RNC ad paints future doomsday scenario
July 27th, 2011
11:25 AM ET
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RNC ad paints future doomsday scenario

Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee released its final attack ad of a month-long campaign against President Obama, according to the group, hitting the president over his handling of the economy.

The latest 30-second spot shows a young girl watching television on the last day of the Obama administration, in 2017. She is watching hypothetical news broadcasts that report the unemployment rate and U.S. debt to China climbing to record levels.

"Eight years ago, we were promised hope," the narrator says. "Today many believe their American dream has been lost."

The RNC said the ad will air in Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Indiana, Ohio and Iowa, all battleground states in 2012 that the president won in 2008. A Spanish radio ad will accompany the television buy in Florida.

"These are states Obama carried in 2008 that he must hold in 2012," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. "The risk of continuing Barack Obama's failed stewardship of our economy is too great. The American people know it's time to change direction."

The RNC would not say how much money it's spending to air the commercials or how long they will run.

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  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Four wrote:
    I think we can safely say Iraq is an American victory now. Thanks to the success of our professional military and unwavering leadership from President George W. Bush.
    We had NO BUSINESS in Iraq in the first place.
    American victory over WHAT? What threatened us in Iraq that was NOT self-created by the illusions of grandeur of The Shrub and his overactive WMD imagination?

    July 27, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. vet in texas

    Four and The Door

    Two endless wars...
    I think we can safely say Iraq is an American victory now. Thanks to the success of our professional military and unwavering leadership from President George W. Bush. The Iraqi's have a bright and prosperous future in front of them now and America has another Democratic ally in a difficult region of the world
    Four you always have all the facts, but for this post, please go back to when W told us the American people the initial reason for going to Iraq (alone), your reason was 5 reasons after the famous "mission accomplished" banner...........I remember.
    we were told we were going because Iraq purchased yellow-cake uranium from Niger and that they had something to do with 911, period! a trillion later (cost of treating us injured brave soldiers along with the payouts in the "surge" and initial invasion)......."The Iraqi's have a bright and prosperous future in front of them now and America has another Democratic ally in a difficult region of the world"

    Your losing credibility my friend!

    July 27, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Mo

    Just look at what the Statist and Chief has done thus far and it may not be a stretch. He is in a positiion so far over his head that I guarantee you even he is questioning why all his Keynesian majic did not work. 9.2% UNEMPLOYMENT and consumpution stagnant we need a new leader.

    July 27, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. B

    It is all a design of the Republicans to unseat Obama. As they admitted long ago, Job one is to make him a one term President and this is their Strategy. They will do nothing to stop this disaster and blame the President.

    July 27, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. white 68 yr old texan

    These Repubs in office hate and revile "our" president to a degree far and away beyond any the Demos have shown towards ANY past Republican president. --- Could it be they lost out to a "BLACK DEMOCRAT" ??????? -– Repubs have morphed into an elite, white, good ole boys club. -- Not my kinda club.

    July 27, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. End GOPorate greed.

    The only thing the Republican Fascist Party cares about is Obama being a one term President.

    Except maybe their GOPorate Greed.

    July 27, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. T'sah from Virginia

    CUT the CrAP it’s not BALANCEd Team
    The far-RIGHT giving off a lot of steam
    [House delays vote on Boehner plan]
    The far-RIGHT defining Boehner as less than a man
    [Reid debt ceiling plan comes up short]
    The far-RIGHT will not even visit that court
    So thou shall not forsake the far-RIGHT EXTREME???
    the CUT the CrAP it’s not BALANCEd Team??

    Who died and left the far-RIGHT extremist in charge (aka Tea Party that refuses to compromise)? This country is not – should not and will NOT be run from the far-RIGHT Extreme who in the polls represents less than 20% of all Americans (maybe 10%)!!!!

    July 27, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I'd like to personally thank the GOTP for personally ensuring us of a second term for our adult, forward-thinking, and pro-country President Barack Hussein Obama. You went so hard after him that you screwed yourselves into the wall!!
    Obama 2012 and beyond!!!

    July 27, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. Levin

    gt wrote: "we need less regualtions"

    Do have any clue as to how we got into this mess in the first place?

    July 27, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. Canuck

    The rest of the world looks on in amazement. The GOP are being seen as power-hungry, selfish, heartless lunatics.

    July 27, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    @angie- you are part of the problem with our country. Get usedntonit because after your rethugs/teatards gondown in flames over this dangerous situation we will have a demicrst fornpfesident for the rest of your life and probably yourn hildren and their children!
    Wake up anf turn off faux news and limbaugh. You sound as clueless as the quittef!

    July 27, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Whose using fear tactics now or didn't anybody inform the village idiot Palin the RNC is using one.

