GOP deficit debate strategy: Blame Democrats
November 16th, 2011
10:05 AM ET
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GOP deficit debate strategy: Blame Democrats

(CNN) - The Republican advice from on high on how to win the debt debate is blame President Barack Obama for the current predicament and emphasize Republicans' efforts to put the country on a road to fiscal responsibility.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus sent a memo to state party chairs and will deliver a speech at the University of Chicago Wednesday to drive home the message while the deadline for a Congressional super committee to reach a deal over deficit reduction looms.

Priebus asks state party leaders to remind voters that the "massive debt we face is a direct result of President Obama's failures to govern like he campaigned."

"Let them know that Republicans have taken the task of deficit reduction seriously," Priebus writes in the memo, according to the RNC.

Priebus paints Republicans on Capitol Hill as problem solvers, who passed plans for a balanced budget and are willing to make tough choices to ensure deficit reduction, while Democrats and the president are determined to push significant tax increases and more stimulus money.

The 12-person bipartisan super committee has until next week to find at least $1.2 trillion in savings over the next decade to avoid automatic across-the-board spending cuts starting in 2013.

"This massive debt is a result of one thing: the president's broken promise to cut the deficit," Priebus will tell an audience at the University of Chicago, according to the RNC. "Instead of slowing its growth, he accelerated it."

"… In 2012, voters in your state must also know that Republicans will offer a solution," Priebus writes in the memo.

But Brad Woodhouse, communications director for the Democratic National Committee, said the memo "doesn't even pass the laugh test" and that his party is working toward a balanced solution that "requires everyone to pay their fair share instead of piling more burdens on middle class families, small businesses and seniors like Republicans want to do."

"Middle Class Americans know well who Republicans are fighting for on Capitol Hill - and certainly it is not them," Woodhouse said.

A CNN/ORC International poll released Wednesday showed Americans are skeptical the committee will reach an agreement. According to the survey, 42% of those questioned would blame Republicans for failure while 32% would blame Democrats. Independent voters would also fault Republicans at a greater rate than Democrats, 40% to 24% respectively, with a quarter saying they would blame both parties.


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soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. one voice

    Blame Democrats? that's a bunch of crap. You right-wing Corporate shills want us to fail ala Grover Norquist. You have awaken the sleeping giant. Obama/Biden 2012

    November 16, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. Orchid333

    Oh boy, I can't wait for 2012 elections - we'll see a landslide for the Dems. All this right-wing garbage does is get us independents fired up. Playing the blame-game does nothing to help! You're elected to work together, not stand by your rich buddies and purposely hold the economy in the toilet because you refuse to work with the other side! Morons.

    November 16, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. John

    "The massive debt we Republicans ran up with our tax cuts, unfunded wars, is the Presidents fault because he failed to fix the mess we created" “Though we have claimed in the past 10 elections to cut spending and shrink the government and always did the opposite when elected. Though we always outspend, expand government, this time we really mean it"

    How many times can you fools fall for the same nonsense over and over again. There is nothing financially conservative about the republican party and there never has been. Outlawing birth control, unions and killing medicare is not going to cut spending.

    November 16, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. one voice

    I would point the finger at the very party that is protecting the Mega rich. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

    November 16, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. Jilli

    Well, I suppose this argument works if you completely disregard the last 10 years – and pretend that the Bush administration never happened. You have to totally disregard the two unfunded wars, the trillions spent on the medicare part b plan, and the unfunded bush tax cuts – all taking place during the bush admin, the most fiscally reckless administration in history.

    I still believe that the majority of Americans are rooted in reality, therefore making Mr. Priebus' position totally laughable.

    November 16, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. Laverne

    Yeah that might work if you think Americans have amnesia! Listen, the repubs are so full of hot air and are some of the most lying group of people I have ever met. Mark my words, it will back fire on them like their tricks and schemes always do, they will end up embarrassed at the end of the day.

    November 16, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. Ed DFWTX

    I am amazed at how quick the Republicans are to blame the democrats with the mess the country is in now which is a direct result of their own party's mishandling of the country and its finances. Republican policy got the country so far in debt in the first place. Bush and the republicans who imposed all of the tax cuts on the rich and pushed for the war in Iraq which has cost over a trillion dollars. It was Bush and the republicans who deregulated the banks to the point where we had the lending melt down that led to the worst recession since the Great Depression.

    November 16, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. Andrew

    And the GOP hypocrisy continues.

    November 16, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. Beantown Bully

    Ummmm does anyone believe these Republicans??? This financial situation is a direct result of trickle down economics, 2 unfunded wars, Medicare part d, as well as 2 tax cuts to accompany all the other fiscal non-sense that republicans tout as responsible. They are disingenuous on their face. Mean spirited, short sighted mo- fo's operating under the "starve the beast" philosphy, and still think people buy that these Pubs are there to help them.

    I hate Republicans.

    November 16, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    "… In 2012, voters in your state must also know that Republicans will offer a solution," Priebus writes in the memo."

