RNC mocks Obama's 'Debt-End Bus Tour'
August 15th, 2011
10:25 AM ET
7 years ago

RNC mocks Obama's 'Debt-End Bus Tour'

(CNN) – The Republican National Committee offered up its take on President Obama's Midwest bus tour Monday with a three-pronged press offensive including a "Press Corps Briefing Book," a web ad, and radio spots that detail what they've termed "Obama's Debt-End Bus Tour."

The RNC describes the president's effort to engage in a public dialogue about job growth and the economy at town halls and economic forums as "a totally non-political taxpayer-funded administration event that just happens to criss-cross several battleground states critical to the president's re-election" in the Obama critique, which is disguised as a briefing book.

A DNC official told CNN, "It is telling that the Republican Party, which believes corporations are people, would attack the president for meeting with Americans in their communities. We've now seen all the GOP candidates swear allegiance to the Tea Party in a debate, seen two Tea Party favorites come out on top of the Iowa Straw Poll, and someone once considered among the leading candidates for the nomination drop out of the race because he was not extreme or vitriolic enough for the Tea Party which now owns and operates the GOP."

"Rather than presenting plans to accelerate the recovery, the Republican Party is offering the same tired rhetoric that the American people are sick of."

The GOP committee released radio spots in the states Obama will visit over the next three days-Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois-as well as a minute-long web ad that paints the president's trip as nothing more than a campaign sweep through swing states.

"At every stop, first he'll cast blame for everything that's gone wrong. Then he'll say our economy is on the right track and the U.S. will always have triple-A credit rating," an announcer declares in the radio ad slated to run for one week in each state.

White House spokesman Jay Carney insisted the president's bus tour is completely above board–especially given that fact that Obama is not facing a primary challenger for the Democratic nomination–even though bus tours are a trademark of political campaigns.

"The fact is that the President is not engaged in a primary election and he is doing what Presidents do, which is go out in the country and engage with the American people, have discussions about the economy and other policy issues," Carney said during a press briefing on Air Force One en route to Minnesota.

"To suggest that any time the President leaves Washington it's a political trip would mean that Presidents could never leave unless they were physically campaigning on their own behalf, and he's not; he's out here doing his job and meeting with the American people."

But Iowa GOP chair Matt Strawn maintained the trip is all about politicking.

"The tour has everything to do with politics and nothing to do with policy," he said during a Monday conference call with reporters. "He knows this is a state he must carry if he's going to win."

"The president would rather be on a bus tour than tackling issues nationally," RNC chairman Reince Priebus echoed on the call.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who's making his second bid for the GOP presidential nomination, also took a swipe at the president's bus sweep in a web video released the first day of his tour that features Minnesota residents who say they'd rather Obama "stay in Washington and do something about jobs" instead of visit their home state. Calling it the "Magical Misery" tour, the 2012 GOP frontrunner's ad sums up his thoughts on the incumbent president: "Obama isn't working."

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Minnesota state GOP chair Tony Sutton will kick off the committee's answer to Obama's bus tour on the same day he launches his 5-city swing with a rally organized in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, the town of Obama's first stop.

CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

soundoff (319 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Is it me, or does the name calling sound like petty schoolyard stuff?

    August 15, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. S.positive

    RNC dummies, you've had your run now wait to be beaten back and fine. Cowards, if you had it, you should not be worried about the President showing up. FOOLS

    August 15, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. John, PA

    It's not hard to mack Obama, this should not be Obama's 'Debt-End Bus Tour' it's really Obama's 'Dead-End Bus Tour'. It will be good for president to get out of Washington DC and see all of the job losses, home foreclosures and people in bankruptcy. I’m not expecting this tour to go well for Obama, the masses aren’t going to be cheering for him.

