RNC to push 'Hype and Blame'
May 3rd, 2012
08:57 AM ET
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RNC to push 'Hype and Blame'

Washington (CNN) - "Hope and Change."

It was the highly successful slogan from Barack Obama's 2008 campaign for the White House. While President Obama has replaced his 2008 slogan with "Forward" for his re-election bid, Republicans are using a variation of the old slogan to attack the president.

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GOP officials say that starting Thursday the Republican National Committee and the campaign of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will begin using the slogan "Hype and Blame" as part of their push to accuse Obama of breaking promises during his three and a half years in the White House.

"Obama has no record to run on so he's out on the trail resorting to the same tactics he campaigned against in 2008. He has a litany of broken promises so what does he do? Lay blame, make excuses, run on gimmicks and engage in divisive politics. Four years later we know the candidate of Hope and Change is now Hype and Blame," said RNC press secretary Kirsten Kukowski.

The new messaging comes just two days before the president's trip to the battleground states of Ohio and Virginia, when he will hold his first official re-election campaign rallies.

Kukowski said the push includes a conference call Thursday morning with the RNC and state parties in Ohio and Virginia, the selling of "Hype and Blame" bumper stickers, as well as "digital advertising and fundraising strategy, research pieces, full court press on TV and radio, op-eds, state party engagement."

The RNC's counterpart, the Democratic National Committee, was quick to respond.

"If you listen to Mitt Romney, the RNC or their surrogates on any given day, the slogan of their campaign should be 'Distort and Distract'. The attacks coming from the RNC and the Romney campaign completely ignore facts, all of which the American people are well aware – President Obama's actions helped save the America auto industry, created over 4 million jobs in the last two years, and strengthened the manufacturing industry," Melanie Roussell, DNC spokeswoman, said.

According to a CNN/ORC International poll conducted last month, Americans said that by a 50% to 29% margin Obama rather than Romney would be more likely to stand up for what they believe.


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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    What happened? Up until yesterday, Mittens was campaigning against Jimmy Carter. Maybe he found out that Jimmy created 11 million jobs in one term, and Bush/republicans created 1 million jobs in two terms. For Mittens, he claims 51,000 jobs created in MA under his leadership. Talk about a record of failure, Mittens is clueless.

    May 3, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. mcskadittle

    Republicans have no problem blaming him and yet get all upset when he rightly puts the blame on w

    May 3, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. enuff

    No record to run on? Obama has at least 3 years to use. Romney is the one with no record to run on... unless you can use "I've been running for office for 6 years. love me yet?"

    May 3, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. fayse

    The GOP has been on a mission for the past three years, Their real goal is to win the Presidency so that they can "stack" the Supreme Court with Justices sympathic to their agenda. Several of the Justices are nearing retirement. The GOP wants this so badly that they are willing to derail the recovery of the economy. If anyone listened to Newt's speech, he talked about the Supreme Court. He also said that they want to take the House, the Senate and the Presidency. What would happen to Democracy then?

    May 3, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. JDinTexas

    Here's a thought Willard: why don't you just come up with some ideas, some specific plans,you have for the economy, foreign policy, etc. and try and sell those?

    May 3, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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