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

    Why isn't he running the country instead of out campaigning, anyway?

    August 15, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    Working with the President and others in Congress is what the GOPers in Congress took an oath to do – to work – to do their part in the job of governing. Disagreement and comprimise is a fundemental piece of what the Founding Fathers instilled in our government. It's called DEMOCRACY – sad how only the DEMOCRATIC PARTY seems to understand reality.
    Just stomping your feet and throwing a tantrum is what direspectful children do to try and get what they want – not what they need.

    August 15, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. DSAY

    Mike A. I find your point of view very interesting. How do you suppose they accumulated that wealth? By being incorrect in thier assumptions about the workings of the economy, and what it takes to run a successful business? I suppose it was when the sold their souls to the devil, right? I think experience speaks volumes.

    -Then again i suppose we should seek our economic advise from the inexperienced, poor, and destitute, they really got it figured out. Yeah that seems like a wise decision. 😉

    August 15, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. Laverne

    Still waiting to hear what the republicans and tea party plan to do to create jobs. Republicans in congress refuse to be helpful in creating and passing a sensible bill to help create jobs. They don't want it to happen under President Obama's watch and you have to be pretty blind to not see what they are doing. I agree things have not gone as well as I would have liked them too so far under President Obama, but I am also VERY AWARE of the culprits of block, block and block some more. I will reward the republicans and tea party by voting for President Obama!

    August 15, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    From Warren Buffet's op-ed in the New York Times today:

    "People invest to make money, and potential taxes have never scared them off. And to those who argue that higher rates hurt job creation, I would note that a net of nearly 40 million jobs were added between 1980 and 2000. You know what’s happened since then: lower tax rates and far lower job creation. "

    Who you gonna trust, folks? Warren Buffet, one of the richest men on the planet?

    Or a bunch of whiny GOPers and teabaggers who have a track record of wrecking our economy? (Don't believe me? Do a little research, and you'll find that historically, our country fairs better economically under Democratic administrations than under Republican ones.)

    Read the Times op-ed; listen to what Buffet has to say about how it's time to stop coddling the rich and start asking them to share the sacrifice in helping turn our nation around and get us on track for success in the future.

    IMHO, asking the rich to pay their fair share is the least they can do for the country that helped them make their money in the first place!

    August 15, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. Mr. Moderate

    Yes, let's no go out and actually intereact with the people who you are supposed to work for and are impacted by your actions in Washington.

    August 15, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    "Why isn't he running the country instead of out campaigning, anyway?"

    Just because GW Bush couldn't watch TV and eat pretzels without choking doesn't mean President Obama can't multi-task.

    Recent case in point: President Obama attended this year's Correspondents Dinner (and did a great job on Trump), while attending to the SEAL mission that took out Osama bin Laden.

    August 15, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. Hark

    To John In Brooklyn...You are welcome!!! Its about time somebody stood up and did the right thing. You and your liberal cohorts still waitng for more handouts???? Grow up!!!

    August 15, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. KatR

    Yawn. Republicans are mocking Obama. Nothing new here. Same old...same old. I keep reading articles about the GOP and TP and hear nothing but blame for Obama. How about some alternative ideas guys? You sound like a bunch of schoolyard bullies.

    August 15, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    The master plan of the republicans/teabaggers is to keep the economy as bad as possible to make President Obama one-term. THEY'VE BRAGGED ABOUT THAT DAILY.

    You people need to think - he is not a dictator - and fighting with the obstructionists that will ruin the country in order to get back in power need to pay very close attention to all the rights that the BAGGERS/REPUBLICANS want to take away from us (in favor of Corporatism - FASCISM).

    August 15, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. Bates


    August 15, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. Sue

    While on his "magical misery" bus tour........Obama says to the citizens......."I feel bad that you have to eat hot dogs and beans (or peas).......Well, gotta go.......Michelle and I are heading to Martha's Vineyard next week to eat caviar and party with the rich/famous FAT CATS. So, I have to wrap this up as fast as possible, so that I can give my fake, sympathetic words to the next group of suckers who are stupid enough to show up to listen to me"

    August 15, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. ART

    To Bill C the only thing shocking is your bold face lies and your bias nonsense

    August 15, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. Claire

    The RNC certainly doesn't have to work hard at being corny.

    August 15, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. bill

    Google 'obama blames' and see how many hits you get.

    August 15, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. Jack

    All the Republican candidates said, even if there was a bill that would wipe out all the deficit but it included some tax increases, they would vote against it. Lunacy. Stubborn, idiotic lunacy.

    August 15, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Lando

    Jobs is the word tha the Republibans abhor and hate...They dont wan't any improvements or gains in job growth in America.
    They want Americans to lose as many jobs as it could for political reasons. It is the whole truth....we the people knew it..

