2012 contenders point to President Obama for 'super' fail
November 21st, 2011
04:05 PM ET
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2012 contenders point to President Obama for 'super' fail

(CNN) – As federal government braces for the impact of a super committee failure, GOP contenders for the 2012 presidential nomination lashed out at the president for setting the wheels in motion.

A Web video released by Newt Gingrich's campaign Monday replayed the former House Speaker's prediction this summer that the committee responsible for finding $1.2 trillion in budget savings was doomed.

Programming note: GOP presidential candidates face off at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, November 22, in the CNN Republican National Security Debate in Washington, D.C.

"I think this super committee is about as dumb an idea as Washington has come up with in my lifetime," Gingrich said during a debate of Republican candidates in August.

"I used to run the House of Representatives, I have some general notion of these things," he continued.

"The idea that…12 of these brilliant people, mostly picked for political reasons are gonna sit in some room and brilliantly come up with a trillion dollars or force us to choose between gutting our military and accepting a tax increase is irrational," Gingrich argued.

Recommending that Congress "scrap the committee" and assign the task of finding savings to "every subcommittee," Gingrich said the task of cutting the deficit should be done "out in the open through regular legislative order and get rid of this secret, phony business" at the debate.

Three months later, the Web spot boasts, "Newt was right."

Members of the super committee are expected to announce Monday that the bipartisan group was unable to broker a deal in time to meet the deadline, set for Wednesday. In the event that the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction does not reach a deal to cut spending by $1.2 trillion over the next ten years by Wednesday, spending cuts targeted for defense and other government agencies are triggered as a result of the agreement made between the president and House Speaker John Boehner during the summer. Congress will also vote on a Balanced Budget Amendment if the super committee fails, according to the deal between the president and Speaker Boehner.

Sunday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney put the blame on Obama during a campaign stop in New Hampshire.

"They're predicting that the super committee that was designed to try and find a way to cut spending and balance our budget, to find over a trillion dollars of spending over the next 10 years, that that committee looks like its headed for failure," he said, claiming that "some of the Democrats" said the president did nothing to help the committee along.

"He (President Obama) hasn't had any role, he's done nothing. It's another example of failed leadership," Romney charged.

"He has not taken personal responsibility to get this super committee to find ways to balance our budget and cut spending."

Texas Gov. Rick Perry also faulted Obama for the committee’s expected failure.

"The whole reason a supercommittee was created was because the president wasn't willing to lead, wasn't willing to even put on paper his plans for cutting spending," Perry said in a statement Monday. "It's amazing to what lengths he will go to avoid making tough decisions."

Perry called on the president and Congress to work through the holidays until they reach a deal that would spare any cuts to the military.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul weighed in, as well, on the super committee's goal, calling the $1.2 trillion a "laughable" amount.

"In fact the Committee merely needs to cut about $120 billion annually from the federal budget over the next 10 years to meet its modest goals, but even this paltry amount has produced hand-wringing and hysteria on Capitol Hill," Paul said in a statement. "This is only cutting proposed increases. It has nothing to do with actually cutting anything. This shows how unserious politicians are about our very serious debt problems."

Instead, Paul argued that Congress should adopt the 2004 budget of $2.3 trillion next year.

"That's all it would take to produce a balanced budget right now," Paul said.

Filed under: 2012 • Deficit commission • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • President Obama
soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. jacq

    Not this time this has Republican failure all over it!!!!

    November 21, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Newt's right. Obama voted "present" again. What a failure of a president.

    November 21, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. Andrew

    He (President Obama) hasn't had any role, he's done nothing. It's another example of failed leadership," Romney charged.

    1. This is congress' job, not Obama's.
    2. Obama tried to work directly with Boehner when this all started and the Tea Party wanted none of it.
    3. Obama is out pushing a jobs bill, whether a good plan or not, which the GOP does nothing except project their failures onto the president.

    November 21, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. GL

    Sunday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney put the blame on Obama during a campaign stop in New Hampshire.

