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. Justaidea

    After reading most of the post on this article I'm left with the thought that most have no idea that they owe 250k on the national dept. That's if they pay federal taxes. If they don't pay taxes each of them and their children owe 45K on the dept. Maybe the goverment should send them the bill and demand payment. After all they have recieved the benifit and payment is due. The extra money Obama spends on this bus trip can be added to the bill. Now you need to get a job at something and start paying the goverment so they can afford to spend on the important things such as Obama Bus tour.

    August 15, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Bill C

    Busted: Seriously? That old line? What about the overwhelming number of Democrats who also thought Iraq had WMD? Let's move on.
    This administration has been an abysmal failure. I know it is hard to admit it, but there is simply not a single good reason to reelect this man. His cure has not worked. It has only made things worse. And what is worse is their is tons of empirical data to show that it doesn't work. Yet he did it anyway. He said if things weren't better in three years he would be a one term president. For once, I agree with him.

    August 15, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    "Did we hurt the liberals feelings?"

    No, we're just sick and tired of your party's insistence on running our country into the ground for their own, selfish, short-sighted gain.

    The folks who should be running away are the Republicans – and good riddance!

    August 15, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. Keeping it real

    Rudy NYC

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

    I see you've been reading your old posts!

    August 15, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. phoenix86

    Think Again,

    Typical slanted positioning from you. Google "democrats blame" and you also get 25 million. Google Obama blames and you get 7 million.


    August 15, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. Bill C

    Art:: Show me where one thing I said is false. The President said we would be below 8% unemployment. False. He said the "bailouts" of Wall street would stabilize the economy. Wrong. He said if it isn't fixed in three years, he will be a one term president. Let's hope he is right on this one.

    August 15, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. GOP hates Middle Class


    Chief, when you are anywhere close to being in Buffet's tax bracket, we'll take you seriously You keep aspiring, maybe someday you'll be able to move out of mom's house. Until then, you keep on thinking that cuts alone will solve the nation's budget issues. Republicans - not intended to be factual (esp on all matters related to deficits)

    August 15, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Reed

    Obama is an awfully easy target since he has done such a dreadful job. Only the sheep still drool at his command of the english language but evidently miised the lack of legilative and executive experience needed to move our country.

    August 15, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. Chuck in Jasper Georgia

    I just attended a town hall meeting with one of our Representatives from Georgia. He opened his presentation with "We are not here to talk rhetoric", then proceeded to do just that, spew rhetoric like it was vomit. He even used the most used piece of rhetoric out there...47% of Americans pay no income tax. He and the predominately conservative/republican audience was speechless when during the question and answer portion of his b.s. I stated" You come here saying you are not going to talk rhetoric but that is ll that came out of your mouth during your whole presentation. An example is the same tired crap about 47% of Americans do not pay income taxes but you never say who those people are. Is it because you do not know or you do not want the people to know.. 13% are over the age of 65. 7% is under the age of 19, 6%are disabled, 9.5% are unemployed.That is over 35% of the people you say do not pay taxes. Should the elderly go back to work, get jobs so they will be paying taxes? Should the kids in school quit and get jobs? How about the disabled? Do you suggest we just exterminate them? Needless to say he was beyond answering my question. Another person asked since Eisenhower was President, no republican president has had a balanced budget. Under Bush the deficit grew and there was no job creation even though tax rates have steadily been falling, so what is your plan to curb unemployment and get people back to work..and reduce unemployment. His response..."Make sure Obama is not re-elected".. That is some plan...but you trolls want to point at Obama?

    August 15, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    BREAKING NEWS – Perry pushing for Chinese firm to open in Plano TX with NO SECURITY CLEARANCE. Both Bush and Obama have stated adamantly that a CLEARANCE IS NECESSARY. PERRY SAYS NO TO SECURITY CLEARANCE FOR CHINESE COMPANIES IN HIS STATE.

    August 15, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. Statman29

    I hope the GOP has a bus tour near my home so I can spit in some of their faces.

    August 15, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. Sue

    The campaign slogan for 2012 is going to be.............

    Romney, Perry, Bachman, Billy the Pig Greaser--ANYONE but Obama!!

    I hope that we can fit that on a bumper sticker!!

    August 15, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. Sue

    Now when Obama gives one of his teleprompter speeches......The majority hear blah, blah, blah and say....."That idiot is on again, where is the remote"?

    August 15, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. w l jones

    Better watch out for the Texas tumble weed he is gaining on you fast. Like they say every thing in Texas is big including the poll. Bless

    August 15, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. trashcup

    The RNC relies on some Iowans who pay $30 bucks a piece to put a piece of corn in a jar marked with their favorite candidate. Those very SMALL group of folks determine who is going to be running for the republican's presidential candidate. Those very SMALL group of Tea Baggers yell and scream and demand and the republicans kowtow to their whims and wishes. Now the only RNC candidate that many ANY sense at all has quit, leaving a bunch of screamers who don't have any brains to run for the RNC candidate for President. Palin can't decide what she is doing other than stirring up more followers who will watch her TV shows and buy her books. Romney stays away. SO instead of hearing what these folks are going to do, we hear a bunch of name calling like little kids.What a great way for the RNC to select their man to LEAD OUR COUNTRY!!!! RIDICULOUS! Doesn't AMERICA deserve to be treated better than this??? Can't they come up with someone else who has some brains????

    August 15, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. Leigh

    It is sad how much the Tea Party has taken control of the GOP. Extremists in either party is not good for America. I have much respect for fiscal conservatism, but I do not want any Republicans trying to preach to Americans their B.S. about "values". If Republicans embraced Separation of Church & State, more work would probably get done. It's easy to make jokes about either Republicans or Democrats but the result is America losing. These GOP ads are just more junior high school petty drama and most Americans want politicians to stop the mud-throwing and compromise.

