, 2011
10:27 AM ET
3 years ago

RNC to Obama: You're taking the country off a cliff

(CNN) - A new ad from the Republican National Committee Wednesday blames President Obama's "left turn after left turn" for the current state of the economy.

The 30-second spot will air nationally on cable television, notably in battleground states, throughout the month. It uses a crashing car metaphor to make the case for a Republican president in 2012.

"America's headed the wrong way fast - six million foreclosures, 14 trillion in debt, 500 billion in higher taxes and the worst long-term unemployment in generations," the ad says. "Don't let Obama drive us to disaster, change direction."

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said his organization "intends to challenge Barack Obama in every state on his failed economic leadership right up until Election Day."

"Republicans have already changed the conversation in Washington, but with the President unwilling to remove the country from its unsustainable course, it's time to change direction," Priebus said in a statement.

Brad Woodhouse, communications director for the Democratic National Committee, said Republicans are trying to "mislead voters about the state of the economy."

"While the President continues to fight to clean up an economic mess that was years in the making, Republicans would rather run negative ads than offer positive ideas," Woodhouse said in a statement.


Filed under: 2012 • Ads • President Obama • Republican National Committee
soundoff (148 Responses)
  1. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    Hopefully also in this ad it will say what the Republicans have done to try to help improve the economy like all the job bills they have bought up, the new jobs they promised in the 2010 elections and that old working with the POTUS to help the American people. Oh and let's not forget what they plan to do to Medicare. If you're going to run an ad you might as well tell it all, right?

    July 6, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. johnmenacherjr

    The teabugger repugs would actually know about driving off the cliff they have so much experience in such things! And Americans are dumb enough to go to them for even more of the same.

    July 6, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. The Other Campaign Strategist @ 115th & Amsterdam Ave

    Democracy puts people first.

    Democracy means the individual man and woman – – banding together - decide the future, not powerful corporate interests

    For decades now, American politicians have been serving the wrong side

    In 2012, vote for Democracy. Vote for the People – – – Vote for Obama

    July 6, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Wes B.

    Gimme a break.

    July 6, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. La, La, La

    Shall we remind everyone where Bush & Company left our country ? Shall we?!!!!!

    July 6, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    Too bad for the GOP that the majority of people think THEY are doing the driving. To pander to the T-B party, they are ignoring sensible cooperation and instead engage in the oh-typical GOP style "my way or the highway"

    July 6, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. Obama/Biden 2012 - Four more years of record unemployment, $1.7 TRILLION yearly deficits, crushing debt, Obamacare, golf, vacations, speeches and class warfare

    Where can I send my donation to play this ad NON-STOP until November 2012??? The truth hurts, doesn't it leftists???

    July 6, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. Robin Bray

    Remember Bill Clinton's Balanced Budget? No expensive trillion dollar wars either. These ads are just as fake as the reality shows that they appear during. Always the whine, never a solution. Nothing new.

    July 6, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. awasis

    Too late, Repuds already did this. It's now a matter of crawling out of the pit they put us in.

    July 6, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. SNAPPA

    And where was the RNC when bush was taking us over the cliff several times? Bush 8 years and trillions in debt, Obama 3 years in office and probably saved the nation from a BUSH depression, I'll take Obama anyday.

    July 6, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. JohnRJohnson

    The Republicans have demonstrated over the last 6 months that they are good at three things: doing nothing about jobs, continuing to say "no" to any compromise, and acting as though their behavior in Congress has played no role in hampering our economic recovery. They may be good a few other things, like fielding the most preposterous batch of presidential candidates in the last 70 years, but I was trying to keep the list short.

    July 6, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. Four and The Door

    Lost in Texas FOREVER
    ... Oh and let's not forget what they plan to do to Medicare. If you're going to run an ad you might as well tell it all, right?
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________
    Right! The Ryan Plan is the first attempt by any Washington politician to save Medicare. The Democrats will agree that Medicare is running out of money but not one of them has stepped up with a plan to save it. Not one.

    July 6, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. FM

    "Don't let Obama drive us to disaster, change direction."
    Who are GOP kidding? Who is not aware where we came from and who rescued us all? No reverse gear GOP, nobody will go where we came from. We have been there and we still remember how worse it was.

    July 6, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Kevin Collins

    The RNC conveniently forgets to mention that the last 3 GOP presidents left office with record deficits and high unemployment. And they've no place griping about debt when they support deficit-contributing tax cuts for the wealthy who have *not* been creating jobs with their beloved tax-cut money - rather, they've been stuffing it under their mattresses and stashing it in offshore tax havens!

    July 6, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. Obama/Biden 2012 - Four more years of record unemployment, $1.7 TRILLION yearly deficits, crushing debt, Obamacare, golf, vacations, speeches and class warfare

    The Democratic National Committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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    It is going to take them a while to concoct their stream of lies to con the American people into howgreat things are with nearly 20 MILLION unemployed while their food and fuel sky rockets. Well, America, this is the "change" Obama promised you! How are you liking it so far???

    July 6, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. Jonathan

    so not only are they trying to blame him for them not doing anything the past year but they are trying to steal his analogy as well... Obama already accused the GOP of driving our economy in the ditch... now that he has it out of the ditch and on the tow truck driving back to the shop the GOP is beside them trying to run the tow truck and the car back into the ditch

    July 6, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. Linda C - AZ

    Until the Senate is controlled by Republicans, as is the House, and we have a Republican President, this country is doomed.

    July 6, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. Adam

    It is truly astounding how short the right's memory is. ASTOUNDING!

    July 6, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    The ad should be more on the order of:

    We promised to create jobs – how are we doing?
    We think the Rich should get MORE tax breaks and the working class should learn how to do with less. – How are we doing?

    July 6, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. Adam

    Obama is turing the wheel on a car thats already over the cliff!

    July 6, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. V in Chicago

    What the commercial doesn't show is that the Republicans are the navigators in the ad and it is due to their lack of direction and willingness to work with the Administration that the car is going off the cliff. If Obama is making left turn after left turn, then wouldn't the car be going in circles as opposed to off a cliff? Get a clue guys. Folks are already gathering to reverse the major mistake made in 2010 that let the clowns have control over the House. History will not repeat itself. Look for a Democratic controlled Senate, House of Representatives and White House after the 2012 elections.

    July 6, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. AEK

    I still believe that Mr. Lincoln said it best..."some of the people, all of the time." The Republican philosophy for 15 years has been to say it loud and say it often regardless of how truthful it is. The American people were fooled in the 2010 elections into believing that the Republicans cared about jobs and healthcare. It has become obvious the they only cared about the corporations that supported them financially. That has not changed no matter how loud and how often they say it has! Let's be the people who can say they were only fooled some of the time.

    July 6, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. carrotroot

    What are the Republicans complaining about? Under this President they have gotten pretty much everything they want in reguards to cuts in non-military domestic spending ... which never once happened under President Bush. They are demanding that Obama tow the Republican line when they don't ask the same from their own Presidential candidates.

    July 6, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. Willy Brown

    Obama put the car in “D” for destroy America. Put it in “R” for restore America in 2012.

    July 6, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  25. Artifex

    The problem is not the ad – conservatives will take it as gospel, liberals will rightfully point out it is a disingenuous pack of strategic half truths (like all political ads).

    The problem is the RNC is going all out to put this mendacious agitprop in front of as many Americans as possible while the democrats are still concocting clever little web ads that only play in a fractionally small echo chamber. To put it bluntly, the democrats are debating about bringing knives to a gun fight. Where are you, DNC?

    July 6, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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