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. Rsprings

    I just listened to Obama's town hall on his bus tour. Nothing new. It is all Congress's fault. Partisan gridlock is the real problem. It seemed to me that he was referencing the Republicans. He seems to forget that Harry Reid wouldn't even bring to the floor, at least two house bills in the recent debt ceiling debate. Obama is a really bad President who has no ability to lead and does not have any ideas.

    August 15, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. SNAPPA

    Can the RNC be anymore desperate? They have no candidates to speak of, they have Sarah Palin showing up in places to out do the candidates that are running for president, they have Perry taking away from the Iowa straw poll and all they can do is critizie the president? Evey single Republcan and anyone who supports them should be waliking around with thteir heads hanging low. Since taking the congress they have done NOTHING and have done everything possible to keep the economy down as if no one would notice. They refuse to work with the democrats to get people working again and they really beliieve the American people are idiots who don't know what they are doing. I work with people who have life long republicans and now they choke up when they declare that. Taking the country hostage at a time when jobs are neeeded and the economy is so anemic was plain stupid and the American people know this. Thankfully.

    August 15, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. s

    Romney = high paid corporate prostitoot

    August 15, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. Embarrased Conservative

    Hey TEA Party Mike. He is your President. Get that straight. You don't have to like him but the majority voted him in. Deal with it. You and the TEA party are an embarrasment to the GOP.

    August 15, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. homer simpson

    this is a very very biased piece? I think President Obama has a very good chance to get as many votes as Truman did'
    what, about 23 million?

    August 15, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Georgia in NW

    It is so funny - if it were not so sad - to hear occasional commentators going on about Obama being a socialist. He's been compromising with the no-tax capitalists time and again. I am not entirely happy with all of his decisions, but he inherited a mess and has gotten about zero cooperation on all fronts. To everyone afraid the the very word "socialist" I assume you have your children in private schools because you just hate paying taxes for the those socialist public schools, and you are not planning on calling the fire department if your house burns down, and not summoning the police when your house is burgled. Oh, and one more thing, please stay off of the tax-payer-supported public roads, especially the bridges, since you no doubt resent the "socialist" upkeep. If you think the "free market" will do all these things better and more cheaply, you have a surprise coming. I find myself feeling glad I am old enough to be unlikely to live to see the anarchy we are moving toward, although it would be interesting to live long enough to see the dismay in the land when "big" government, with all the socialistic services we have enjoyed for years, is finally drowned in a bathtub.

    August 15, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. Norm - not that one

    Gee ......... what a surprise.
    This is all the republicans have done; this is all the republicans CAN do. Nothing positive or even helpful, just smear, lie, whine and bellow.
    They have become the trailer trash they've courted.

    August 15, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. Casual Observer

    the math does all the talking and the Dems are going to drive the bus right over the cliff ........... filled with our children and grandchildrens futures
    both parties are to blame and greed is the driving force behind it all
    living in MN I hope that Obama leaves the state later today without inflicting any more damage
    he is a master at passing the blame and dodging having to answer the hard questions
    it is all rhetoric and academic double speak from the Prez – an empty suit with an even emptier soul

    August 15, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. logic in LA

    Are we supposed to be stupid enough to not know this is political ? Of course not. but unfortunately it is the advantage given an incumbent.
    If we would limit presidential terms to one- 6 year stint, we would save a lot of wasted time by the incumbent and probably accomplish more while they were in office. And while we're at it- anyone still in office should be made to resign his or her post before seeking election to another job- they have no right to do it on our dime and at the expense of getting things done.- these ideas are non-partisan and should seem good to every voter and taxpayer!

    August 15, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. Bill NY

    Why not? They seem to be doing all they can to make a mockery of this country.

    August 15, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. Sue

    The GOP/Tea Party really need to get a grip on reality! The bitterness, nastiness, rancor, etc. that is being spewed by them is NOT going to get them into the White House. The best thing I ever did was to vote for President Obama in 2008 after spending the previous 40 years as a Republican, and I have made a pledge to myself to NEVER vote for one again. The rude, vicious, and ignorant behavior I have witnessed from the GOP faction has been shocking. The current republicans in Congress are a far cry from the work-together, comprise, let's-get-the-job-done Republicans of the past. Such a sad commentary on our country.

    August 15, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. wileysee

    When Obama ran for office he knew exactly what he was getting into and the mess that was left from Bush’s term. He said he had a plan to fix the economy. He said that if we elected him everything would be ok. He even had a stacked congress where he could have passed anything including a bad dream and not one republican could do anything about it. He did nothing to fix the economy. He now says the shovel ready projects, in reality, didn’t exist. He says that we should have spent more unregulated stimulus money and that was a joke; just money wasted. Now he blames everyone but himself and his administration for the mess which he made worse. What kind of fraud is this guy? He wants another term, like H E L L!!!!!!!!

    August 15, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. Reload

    It turns out that being a "community organizer" and a freshman senator is experience to be president. The Obama adminsitration is a prime example of failed leadership. To the DEM's; it turns out that calling corporations "people" is perfectly accurate. A corporation is treated as a person under tax law, it is made up of the people that it provides jobs for and it is owned by by people - the stock holders. Romney was right in his reference and the DEM's and dims are dead wrong to say otherwise.

