RNC takes aim at Obama ahead of jobs speech
September 6th, 2011
09:37 AM ET
3 years ago

RNC takes aim at Obama ahead of jobs speech

(CNN) - Labor Day marks the unofficial beginning of the 2012 campaign season and the Republican National Committee is wasting no time going after President Obama as he prepares to unveil a new jobs push later this week.

In a radio ad set to air in key campaign states that went Obama's way in 2008 but now appear to be tossups, the RNC is seeking to frame the debate ahead of the president's prime-time address Thursday.

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  1. Marie MD

    Did other people in Congress not go on vacation? What we need is for the country to wake up and realize that the teatards are the ones wwho are putting bumps in the road not the president.
    our credit was downgraded thanks to those like cantor and bachman. The stimulus helped people keep their jobs.
    The democrats need to start making some noise NOW!!! There's plenty of lies and doing nothing from the rethugs side.

    September 6, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. AlaskaPalin

    Tentative and dithering. Where is the bold master stroke, man! You beat the clintonian machine and is in this position today? So you expect us as republicans to win 2012 for you; you must be more loony than I gave you credit for. We want a fight so please gave us one in this speech- for pandering to us will not cut it. We will not give you what you want, we will say how weak you are, and in 2012 we can blame you for every thing that is wrong with the economy for the american people will know you stood for nothing (except abortion and homosexual marriage).

    September 6, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. FM

    I do not get from RNC about the stimulus package. Here is my question: If the doctor gives a person a dose and it doesn't work, is he obliged to leave him and watch him dies or give him even the higher dose to help him recover??? This applies to the previous stimulus and the one proposed to come.

    September 6, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    RNC chose the wrong time
    In front of every GOP house representative’s office people are demanding jobs many representatives has to cancel the their town hall meetings
    This ad will make tea baggers happy that’s all

    September 6, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. Four and The Door

    Obama is back on the same strategies that produced nothing except a downgrade of American debt? What, he's going for "B" status now?!?!

    September 6, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    "the RNC is seeking to frame the debate ahead of the president's prime-time address Thursday."

    The RNC really needs to "patent" their continual attacks on Obama ... it's all they got, literally. Meanwhile, back at the Congressional farm, our highly paid members are busy getting their "How I Spend My Summer Vacation" essays ready for prime time briefing. If the past 10 months is any indication on just how dedicated these folks are, one can safely assume the next year will be an extension of the already long, drawn out vacation they have enjoyed since taking office back in Jan. 2010. It is, after all, fast approaching the annual 2 year term limit re-election campaign cycle for most of them. Interesting at how disinterested these folks have been, not only to the concerns of their constituents, but the country as a whole. Never in my life time has one political party so misread an entire nation as this particular group of Republican party leaders (or lack thereof) have.

    September 6, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. Four and The Door

    FM
    Here is my question: If the doctor gives a person a dose and it doesn't work, is he obliged to leave him and watch him dies or give him even the higher dose to help him recover???
    __________________________________________________________________________________________________
    How about if he gives him a dose of drug "A" and it almost kills him and the original problem gets worse. Stronger dose of "A"? I would not want to be that physician's malpractice insurer.

    September 6, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    The RNC is so lame using that played out "vacation" talking point. The President did more work on his vacation than the what his predecessor did.

    September 6, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  9. kat

    Everybody knows this is a campaign speech. I'm sure it will be new words for the same old BS. This clown doesn't know how to do anythinkg but campaign. 2012 can't get here soon enough.

    September 6, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. AlaskaPalin

    Mitt: Mitt: Mitt! You might have a good plan but we don't trust you! The problem – your hair style; too slick; you look like a slickster- your speech to suave; you do it from both sides of your mouth- your face; to straight; you seem to be a straight faced liar, a trickster. Although you might be none of these, something about you makes you seem souless. Where as obama although weak have some warmth. So do a make over and see how it goes from there.

    September 6, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. once upon a horse

    for once I wish the RNC would come out and tell us what would have happened if the president had NOT had the recovery act.....also what was the GOP alternative. What would have happened if Obama had done what Romney said and let the US automakers go under. It is very easy to stand by and play Monday morning QB especially when you have no solutions of your own to offer other than cut taxes for the upper 2% and we see how many jobs that has created. Why anyone that is middle class or working class would support a GOP platform is way beyond me.

    September 6, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Four wrote:
    How about if he gives him a dose of drug "A" and it almost kills him and the original problem gets worse. Stronger dose of "A"? I would not want to be that physician's malpractice insurer.
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    Good question. Most of the annual debt is a direct result of lost revenue from lost jobs, and lost revenue from the Bush Tax Cuts. It is estimated that the Bush Tax Cuts alone have added $5T to the national debt and counting.

    You need to accept the fact the course we are on was laid out by policies enacted over the past decade by Bush. You also need to accept the fact the American voter recognizes the fact the Congressional conservatives have fought successfully to keep those policies in place.

    September 6, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. Name king

    These backward sob will try to derail a recovery at any cost. The war they've been waging on consumer confidence for the past 2 years is getting worst by the day, as they threatened and fire the middle class depleting their already low ranks, then wonder why their isn't any one left to support our housing markets and high end items.

    September 6, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. GI Joe

    If you folks think it's bad now, put a republican in there that will cut MORE jobs (public and private) and give more socialist subsidies and tax breaks to the corporations to HIRE OVERSEAS.