    Hey CNN when Mitt stop blaming Obama for everything then that will be news.

    November 21, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  5. NH Grandma

    Sorry, I think most of us have heard this broken record before....blaming Obama as a solution isn't working, GOP. Your sitting around on your butts doing nothing for Americans is what failing us. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. If you want to blame anyone, just point your money-grubbing fingers at yourselves. I'm confident and relieved that you will be voted out in 2012. We tax payers should take all Congressional benefits away until they come up with viable solutions, no more insurance coverage on my dime! The party of "NO" is going down.

    November 21, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Genevieve Jones

    I think "super fail" is a dumb moniker.

    November 21, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    from the article:
    As federal government braces for the impact of a super committee failure, GOP contenders for the 2012 presidential nomination lashed out at the president for setting the wheels in motion.
    Nothing could be further from the truth. I will let you be the judge of whether or not Republicans are lying to the American people or not. Remember, the Republican controlled House *wrote and passed* the legislation calling for its' creation. It was written by the politicans who are committed to a "no new taxes" pledge.

    Consider why we have a supercommittee in the first place. It grew out of the debt ceiling debacle over the summer. Republicans had been advocating that the "only way" to reduce our deficit is to reduce our spending through draconian spending cuts to a narrow portion of the overall budget. Democrats had been advocating that the "best way" to reduce the budget is through a measured approach that makes cuts across the board combined with increased taxes.

    The supercommittee was the brainchild of the Republicans to create a win-win situation, or what seemed to be a win-win at the time. The purpose of the supercommittee was to make deep spending cuts, and if it fails then automatic cuts kick in. No matter what the supercommittee does, the spending cuts sought by Republicans kick in. The only question is how much of the deficit and debt reduction will come from tax increases sought by Democrats.

    November 21, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. Len

    Hey, they are right.....not.......We, the American voters are to blame, voted in 2010 for individuals who do not care about the middle class or the poor. Our country is being controlled by 279 rebuplicans who took a pledge to never raise taxes on millioniares and billionaires.......We are a very unintelligent country.....We only listen to sound bites (that are mostly not true) and voted for hypocrites. You get what you vote for.......Wake up in 2012 and do your homework or the middle class will be gone......

    November 21, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |

    When Obama and the Dems had power they should have passed everything they wanted, he wasted too much time reaching across the isle and on the Clinton legacy of national healthcare. Now, the Teapublicans/ Grover Norquist Obustructionist all need to be fired.

    November 21, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  10. Bo Houff

    The president should gotten involved in the process early. He did not. We need a leader and the president is not exhibiting leadership.

    November 21, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. Cody

    Yes, how dare Obama try to get something done in Congress. If elected Newt guarantees, he would set no deadlines and not force decision! Elect Newt Gingrich, for 8 years of nothing changing, especially our spending policy!

    November 21, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. gt

    here we have the most important deal in decades and where is obama..... in the far east .. unbelievable....what type of leadership is that ?.... yes you can... but i wont be there...looser...

    November 21, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What else is new? If something fails they trip all over themselves to blame the President. If something goes well they trip all over themselves to NOT praise the President.
    Who cares who the 2012 GOP Circus of Clowns blame or praise.You have to consider the sourcem and in this case "the source" is not qualified to comment one way or another.
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    November 21, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. Nsikan

    Looks like a pretty smart move by the president to me. This was to expose the do nothing congress and set the tone for the next election "if you want anything done in Washington, enable us – super majority in senate and house". It's equally an arguement the right will make "change the white house and senate if you need a change in direction of this country". It becomes very easy for the electorate to choose – smart polictics.

    November 21, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. A True Centrist

    Look at who the Democratic party selected to be part of the committee...when you have both parties coming to the table and trying to strike a deal, you need MODERATES. How could the Dems send the likes of Murray, Kerry and Clyburn and expect a deal to get done?

