First on CNN: RNC to zero in on Obama over debt
November 17th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
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First on CNN: RNC to zero in on Obama over debt

(CNN) - With the national debt now past the $15 trillion mark, the Republican National Committee is rolling out a new campaign blasting President Barack Obama for his handling of the situation.

The group unveiled a 23-page briefing book Thursday detailing what it describes as ways the president "has been AWOL on another chance to show leadership on the debt issue," according to Sean Spicer, communications director for the RNC.

Honing in on the $4.4 trillion in debt added since Obama took office, Republicans will focus their message on spending and the debt until next year's election, Spicer added.

Those efforts include promoting a #15Trillion hashtag on Twitter and the release of a new web video Thursday aimed at highlighting Obama's promise to tackle the debt "and his failed leadership." The RNC will also host a conference call with Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota at 11:30 a.m.

On Wednesday, RNC Chair Reince Priebus sent out a memo outlining the Republicans' strategy to blame Democrats over the nation's deficit problems.

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

The rollout comes one week before the so-called congressional super committee's deadline to come up with at least $1.2 trillion in cuts over the next decade to avoid across-the-board federal cuts that would begin in 2013.

If the committee fails to reach an agreement, a new CNN/ORC International Poll released Wednesday indicated that 42% of Americans would fault the Republicans in Congress, with 32% blaming the Democrats, and another one in five volunteering that they would hold both parties equally responsible.

The bipartisan deficit-reduction committee was a result of a deal reached between Obama and Congress in August when the government faced a deadline to raise the debt ceiling or go into default.

In August, Obama called on the committee to take a balanced approach of spending cuts and higher taxes for the "wealthiest of Americans."

"Since you can’t close the deficit with just spending cuts, we’ll need a balanced approach where everything is on the table," Obama said. "Yes, that means making some adjustments to protect health care programs like Medicare so they’re there for future generations. It also means reforming our tax code so that the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations pay their fair share."

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Filed under: Debt • Deficit • President Obama • RNC
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    We are going to pay this bush debt down by making sure our seniors, the poor and vanishing middle class lose even more of their buying power and just plain day to day living expenses.
    Way to go US!

    November 17, 2011 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  2. KatR

    It amazes me that Republicans keep spouting that Obama has failed as a leader when the Constitution says nothing about the office of President leading Congress. Seems to me that Obama is fully aware that American government is in the hands of we the people. As such, he's bypassing a dysfunctional Congress and going straight to the people. Of course, the GOP labels his actions as politicking. How stupid does the GOP think the American people are?

    November 17, 2011 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  3. So you want to be president?

    How do you switch the reason for our deb, 101. seems the GoP forgets who started and drove up the debt in the Reagan, Bush sr, and bush Jr years while crying we a fiscally conservitive. My horses year if these Bozo's are fiscally conservitie in any way. Only thing the GoP wants is to control your bodys, minds, and bedrooms, IMHO.

    November 17, 2011 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  4. diridi

    Do not scare these figures..means nothing..just Tax and pass some more Reforms...this nation needs them, direly...o.k, GOP drama is to scare tactics...o.k, I am not worried, i am worried for JOBS. Decrease GAS prices, and Milk....

    November 17, 2011 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  5. LegendRx

    The Repubs are at it again. The old slight of hand trick. I, for one, is highly insulted that they would try and use that trick on the american people again . . . "fool me once shame on you, fool me trice shame on Me"

    November 17, 2011 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  6. Don

    The GOP solution = Take from the poor and middle class give to the rich

    November 17, 2011 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem is that the GOP was in charge of Congress and the White House during George W(oman) Bush's first term. Why didn't they do anything then? Where was their leadership then when they could have cut spending and understood that the tax cuts proposed didn't do much for the deficits. They are doing this, for what appears to be , political gain and nothing more. I don't thing that they can really point the finger solely at Obama.

    November 17, 2011 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  8. Dave

    Great... Maybe if the GOP actually did something other than say "no" all the time, we might be making some progress. Then again, the GOP got us into this mess in the first place.

    November 17, 2011 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  9. Little Jimmy Truth

    RNC spoke the truth.

    November 17, 2011 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  10. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    The arsonists are now actually bragging about the size of the fire they started!

    November 17, 2011 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  11. Ed 1

    As always Obama can spend our tax dollars he can't stop spending that's one of the big reasons we can't move forward it's not the Tea Party or Repubs it's the free spending Dems who started out giving Obama a blank with is failed Health Care and so on.

    When the Dems had control of both houses they were out of control with spending our tax dollars and when they lost control they no blame the party who is trying to stop the bleeding with no help from Obama or his Dems.

    November 17, 2011 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  12. Steve

    Deficits don't matter.

    November 17, 2011 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  13. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    LOL! The GOBP deathcult is trying to link President Obama with a number that is far more connected to the extreme rightwing corporatists/fascists than it is to the Dems. Do the research, people, and ignore the lies of the desperate righties. Bush's off-the-books wars, his corporate welfare Medicaid giveaway to the drug companies and the tax cuts for the filthy rich are the primary reasons for the debt. So keep talking up your own political failures ya Greedy Old Pigs. Americans know the truth; and that truth is poison to you.

    November 17, 2011 08:00 am at 8:00 am |