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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  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    Same RNC blame the president taking a vacation with out job plan 2 weeks back

    Now president is ready they don’t want to hear

    September 7, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. maf

    You are ON again Sniffit!! Keep rolling!!

    This latest from the Party of NO is contemptible!! For a group who campaigned in 2010 solely on JOBS, now obstructing at every turn and trying to lay blame on the President is about as low as they can go (although there is still plenty of time for them to dig even deeper)! The divide between liberal and conservative is getting bigger. When the Republicans are successful in tanking the government and the economy and all the money they saved for a rainy day will be WORTHLESS, then they will be the ones looking for assistance. Too bad the love of money precluded the love of their fellow man. Rudderless, aimless, careless, CLUELESS! We are all in this together but the GObTP only believes they are in it for themselves! Pitiable.

    September 7, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. DVoice12

    Ray E. Georgia....you need to take some college courses and if you did you must not have been paying attention. The housing bust was caused by Wall St. betting on OTC Derivitives, the biggest casino in town. Clinton surplus were caused by "his" policies of cutting back on defense spending and welfare reform and fair tax brackets, Reaganomics failed immediately during Bush I years, remember that recession? Then came Bush II with his tax cuts and a plathera of Wars. See wars give money to the rich and we all know who represents the rich. Just clarifying a few things.

    September 7, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Phil in KC

    I guess if anyone knows about failed policies, it would be the Republicans....

    September 7, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. d

    All i can say is vote 2012! if there was a way to recall these pin heads i would be so for it! can we march on washington at least...feed up with the party of no

    September 7, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Chas in Iowa

    The GOP remind me of little children sitting in a sand box discovering why it is a bad idea to throw sand.
    I'm a Republican and I'm getting a little more than fed up with the ongoing childish behavior of my own party. This is getting way past party politics. The country needs to continue to run until the next election. Just because the Dems won in '08 is no reason to shut the country down.

    September 7, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. TomInRochNY

    If you're going to blast someone for failing to do their job you might not want to bring up the your own reasons for the failure. Rs constantly remind us how they put us where we are now. Yeah, that's a winning strategy.

    September 7, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. MTATL67

    The RNC is now the party of fiscal terrorists and extremism and is known as the GOTP. NO new ideas, NO different way of thinking, NO to change, NO to civility, NO compromise, NO Jobs. The GOP and the fiscal terrorist controlled House and Senators are following a "NO to Everything" Policy that has achieved nothing. President Truman summed said it best "DO NOTHING CONGRESS". The only thing that the GOP and the fiscal terrorist members of Congress have accomplished is to make things worse. They have more than earned their title as the PARTY OF NO.

    September 7, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. Jack V

    Anyone who thinks the GOP & the Big Money owners cares about the average Joe get in touch with me. I need some stupid people to play pker with.

    September 7, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. Sniffit

    "The "Clinton" Surpless was a result of the Reagan Revolution and the end of the cold war."

    Trisomy is a helluva drug. Seriously...wanna explain to the class how it was the result of the "Reagan Revolution" when both Reagan and Bush 1 suffered horrible recessions, albeit not as bad as this one, as a result of their policies, then Clinton raised taxes as one of the first things he did in office and went on to create more jobs than Reagan, Bush1 and Dubya combined and a major surplus?

    In fact, the 5 recessions we've experienced over the past 30+ years all started during Republican administrations: 1973, 1981, 1991, 2000 and 2007. Clinton is the ONLY one who went 8 years without suffering a recessions starting (or ending) during his administration, and the ONLY reason Obama has one to deal with is because he got handed one, which promptly ended in June 2009 after he passed a Stimlulus measure, at which point the economy turned around, started growing slowly and then halted shortly after the GOP took over the House based on promises of "jobs, jobs, jobs" followed by behavior of "domestic social-conservative agenda while doing nothing about the economy...and oh yeah, let's screw up the nation's credit rating for good measure by playing chicken with default (while half our caucus actually demands one)."

    GOP revisionist history is a farce. The truth is, they've spent the past 6 decades trying desperately to destroy the federal government. "Government doesn't work...see...we broke it!!!!"

    September 7, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "The GOP remind me of little children sitting in a sand box discovering why it is a bad idea to throw sand."

    More like discovering what the racoons leave in sandboxes and eating it to test whether it makes the sand any more palatable.