    When cnn wrote a story about the supercommittee back in August, they described three Republican members as moderate. Not one of the Democratic members were described as moderate. This committee was a sham from the start, and it is clear to me the Dems didn't want a deal to be done. Again, the American people lose. It's too bad too...Toomey presented a solution that included tax hikes which was the supposed sticking point and the Dems still wouldn't move forward with it.

    November 21, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. AZ Dem

    The idea SHOULD have worked BUT the gridlock in Washington makes it very hard for either side to upset their base. Had the committee been made up of newly re-elected Senators and Representatives who were retiring or in safely drawn districts maybe they would have had the will to come up with SOMETHING. President Obama had to know these talks weren't shaping up and he made sure to stay as far away as possible because at the end of the day it seems he wants to show that Congress is the issue and not him...I'd have to agree that he is atleast partially right.

    November 21, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. steve

    So does congress need a parent to function? They are 1 of the 3 branchs of government and they're job is to legislate. So they need to do THEIR damn job!

    November 21, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    Yeah, Mittens. We know. No respect - from you - or for you. So, it's come to the "I'm willing to spend 24/7 blah, blah, blah-ing Obama ... will you NOW take me seriously as your nominee - pretty, pretty, please - with sugar on it"? How awful, really awful, to watch this man having to grovel and beg for votes. Well, not that awful, actually. It suits him - the groveling part, anyway.

    November 21, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. chuck weidemann

    Decisions are a privilege,only able to be made by ones lucky enough to have choices. Congress has those choices, not the President. It would help if Romney had an idea as to how the government is suppose to function! That's the problem people have elected people who don't belive in government...this is what we get!! Wonder what happens if we get a President who doesn't belive in government???

    November 21, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. curious

    You would think that identifying budget cuts would be simple. Just do away with President Obama's wild and crazy spending. Right?

    November 21, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  21. PA_outofwork

    The majority of American sees president Obama, the Obama administration as a complete FAILURE. Today another first; another failure is added to the list:

    FAILURE: today 11-21-2011, Americas debt has exceeded the country’s GDP.

    November 21, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  22. Keith in Austin

    Whatever happened to Obama's promise of TRANSPARENCY? ALl the American people are hearing from the Super Committee is; he-said she-said" mostly from the liberal media resulting in reports that the committee failed due to the GOP's position on tax increases. The FACTs are that Republicans offered major overhauls in the IRS tax code eliminating write-offs and loop holes enjoyed by the so-called 1 percent that would have driven Billions in additional revenue! Democrats refused to negotiate a single penny of reckless entitlement spending in return! As our Economy continues to plummet due to the certain evils of DEBT all one has to do is open ones eyes and take a look at what BIG GOVERNMENT Socialism is doing throughout the world! Greece, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal etc. are vivid examples of what Obama's misguided dream of European-style Socialism has become. Raising Taxes on those already paying 33 percent of the load is like throwing gas on a fire hoping to extinguish it! America MUST drastically CUT SPENDING and reduce the size of our bloated out-of-control Government by ensuring fiscal conservatives replace the Liberal zealots destroying our Nation in return for votes and continued power!

    November 21, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. Guy Salander

    How can I support A republican in congress, they are all for the rich which have must an impact on there wallets. Seems to be the best way is only there way. I am for the democrats which show me the real way of life by caring for all of us and not just for themselves. I have to say as A true american it discusses me the most when I here how much criticism is directed towards our elected President. This shames me most of all but it seems to be the republican way of life, and greed seems to be A benefit for them. Rich get richer poorer get poorer.

    November 21, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. Debra from Georgia

    Yeah, blame the President. Acourse, he the blame for the last ten years.

    November 21, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. ruth

    what else does the GOP candidates have to blame Obama. Obama inherited the mess from Bush he has bent backwards to work with these fools GOP republicans but they dont want to help him because that is their strategy let the economy of the country go to the dogs and then blame obama for it. They dont care about the suffering people they just want power. Only GOD can help America in 2012.

    November 21, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
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