RNC's public jabbing of Obama
September 7th, 2011
10:32 AM ET
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RNC's public jabbing of Obama

(CNN) - The Republican National Committee continued to hit President Barack Obama's handling of the economy Wednesday with a new web video highlighting the national unemployment rate.

The minute-long spot plays back-to-back clips from the president over the past two years saying he is focused on job creation and tracks the unemployment rate during the same time. It ends with "SAME WORDS. SAME SPEECHES. SAME FAILED POLICIES" written across the screen.

"For the past two and a half years, President Obama has repeatedly promised to focus on jobs, but, instead, he has prioritized taxing, spending and regulating," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. "With ZERO jobs created in the month of August, it's time to change direction."

When Obama came into office, in January 2009, the national unemployment rate was at 7.8 percent. It peaked in October of 2009 at 10.1 percent and is currently at 9.1 percent.

Republican radio ads, launched Tuesday, will also air in battleground states across the country, voicing similar criticism of the president.

"After a 10-day luxury vacation on Martha's Vineyard, the president says he'll finally get serious about jobs," the ad says. "But we've heard this before."

The ramped up campaign comes as Obama is scheduled to unveil his jobs plan to a joint session of Congress Thursday.

The Democratic National Committee responded to the RNC with a "fact check" explaining how Republican policies have hurt job creation in the U.S. and taking aim at current presidential contenders.

"The Tea Party platform that Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and the rest have signed on to, including the Tea Party economic plan passed by the House over the summer, would cost the U.S. millions of jobs and grind our economy to a halt – all in the name of a far right wing ideology that places a higher priority on shielding the wealthy from paying their fair share over helping the middle class get ahead and creating jobs," DNC Press Secretary Melanie Roussell said in a statement.

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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Dee

    The President has not spoken yet and they are running ads and some vow not to attend his speech how hypocritical that shows they are not willing to work with him they are thinking of the next election.

    The American people will remember them in the next election we are tired of all of this non-sense.

    September 7, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. george of the jungle

    they have no plan so they keep bashing the president. Any group that trys to keep the economy in the toilet for their own gains should be voted out. America wants unity and I dont'care what party just get people back to work and stop this childish behavior.

    September 7, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. EatRunDive

    Once again, jobs are controled by those with the pursestrings, Congress. And since the Republican takeover of the House, Congress has cut almost 1/2 million jobs.

    September 7, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. GOP = Greed Over People

    1. failed the American public by signing pledges of allagences to the GOP but not to the American electorate.

    2. Failed in create one jobs bill after 10 months in control of the House.

    3. Failed to capture OBL.

    4. Failed to decrease the unemployment rates by "cutting taxes for the job creators".

    5. Failed to keep "small government's" snout out of every American woman's uterus.

    September 7, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The ramped up campaign comes as Obama is scheduled to unveil his jobs plan to a joint session of Congress Thursday."

    Ramped up? How generous. Rambling more like. And as effective as Mr. Rambler himself, Mitt Romney.

    On a side note, can't believe the RNC got rid of Steele, who is at least articulate, and replaced him with Preibus, the Wannabee Bully who just doesn't seem to know what direction he's going in, or why.

    September 7, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. don

    Same Republicans
    Same ideas
    Same just say no policy

    September 7, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Why doesn't the DNC produce an ad that shows the monthly jobs reports, which showed 18 months of steady increases until the Tea Party came to DC.

    Why doesn't the DNC produce an ad that shows how GDP was -3.5% when Obama took office, and was raised out of negative territory by the Stimulus to over +2%?

    Why doesn't the DNC tell their own story, instead of refuting the half truths put forward by the RNC? Why won't they listen to me?

    September 7, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    That's funny: is the RNC projecting? Seems to me they were more than happy to take credit when the economy was adding jobs ( as if the mere presence of John Boehner would do that): now, because of a crisis they created over the debt ceiling and the uncertainty they created, they feel its time to keep the uncertainty alive. What thoughtful, patriotic people, I'm so glad theya re doing my thinking for me.


    September 7, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    TEApublican motto:

    -cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans while the middle class suffers
    -repeal the Affordable Care Act
    -overturn Roe v. Wade
    -destroy the federal government
    -return America to pre-civil rights era

    September 7, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Lynne

    Only because of the Party of NO, NO, NO, NO, NO. The "we want to make sure he is a one term president, screw the people of America while we do it!" party, The we liked it when we said it but as soon as he liked it we hated it party.

    Really? Do they think everyone in America watches Fox "news"? Funny how they call themselves news until they get sued then they say...but we are just an entertainment channel!

    September 7, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    To the RNC, Rance Priebus & the GOP ... if you don't want to hear the same words, the same speeches and the same failed policies from President Obama ... why don't you come up with a reasonable jobs plan and tax increases to balance the US federal budget and reduce the deficit. All your harping = your inevitable demise as a party.

    September 7, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. ThinkAgain

    NOTHING will change the FACT that the GW Bush tax cuts (passed through reconciliation), along with two unfunded wars and unfunded Medicare Part D, took the Clinton surplus and turned it into a deficit (which, according to Cheney, "don't matter").