    September 6, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. Sniffit

    "How about if he gives him a dose of drug "A" and it almost kills him and the original problem gets worse."

    There's not a single piece of data you can cite to claim that the Stimulus actually made things "worse" or "nearly killed" the economy. None. We were bleeding 750K jobs per month when Obama took office. That's no longer happening. In fact, the statistical data shows the economy was on a slow rise before the GOP took back the House and began pushing its domestic social agenda and doing its utmost to create uncertainty and fear in the market. The reality is, Obama saved our behinds, and as much as its stinks that it didn't work as well as promised or that it's darn near impossible to get people to thank you for stabilizing the economy without getting it to grow rapidly as well, it's still a big fat lie that the Stimulus and unemployment insurance, etc., made things "worse." That's nothing more than a hollow talking opint brought to you by the conservative community's desperate desire to be told what they want to hear in order to assuage their confirmation bias.

    September 6, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:
    Obama is back on the same strategies that produced nothing except a downgrade of American debt? What, he's going for "B" status now?!?!
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    You want to have it both ways. Six months ago you were beating your chest over the promising looking monthly jobs reports in Nov and Dec 2010, and Jan 2011. Those months were part of 20 consecutive months of improvement. You were predicting how America would get back on track with the Tea Party running the House. Once the Republicans started enacted their policies and restarted the war on the middle class, those job numbers turned sour. They have been sour ever since. American voters are not stupid, and they have noticed the difference the fringe elements of the hard right have made. The wealthy in this country are doing great, while the middle class is going extinct.

    September 6, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. Sniffit

    "Obama is back on the same strategies that produced nothing except a downgrade of American debt?"

    That's rich...really. The cartoon world you live in must be grand. S&P, the company that downgraded its rating of the US's credit said quite explicitly in its statements that the main reason for the downgrade was the brinksmanship and gridlock in Congress over the issue. McConnell then came out and told everyone that the GOP universally views the debt ceiling as a hostage to be taken every time in order to try to force its agenda...they just disagreed internally on whether the hostage should just be shot. Please tell us why it's not the GOP's fault the debt ceiling issue became the mess that resulted in the credit rating downgrade...and please start your explanation with quotes from the Teatrolls in Congress who were demanding a default.

    September 6, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. bigwilliestyles

    Perry padded his unemp. numbers, Palin, Santorum are racists, Bachmann, Cain are delusional, Rommneys a wimp. Obama doesn't have to out-campaign these losers; they will self-destruct anyway.

    September 6, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  19. Four and The Door

    Sniffit
    There's not a single piece of data you can cite to claim that the Stimulus actually made things "worse" or "nearly killed" the economy. None.
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    ...except for the fact that American debt is now approaching 100% of GDP and it has now been downgraded by Standard & Poors for the first time in history. So yes, you wanted a historic administration? You got one.

    September 6, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    "More spending.

    We’ve already tried that; causing unemployment to shoot up and our deficit to balloon."
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    Actually, it has been the Republican enacted spending cuts that have had the most impact on the monthly jobs reports. Those cuts have laid off hundreds of thousands of people nation wide, which means reduced spending and giving momentum to a downward spiral in the economy.

    September 6, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. Sniffit

    "for once I wish the RNC would come out and tell us what would have happened if the president had NOT had the recovery act.....also what was the GOP alternative."

    Their answer is simple: do nothing...the "free market" is a magical land full of fluffy unicorns farting double rainbows of trickle-down prosperity that propel them through time and space in a glittery cloud of pixie dust. "Do nothing and it would fix itself" is precisely what they claim, and then they extend it to "do extra nothing" by arguing that deregulation and tax cuts can only serve to make the unicorns even more flatulent.

    September 6, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  22. Sniffit

    "...except for the fact that American debt is now approaching 100% of GDP and it has now been downgraded by Standard & Poors for the first time in history. So yes, you wanted a historic administration? You got one."

    Except that you (a) fail to in any way, shape or form relate that statistic causally to the Stimulus, because you can't, and (b) ignore all the other far FAR greater contributing factors that have caused the debt to rise to almost 100% of the GDP. Stimulus: less than $1T. The rest: $13T+. The rest is overwhelmingly comprised of the Bush tax cuts, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the massive unemployment caused by the recession, which exacerbated the deficit by killing tax revenue (just like the Bush tax cuts) and which statistics show the Stimulus actually helped stop from rising. Your reliance on trite and pithy explanations just doesn't do it. There needs to be something of substance behind the statistics and your attempt to correlate them to the conclusion you want to draw. Talking points, particualrly the GOP's of late, are by their very nature devoid of such analysis.

    September 6, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  23. Jack V

    Republicans, in their bitter hatred of the world, want to see everything crash.

    September 6, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. SecedingfromTexas

    @Sniffitt and RudyNYC
    *********************
    Four/Door is a lost cause. What you write is true and provable, but some just refuse to accept anything beyond
    their own rhetoric. There is a difference in making sense and being senseless.
    @FM
    **************
    Comments were closed yesterday, but I am still laughing at your Palin/vuvuzela comments. Priceless!!!!

    September 6, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. Cosmo

    I would like to know where RNC Chairman Reince Priebus went on vacation and if he has an answer to why are there no job after cutting tax rates to wealthy Americans which was supposed to help create jobs? Speak up Reince, I can't hear you.

    September 6, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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