    Ah, yes. The politically challenged GOPer Priebus is offering yet another reason NOT to vote Republican. No doubt he has himself forgotten that the Republicans offered "a solution" in 2010 as well ... Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! ... which was conveniently hijacked for "Abortion! Abortion! Abortion! and other such nonsense having nothing to do with improving the economy. Unless job growth TRULY IS synonymous to the well being of my uterus and my other "womanly" functions?

    "Middle Class Americans know well who Republicans are fighting for on Capitol Hill – and certainly it is not them," Woodhouse said."

    Amen.

    November 16, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. John in Brooklyn

    The GOP "soak the middle class" strategy will not work. Where were the fiscal conservatives when the Bush Administration was pushing for unlimited spending to fund wars that had no clear objectives and no exit strategies? Yet, Republican-controlled Congresses year after year spent literally trillions while ALSO providing back door tax cuts to the mega-wealthy and corporate giants.

    November 16, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  12. Hap

    This is a joke – I guess she wrote this in conjunction with the White House Press office. The GOP has an easy job because Democrats refuse to stop spending or vote in defiicit reduciton even produced by Obama's own committee. The deficit is up 4 BILLION sice the spender and chief took office and it is moving to 5Billion quickly as we are about to pass $15B total soon.

    November 16, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. Tired of the nonsense

    The Republicans put this country into the poor house, and they want to blame everyone but themselves.

    Typical.

    November 16, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. Chris~Albany, NY

    WOW...that's a shocker. This should also be discussed in the article: the sky is blue, grass is green and water is wet.

    November 16, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. Minnie's Pearls

    Ah, more historical inaccuracies from the party that doesn't care.

    November 16, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. SecedingfromTexas

    Great, now let's see how "serious" the Republicans are. One of their own, Senator Toomey, found a 'loophole'
    in the Norquist pledge, which apparently, would allow them to raise taxes on the wealthy up to 39.6% without upsetting
    their "King". Toomey sits on the super committee. so they can no longer hide behind their outlandish and
    treasonous pledge, and should come to an agreement that will honor their Pledge to America.

    November 16, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Four and The Door

    "Middle Class Americans know well who Republicans are fighting for on Capitol Hill – and certainly it is not them," Woodhouse said.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________
    Republicans have a clear focus in the work they do on the economy: Grow it for everyone. Allow private industry to have an environment supported by the federal government that allows job creation.

    The only thing Obama has done for unemployment is to extend unemployment benefits. The primary impact of his $850 billion "jobs jobs jobs jobs" bill was to increase America's debt on it's way to $15 trillion. In that regard, by doing nothing we would be much farther along towards recovery than we are now. NO turns out to have been the right answer.

    November 16, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    "This massive debt is a result of one thing: the president's broken promise to cut the deficit," Priebus will tell an audience at the University of Chicago, according to the RNC. "Instead of slowing its growth, he accelerated it."
    -------------------–
    That is an outright lie. The massive debt is a direct result of George W. Bush economic policies and his tax cuts, which saw rising deficits every year of his administration culminating in the financial collapse in 2008. The annual deficit during Bush's last year, FY2009, was $1.5 trillion. Annual deficits have remained at the level ever since. Republicans have filibustered any attempt to restore the revenue streams that Bush eliminated to create our current annual deficit.

    November 16, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. KatR

    Blaming Democrats is further proof that Republicans are playing politics. The majority of Americans want a balanced approach to solving our debt/deficit issues. Instead the GOP is blaming the DEMS for listening to the majority of Americans.

    November 16, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. RINO Bil

    The GOP has gone to the well one too many times on this issue. We had a surplus when George Bush assumed office and by the time he left, he and the Republican-controlled Senate and House had managed to spend this country into a big financial hole. Of course the Dems made things worse, but the Republican Party seems to be far more guilty of financial mismanagement than the Dems.

    Maybe if the Republicans would concentrate on fiscal responsibility rather than their idiotic social agenda, they could make things a whole lot better.

    I am waiting ...

    November 16, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  21. Russ in Md

    @ John "Outlawing birth control, unions and killing medicare is not going to cut spending." Were do you come up with this stuff. I love reading it. It is really comical. Keep up the good work.

    November 16, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. Ray E. (Georgia)

    The more Liberal Element's of Government, over the last 75 years is what caused this massiave Federal Debt. Going down this liberal path began in the FDR Adminstration and has continued every since. The more Liberal Elements do not want to pay down the debt because they thikk only rich people will pay. A big mistake. Everyone will pay somewhere. The longer we wait the more expensive it will be.

    November 16, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. Bill

    Sorry Rinse, the American people are not buying what you are selling. Everyone knows it was reckless GOP policies that took us to the brink of economic collapse. As accurately noted above unfunded wars, tax cuts and unregulated Wall Street antics.

    November 16, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. Seattle Sue

    Is this really a new story? Republicans/Tea Party people have been blaming Democrats for everything for years>

    November 16, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. Former Republican, now an Independent

    The GOP lives in denial. They are well aware that their policies of re-distributing wealth from the middle class to their wealthy contributors is bad for the country, but they continue down this path. The irony is, they blame the democrats for the mess that the GOP created and half of the nation doesn't pay enough attention to realize they are being cheated.

    November 16, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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