    August 15, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Kimberly

    It seems interesting that this president claims to elicit change when he is guilty of the same back door political practices as many before him, and some things even worse. The fact that he gives the American people so little credit as to see through his thinly veiled use of our funds for his campaign is ridiculous. Hopefully the young and new voters he has duped in the last campagn will recognize this and vote from a more informed forum than that of last time. Change for the sake of change when left unchecked is not only scary its downright lethatl to our country!

    August 15, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. Russ

    The thing is, Obama is right. This was all in the works long before he took office. But, that's right the Republicans don't ever take responsibility for their actions. The country would be on the right track if Republicans weren't so hell bent on getting a black man out of the White House. Pretty sad that their agenda is to make Obama fail instead of helping the country through these tough times. Just more infantile ads from the party of NO to the poor and middle class and Yes to our rich job creating buddies that haven't created a job for anyone in fear that it might make Obama look good. Sad Sad Sad.

    August 15, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. diridi

    CORPORATE GOP are full of thugs, it is Obama who is going to win, not corporate thugs, who made this nation ruin.....o.k, Iraq war, Trickle down economy.....o.k, Obama2012!!!!God bless the nation, and Obama......

    August 15, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. Old Farmboy

    I just took a glance at the employment situation on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website and it shows "little change" in the employment status. We're at 9.1% and holding. Here's a quote taken from the report: "The number of unemployed persons (13.9 million) and the unemployment rate (9.1 percent) changed little in July. Since April, the unemployment rate has shown little definitive movement. The labor force, at 153.2 million, was little changed in July." The President is taking a trip to Iowa to talk about "job growth"? Is he going to talk about the unemployment rates for adult men (9.0 percent), adult women (7.9 percent), teenagers (25.0 percent), whites (8.1 percent), blacks (15.9 percent), and Hispanics (11.3 percent) showing little or no change in July. The jobless rate for Asians was 7.7? Right now there is 13,900,000 workers unemployed in the US and 44% of that is long term unemployment. So tell me about this job growth. I really want to know what the master plan is.

    August 15, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    That's the sorriest excuse for a campaign tour, I have ever seen.

    Obama only knows how to 4 things........campaign and spend, spend, spend.

    August 15, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. John in Brooklyn

    Thank you GOP for the Tea Party Downgrade!

    August 15, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. Squigman

    If you are a member of, or one of the movers and shakers in the republican party, why don't you keep your collective mouths shut until you or your minions have something of value or possibly some way to fix the current problem. Seems you have nothing in the form of fix, just the usual lip service about what's wrong. In other words (you're long on mouth, and short on wit). Prove the previous statement wrong by putting the well being of the nation first, before your own desire for power and wealth. Bet it never happens.

    August 15, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. Steve, New York City

    The GOP has to seriously consider – the more they simply talk about how much they hate Obama, and the less they talk about their own ideas for the future, they increase the likelihood that they will LOSE the next presidential election.

    Whoever is the GOP candidate for 2012 will "automatically" capture the birther vote. They now have to prove that they can capture the center!

    August 15, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. who cares

    I want our commander and chief to run of his record.

    Jimmy Carter did, he was re-elected.

    I understand ACORN is al

    August 15, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    John, PA wrote:
    It will be good for president to get out of Washington DC and see all of the job losses, home foreclosures and people in bankruptcy.
    I agree. He will hear the people say exactly what the polls have been saying. The people have figured out that "trickle down" is nonsense.

    Personal tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans does not motivate them anyone to create jobs. If they had any motivation to create jobs, they would do it with the resources that they already have. A tax cut isn't going to motivate the so caled "job creators" to do that.

    August 15, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  14. loxsley

    His bus tour can't be any worse than the rhetoric I listened to from the Republican Queen and her Court of Jesters.

    August 15, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. My Name is Gregg and I'm Running For President

    If I were President, I'd dispatch VP Biden, SecState H. Clinton, & [likely SecState Kerry] to Saudi Arabia to present them with a deal: boost oil production by 25% IMMEDIATELY and hold that level for 18 months. In return, the US will sell you F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.

