(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.