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. mike a.

    Albert Einstein said once that people's stupidity was infinite... well the middle class voting republican have proved him right... how stupid is to vote republican after the bush administration! its beyond belief

    August 15, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. Alina77

    Mr.President dont look at those GOP bullies, everyone knows how screwed those people in reality are.
    Don't go negative!

    August 15, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. Jason

    CNN is becoming partisan hacks for the right, as evidenced by sending my non-offensive comment straight to moderation. Taking lessons from FOX again?

    August 15, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. mike a.

    to the texan : only an idiot would listen to a millionaire talk about taxes and the economy and expect some kind of truth !
    IDIOT... onlty in texas...

    August 15, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. Bill C

    Well this is shocking. CNN writing a biased story against Republicans. Wow. I never thought I would see it. Well, except yesterday and the day before and the day before that.
    This administration promised us a fix in three years. Time is up. They are clearly in over their heads and have no clue what to do except to blame wealth creators. I never thought I would pine for Hillary, but she would never have put us in the mess we are in.

    August 15, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. Pete from St Paul

    I remember when Mike Tyson bit off Evander Holyfield ear during a boxing bout. Holyfield should have showed him crazy back and kneed him in the groin. Tyson lost the match but is more famous now. Obama should have showed them crazy and called the 14th Amendment. What next for the tricksters; the Balance Budget Amendment. They are going to call the shots again and have the media and Obama believing that the world is going to end unless we pass the BBA. So, show them crazy Obama; tell em yes I will sign a BBA bill but it should include 'NO PROVISION TO PRIVATIZE THE ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS'; Include a War and Disaster Supplemental Emergency Tax code. Yes sir Mr. President, the next time the neo-cons sends America off to fight the Persians we will all see it in our paychecks, capital gain tax and all et al taxes.

    August 15, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. Bill C

    CCMars: Why in the world should they work with the President? They have a fundamental disagreement with him. They believe his ideas are wrong. So they should compromise with him? How absurd. They should work to defeat him and get him out of office where he can go back to organizing communities. Whatever the hell that is.

    August 15, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. JimmyJohn

    GOP has no plan to improve the jobs situation at all, and they have and will block all efforts that could help the economy now such as investment expenditures on projects like infrastructure, transit, etc. - these put money into action and the projects HIRE PEOPLE. Instead, GOP just wants to drivel on about the debt, the debt, the debt, when all credible economists have said we don't have a debt problem, we have a jobs and economy problem. GOP will then hammer on Obama for not doing something about jobs. What a pathetic and transparently ridiculous party!

    August 15, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. Gloria

    Oh, but when Palin (who isn't even an announced candidate at this point–Thank God) does a bus tour, encroaching on her fellow Repub/Tea Partiers' campaign stops, etc., that's okay with the GOP. However, shouldn't a sitting U.S. President be patted on the back for searching out Americans to talk with personally and hear their concerns? I don't care if it does appear to be campaign oriented–the Pres. has to start somewhere on his bid for re-election–I see it more of a hands-on approach to meeting the American people, who are all his constituents. From what I've heard, he isn't only meeting with Democrats or Liberals during his tour, but everyone and anyone who wants to participate in the democratic process.

    August 15, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. MarySue

    @ OldFarmBoy - what is your plan to spur job growth?? Keep cutting taxes for corporations and the wealthy?? How has that plan been working so far??

    August 15, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. TripleA

    Wow, you mean the Republicans could take time out from playing su-k face with the Tea Party, and trying to force the US into default, to launch a multi-media campaign insulting the President! I am impressed with their time management skills.

    August 15, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  12. Mogul

    "The Republican Party is offering the same tired rhetoric that the American people are sick of" according to the DNC. And that tired rhetoric is alluring to so many voters that Obama has been compelled to launch a counter-offensive. Who know where America would be today If only he had shown such willingtness and resolve in regards to the economy, the debt, afghanistan and Iraq.

    August 15, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. Tired of the nonsense

    Mocking the president? The GOP are terrorists by their own definition, or don't they remember what Limbaugh, Coulter, O'Reilly and the rest of their ilk said to the real Americans who dared say anything against Herr Bush?