    This would provide a positive shock to the US economy that would push GDP in the proper direction. Gas prices would fall below $3 per gallon and industrial output would rise. Consumer confidence would be bouyed. The President's re-election chances would be bolstered.

    You can expect the GOP to oppose this plan on at least two front's First: Drill, baby, drill has no ability to put oil on the market for at least 7 years. Secondly: The Israeli supporters will claim we are endangering our "best ally". I'd deploy B. Clinton to assuage the Israelis.

    My name is Gregg and I'm running for President. I present plans & solutions with timetables, resources, and metrics to determine success; not sound bite rhetoric.

    August 15, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    I want our commander and chief to run of his record.
    Jimmy Carter did, he was re-elected.

    Ahhhh.... might want to check your history book there buddy!!

    August 15, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. Ohio Man

    @John, PA
    But yet people will come out and cheer on the Tea party, who has taken this country back into the toilet... Things was improving once Obama took office... my 401K was growing again we had steady(not fast) job growth, but every since the 2010 election when the Tea party came into play we have gone from doing ok getting things back on track to "right" wing back into toilet again .. But yet these are the people you luv and say they are doing this for the "American" people..... You need to wake up. if you don’t see that then you will never see it.. Corp America is holding onto 2 trillion in money but due to all the Right wing Corp companies they refuse to hire.. And people say the demand is not there.. That’s not tru.. Because if you have more people working you will have more people buying / spending so demand will go up. And that will affect small business and they will have steady flow of customers

    August 15, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. RobertFTL

    I'm glad to see the GOP is serious about job creations. They had two years to unveil their grand plan of creating jobs and all they have done is absolutely nothing but cut from the poor and elderly. Is the GOP just interested in making the wealthy wealthier?

    August 15, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. AZ DEM

    Its easy to sit back spew the old rank and file GOP talking points, criticize Obama at every turn, make the simplest of things difficult to achieve and then call the president a failed leader. No GOP we see right through your games. They want to go into Nov 2012 saying "Are you better off now than you were before 2008?" The answer WOULD BE yes if the GOP were responsible governing partners with the president. Instead they are obstructionist hostage takers and they will pay the political price for it in 2012...hate Obama all you want but the polls show the people hate the GOP more.

    August 15, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  20. gt

    bus tour... not a good idea... looks small .....

    August 15, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Obama cannot seriously be laying the cost of this blatant campaign tour on the doorstep of taxpayers??? Complaints should immediately be filed and this tax thief be forced to pay for this out of his billion dollar campaign fund. Should he make the mistake of coming to a town near me, I will be there to tell him to pay for his own campaign trips and not waste our tax money on spreading his lies to save his job.

    Down to 39% approval there Prez, and heading for the twenties now. Please start packing and planning for a new career in 2013.

    August 15, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. RobertFTL

    The GOP wants to hinder job creation at any means as long as they can make the president fail. Now the GOP is mocking the president because he is trying to deal with the number one concern of Americans. Pathetic!

    August 15, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. The Other Dale

    And once again we see that the GOP has no concept of humor. It would be good for Obama to see all the job layoffs and bankruptcies caused by the Republicans and praised by the Tea Party though. Remind him that he has to keep fighting the good fight against the insane religious fanatics who would rather destroy the country than admit that a Obama is smarter and getting much more done than thay are.

    August 15, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. C-Lo

    Same old "talking" points by the same old people...apparently since Soros has left the building, they aren't getting any new insults to hurl and can't think for themselves–when will any of you start discussing, or even attacking, the substance of the actual ideas the Tea Party has brought to the table instead of your strawman and non sequitur arguments and personal attacks? You won't because you can't.

    August 15, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. Me

    How playgroung of the GOP. Were not their own candidates out and about this weekend, meeting and greeting? Is Sarah Palin not riding around in a bus right now? Talk like adults, address what you'll do for the country rather than name calling the guy in charge now.

    August 15, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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