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. Nebulon Fabulous

    What's new? What else has the RNC-GOP (Rightwing Nuts Camouflashes as G O P) accomplished lately? Mocking, stalking, blocking government work, and right wing destructiveness. Oh, forgot, let's mix in the newest fool: Mr. "I wanna be president and make Washington inconsequential" secessionista Ricky Parry. What a line-up! The stupidity, the backwardsness. Priceless!

    August 15, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. d. whynot

    So this is the same type of trip that is taking place by one S. Palin. Sucking money out of the gullible R's for a free vacation trip around the country with her family. Nice try R's

    August 15, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. I Care

    "Who Cares", you need to study up on history a little. Jimmy Carter lost his reelection bid to one of our greatest presidents, Ronald Reagan.

    August 15, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. patNY

    Its the 2004 election all over again..but reversed. All Kerry did was Bush bash without putting out he own plans, and Bush won.

    August 15, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Texasmike

    "RNC Mocks President Obama" and in other news the sun rose today and is expected to set a little later on.

    Of course the RNC mocks the President. That's all they've ever done and that's all they're capable of. Coming up with substanive solutions is now not allowed as per instructions of the tea bagger party. They are officially the party of no. No to any legislation, no to any new ideas, no to even trying to find new ideas, no to even looking at their OWN ideas, no class, no integrity and not a scintilla of respect for the country, the flag or the constitution. In otherwords, traitors.

    August 15, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. ProperVillain

    More examples of childish behaviour from our elected representatives who would rather do and say anything to keep/get their party in power rather than act like grown ups and try to solve the problems of this country. Politicians and the so called "leadership" on both sides of the aisle are pathetic. Time to put on your big boy pants everyone and work together, just like the rest of us do everyday at our jobs...

    August 15, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Gary

    Typical politics! Attack the other side with adolescent "mean girl" comments, yet fail to adress the real problems.
    We don't need more of the same political mudslinging.
    We need real solutions to real problems.
    I hope the American people come out of this us against you high school mentality and demand that the politicians become the adults that they are suppose to be.

    August 15, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. ProperVillain

    @Independent Texan: Yeah, there's a reliable source. A billionaire saying not to tax the uber rich because it will do no good. I'm middle class and I say that taxing the middle class doesn't do any good!
    See what I mean. Buffet is just another greedy billionaire looking out for his own interests..

    August 15, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Texasmike

    I always get a kick from those rightwing websites who crow about how "low" President Obama's approval ratings are. Well, his lowest is still above Bush's average for his entire 8 years of American economic destruction and secondly no matter how low they see his numbers drop, the House Republicans numbers are that much lower. They'll soon be seeing negative numbers. Where are the jobs, John?

    August 15, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. The Dude in Colorado

    "Obama kills them faster than we can create them. That's what happens when you have a redistribution socialist running a capitalist country."
    That's grrrreat.... But seriously, do have anything beside schoolyard rhetoric to back that up? Let me help you: 1) Cann you tell me what SPECIFICALLY Obama has doe to hamstring GOP efforts to create jobs? 2) What SPECIFICALLY have been the GOP efforts to create jobs?

    Don't bring up tax breaks for corps and the rich or deregulation, because we've been doing that for the last 30 years and look where that's lead us...

    Back to you Day of Financial Reckoning. Try and post something more than just a childish raspberry.

    August 15, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. John in MN

    There is only so much the president can do when the only goal of the GOP is to remove him from office. People talk about 9.1% unemployment. If the prez had done nothing, and we entered a DEPRESSION, how would 25-30% unemployment sound? Remember, when Obama took office the country was facing a depression–not a recession. It is easy to cast stones not knowing what another road may have resulted in. I want to know how cutting government and adding to unemplopyment is going to solve the problelm? Especially with no tax revenue? Please tell me? Trickle down? Ha ha!! The GOP never provides details–only criticizm. Unemployment remains high because companies are hoarding their cash and making the existing workers suck up the extra work. I know, cuz I have been doing it for the past three years. Yet companies are out buying other companies, payiing CEOs millions, etc. It is shameful. And the GOP is their lap dog. The GOP will no doubt bring down the black man they so hate. I can't wait to see how great our country propers once their savior Perry or Romney is elected–and the middle class gets to call the wealthy "Massa."

    August 15, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. Reggie from LA

    @Old Farmboy, his plan is go go around bolstering how the Bush era tax breaks were extended by the GOP/Tea Thingy is going to create jobs. No? That's not going to fly? I thought not. Maybe he's planning to show how this preemptive brain wave, dog whistle is to convince not-so-smart folks that he was somehow behind the Debt Ceiling problem, but that is was the Tea Party and intimidated GOP. But the GOP/Tea want to make sure that people believe otherwise first, so he will fail. Their usual scheme is to hurt not help, ya know? It's not going to work. The hand has been tipped.

