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. SadDayInUsa

    wah-wah CNN. How dare the Rethuglicans mock our messiah!! wah-wah! We democrats are so polite, so kind in our words to them and they just mock Obama. waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!!!

    August 15, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. jokerster

    I heard that joker talking on CNN today and as an Independent voter, it totally turned me off, all I heard was blah, blah, blah, blah.....sounded like a bunch of "bullies" on the school ground....

    August 15, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Robita

    I think the RNC idiots shoud focus on what people think about them rather than beat up the President. Conservatives, your day is almost at an end, you may even win in 2012, but that will only serve to hasten your decline. The next generation will be standing up to you, and they aren't very polite yong people. I'll pray for you... But to my God who dosn't hate everyone not to your old white rich God.

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

    I hope no one is surprised to find that with all the problems we have our "elected children" have not even tried to solve them. Holding WE, the american people, hostage to thier rantings and whims, which make no sense, yet we are to assume are accurate. Here, in my humble opinion is the REAL cause of our problems: Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Left, Right, Centrist, Christian, Atheist, Blue dogs, Red dogs, Hot dogs, Main Street, Wall Street, Back alley deals, The MIC, Pro life, NO life, Get a life, Hawks, Doves, Crows, Buzzards, ALL those civil liberties groups that preach to us what the Constitution really says, because we don't understand it. You know, I think it will be our Rights that bring this country down!
    And of course my deepest apoligies to ALL those that I did not mention but are a root cause of all our problems!

    August 15, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Tea Party Mike:

    We've been following your formula for 3 decades now, and its resulted in huge debts, and no significant job creation in the last few months. Recently you and others were touting the GOP House for the real reason there was job creation. The truth is, you cite sources like Rasmussen polls, which are consistently biased towards the GOP, so your objectivity is in doubt, and the iuncertainty which has been roiling the markets has been caused by people who never understood the debt ceiling issue and who don't want to accept the fact that new revenues are needed. You kicked the can down the road in spite of all your rhetoric. The TP has nothing more to contribute, since they don't want solutions.

    August 15, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Kate in NJ

    Now that the straw poll is over they will shift into a higher gear to prepare for the 2012 election. That means NOTHING GETS DONE between now and the election. The Republicans need the economy to be at rock bottom to get voters to abandon Obama in desperation to grab onto these nut cases. It is the same old nonsense, "Trickle down economics" re-packaged and swaddled in biblical references. Nothing is trickling down – it is a storm that will drown us all before they will be willing to budge an inch.

    August 15, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. Tam

    And they saw nothing wrong with Failin' Palin's bus tour?

    August 15, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. Tam

    Sue, how did the Bushes and Reagans party? Are Presidents supposed to only eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? Have you seen the rest of the world?

    August 15, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. Britannia

    President Obama doesn't create jobs – it's up to the employers of this country to do so. That most of the jobs have gone overseas is a function of the need to satisfy shareholders (many of whom aren't paying the personal taxes they ought to be paying) and sacrifice domestic employment, also the corporate tax rate (twice or three times the amount in most European countries). If it's about jobs then three things need to happen: raise taxes for the wealthy; lower the corporate tax rate and get rid of the loopholes to entice US companies back to the US; and, get rid of the Republican/Tea Party empty rhetoric. It's about time they and the RNC got together and sorted out a grown up response to the predicament the country finds itself in. This sabre-rattling is frustrating, non-productive and downright childish!

    August 15, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. numbnut

    The right wing started posturing the day Obama took office, and unfortunately they've made it unbearable for the Prez.

    August 15, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    @Russ from Md – first of all, you sound like you are from either federick county or the eastern shore. That being said it is the corporations who are raping (your words) the country and the middle class. They are the ones sending American jobs overseas and paying little or no taxes!
    The President does NOT, I repeat does NOT, create jobs. The teabaggers (I am lumping every single person in congress under this umbrella) are the ones who ran on creating jobs but all they have done since they were sworn in is to make sure that no matter what is good for the country they are going to go against it because they want Obama to fail and they could care less whether the country's rating goes down or our 401ks are depleted (after the debacle during the shrub's criminal administration).

    August 15, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. EddyL

    RNC/GOP real good at mocking and name calling but not a single idea, not a single job created.

    August 15, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. CBR

    Here we go again. Another site where those opposed to President Obama vent. The very idea that President Obama is meeting with Americans is a good one. Those who support the Republican Party have had their chance to be heard. Anyone who has not read or seen the blogs, interviews, speeches, etc., of those seeking the Republican nomination may wish to hear the President's side.

    To TEA Party Mike, those of us who are in the higher brackets are not afraid to pay more taxes if it will benefit those in the middle class. You might want to think about how this idea hurts you. Many of us wish to see changes made in the way taxes are levied and the way loopholes are used to cut the tax payments of the very rich and America's giant corporations. Yes, that includes the oil industry which, by the way, told us how safe digging in the Gulf of Mexico would be and are being rewarded by huge profits while we are paying more for energy.

    I believe that Ms. Bachmann and others are still getting a salary. Ms. Palin is having no trouble paying for her travels across American, those in the TEA Party who have been seen around the capitol – inside and out – are being supported by???. No one seems to know.

