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

    Well, RNC, where are the jobs you guys campaigned for?

    August 15, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. Tea Party Mike

    This is nothing more than a big expensive tax payer funded campaign tour for Obama. If Obama would limit these events to talking about ideas on how to improve the economy and create jobs and take questions from the audience it would be okay.
    But Obama spends most of his time making excuses, blaming others (mostly Republicans) and trashes Republicans and their ideas. When Obama traveles around the country on the tax payers dime he must drop the partisian attacks. But then, what else should be ecpect from a divider who takes no responsibiliy for his own massive failure. Obama is not the leader of all Americans, just his progressive base.

    August 15, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. Indy

    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.

    Day of Reckoning
    You are worried about a three day bus tour but it is just fine and dandy that the Boehner plan that was delayed by the Tea Party cost investors three trillion dollars. Do you have proof of who is paying for the President's trip ? Does the President have the right to go and see the people ? He is the only one that listens to the people,Republicans sure as heck did not listen to 70% of the people when they asked for spending cuts and revenue to solve the debt issue.

    August 15, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. Former Republican, now an Independent

    All the RNC knows is, take from the worker and give to the wealthy who will invest overseas.

    August 15, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. 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.

    August 15, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. November 2010

    Look at everything that is going on politically and economically. The perfect storm is brewing to wrest control of the white house and the senate from the democrats and they know it! Can't wait to change my name to November 2012.

    August 15, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. FactCheck

    The GOP may want to collectively look into the mirror... they ran in 2010 on the promise of creating new jobs. Do you seriously think we will forget this in 2012?

    August 15, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    SOMEBODY WROTE:
    Obama cannot seriously be laying the cost of this blatant campaign tour on the doorstep of taxpayers???
    ------------–
    Perks of the position. GWB did it in 2004, and he did it again in 2008 for McCain.

    August 15, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. Arun

    The party that helped with the mess sure likes to point fingers. The repubs policies on job creation and government does not work. Trickle down economics is a joke because if your a millionaire or billionaire you are making money for your own ego because you already have all the houses and toys in the world. Besides corporations are sitting on a bunch of money right now. So repubs, where are all the jobs you talk about when giving breaks to the people? That's what I thought, the policy doesn't work. Also, why does this party like to tell me how to live my personal life if they don't believe in government intervention!! Oh yeah, it's ok for them, but how dare for the rest of us. WHAT A JOKE OF A PARTY!!!!!!

    August 15, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. Anthony... proud tax payer

    At least SOMEONE is trying to fix the problem.
    We live in a minute to minute world now, but one day we will look back at all this political circus and it will appear no different then what the infatuation with Brittany, Paris Lindsey looked like a few years ago.
    Only difference is the stakes are higher. We elected someone to do a job, and help fix the nation. Those that were upset at who we democratically choose, decided to give power to a different few, to obstruct, and disrupt our President's ability to fix anything. Then they have the nerve to mock and complain about it. Backwards? Yes. Counterproductive? Most certainly.
    History will be on Obamas side, despite the Republican's furious attempts to "Jimmy-Carter" him.
    Heck, if you cant beat him... disrespect him and tarnish his name/legacy.

    Obama 2012.

    August 15, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    somebody wrote:
    Obama kills them faster than we can create them. That's what happens when you have a redistribution socialist running a capitalist country.
    -------------
    And just what exactly has Obama done to kill jobs? Raise taxes? No. Dramatic spending cuts? No, that was Republicans.

    We are seeing the results of 30 years of economic warfare on the middle class. The past 8 years have seen the plutocratic society really take root to the extent where the plutocrats control our political discourse and policy making.

    August 15, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. Mike

    Same old trick by republicans. If you can't make yourself look good, try to make the other person look worse than you.

    August 15, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. Former Republican

    One thing you can do is give credit to the GOP at how unified they are, always speaking the same lingo, doing nothing but bashing the President, no ideas, just vicious nasty lies and smearing and always full of disrespect for the President who was voted in by the majority of Americans. They are like Pied Piper followers, never thinking for themselves. I wonder if the GOP, FOX etc. send out emails telling these bloggers eactly what to say so they are all in concert, over and over and over again. If so, I suspect one instruction given is to start posting here non-stop, hoping to make everyone think there is NO support anywhere for President Obama. The sorry truth is most of these people are the ones who will suffer the most under a Republican administration. The GOP has done NOTHING for middle class or poor people and they do not intend to – they will always pander to the very rich and big business. Wake up people, if you all want your Soc. Sec. and Medicare!