    August 15, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    Just watched rinse prius trash the President with this infantile piece of campaining. I it's obvious that
    Rinse, your party promised JOBS, JOBS, JOBS. We are still waiting!! All you cretins have donw since you took over is to everything possible to make him anone term predidnt. We saw just two weeks ago what Americans (except for the rich and accorcing to romneycare the corporatons who are people) what your bickering and stupidity once again did to our retirement funds!
    You are a bunch of bumps in the road hypocrites!!! You dom't have any ideas or solutions so you attack the guy who came in to clean up your republikan mess!

    August 15, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. Russ from Md

    @ Rudy from NY and all you other people out there that are saying that the GOP are not trying to fulfill there pledge to work to create new jobs. The first thing that must happen is to stabilize the economy. The way the president and the left wing spent money the first 2 years of this administration that is a big job in itself. The president had 2 years with his failed trillion dollar stimulus, 99 week unemployment benefits, cars for clunkers, 30 billion dollar giveaway to teachers unions and the list goes on. Now the GOP needs to clean that mess up first and then work on restoring our economy so jobs can be created. As far as bringing jobs back from over-seas, how about limiting the union’s ability to rape the industry as they have been doing for 40+ years and cut the outrages corporate taxes that make it cheaper to outsource our industry overseas. Both on the democrats love list.

    August 15, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. Al

    @ Independent Texan
    Buffet is a great man and to be respected but I am sure you did notice he is not sending all his extra cash to the US Treasury. Also the article said he will give away 99% of his wealth but none of it is going to the US Treasury. Government is the worst spender of our money and he knows it. There are tons of extremely generous and wealthy people in Texas but just like Buffet they have a choice and it’s a no brainer. Let me see: the US Treasury black hole or one of hundred excellent charities that will use the resources well. Warren can send in extra $$ to the US Treasury as there is that option – he just chooses not to and takes all the tax breaks available.

    August 15, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. Cedar Rapids

    'Obama is not the leader of all Americans, just his progressive base.'

    Says a person who calles himself Tea Party Mike. You respresentive of all Americans are you Mike? Want a president that represents all or just the Tea Party lot?

    August 15, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Ibamaliar

    Talk is sure cheap out of the mouths of ignorance. They bash one canidate then attack another with the same quote. Really intelligent brainwork. No wonder the drop out rate is so great in high schools and the Pens are so bulging with degenerates. They follow Obama blindly like he is their great savior, but are so unknowing they havn't even stopped to consider what has he done for them lately. Obamacare is going down the drain. He can lay claim that he was the President when Bin Laden was killed by a network that was set in motion many years back. This is not much glory for a Nobel prize winner. Although does anyone now know why he received that award. Keep mouthing my gay friends of Obama and see how many more voters you can turn to Palin, Perry, Bachman or Rommey. Obama like his healthcare is already in the drain struggling with all his might just to hang onto the rim. Soon he will be where he belongs, in the sewer.

    August 15, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. johnson

    If all of these Republican's were so knowledgeable when it came to job creation, why don't they collaborate with congress on what needs to be done to do it? OH, I know, with an improved economy they won't be able to say anything bad about him. This whole thing is about destroying the President at all cost. They like to call him the big spender but the money spent was to help turn the economy around. He wanted to invest in a high speed rail system that would have created millions of jobs but the republican gov's shot it down, they have to say no for everything.

    Obama 2012 / endure the republican storm

    August 15, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. Tony 140

    Gotta luv the Campaigner in Chief. I wish that he would sit at his desk long enough to put together a plan that would get us out of this. Oh I forgot, tax the rich/ spend more and everything will be solved. Or submit a budget to Congress that gets defeated 97-0. INCREDIBLE. I don't think that the Harvard Math and Economics Departments will be able to recover from this Administration.

    August 15, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. David

    I hope the GOP reads Warren Buffet's article today.

    August 15, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. scott

    there goes those right wing nut jobs again. we cant use the truth, so we will be loud, that will make us right!!!!

    August 15, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. wishing

    The Republican GOP Tea Party.
    They put politics before country in the budget default debate.
    They put corporations before individuals when it comes to the future.
    They put the economically elite before the middle class when it comes to economic benefits.
    No individual, patriotic American, earning less than 300,000 per year should even consider voting for these people. If you do, you are sheeple.

    August 15, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. rs

    Given the GOP was all about jobs (getting rid of them as it now appears), and have done nothing to make more (except "please give more to the rich, maybe they'll hire you to trim their hedges").

    The Dems really ought to call out the GOP- something like"They'll take Granny's Medicare to give Halliburton a tax incentive", or: "End public education so that a rich person can pay lower taxes".

    They are deeply sick people.

    August 15, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. jk from MN

    At least he's coming out to listen to voters. I don't see the Repubs listening to anyone except there lobbyists and compaign contributors. Hypocrites!!!

    August 15, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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