    For eight years we watched as the debt rose. No one cared then, and no one cares now that are national debt increased by over 6 billion dollars during that period. Companies received contracts without having to bid for them. They could and did charged whatever they wanted to the government. Where was the TEA Party then.

    I do agree with some of the ideas that the TEA Party is stating. I do not agree with the religious component, the hysterical nature of their members at meetings, town meetings, forums, etc. I cannot support their wish to disrupt the those meetings so that those speaking may be heard and may state their opinions. I do not believe that religion should be part of any political movement. Just tell me what ideas you have to reform government, the tax code, and health care. If you cannot do that, then I must believe that you cannot and will not work with others to come up with a plan that would be agreeable to all sides.

    August 15, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. howardF

    Please remind me one more time why this is news! They have been dissing our president since he was inaugurated! Still at it. This is NOT NEWS!

    August 15, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Britannia

    President Obama doesn't create jobs – it's up to the employers of this country to do so. That most of the jobs have gone overseas is a function of the need to satisfy shareholders (many of whom aren't paying the personal taxes they ought to be paying) and sacrifice domestic employment, also the corporate tax rate (twice or three times the amount in most European countries). If it's about jobs then three things need to happen: raise taxes for the wealthy; lower the corporate tax rate and get rid of the loopholes to entice US companies back to the US; and, get rid of the Republican/Tea Party empty rhetoric. It's about time they and the RNC got together and sorted out a grown up response to the predicament the country finds itself in. This sabre-rattling is frustrating, non-productive and downright childish!
    ____________________________________

    It won't happen. The GOP/TP has only one purpose in life, and that is to define themselves and the debate is as negative a frame of mind as possible. They truly don't care about what happens, as long as they gain power and keep their corporate masters happy. They talk about freedom, liberty, and responsibility, and never demonstrate it. They would rather dig into birth records than solve a crisis.

    August 15, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. tired old man

    I normally vote republician but never again unless just one of the shortsighted memory lapse members of the party would only admit that this whole mess started with MR Bush. they seem to forget that all those ill advised tax cuts were going to cbring forth jobs. never happened. but they will not admit it, to intent in bringing down the pres. never did care much for Obama but at this point if for no other reason than because of the NRC hate mongaring I will be forced to vote for him. Try getting a straight answer to one of your questions for your senator or rep. and if you don't kiss ther behind you will never get one. I tried a couple of times to get a vaid response from mr Pat Roberts and my membero the house and got such a load of bull I about punked.

    August 15, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. cgee

    Mocking: The one thing the RNC does really well. Oh...and pandering to the lowest common denominator.

    Making common sense on the economy, foreign policy and social issues? Awful..

    August 15, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. Jake

    This is so transparently a campaign trip that to assert otherwise is to insult the intelligence of the American people... take note America... Obama thinks you are too stupid to realize you are paying for this re-election campaign trip.

    August 15, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. Joe

    I want a military dictatorship. I can't stand this Republican nonsense anymore. Obama, please bring in the army, suspend the free media, which has clearly failed, dissolve congress and just rule us so I can get a break from all this poison. I would choose tyranny over being ruled by stupid people, which is where this country is heading.

    August 15, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. JWR

    Boehner, where in the hell are the jobs? Why aren't you and the Republicans in the House passing legislation that is sitting there to stimulate job creation? Either you can't or don't want to because you're flunkies for the Tea Party and only interested in defeating President Obama. People are hurting and you goof-offs don't care about the middle class. Boehner, where in the hell are the jobs?????

    August 15, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    @ AMazing_Bloggers:
    Seems like 99.9% of the comments on this blog prefer we eliminate any political party that doesn't align with the DNC or Democrats. Which would move this country closer to a dictatorship and w socialist society.

    Our multi party system is a foundational strength of our county.

    We can vote according to our beliefs, political knowldge and desires for this great country.

    At the end of the election day – we still need to be the United States of America. Not the new USSR.
    __________________________________

    Interesting how the Righties always interpret any criticism of their views, no matter how mild, as an endorsement of Socialism/ Communism. I have rarely seen a conservative blogger here ever refer in respectful terms to their opponants.

    August 15, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. Jillequi Mystere

    The DNC never criticized Bush!

    How dare those GOP bad guys!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 15, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. RS, CA

    I have been voting since 1960. And I have NEVER seen a sitting president do NOTHING but campaign. But, then, I've also NEVER seen as much of an Empty Suit as Obama get selected by mere money and a totally prejudiced electorate - and, at that, based on no more vetting than a glib voice to read the teleprompter. We deserve what we fell for! Now let's do better in 2012!!

    August 15, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  24. AC

    RNC chairman Reince Priebus when are you coming out?

    August 15, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. Rick in AZ

    Smear and Jeer. That;s the sum total of the Republican party. For all you tea-party Constitutional people-The 13th Amendment of the Constitution prohibits slavery. How can a Corporation(a person) wholly own another Corporation(a person)? Seems to me all the conglomerate corporations are guilty of slavery and should be made to free their slave corporations.

    August 15, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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