    August 15, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    More from Warren Buffet's op-ed (worth reading):

    "Since 1992, the I.R.S. has compiled data from the returns of the 400 Americans reporting the largest income. In 1992, the top 400 had aggregate taxable income of $16.9 billion and paid federal taxes of 29.2 percent on that sum. In 2008, the aggregate income of the highest 400 had soared to $90.9 billion — a staggering $227.4 million on average — but the rate paid had fallen to 21.5 percent.

    "The taxes I refer to here include only federal income tax, but you can be sure that any payroll tax for the 400 was inconsequential compared to income. In fact, 88 of the 400 in 2008 reported no wages at all, though every one of them reported capital gains. Some of my brethren may shun work but they all like to invest. (I can relate to that.)"

    Is this fair? HECK NO!

    Our country doesn't exist for these 400 wealthy individuals to suck us dry. If it weren't for the US, they never would have been able to make their fortunes.

    Isn't it time we stopped coddling the super-wealthy and DEMAND they pay their fair share?

    Warren Buffet – one of the richest men on the planet – thinks so, and I AGREE!

    August 15, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. John

    Did we hurt the liberals feelings? Obama is not my president. If I had to hear 'W' or comedy central's cartoon 'Little Bush', then you blaming little people can hear this. Now run away democrats.

    August 15, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. GOP hates Middle Class


    Obama is running this country into the ground with SPEND BABY SPEND!
    Oh Phillip, what has he spent? Putting 2 wars on the books? - that's a fiscal conservative thing to do: make it all above board, none of this Enron accounting. Continued Bush's tax cuts and TARP - that was a Bush initiative or don't you remember W talking about it when Bear Stearns went belly-up. Romneycare I mean the Affordable Care Act isn't incurring any costs until 2014. Detroit has paid off their debt early and saved jobs. Put the Faux News talking points away, they won't work here.

    August 15, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. Edward

    RNC = Rogue Nut Cases

    August 15, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. jen

    We are right behind you Mr President, all the way 2012! OBAMA- BIDEN, what the naysayers dont understand is that it's never been about the President but the voters and surely NONE out there can outsmart President Obama, let them run their mouth to the end...

    August 15, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    "Google 'obama blames' and see how many hits you get."

    I googled "Palin blames" and got 3,470,000 hits.
    "republican blames" yielded 5,370,000 hits.
    "GOP blames" yielded 6,400,000 hits.

    My personal favorite: "republicans blame" = 25,000,000 hits

    August 15, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. My Name is Gregg & I'm Running For President

    @ "Russ in MD & Fair is Fair" – Thanks for taking the bait.

    No, I"m not 8 -years old. Actually Russ, I graduated from the Glenn Martin School of Engineering in College Park and have worked on cutting age aerospace technology for 30 years. I've forgotten more about advanced weapons systems they you'll ever know. You claim to be from MD but I'll bet they probably wouldn't let you on the campus if you could find it.

    You geo-political geniuses failed history didn't you. The F-15 Air Superiority Fighter has been sold to the Saudi's for DECADES including the "S" Silent Eagle with Stealth technology Has it destabalize things, No. You guys really need to stop thinking you are mentally superior. I'd have a battle of wits with each of you but I don't believe in whipping up on an unarmed man.

    Why not admit it. You are afraid what $2.50 gasoline would do for the economy and the President's re-election prospects. You'd rather trot out some tired Drill Baby Drill bumpersticker than effect a REAL SOLUTION that could have a market impact in the timeframe that is RELEVANT.

    Either that or you are like Lieberman; and want Israel to be able to be the bully in that neighborhood. If that's your hangup, too bad Turkey is getting them. You remember Turkey right? That's the country that sent that aid ship to Leabanon that the Israelis boarded illegally. So sorry, not everyone flying this technology will look the other way.

    If you are so against this kind of action, you'd better get behind the President and stop plotting his demise. You can rest assured the more you thrash around about this, the more attention you'll attract. I'd love to get Americans thinking about who stands between them and $2.50 gasoline.

    August 15, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  25. phoenix86

    To all who use Buffett as a justification for increasing taxes.

    Buffet suppots an increase in the personal income tax rates of "millionaires & billionaires" and "people like him". Buffet also supports the elminination or reduction of the Capital Gains Tax.

    Per Berkshire's 10-K filing, they pay an effective income tax rate of 16%.
    Buffet takes in $100,000 per year as a salary.

    Following Buffet's advise would allow him to keep paying low taxes based on his salary and also allow him to keep his billions, which are earned as capital gains.

    Dems and liberals are being used as a tool and are too lazy to investigate the issue before spitting out the soundbite.

    August 15, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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