    August 15, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    Another quote from Warren Buffet's op-ed:

    "Americans are rapidly losing faith in the ability of Congress to deal with our country’s fiscal problems. Only action that is immediate, real and very substantial will prevent that doubt from morphing into hopelessness. That feeling can create its own reality."

    Personally, I think this is the game plan for the GOP, which has sworn allegiance to Grover Norquist, publicly stated they want President Obama (and by extension, our nation) to fail and seems to care more about corporate profits than ensuring our country remains strong and competitive in the years to come.

    August 15, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. P O'Neill

    Fiscally the Republicans are like arsonists complaining that the fire department is doing a poor job putting out fires. Given the unbroken skein of fiscally irresponsible policies foisted on the nation by the Republicans the idea that they are making fun of anybody is unbelievable. From the unfunded wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the tax cuts for the rich to the latest nonsense that "Corporations are people, too", the Republican war on the middle class has succeeded all too well. Average salaries have remained flat for the past thirty years while the income of the the top 1%, the "true leaders" of the Republican Party have skyrocketed. With the barely disguised racism which was initially called "The Southern Strategy" combined with the demonization of anyone who questions them, Republican hypocrisy is enough to gag a maggot.

    August 15, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. chuck

    Hey Bill C. yes there is a reason to re-elect Obamaa–look at the GOP selections. I rest my case.

    August 15, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. Tea Party Mike

    Why was I not suprised that 'It's not my fault' Obama had nothing new to say today. And he was partisian. Partisian attacks are standard fair for when a politican is campaiging on his own dime. But Republican tax payers should not have to help foot the bill for Obama to go on a bash Republicans tour. This tour is being paid for by taxpayers, not his campaign funds.
    Obama does need to start to listen to others about how to create jobs. But I do not think he will listen any better on this tour than he has to what the Chamber of Commerce and many business owners have been saying. They all say the government is the problem. They say they are overwhelmed with too much new regulation, too high of taxes and to much negative anti business talk comming from Obama. Much of the new regulations that are holding business back from creating jobs has come from Obama and Democrat policies passed in Obama's first two years.
    Republicans have been listening to the nations true job creators. Republicans have been calling for the repeal of the new job kiling regulations and calling for a pro business climate from Washington that will remove uncertainity from the business community. And Republicans have been calling for tax reform that would lower business taxes to a level more competitive in the global economy. Republicans are listening, but Obama is deaf or does not care.
    A new Rasmussen poll today shows 62% of voters believe tax cuts are better at creating jobs then increased government spending. And it shows 64% favor fewer tax deductions and lower tax rates, this is the tax reform supported by many Repubicans and many in the Tea Party. And the poll also shows 66% of Americans think it is better if the government treats all companies and industries on an equal basis concerning tax deductions and rates.
    Contrast that to what Democrats have been calling for. Obama and the Democrats want to increase rates on the rich and on business. And they want to get rid of tax loop holes just for a few of the industries they hate, like big oil. But they say nothing about GE which made 14 billion in profits and paid no taxes because of loop holes.
    Many Republicans and many in the Tea Party favor tax reform that would eliminate tax loop holes accross the board for all business industries, making it fair to all, and lowering the tax rates to a level competive with the global economy. If done correctly, this would be defict netural for companies that are not making excessive use of loop holes and it woud raise taxes on compaines like GE that are making execssive use of tax loop holes. This would create an increase in tax revenue by including companies like GE into the tax paying base and treat all industries equal, no winners and losers. I do not know what level of taxes the big bad oil companies are paying, but it is more than the zero GE paid. This method is fair and should also be implemented to the individual tax code also to collect more taxes from those among the rich that have too many tax loop holes. This is more fair than just raising rates and getting rid of tax loop holes for just those the Democrats hate. And it is maintream as indicated by the 66% of Americans that believe the government should treat all industries on an equal basis.

    August 15, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. CCMars

    Bill C: Oh duh, silly me! There's no compromising in politics!

    FedUp: "You brain dead liberals..." I stopped reading there. Sometimes I can't tell if people like you are trolls or has let your fear of something force your rationality to take a long hiatus.

    August 15, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. working for a living

    How's that Obama thing working now....now we can HOPE for a CHANGE .

    August 15, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  23. Pat in IL

    I'm getting so tired of the republicans doing nothing but name- calling, etc., and not offering up any attempt at true leadership or new ideas of their own. They really are not a serious or viable political party any more.

    August 15, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. SadDayInUsa

    Oh wow! this is news? Want to get rid of loopholes and the IRS bureaucracy? Flat tax! Everyone have a stake. No more taxes on anything just a strict flat tax.

    August 15, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    @ The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE – The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Well, RNC, where are the jobs you guys campaigned for?
    Obama kills them faster than we can create them. That's what happens when you have a redistribution socialist running a capitalist country.

    Sorry, more redistribution has occurred since the GOP took up the supply -side theology. There is a greater percentage of wealth concentrated in the hands of fewer people than at any time in our history since the 1890's, all courtesy of the GOP and Milton Freidman. You couple that with the fact that no GOP president has balanced a budget since the 50's ( a time when union membership was at an all-time high and infrastructure projects and defense spending by the Govt spurred a huge burst in prosperity), and you have the basis for our current problem. Tax Cuts in wartime don't result in balanced budgets, they cause debt. Couple that with a congential unwillingness to raise revenues even by closing egregious loopholes in teh tax code, and you ahve the conditions for much of our current problem. Oh, throw in the absolute hatred by the extremist wing of the GOP for this country's first Black president, and the stage is set for the uncertainty we've seen on display. If tax cuts were the panacea, we would be at full employment by now: where are the JOBS? You never give an answer.

    August 15, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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