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. demmieKrat

    Ok, so when the market was up and good things were happening, Carney and Pleoff said this is "Obama's economy". so now that things are bad, why is this everyone's economy EXCEPT Obama's?

    August 15, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    tjaman wrote:
    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?
    All year Republicans have been talking about they campaigned last year on spending, while we know they campaigned on jobs the entire year. They claim that they had pledged to cut spending. Guess what?

    Republicans did in fact pledge to cut spending. They had circulated a pledge amongst themselves in Congress on or about Oct. 1 to do exactly that, cut spending. The problem is that they never told the rest of us about it. Just one day they said, "Oh by the way, we want to reduce spending and have signed a pledge just like the Nordquist pledge to not raise taxes." Is anyone surprised that they were ignored?

    August 15, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Jane

    The timing of all this is spot on for the taxpayers paying for his reelection bid. There is nothing more here but a political agenda and lets fool the american public into thinking he cares about the future.

    August 15, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Linton

    At least Obama will ride the bus – not like Palin who takes private jets to cities, then takes LIMOS from her hotel to the bus – just outside of whatever town she is appearing in......Ahhh, but Sarah isn't a fake, is she?

    August 15, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. al in memphis

    People trust Warren Buffet to invest their money, look at his Op Editorial when he talks about how millionaires and billionaires like him should be asked to pay the same fair share that the poor and middle class are paying. Buffet also said that lower taxes for corporations does not automatically translate into jobs. The tax rate was higher between 1990 and 2000, that's when there was the most jobs created.
    Constant lowered taxes after 2000 plus escalating government spending and a world wide credit crunch– you get the mess that Obama walked into.
    I'm an independent and don't care for either party, but I know the tornado victims in Missouri or Alabama could not rebuild 2 2-days after the disaster. Yet we expect Obama to finish off 2 wars and correct a failed economy(with less revenue) in 2 years– be real

    August 15, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. REG in AZ

    The RNC faults and mocks Obama yet they sit on their hands offering nothing and only depend on their mouth to attempt to con and manipulate public opinion. A disgusting shame that leaves us with only one real choice ... and that isn't Republican / Tea Party.

    August 15, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Ohio Man

    @ Tony Z
    ..Very well said .. very well put .. Thank you ..

    August 15, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I have to wonder like others here: why wasn't anything done during the time the GOP had control of the White House and Congress? There was spending galore and no attempt to pay for thing. Why does this sound like the GOP are just as big spenders as the Democrats?

    As for the president's bus tour, Tony Z is correct. How is the president supposed to listen to the American people without getting out there among them? Every president has done this. I'd like to know how the idea of raising taxes (and cutting loopholes) would kill jobs. It is the uncertainty that slows the rate of business expansion.

    August 15, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Let's see, the Republican party has managed (very adroitly I might add) to run up monstrous debt over the last 30 or so years and three presidents. They have basically "eviscerated the middle class" via a number of methods while making sure that the well-off are catered to at every turn. The Supreme Court has a right-leaning lineup that is so pro big business it is nauseating. All this has gotten us to where we are today which the elder Bush would call "deep do do"! For the well-off the Republican party is a good play but for everyone else, it is a huge mistake. For them (the RNC) to be pointing fingers at and mocking Obama is ludicrous at best!

    August 15, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. stike1

    There is not a more biased . sneering , snarling group of people than this generations Republicans who make me shudder when I think how they have desecrated the real old time republicans. These yahoos are nothing more that a lynch mob run amok.

    August 15, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. AGuest9

    Looking at the field that the RNC has, they REALLY have NO ROOM to throw stones!

    August 15, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. Linton

    Don't worry Tea Peeps, this trip will cost FAR LESS than the entitlements your Republicans give away to Billionaires every single day.

    August 15, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. jack johnson

    At least he isn't buying votes in Iowa!!!!!

    August 15, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Heck, if you cant beat him... disrespect him and tarnish his name/legacy.
    Wasn't that the Democrats strategy when George Bush beat them TWICE in elections? Didn't they actively oppose EVERYTHING he did or said? And hasn't Obama continued MANY of his programs, including the Obama Tax Cuts for the "Rich" (aka anybody actually paying taxes), this vindicating George Bush?

