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. Joshua Ludd

    So, remind me where all the jobs that were supposed to come from all the Bush tax cuts.. and extending those tax cuts.. and before them the huge Reagan tax cuts all went. Remind me also what happened the last time the Republicans had control of both houses and the white house... oh yeah, the fiscal conservatives and their Harvard MBA president got us into record debt and destroyed the economy. Obama and the Democrats aren't perfect... far from it.. but its about damned time we stop voting for the proven failures of the Republicans.

    August 15, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. rdg18

    I am just sick of worthless so-called leader that only destroys. Chicago thugs needs him more than America.

    August 15, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. MiddleOfTheRoad

    Take the voters out of the nomination process

    August 15, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "the substance of the actual ideas the Tea Party has brought to the table instead of your strawman and non sequitur arguments and personal attacks? You won't because you can't.'

    Many of us have done nothing BUT attack Teatroll ideas by citing statistics, historical record, etc. In typical right wing extremist fashion, that stuff goes in your face and out your ears and your branis immediately wipe themselves clean of it. Statistics showing the massive redistribution of wealth in this country from the middle-class to the exrtemely wealthy and corporations are an especially hard one for you to swallow because you're so hellbent on believing there's no class warfare already taking place...one that the wealthy and corporatinos are winning hands-down against the middle-class. Instead, you rely on your infantile McCarthyist imaginings that Obama is somehow a socialist trying to start a class war against the wealthy rather than help us fight back against a vastly more powerful, influential and well-resourced oppressor.

    August 15, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. ted

    The rightwing delusional lunatics are at it again. They promised jobs, they promised that if the Bush tax cuts were continued the corporations would hire, they promised that the rich would spend money and create jobs. Didn't happen adn I truly di dnot expect the GOP to come through. They are all mouth and no action, all baloney and no solutions, just criticism criticism criticism. The GOP candidate clown car coupled with the losers Boner and McClownell are unpatriotic and hate middle class Americans. But they love rich americans and corporations only.
    Obama/Biden 2012

    August 15, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. womenfly

    Bus tour, golfing, vacationing, parties... and never a plan on how to create jobs or balance a budget... you're doing a great job Mr. Prez... can't wait for Jan 2013 when you will have 24/7 do to whatever the H3LL you want without our tax dollars paying for it.

    August 15, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. gw

    Steward on the Daily Show and other humorists will easily "mock" Republicans-especially the candidates running for President. For a national party to do this shows how shallow they have become. It's juvenile, but fits right in with the style we've seen in Iowa over the weekend.

    August 15, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  8. Russ from Md

    @My Name is Gregg and I'm Running For President
    Are you an 8 year old or just plain stupid? We will only provide our highest technology to our closest allies. The F-35 is a 4 generation stealth fighter that should and never will be given to any Middle Eastern country and that includes Israel. As far as drilling for oil, the US would be almost 3 years into your so-called 7 year process if we had a president that had more than 3 active brain cells and authorized it.

    August 15, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. xyz10

    The RNC mock because the have no solutions. It's very sad to watch "adults" behave like this.

    August 15, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    Is this what the RNC wastes small contribution money on?

    August 15, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  11. Rich54

    John in Brooklyn writes;

    Thank you GOP for the Tea Party Downgrade

    How can 80 some tea party represenatives be responsible foe the down grade?

    The democrats have had a majority for the last 2 years and did nothing. If you don't like it TOO BAD.

    August 15, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. CSM

    BWAHahahahahahahahha..... the GOP is grasping at straws!!... This is the BEST you can do?... hahahahah... I really don't think you want the presidency. In fact, just by this ad alone, the GOP is going negative knowing FULL WELL that their party is in cahoots with corporations just like the democrats. Sorry GOP, I am not phased by this ad.

    August 15, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. Jack

    The RNC needs to clean up it's house, before it starts throwing stones! As a 64 old conservative, the Republicans are being they being lead around, by the nose, by talk show hosts!

    August 15, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. FedUp

    You brain dead liberals asking the Repubs where the jobs are? Are you freaking kidding me? You morons had a super majority, you still control the executive branch and the senate. Recovery act? Odumazz promises to veto anything the people who were elected in 2010 try to do. gtfo you brainless lefties. Your days are numbered.

    August 15, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. Al

    Obama's record is so bad he has no credibility. I am sure like most people when he comes on I change that channel. It’s just more attacking others for his failings. I wish we had a President that could lead us out of this but Obama was woefully unprepared and so ideologically driven that he is unwilling to make any changes for a robust turn around. That is why his approval ratings is below 40% this morning. He is not like Clinton and willing to pivot and mediate for the better of the country.

    August 15, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. gandoman

    As the GOP NAZI PARTY narrows the field it also narrows the shoulders of those capable of being President.
    Rick 'Shoulders' Perry earns the name because his track record is consistently off course or in other words he is consistently driving on the shoulder of the road.
    Michele 'Shoulders' Bachmann doesn't have the backbone or strength to carry the country through difficult times.
    TEXAS gave us George '3 below plant life' Bush which was enough of a disaster for 20 lifetimes. The thought of another cowboy running the country makes me wish the Mexicans had acquired Texas in a war.
    There are strong woman in America (Hillory Clinton for one), however, Bachmann isn't one of them.
    It was the DUMBING DOWN of the President's Office during 8 years of Cowardly George that makes all GOP politicians think they can be President. Eight years of disaster will never be overcome or solved by putting another NAZI in the White House.

    August 15, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. Smarter Human

    Typically childish behavior from the rethugs. GROW UP!

    August 15, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    I hear talk about redistribution-what about the redistribution the last 10 years from the middle class to the wealthy-It is not socialism to give back to the middle class that which was taken from them. And aren't we rolling in the jobs the rich have created for us the last 10 years-OH, the jobs went to India and China instead of the Us-that's how the rich create jobs

    August 15, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. Tim

    No need to mock him. He's self-mocking every time he opens his mouth.

    August 15, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. John, PA

    It's true this is "Obama's economy". Everyone is learning what "trickle down" from a Democrat means,

    August 15, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. cf

    Republicans: "Obama isn't cleaning up our party's mess and mistakes fast enough!"

    August 15, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. Scott

    I would like for those of us who support President Obama, to not be riled by those wishing to insult our intelligence by speaking against the efforts of our president. It does us no good to get into the mud with pigs. They're already dirty and they like it there. You're the only one that stands to "get dirty".

    Yes. The polls will say that he's losing favor, but when was the last time you were counted in a poll?

    Please let your vote do your speaking. Let there be a strange silence until voting day when our movement will crack the skies as we pour into the polls to secure his second term. Don't pay attention to the negative rhetoric. Of course they're angry. He's not continuing the idiocy that THEY benefit from. Keep pressing toward the mark, and don't be distracted or provoked.

    August 15, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. mary

    Man, are they scared already???? The GOP is so hell-bent on making sure that President Obama doesn't get elected again, that's all that is on their mind. Everything he tries, they have a complaint about it. If he wanted the cut, cap, and balance bill to move forward, they would against it. If Paul Ryan's budget was President Obama's, they would be against it. They are all nuts! Sutton better hit that treadmill before he blows up!!!

    August 15, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. lynn

    Let them go at it, their silliness gives them away for what they are, panic stricken at the pickle they find themselves in. The screeching lying Bachmann on one hand, the strutting Texan with minimum wage jobs on the other and then in the middle is hypocrite Romney with his health care he's so proud of. The Democrats need to just step back and watch the circus.

    August 15, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. Joe The Plumber

    RNC – that's why its called the Bully Pulpit. Any doubt, a GWB would be doing the same thing?

    August 15, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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