    August 15, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    It's funny how everyone likes to make fun of someone else unless they're the one being made fun of. GO-Punder.

    August 15, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. JohnRJ08

    I support Obama but the RNC is dead right to take shots at this political tour. I just sent Obama the following message on the White House website:

    "President Obama, when I voted for you in 2008, it was the first time I had voted in a national election - and I'm 64 years old. I gave you my vote and support for a lot of reasons, but primarily because I thought you were smart. Let me keep this short and get to the point. I think you're getting some terrible advice. You should NOT be out on bus tours, campaigning for 2012. You should be in John Boehner's and Mitch McConnell's face every day, pressing them to pass legislation that will create jobs and get the economy growing. Then, you should call press conferences to explain why nothing is being done. Whatever you're doing, the appearance is that you're doing nothing but worrying about getting re-elected. With all due respect, use your head. This is no time to be perceived as a typical politician who puts his own political interests ahead of the needs of the nation. Do that and the best campaign in the world won't get you or any other Democrats re-elected."

    August 15, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. LIP

    As long as President Obama is so close to South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri, do you suppose he could swing over here for the first time and say something about the devastating results of bad planning by the Corp of Engineers that has flooded thousands out of house and home and placed million of acres of crops under flood waters? Believe it or not, we are part of the national economy and thousands are out of work and all we have heard are excuses.

    August 15, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. tjaman

    You know, everything the RNC does is not news. And in this case, their cynical attempts to blunt the president's efforts to refocus media attention on economic recovery, well, that is indeed big and shiny and distracting. But in that the House GOP majority has failed in eight months to present a single jobs bill - running, as they did, on a platform of "JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!" - I personally find /that/ to be of much greater interest. Where are those JOBS, Mr. Boehner?

    August 15, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. Tony Z

    I am confused with some of the writing by fellow bloggers. You state his bus tour is a campaign tour- so the President of the US should not get out and listen to the people. Following that philosophy than you are in agreement that Washington DC should not listen.

    The GOP campaigned on jobs. Please confirm what job bills they have passed. Please confirm what measures they have passed to correct our deficit issue. Please state what legislation was passed that has killed jobs.

    Folks lets deal with facts not spin. McConnell is on record stating he wanted to make President Obama a one-term President. Now lets see him go on record with how many jobs he can help create as legislator.

    August 15, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    I find it most curious that conservatives publicly criticize Obama for his policies and the economy in particular. BUT! When they get behind closed doors with people like Nordquist, conservatives celebrate the fact that they are making a liberal govern like a conservative. They feel they are winning that battle.

    August 15, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. NoTags

    A bus tour, big deal. Let us not forget how many trips dubya made to Crawford, TX on Air Force One at a cost of $50,000+ per hour to cut brush on his brush "ranch".

    August 15, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. J.Crobuzon

    They are running Bachmann for President and they want to jeer at someone else? Pretty sad.

    August 15, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. Gene Brady

    This country, especially now, doesn't need the republican "entitled spoiled child" mentality. ENOUGH !!! You already caused the debt debacle and the rating drop....... you are killing this country!!!!

    August 15, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. m1983

    The GOP is working hard to keep this country from growing so they can say it's the President fault. This will back fire
    in 2012. Let all these GOP candidates go around the country saying all these evil things about the President, this also
    back fired in 2008. Mr President be your cool self and keep trying to do your job, no matter what they throw at you.
    Kill them with kindness, it will pay off at the end.

    August 15, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. Linton

    John from PA – it's not about how easy it is to mock someone – look at GWB – he did it all the time. the issue here is that the maturity level of someone – or in this case a lot of someones – who mocks is so below the maturity level taht this country deserves in office.

    Just b/c something is easy – it doesn't make it right nor does it make one intelligent.

    BTW, Boehner PROMISED jobs when he got eleceted....what's happening on that front?

    Or would you prefer I mock Him and others? Will that help you understand?

    August 15, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. Independent Texan

    All you middle class Tea Partiers need to read billionaire Warren Buffett`s take on taxes and the economy. --– It`s past time for the uber rich to pay higher taxes which has little if any affect on job creation. Shared sacrifice.--- Quit being sheep; Get your heads out !!!!!!

    August 15, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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