    President Obama was left with a mess from the Bush and Republican FAILED economic, military and foreign policies. It's going to take some time to turn things around. And as long as the Republicans insist on obstructing the will of the American people with their "party before country" words and actions, our country will stayed mired in this mess.

    September 7, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. Richard

    In 2010, after promising to political independents to end the bickering in Washington and to work together to create jobs for Americans, the Senate Republican leader said jobs are not his major priority, his major priority is destroying President Obama in 2012.


    September 7, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. Gino Martell

    Very short memory. After two terms with Bush and Cheney and tax cuts and deregulation, they tanked the economy and now the best they can do is blame President Obama. It took them two terms to destroy the economy and they claim that our current president did all by himself. Are these people that stupid?

    September 7, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. Sniffit

    "The Democratic National Committee responded to the RNC with a "fact check" explaining how Republican policies have hurt job creation in the U.S. and taking aim at current presidential contenders."

    And instead of providing any details about the fact check and the Dems' arguments, like they did for the GOP, the editors at CNN decided that doing so might hamper their ability to play up both parties as entirely equivalent and espousing equally legitimate positions. Wouldn't want any of those messy facts getting in the way of a good controvery now, would we?

    September 7, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. Sniffit

    "A couple of years ago, a Republican committee staff director told me candidly (and proudly) what the method was to all this obstruction and disruption," he wrote. "Should Republicans succeed in obstructing the Senate from doing its job, it would further lower Congress's generic favorability rating among the American people. By sabotaging the reputation of an institution of government, the party that is programmatically against government would come out the relative winner."

    -Mike Lofgren, long time Republican staffer who served the House and Senate Budgetary Committees.

    September 7, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. DC2003

    Wonder if they also track how many filibusters & silent-holds were also placed by Senate GOP in the same time periods?

    September 7, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. ABM

    Maybe Hofffa had a point. The GNoP is not working for the American people – they are working against the people. There is no more civility or respect. The American people are caught in the crossfire of the war against President Obama.

    I just can't wait until the next election – I will be walking with a broom.

    September 7, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  19. Me

    Are you kidding me? Same words, same speeches, same failed policies sounds like Mitt Romney's jobs plan from yesterday. "cut taxes on the wealthy corps...". After all, that's like cutting taxes on people, right, Mitts?

    September 7, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. Bill from GA

    The insanity of the argument is the oft-repeated lie that the Stimulus was a failure. If the Stimulus had failed, we would have continued job looses of over 750,000 per month, as was happening in before President Obama took office.

    If the Stimulus had failed, we would see the stock market continuing its collapse, rather than the huge turnaround it experienced after President Obama took office.

    If the Stimulus had failed, we would have seen GDP continue dropping, from its low of MINUS 6.8% when President Obama took office, rather than the gains of 4% a year after the Stimulus took effect.

    All we get out of repug politicians, and their supporters, are LIES. and a continuing effort to block any effort by the Dems to return America to prosperity.

    September 7, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. diridi

    .........................Of Bush's Iraq War, and Reagan's Trickle Down Economy.......Thus ended the story.....Obama2012.....

    September 7, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  22. Ray E. Georgia

    I am totally amazed that certain people think the Conservatives will keep jobs from happening until Obama is gone. That is redicilous to say the least. After the Stock Market Crash of 1029 things didn't start to turn around until after WW2. So if you expect thing to get better any time soon you better take a number. It was Liberal Democrat Policies, over the last 75 years that got us to where we are today. If you don't like the results maybe you might want to take another look to see what went wrong. Usually it was someone going up to Congress and begging for some Program to help. That happened in Housing, and you see the results. Look at the Post Office. In bad shape. The "Clinton" Surpless was a result of the Reagan Revolution and the end of the cold war. The mess Obama inhereted has been building for 75 years. It won't get better overnight. Get used to it.

    September 7, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  23. michaelam

    Get Real, GOP/Teahadists!

    It was YOUR same words (tax cuts for the rich will create jobs), YOUR same speeches (jobs, jobs, jobs…..haven’t created any!) and YOUR failed policies (two unfunded wars, Medicare Part D, MORE tax cuts for the rich) that brought our country to the brink of disaster.

    Instead of continually bashing the President, why don’t “y’all” (Southern strategy) come up with some NEW ideas and policies and work WITH President Obama to move our country forward and get people back to work?!

    So much for country first--guess that slogan was so 2008 !

    September 7, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. Bill

    The party of no ideas, only the ability to complain and obstruct. The GOP will lose the House and Dems keep the White House.

    September 7, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  25. DVoice12

    If it weren't for our Democratic congress and Obama the unemployment rate would be around 25%. And GOPs still want to give further tax cuts to the rich, destroy collective barganing, basically declared war on the middle class. BTW trickle down economics and the Bush tax cuts is what put is in this place. Obama cannot fix what the GOPs have done the last 30 years we need more time and will be the Clinton years once again. We cannot allow the GOP to take our money!!

    September 7, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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