Obama travels for policy and fundraising, Republicans attack
October 24th, 2011
10:46 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama travels for policy and fundraising, Republicans attack

(CNN) - It wouldn't be a presidential trip without criticism from Republicans, and President Barack Obama's visit to Nevada Monday is no exception.

The Republican National Committee and the Mitt Romney presidential campaign released web videos capitalizing on the national unemployment and high foreclosure rates in the Silver State.

The spot from the RNC accuses the president of focusing more attention on his reelection than the unemployed in America.

"For each new campaign office President Obama opens there are over 15,000 new foreclosures," the ad says. "For every million dollars Obama raises, 6,400,000,000 dollars are added to our national debt. Don't you wish we had a president who cared about your job?"

"It's abundantly clear by Air Force One's travel log where his priorities are," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.

Obama will attend a campaign event in Las Vegas Monday afternoon before meeting with homeowners at a private residence. He is scheduled to deliver remarks at two additional campaign events in Los Angeles and another in San Francisco Tuesday.

The president will also announce new efforts to aid homeowners with refinancing, two senior administration officials told CNN.

Team Romney sarcastically welcomed the president to Nevada, as they do ahead of all presidential travel. Nevada residents affected by the economic downturn are seen talking to the camera in the campaign's web video.

"The economy in the last three years since Barack Obama took office, especially Nevada, has nothing but a downtrend," one resident says.

"I just lost my job recently, so I'm officially retired," says another.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, issued some advice to the president in a statement: "Sit down with Republicans and work on legislation that will get America working again."

But Ben LaBolt, press secretary for Obama's reelection effort, responded to the new videos by contrasting Romney's economic plan with that of the president.

"It is no surprise that Romney failed to mention his plan for struggling homeowners, rather than allowing responsible homeowners to refinance like the president has," LaBolt said. "Romney would let the foreclosure process 'hit the bottom' so that investors can come in and make a quick buck."

The conservative independent organization Crossroads GPS also released a Spanish version of an English ad that aired earlier in the year, intended to "counter President Obama's visit to the Silver State to sell his latest stimulus package."

Crossroads said the 60-second spot will run on Spanish-language broadcast television stations in the Las Vegas market Monday and Tuesday. The ad buy was $25,000, according to the group.

"Nevada unemployment is sky high while housing has hit rock bottom, and the president's latest Band-Aid is too little, too late," Crossroads GPS communications director Jonathan Collegio said in a statement.

– CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Jessica Yellin contributed to this report.

Also see:

Cain 'flip-flops,' Bachmann says

Obama heads West to campaign, push jobs bill

Biden makes his 2012 pitch


Filed under: 2012 • Crossroads GPS • Mitt Romney • President Obama • RNC
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Debbie

    I'm hoping that Obama becomes Teddy Roosevelt and dumps his Woodrow Wilson persona.

    October 24, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. Nothing new here

    I am tired of hearing all this "criticism". What I want to hear are some cohesive plans to get this economy, and the country, back on track. Anybody can criticize – but now is not the time for all this.

    October 24, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. maf

    Blah, Blah, and Blah!!! The GOP have done NOTHING to assist the unemployed. Should the Party of NO step up and do their own JOBS, then maybe they can be critical of the President. Until then, they need to keep in mind that we are all watching. If they were in the private sector, as an obstructionist employee, they wouldn't last long in their current role. Hope they have their resumes polished up. They are going to need them come 2012!!

    October 24, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Bring in the bucks Mr. President on west coast swing.

    October 24, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. george of the jungle

    gosh thr repos are complaining. Who would have thought! Hope the pres raises lots of money. I send him my small amout as does lots of us little guys. Keep pushing for jobs . The party od No has no new ideas tired of listening to them bash the president. Vote Obama Biden in 2012.

    October 24, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The Republican National Committee and the Mitt Romney presidential campaign released web videos capitalizing on the national unemployment and high foreclosure rates in the Silver State."

    Been trying to capitalize on the national unemployment and high foreclosure rates in the nation as well. All the while doing nothing themselves to help improve the situation. Do nothing Congress. Do nothing candidates.

    Norm Coleman lost his election to Al Franken by running one negative campaign ad after another against Franken. Now that Norm is heading Mitt Romney's "western" campaign, a word of caution for Romney ... many of Coleman's "strategic" ads in support of various candidates in the west (Colorado) were stopped during the 2010 elections for being too negative and too misleading. Rove's GPS Crossroads follows that same mind-set. Eventually the voters will push back.

    October 24, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. PA_outof work

    The 2012 election is coming, Obama can't stop it, kiss him GOOD BYE.

    October 24, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Obama never STOPPED campaigning, EVER. He's never STARTED leading and offering new solutions, just the same old tired tax more, spend twice as much. He let Pelosi and Reid do all the heavy lifting on their socialist agenda. Obama just loves the celebrity and perks aspect of the presidency. He has ZERO leadership ability, ZERO viable ideas, and ZERO economic skills. Over the last 3 years, the Obama ZERO-ZERO-ZERO Plan has set this country back decades and on the precipice of financial ruin. Four more years of Obama, and you will see in this country what is happening in the streets of Greece today. A bankrupt socialist country with rioting entitlement junkies.

