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. Phil

    Obama is running this country into the ground with SPEND BABY SPEND! and horrible politics.

    August 15, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. meg barton

    Instead of mocking Obama lets here about solutions for creating jobs!!!!!!!!!! Instead running around like chicken little about the debt lets hear about jobs!!!!!! We need jobs now and if you get people back to work some of the debt will not be so bad. It's jobs stupid!

    August 15, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. DSAY

    Personal tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans does not motivate them anyone to create jobs. If they had any motivation to create jobs, they would do it with the resources that they already have. A tax cut isn't going to motivate the so caled "job creators" to do that.

    Recently Steven Wynn of Wynn Casinos wrote

    ""I'm saying it bluntly, that this administration is the greatest wet blanket to business, and progress and job creation in my lifetime,"

    "And those of us who have business opportunities and the capital to do it are going to sit in fear of the President. And a lot of people don’t want to say that. They’ll say, God, don’t be attacking Obama. Well, this is Obama’s deal and it’s Obama that’s responsible for this fear in America."

    STEVEN WYNN IS A DEMOCRAT AND HAS VOTES DEMOCRAT. I think i would take it from a REAL business man before listening to your unsupported, rambling opinions.

    August 15, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. bob

    Hey Rudy NYC: Did you see the GOP presidential debate the other night I've seen sharper minds in High school kids that would put these idiots to shame!....All they ever do is mock the president mostly because he's black. Don't you see the Cross BURNNING KKK HATRED in Michell Bachman's eyes when she vehemently cries out ....OBAMA WILL BE A ONE TERM PRESIDENT! Those Nazi Teabaggers should have formed a long time ago when "W" was in office for two horrible terms!

    August 15, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Sen T

    reince priebus is a spoiled little child. at best

    August 15, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. J. W. Nicholson

    RNC Royal Nut Cases

    August 15, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. April Garlow

    All his town hall audiences have been screened for non believers–so this is just a series of photo ops–nothing more-more campaigning–truly disgusting when so many are hurting –to make a mockery of them-using their suffering for this kind of cheap publicity stunt!!

    August 15, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. SermiAutoAZ

    Look at all the liberals in denial! hahahahahah

    August 15, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. ELH37

    Enough of the partisan rehtoric. None of the politicians are there to represent our point of view nor to legislate in our best interest. We need to institute term limits across the board, only allow the politicians to be psid while they are in office, revoke their right to give themselves pay increases,force them to participate in Social Security rather than their specialized retirement program, force them to participate in the same medical programs as the rest of us rather than their specialized health care program, and require that they abide by the same laws that the rest of us do. Perhaps then we will see "Hope and Change"!

    August 15, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. carly

    GOP at it's best again. Oh wait, this is the only thing the GOP knows how to do these days.

    August 15, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. Scott F

    I bet the RNC is not talking about Warren Buffet's comments on taxing the rich. You can bet that their puppet master Fox Noise won't be talking about it. Gee, I wonder why Fox Noise doesn't cover the Rupert Murdoch tabloid scandal? Republican right wingers are the original dirty tricksters and Bullies. Now they will have " Trickie" Rickie Perry as their poster boy. I'm a Texan and I can't wait for the truth to be told about Perry. Perry is a wholey owned subsidiary of big oil in Texas. This dude is as fake as a three dollar bill. He will never allow himself to be questioned by someone with a brain, ie the facts. He will go to Fox Noise and answer Sean Hannity's softball questions.

    August 15, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. Mark

    I keep forgetting that we had full employment and lived in a virtual Garden of Eden until 1/20/09.

    August 15, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. Conky

    Creating jobs? What is the government going to do about that? And isn’t the GOP's plan to reduce the size of government? So what do these morons who support the GOP think is going to happen? These conservative republican supporters are no different than a bunch of brainwashed extremists. Do they really think the Tea Party government is going to step in and say "here you go bud, heres a 100k a year job for ya!" I'll tell you what the GOP's silent plan is. Push militart enlistments. That way, everyone gets a guaranteed 4 year job!

    August 15, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I think the Presidentis quite capable of conducting his bus tour AND stay on top of his presidential duties. He is no Shrub.
    I do think it highly unfair and unlikely that THIS President should be asked by his supporters, or 'bullied' by his detractors and politcal opponents into staying sequestered in the White House, out of sight of his citizenry, like a punked coward which he is not.
    One of President Obama's forte is his communication skills. He does connect with the American public, and they like to see their duly-elected President amongst them. He heard them loud and clear when they yelled at the top of their lungs for compromise in the debt-ceiling fiasco even if the GOP chose to ignore their screams. He should by all means visit as many states as he wishes and make his points and talk to the people. The perception by those that he IS NOT doing his job, in so doing, is erroneous and will not be changed by any amount of FACTS and PROOF the contrary.
    Obama 2012.

    August 15, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. reddcatt

    This is news. The GOP main activity is mocking and name calling. All they do is spread hate and say Obama has to go. None of them have any ideas past disliking Obama.

    August 15, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Pardon all syntax, spelling, and other errors.
    I'm at work.......!

    August 15, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. Tim

    I agree with Rudy NYC. The Republicans in the House can do virtually nothing about creating jobs, so they went after the deficit like hungry wolves because they most definitely sensed that this is where they could make noise. The problem is that they never told the rest of us about it.

    August 15, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. Jason

    I'd just like to point out, that the DOW has been up sharply today. So much for holding Obama responsible for tanking the Markets. Sorry to inconvenience the Repug fairytale, but the story has no clout.

    August 15, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. CaliforniaBC

    So when exactly did the GOP begin carring about jobs??? They've been spending all their time since January getting as much of their party-first agenda through. A waste of time given the Dem controlled senate. Why not do things that had a chance of getting bipartisan support, like job creating policies.

    They've done nothing for jobs...so why would anyone support them from here on out?

    August 15, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. jennifer in Houston

    Republicans are a sad lot. Their failed policies saddled this country with huge dept and sunk the economy. Of course they take no responsibility for their disastrous actions and now try to make Obama the scapegoat by blaming him. This is bad enough but when they compouund their treachery by trying to sabotage everything Obama is trying to do to improve the economy and jobs outlook it truly is sickening

    August 15, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |

    It seems like all the GOP can do is name calling like little children. the GOP has been in control of the House for 8 months now and not one jobs bill, not one. Didn't they campaign on jobs and the economy? So no jobs bill and they wanted the country to default on their loans. It's time they put country first instead on party first! And please members of the GOP and the Tea Baggers, grow up and stop the name calling.

    August 15, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. CCMars

    Republicans, I don't want to hear a single word from you until you grow the f*** up and start working with the President. I don't care if you disagree with his politics or hate him for the color of his skin (let's face it, people, at least some of the problem IS this).

    By the way, does anyone calling the President a socialist or whatnot know what that even is? Do you even know Congress exists? Do you even know what a liberal is, for that matter?

    August 15, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. LouieD

    Typical GOP: No ideas, no substance, no work on behalf of average Americans. Just immaturity, name-calling, and passing the buck on important issues. I never expected much from Obama and even then he's disappointed me, but these guys aren't fit to even shine his shoes!

    August 15, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. jennifer in Houston

    and "The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE – The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends" were you born intellectually challenged or just think like one?

    August 15, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. janetlaw

    And let the history re-writing continue – And who CAUSED the financial crises, hmmmmm? Just keep repeating the lies, RNC, and keep brainwashing the masses. Rove's evil plan of cutting education funding so that no one will actually fact-check anything is succeeding – its up to the Dems to stop it and I pray they do!

    August 15, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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