    August 15, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Mike DeSarno

    I constantly see these guys calling Obama a spender. Please tell me the portion of the debt he spent? Medicare part D? interest on the debt? 2 trillion dollar tax cuts? A decade long war in Afghanistan? The war in Iraq? More money spent on defense than all other countries combined?
    Please enlighten me, and don't say TARP. That was around before Obama. Yes he added to it, but a moajority of that money has been returned and it saved thousands of jobs. Don't say Obamacare, because that starts in 2014 (at least the part that costs money).
    Please help!

    August 15, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. RG

    Pawlenty does not have enough hate in his heart to win over the baggers. Good job koch brothers

    August 15, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Fair is Fair

    "If I were President, I'd dispatch VP Biden, SecState H. Clinton, & [likely SecState Kerry] to Saudi Arabia to present them with a deal: boost oil production by 25% IMMEDIATELY and hold that level for 18 months. In return, the US will sell you F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. "
    Lets see... provide game-changing advanced weaponry to a repressive monarchy and risk an arms race in the most politically unstable yet economically vital region in the world – as opposed to, say, exploiting OUR OWN natural resources PROVEN to exist right here in the USA?

    Yep – makes sense to me. Good luck and be sure to let us know how that presidential bid works out for ya.

    August 15, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. volksmaniac

    Go ahead and bash away all of you extremist ,far left , wingnut terrorists . Maybe that will win elections in 2012 . But ideas on how to fix problems would probably help more . It's funny that you take offense at the way repubs are depicting this latest fiasco . All that we have heard is that it's everyone's fault but this administration . lol 😉

    August 15, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. Denise

    @ Rudy....The GOP/Tea have no regard for the fundamentals of finance. It's fine to cut spending to balance a budget but what about increasing revenue? Shouldn't THAT always be a consideration? You know, that's really how any successful business works regardless of what party you may sell your soul to. And by the way, the GOP also campaigned on job creation so....where are they? All of those rich people er, I mean "Job Creators" that get the tax breaks....where are they creating jobs?

    August 15, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Indy

    Obamas speech today is positive and forward thinking, the Republicans who are owned by the Tea Party are all out there spewing their negative and depressing speeches on how much they hate middle class people. Republican/Tea Party is the party of doom and gloom, feed the greedy not the needy,cult members first country last, trickle down economics.

    August 15, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    They've got nothing on the merits, so they're resorting to substanceless ad hominem attacks...i.e., standard GOP operating procedure.

    August 15, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. Rodney

    The President is doing a good job. GOP don't like him because of his race every since obama got the white house GOP never like him from day one . hope next year 2012 he wins again believe what goes around comes around will vote for him again next year for his 2 terms. GOP/Bush/GOV mess up not obama not right people up set with President

    August 15, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. aku

    this is what i think personally.two wars,bad recessions, housing markets at it lowest then osama at large. and sadly GOP wait till wars getting better,osama captured and killed things not at it best but picking up and you listen to GOP wants the job from obama. those candidates aren't serious for REAL.

    August 15, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. Darth Vadik, CA

    Obama takes office, things start getting better...

    ...republicans take control of the house and everything halts...

    GREAT JOB REPUBLICANS!!!!! All you have now is candidates that any sane person would never vote for and mocking (clap clap clap clap clap clap)....

    August 15, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. Sam

    John Boehener bragged about getting "98% of what he wanted" on the debt-ceiling negotiations yet the Republicans have the unmiitigated gall to blame President Obama for the way things turned out. GOP: you made this stinkburger along with the Teatards; now take ownership of it.

    August 15, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. Tex71

    These are the same guys that used to bully smaller kids at school, steal their lunch and beat them up on the way home, then mock them the next day for limping, having a black eye and looking hungry. Typical Republican behavior.

    August 15, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. Obama2012

    Oh brother. Yet they hail their dimwitted Palin's bus with the Constitution (she hasn't a clue about) roamed the lower 48. Horrible. The RNC should be ashamed of themselves. Didn't one of their leaders just try to get a law suit on Obama for using the map room to campaign in ... not realizing that this was an ok zone to do such? My how they and those that follow them have such short and selective memories. The rest of America must not forget and keep in the fore front all of the RNC and GOPs accumulation of transgressions. They depend on us forgetting.

    August 15, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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