    October 24, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Robert

    Dear GOP party,

    I didn't hear these comments being spewed forth when GWB was in there... Let me guess, he was campaigning 'for the good of the nation' and therefore it was money well spent?? BALDERDASH!!!

    Sincerely,
    Another member of the Common Sense Society.

    October 24, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. westward

    Where are the jobs, Republicans?: Didn't you run on jobs creation as your sole platform in 2010 and you haven't done one thing in that area? Actually you haven't done a thing since Obama was elected. Yeah – we all noticed.

    October 24, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Nash

    Romney care for illegal immigrants will sink Romney. Let the games begin! GOP windbags are running out of steam as the election is about to get underway. Let's kiss all gas bags goodbye since none of them will beat this President even if unemployment was at 40%.

    October 24, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. Corporations R. People II

    Whine on GOP. Eventually those not in the 1% come around to figure out that the GOP does not like them.
    @ PA out of work, aren't you just thrilled with the GOP senators inaction on the jobs bill? They HAVE to protect those unfortunate few that have taxable income over $1M/year so that teachers, police and firefighters must share some sacrifice. LOL at you....

    October 24, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. SaintM

    PA_Outof work: Sorry that is the case for you–and so many others. Better to kiss the GOP House of reps and other GOPers goodbye and their atrocities leveled at this country, their disrespect for this President, and their indifference to the middle class and umemployed people like you who are suffering.

    I would think that you would understand where the polarizing is coming from, but it's clear you don't. Voting more GOP into positions of authority–esp. the presidency, will only make your situation worse–how sad for you.

    October 24, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. Chima Okoro

    Education is knowledge and knowledge is inteligent.President Obama, i respect your inteligent and the way you carry yourself and the country.May Almighty God protect and guide you where ever you go.God bless America forever .

    October 24, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. swatts

    The 2012 election is coming – that is true. However, I think ppl are a lot sicker of the GOP interference than we think. I and my two newly of age sons, are voting Obama..... Again. Maybe then the GOP will figure out that a lot of us aren't buying what they are trying to sell.

    October 24, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. SeattleMM

    Republicans attacking Obama? Gee, is anyone surprised? It seems they do absolutely nothing else.

    October 24, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. AZ Dem

    Its funny that now that President Obama is out making his case to the American people and campaigning for the plan he has presented to Congress the GOP is saying come back to DC and negotiate or work with us...umm whats the word I'm looking for NO! He has done that and been more than concillatory and paid the price for it. Now he is saying if you don't like my plan where is yours to match it and the GOP has none so in 2012 he will let the public decide whose vision to follow.

    October 24, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. d

    Not surprised that gop attck...it is all they do. they do nothing for our country ever.

    October 24, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. aj

    The real threat to economic and jobs growth in this country – Republicans.

    October 24, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. rs

    Republicans have become useless cartoon characters that used to play the role of if not "loyal opposition", at least vaguely functional politicians. Today, they are anti-American quasi-terrorists and should spend time in Gitmo for their endless attacks on our democracy.

    October 24, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. Paul

    Mitt 'Let it hit the bottom'

    According to Mitt the housing foreclosure should 'hit the bottom'. This is a heartless statement, which shows that Romney has no sympathy for peole who are becoming homeless as a result of foreclosure.

    Mitt somehow wishes he hadn't made such careless remarks. This he can't take back, so having a sympathetic president taking steps to prevent tprevent it from hitting the bottom, doesn't spell wellfor Romney.

    The best he can do now is criticize without being constructive. Eh eh eh..Mitt you lost again

    You will be the one who 'hits the bottom'

    October 24, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. Max

    Mitt 'Let it hit the bottom'

    According to Mitt the housing foreclosure should 'hit the bottom'. This is a heartless statement, which shows that Romney has no sympathy for peole who are becoming homeless as a result of foreclosure.

    Mitt somehow wishes he hadn't made such careless remarks. This he can't take back, so having a sympathetic president taking steps to prevent prevent it from hitting the bottom, doesn't spell well for Romney.

    The best he can do now is criticize without being constructive. Eh eh eh..Mitt you lost again

    You will be the one who 'hits the bottom'

    October 24, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. Chuk

    So what, let Republicans squeel all they want. The Pres has as much right to campaign and raise money as any other presidential candidate. If these presidential candidates can just make phone calls to their party's leaders in congress and ask them to stop obstructing every one of the President's policies, the country would be better off. This is all politics so I don't want to hear about any of their yakking.

    October 24, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. namryan

    Pa_outofwork,
    if your beloved Republicans win the election prepare to stay unemployed for a long time! They're not gonna hire you, unless you are a big fat lobbist or you are very rich...

    October 24, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  25. Max

    Mitt 'Let it hit the bottom'

    According to Mitt the housing foreclosure should 'hit the bottom'. This is a heartless statement, which shows that Romney has no sympathy for peole who are becoming homeless as a result of foreclosure.

    Mitt ,somehow, wishes he hadn't made such careless remarks. This he can't take back, so having a sympathetic president taking steps to prevent prevent it from hitting the bottom, doesn't spell well for Romney.

    The best he can do now is criticize without being constructive. Eh eh eh..Mitt you lost again

    You will eventually be the one who 'hit the bottom' A shifting Mitt has no chance of winning the GOP nomination.

    October 24, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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