    July 27, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Randy

    All I hear is clinton clinton clinton. Keep in mind that the tech bubble happened during the clinton years. These were not large companies getting larger, these were small upstarts that got going without government help. Out of basements, dorm rooms and garages these were people taking a chance Computer companies, software company, and web companies emerged. Explain to me how clinton, or government in general had anything to do with with these individuals created thier own destiny in the private market. Also keep in mind that the bubble was starting to burst in the late 90's early 2000's, while clinton was still in office. Doesn't look like he did a lot to keep those businesses flourishing.

    July 27, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. jim

    So tell me "Four on the Floor" ...

    How much did those freedom fries cost America, and how does that relate to today's most pressing issue????

    What a mindless loser you are !!!!!!!

    July 27, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. Indy

    You are funny today, with your unwavering support for George Bush who brought the entire country to the brink of destruction with his unwavering leadership that had thousands of innocent people killed in his determination to go after WMD that he knew did not exist. I am interested to know who told you that Iraq has a bright and prosperous future ?

    July 27, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. Anthony

    Why is a future bankruptcy of the U.S. a problem when Republicans think that a government default, meaning it cannot make payments on its debt obligations, is not a big deal if happens right now?

    July 27, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. Ozzie

    Karl is such a sincere and patriotic person – with such depth and utter concern for hurting or vulnerable Americans. He gave us Presiden George W. Bush, stole an election, and started a war at 12 billion unpaid dollars a month. Now, he wants all you middle class families, working and unemployed folks, elderly, and veterans to pay for his American family values. He is just so patriotic, so credible, so good. Let's have him continue to pave the way – or, let's just grow up and wise up.

    July 27, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. which is the kettle...

    and which one is the pot? both parties are crying foul, and both parties are correct. Both sides need to stop the fear mongering. What a sad political country we live in.

    For all of you blaming Bush, sure he gets some of the blame...but to put no blame on Obama is as bad as putting all blame on Bush, you'd have to be wearing awfully big blinders to believe that nonsense. Many people (from both parties) are at fault for our current crisis. I'm just hoping they can work this mess out before a true crisis hits...like by Aug 2. Yeah, that would be good.

    July 27, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. MTATL67

    RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. "The risk of continuing Barack Obama's failed stewardship of our economy is too great. Ok lets run with Mr. Priebus analogy. President Obama is steering the ship and GOP Congressional leaders are below deck cutting holes into the hull of the boat. The GOP was given stewardship of the Congress and they have not accomplished a damn thing, talk about failure. Mr. Priebus should concentrate on removing those extremist fiscal terrorist from the GOP and get the GOP Congressional leaders to listen to the American people.

    July 27, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. Get A Grip

    I, like millions and millions of Americans, will be happy when this "HOPE AND CHANGE" guy gets voted out of office in 2012. He'll forever be remembered as the "HOAX AND CHAINS" president. Oh, and of course the president that won the Nobel Peace Prize and launched more missiles then ALL Nobel Peace Prize winners combined.

    July 27, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. Bill NY

    All I know is that the republicans are saying tough luck grandma and grandpa! Go fend for yourselves. Super rich and big corporations the republicans are willing to let the majority of US citizens suffer so that you can do with more. They should all be tried for treason.

    July 27, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. Marry

    …people with amnesia about the past; self-righteous in the present; irresponsible for the future! How disgusting the GOP/TP presents itself. Lies and distortion – all they can come up with!

    July 27, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  23. Dave Harris

    This is what the Republicans hope to bring about by making the U.S. default on its obligations, trashing the economy so everybody's out of work, then trying to blame it on Obama. Another irony, is that the Republican administration of George W. Bush ended pretty much this way, with economic disaster resulting from years of bad decisions and overspending.

    July 27, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    "And for those who really don't understand how the goverment works, please be advised that it is the JOB of the Congress to control the National purse strings, ...."
    ...which means it is the job of the House to decide who gets paid and who does not.

    Article I, Section 9
    No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.
    This argues for a debt ceiling in the first place. The Treasury cannot spend what it does not have.

    Article I, Section 8
    The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States;
    In other words, it will be up to Congress to decide who gets paid and who does not. Not the President.

    Article I, Section 7
    All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.
    In other words, it shall be the House chamber that will be responsible for originating legislation that creates the revenues to pay our outstanding debts in the event of a default.
    Please note that there is nothing about cutting spending. An assumption is made that the elected representatives are capable of good judgment, and are of sound mind.

    July 27, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    If THREE YEARS of record unemployment, record foreclosures, sky rocketing fuel and food prices, sky rocketing healthcare (just WAIT until employers drop healthcare benefits because of Obamacare), record debt and record deficits isn't scary enough for you America....

    ...just THINK about what state this country will be in with 4 more years of the Obama/Democrat nightmare. Look to the streets of Greece for what Obama and the Democrats have in store for your future.

    July 27, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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