    August 15, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Bill C:
    This administration promised us a fix in three years.
    The hell it did. Your pants are on fire Bill.
    Obama 2012

    August 15, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. JayDeeT

    Here's a very importnat comment from "The Root":

    Is it just partisanship? Could be, but it seems to be pretty darn close to racism. Rush Limbaugh and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky are on record for wanting President Obama to fail. Why? McConnell and Limbaugh uttered these words early in Obama's tenure as president, even before he could reasonably have gotten anything off the ground.

    Could it be partisanship? Yes. Could it be a profound lack of patriotism? Yes. But again, it smacks of something that has nothing to do with partisanship or patriotism but with the basest of reasons for disliking and disrespecting someone: because he or she does not look like you.

    Is this why some people feel comfortable saying that President Obama hasn't done anything since he's been in office? Had Osama bin Laden been captured and killed while President George W. Bush was in office, there would have been a movement to make him President Emeritus of the United States. Instead, President Obama, the man whose administration actually delivered, is reduced to a brother hooping it up at the White House and doing nothing.

    This leads me right back to the racism that has been bubbling underground and resurfaced with the debt-ceiling debacle. Folks from all walks of life took that crisis as a get-out-of-jail-free card to spew venom on President Obama instead of dumping on those who would rather sink this country - and may have done just that with the recent credit downgrade. How sinister can you be to purposely create a hole and then try to push the entire country into it? All of this because a black man is president?

    If it isn't because President Obama is black, then what is it? There is plenty to criticize about the current administration, but the inability to do so with respect for the man or the office is the giveaway.

    The racial climate is suffocating and getting worse. Every other week, another politician or pundit is apologizing for making what he or she keeps calling inappropriate comments about President Obama. But what these people call inappropriate, insulting or partisan, I call racist - a term that describes abusive or aggressive behavior toward a member of another race based on the belief that some races have an intrinsic superiority over others. If this is not what we're witnessing, then I don't know what it is.

    Yes, it's a great time to be a racist, and a horrible time to be the nation's first black president.

    Nsenga Burton is The Root's editor-at-large.

    August 15, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    "RNC mocks ..."

    Yep, that's about all they're good for: mocking.

    Lord knows they don't have a record of economic, military or foreign policy successes to run on!

    August 15, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Eye of Newt

    This is why I left the republican party. The RNC has no class.

    August 15, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Sylvia Saint

    Hey @ My Name is Gregg and I'm running for President – YOU GOT MY VOTE.

    I think Obama needs to take BOLD action of the type you've described. I can see how your idea would help the economy and why the Saudi's might go for it.

    August 15, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. kurtinco

    I guess President Obama is not allowed to campaign and talk about his ideas with the rest of the nation. That sounds too much like multi-tasking for republicans who for all too long have been focused single mindedly on one thing only: making the rich richer. Pathetic, GOP.

    August 15, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. aaron

    Once again, the true ARSONISTS of our economy are now doing nothing but blocking and obstructing, while blaming the FIRE FIGHTERS for trying to put out the fires. Pathetic and anti-american.

    August 15, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    "when will any of you start discussing, or even attacking, 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."

    Here's a factoid for you to chew on: The 10 years of Bush tax cuts (and over 30 years of trickle-down Reaganomics) have NOT produced more jobs or a healthier economy.

    Yes, the rich have gotten richer, but the average American has seen their wages stagnate. Look it up or just review your own paychecks if you don't believe me.

    Or ask David Stockman, the architect of trickle-down economics and Reagan's advisor: He has come out repeatedly to say that economic practice it is a PROVEN FAILURE.

    August 15, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. NVa Native

    From the childish political party of wanna-be-bullies bull comes more taunting and name calling without ANY substance or real ideas. Reality sux for you.

    August 15, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. iroshi

    Do Republicans really want to start this argument, after all these months of campaigning on the taxpayers' nickle?

    August 15, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. Busted

    To all of you repulican fools who continue to drink the kool-aid, Iraq has WMDs...

    August 15, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. terry,va

    I see the CNN censors are working overtime. All you have to do is to click onto your political ticker and see Obummie advertisements on it. I see people calling the GOP supporters nazi's etc. on this article alone and much worse on other post. I made a comment at 1:17 that was mild compared to the hate that CNN publishes against the GOP. No wonder the American people have tuned you out CNN. Keep playing to your liberal, socialist base and keep Obummie up on your pedistol. Comment awaiting moderation. You are a joke CNN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 15, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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