    Oh, the hypocrisy of the Democrats. It never ceases to amaze me.

    August 15, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. JoeBG

    Stay classy, GOP.

    August 15, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. FDA

    If you are still listening to Fox News, then you are still under the belief that the deficit has everything to do with the current economy. Look at the history of this country.. Every time we get into a recession, the only way to get out is to spend our way out. Working on the deficit while we are in a recession, will cause a deeper recession. The GOP knows that, and they are willing to let the country slide into the worst depression in history, just to win back the white house. We need a major Public Works Project right now. Every one should be required to fill out a job resume before they get their next unemployment check. The government should hire everyone that is not working. Bridges, roads, schools, and other big projects could be built! Even if you are picking up garbage and cutting weeds, you should do it before you receive a check. If everyone is working, everyone is spending!

    August 15, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. EatRunDive

    " . . . including a "Press Corps Briefing Book," a web ad, and radio spots . . ."

    What kind of moron goes looking for ads on the web?

    August 15, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    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 !!!!!!
    Why does Warren the Lefty want others to pay higher taxes when he has actively tried to avoid paying higher taxes? If he thinks the government deserves more of his money then he is free to send them more. Why hasn't he done that? Why has he given most of his money to the Bill Gates Foundation to avoid taxes? Why doesn't he contribute to his favorite charity, Uncle Sam? This clown is such a hypocrite. Put your money where your big mouth is Buffett! Send it all into Obama so he can redistribute it to his union lackeys.

    August 15, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. Marjee123

    Gee maybe we should call the republican slithering around the scene across the United States. ANOTHER CAMP REVIVAL SCAM. BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE KOCH BROS. Featuring Elmer Gantry Perry and Sister Sibel Bachman.

    August 15, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Obama = epic fail

    Obama is using tax dollars to campaign for reelection. He had the opportunity to fix the economy, but instead pushed his agenda that made things much worse.

    In 2008, top economists (that wanted Obama's 'stimulus') said that if Obama did NOTHING, the US wouldn't get out of the recession until 2010... oops.

    August 15, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. CHUCK

    I am not surprised by the way things are going. The GOP stated right from the start that they would do nothing to aid the President. Congress is supposed to be a unified body working together to make life better for us working folks. But instead of working toward a common goal they are divided has ever. It is like a well oiled machine that is running at 50% capacity. What do we expect to happen? The GOP has never made a honest effort to work with the President, do we forget words such has "we must stop him" "you lie" "We will make him a one term President" He is a terrorist, he is Adolf Hitler, He is a Muslim, "go back to Africa", will all of this what can we should we expect? Rep. Bachman and other GOP member refer to him has "Obama" not President Obama. They do not show respect for the office of the President itself, so how can we expect the Tea Party and the GOP to respect us working folks. The blame for this debt reduction lies squarely on the shoulders of Congress, they make the laws and the House is responsible for Appropriations, they should shoulder the responsibility for this debt crisis, not President Obama. As we all know the House is GOP controlled and they have vowed to do any and everything to make the President fail, so want is it that we want has Middle Class Americans. Congress clearly has two separate agendas, all that is left is for the American people to choose which agenda fits their vision of our children's future. All I see is stalemate after stalemate, No progress, No Jobs, No nothing. But unfortunately, we will have to deal with the same deadend politics until the next election. See you in 2012.

    August 15, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. eciam

    GOP, a garden party of hypocrites!
    OBAMA 2012

    August 15, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. Tony

    Republicans' idea of preventing the United States from becoming bankrupt in the future, so that we will not be able to pay our bills, is to force the government to default, so that we cannot pay our bills right now. It only makes sense if you are a Tea Partier and watch FOX News or listen to conservative talk radio.

    August 15, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. Name jacky dj

    Strop playing the blame game. Give concrete plans for americas economic future

    August 15, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. BD70

    Funny...I remember a Republican platform last November of Jobs...instead right off the bat they went after ObamaCare. Hmm...know where their priorities are.

    August 15, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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