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. Paqrat137

    Is it just me? I wrote out a post with no obscenity, no name calling, not threats, just a reasoned argument and the Moderator has blocked it. What are the rules? Was it too long? I usually post during lunch and have many "likes", but some thing has changed, and it is very suspicious.

    August 15, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Bill

    I'm so bored with Republicans. They must have nothing better to do with our money than waste it on high school stuff. Dumb.

    August 15, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. GOP/TEA party must go!

    I love you Mr. President. I pray for you and America. You are not going to loose my support.

    August 15, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. JIMMY

    I cant wait for the GOP yo win, Hurray 2012

    August 15, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. doug

    39% approval, most of which are liberal democrat leech takers who do not contribute anyting positive to soceity. The rest that still support him are the National Socialists and they hate this country anyway, so the more Obama messes up our country the more they will approve.

    August 15, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Observer

    Let them have their fun. There's nothing so sadly funny as George W. ("childrens do learn") Bush.

    August 15, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. david

    oh the poor boy king is getting mocked well he's been mocking true americans for years and now the show is on the other foot the boy king in 3 years has a lot of firsts the only so called president that has three wars going the only one to have the usa's credit rating lowered the only one to be so hated that he still thinks we still love him so out of touch with americans .....so mock the boy he deserves it

    August 15, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. jack johnson

    The Republicians are just like Lemimings! One jumps over a cliff the rest will follow lead by NORQUEST

    August 15, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. Steve in Denver

    Typical stunt from the GOP. No answers (except maybe cut taxes again), just criticism. Ho hum *yawn*

    August 15, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. Henry

    Now we are faced with a choice that I am afraid we will not make properly considering our past record.

    We can continue to fall for Republican promises which never work out. We can fall for their lies and capitalizing on fear of everything and everybody (except white people).

    The other choice is the difficult one and requires us to think rather than follow in lockstep. This choice is to do what is right and hold Republicans accountable for what they promise but don't deliver.

    The problem I see is that we, as a people, are so shallow, short-sighted, underinformed, undereducated, and just plain ignorant, that we won't make the second choice. The Republicans always play the same game because it works for them. I don't know whether I am more angry with all Republicans for what they are or with Democrats for being such cowards.

    August 15, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. ART

    Michele Bauchman is a bobble head

    August 15, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. Big_D

    It is funny how short the memory of the GOP is. The last balanced budget was Clinton not a Republican. I guess honesty and a long memory are elephant traits not Republican traits.

    August 15, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. Itsmeagain

    Well, that's what the Republicans are good for -- mocking Obama. And all they're good for.

    By the way, Mr. Buffett you are a patriot, calling for your fellow millionaires and billionaires to start pulling your share of the load in bringing the debt down.

    August 15, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. don

    The GOP has no serious candidates or serious Ideas.

    August 15, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. terry,va

    To watch Obummie snake around would be comical if it wasn't so said. He visits towns that have nothing to complain about. The unemploment in those 3 towns range from the mid 5's to mid 7'%. Why don't he stayin DC where the unemployment among youth is 50%. Or go to Philly where the youth are looting and beating up innocent people. Or to Chicago where unemployment is sky high. The reason is he will always get their vote as he will have the Black Panthers there to keep anti-Obummie voters away. The only hope the DC youth have is to get a government job if America is dumb enough to put the fool Obummie back in office.

    August 15, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. Chris McGuire

    Not only would I fire the Republicans in Congress who promised jobs, yet have become the party of no compromise, nor solutions (except on agreeing that they want the President to be a one term president), I would fire the person who Photoshop'd this logo.

    Since when did the reflection of a 'T' on Tour have an angle? Can this party get anything right? 🙂

    August 15, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. Big_D

    I guess what happened is that somebody told the GOP that something with a long nose represents their party. The GOP assumed they were talking about an elephant; they were really talking about Pinocchio.

    August 15, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. TiAmo

    Don't these people in Washington get it? Poll after poll tells them to start working together to solve our problems. Both sides point to the polls when it favors them and say they don't pay attention to the polls when they don't like what they see. Obviously, they don't like to see the people who put them in Washington tell them to work together and solve our problems. Sad.

    August 15, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. mk1

    Does anyone else notice that we as a nation have lost the ability to respect political opponents no matter their political positions? I seriously think that this lack of respect is going to come back to haunt us. It took many years for our political system to become civilized and a very short few to regress back to schoolyard name calling and bullying. No one side is to blame but I believe this is a very bad sign for our future.

    August 15, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. iHateStupid

    Good, I'm absolutely ecstatic that Obama is being mocked. As he should be. Let's stop treating him like he's infallible, but rather as we would any other president. The liberal-left are overly sensitive because their emotionally tied-in to Obama's election. They want to be part of something historical, so to them, he can't and must not fail. It's sickening really.

    August 15, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. Jerry

    Republicans mocking Obama is just a childish as the Democrats mocking Bush. Time to grow up. America needs real leadership from adults who are focused on doing what's right for the country.

    August 15, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. once upon a horse

    the GOP is very good at name calling and trying to get the focus off of what they claimed they were going to do in Nov 2010.....JOBS, JOBS, JOBS was what I recall. Well so far it's been NO, NO, NO! Almost take our nation off a cliff and if the SOH really got 98% of what he wanted that just proved the GOP doesn't give a BLEEP about the voters that put them there. I bet Obama's bus tour will be far better than Palin's.

    August 15, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. lasvegas79

    It's ok..keep blaming the GOP for the "Tea Party Downgrade". Guess you don't believe obamas spending spree needs to be put in check either. How about the 16 Trillion spent to "stimulate" our economy and prop up foreign banks? We need not worry about that either huh? Most of you would say that we need more government intervention in our lives and much higher taxes...suckers!

    August 15, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  24. Liz the First

    The repubs' plan is working perfectly. keep Obama from making any progress on the economy and jobs, then scream that he's ineffectual. they have no problem hurting average Americans with their scheme to regain power. and make no mistake, that is what this is all about, power! anyone who believes the repubs care about average Americans is a fool. they only care about making each other richer at our expense. and any average American who votes repug is a sucker who's cutting his own throat and sending the country over a cliff!

    August 15, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. stevetall

    How can anyone take the Republicans seriously? Their short-sightedness got us into this mess, and now that the slow process to regain our footing has begun, they are too small-minded to do anything but obstruct progress. I think they should all get a job they can handle, like real job. Maybe one of those fabulous minimum wage jobs that Governor Perry is so proud of creating. Only then will they begin to understand the price that their stupid policies have cost this country and the people in it!

    August 15, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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