    September 7, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. BinFL

    I find it laughable that the Repubs keep repeating the mantra that President Obama's policies have failed when, in fact, he hasn't had a chance to put all of his policies in place because they keep blocking them! I've never seen such obstruction toward our sitting President. They just couldn't stand that we not only elected the US President but a diplomat that could unite the world and finally bring back respect to our country. They just couldn't stand the fact that this President got Osama Bin Laden...did anyone notice how quickly they turned the debate to the debt ceiling after that accomplishment to bring the President down as quickly as possible. Also, has anyone noticed that gas prices shot up right after the Repubs took over the House? Our political system has become a joke – no President can govern anymore because the focus is always on the next election which is every two years. Once one election is over, the campaign for the next one starts – ridiculous!!

    September 7, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Martha in CF

    Sorry RNC-you have no right to go jabbing at what the President and his fellow Democrats have done or is doing on jobs. You have done NOTHING. The American people are not buying your rhetoric.....You are the party of NO and the American people have not seen anything change on your agenda either...........The American people are tired of this....We want some action. Get it done.....jobs jobs jobs................If I recall, under Reagan we were well over 9% unemployment.

    September 7, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  14. janedoe

    these guys are running scared

    September 7, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. A Kickin` Donkey

    You know, after having been formally "refudiated" [thanks Sarah] by former Fed Chairman Greenspan for BORROWING CHINESE MONEY to give tax cuts to the rich, the BORROW & SPEND Republicans would retire that tired,old, inaccurate tax & spend label that they try to hang on Democrats.

    September 7, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. zb

    Republican/TParty: 8 more years of George W. Bush only worse.

    September 7, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. Fair is Fair

    "Clinton raised taxes as one of the first things he did in office and went on to create more jobs than Reagan, Bush1 and Dubya combined and a major surplus? "
    Just curious, Sniffit... how much of the Clinton economic success would you attribute to the dot com bubble?

    September 7, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. J

    It's obvious what President Obama has been doing while on his vacation, so what have the Republican's come up with during their recess?

    September 7, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  19. Sandy

    Wow. Say it enough and it becomes true?

    PLEASE EVERYONE, LET'S VOTE AND GET THESE CLOWNS OUT OF OUR GOVERNMENT! Give Obama a Congress that will work with him!

    September 7, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. al in memphis

    Where can I buy some advertising stock, it appears they are the only one who will win in the mess. With all the super-pac with no accountability out there, it almost a sure thing that election are going to be bought. Best bet is to turn off the political commericals and go view the canidates platform on the web, voting record, connections to lobbyist groups, etc.

    Each campaign commerical should have a "dirt and unsubstanitate accusation" labeling to it subject to penalty of liable suits.
    Voters want to hear your ideas and the truth.

    September 7, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  21. Jilli

    This criticism might hold some sway if the republicans came up with an original thought at least once over the last 30 years. We're living the results of the same old policies, the same failed ideas and what's THEIR solution? More of the same.

    Nothing jump starts the economy like more tax cuts and deregulation, right? Oh wait...that doesn't work either. See 2000 – present.

    Thanks for the comedic relief RNC!

    September 7, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  22. Mr. Moderate

    Of course you could run the EXACT same ad about the Reps. Same failed policies of tax cuts and trickle down economics that produced a whopping one million jobs during the entire Bush administration. And why aren't they celebrating the fact that the reason job growth was zero in August was because of the drop in Government jobs. I thought they wanted to shrink government.

    September 7, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  23. peter

    You Obama lovers have very hard time,to make looks Obama better. Let's face it, he make economy worse,create debt up to the moon, divide country,80% think couhtry go in wrong direction,
    ,fail in his promise,none change,none hope,mil, people with no job , his bla-bla-bla not work anymore, he fail badly. He is the worse president ever.

    September 7, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    It is the height of insult to the Office of the POTUS to declare that you are going to *boycott* a joint session of Congress, which was requested by the President. I think that is a failure to represent all of the people in your respective districts and states. You were elected to represent all of the people, not just your voting constituency. I think anyone who boycots the session should be thrown out of Congress, or at least disciplined.

    September 7, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Voters want to hear your ideas and the truth."

    Starting with anyone from the RNC explaining just how many more trillions of dollars worth of collective net profit will the GOPer controlled purse strings be willing to give to Corporate America before Corporate America finally resumes hiring in America again? Truth to tell, if Corporate America continues to sit on it's wealth, the only alternative left IS for the government to pick up the slack. Or continue in this new Republican ideology of sitting back and doing nothing, thus consigning millions of Americans to either starve, freeze, or simply die off while the rich continue to out do each other in power and greed. Not at all the America I want to wave my flag in pride over.

    September 7, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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