RNC, Team Romney roll out debt attack on Obama
May 14th, 2012
12:19 PM ET
3 years ago

RNC, Team Romney roll out debt attack on Obama

(CNN) – National Republicans, paired with Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, will focus their attention this week on President Barack Obama's handing of the national debt, the groups announced Monday.

The effort will include a "major policy speech" from Romney, according to Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, who was part of a conference call announcing the effort Monday morning.

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"Governor Romney will be in Des Moines tomorrow afternoon at Drake University to give a major policy speech and it'll be based on the out-of-control spending and debt," King said on the call. "The time and the facility has not yet been identified, at least to me. But it'll be tomorrow afternoon at Drake University."

In a web video released Monday, the Republican National Committee laid out Obama's record on the debt, portraying the president as weak on cutting deficits.

The spot uses clips of Obama pledging to cut the national debt alongside a running debt clock, ticking toward the $15 trillion mark. Headlines from newspapers laid over Obama's sound bites also make the Republicans' point that Obama hasn't done enough to cut the debt.

In a statement, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus slammed Obama for not sticking to his campaign promises of slashing the federal debt.

"President Obama has broken his promise over and over when it comes to reining in Washington's out of control spending," Priebus said. "During the campaign, he lambasted the growing debt and, once elected, he pledged to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term. Yet, President Obama's record has been to double-down on Washington's out of control spending by running trillion dollar deficits every year he's been in office."

In a separate email, Romney's campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said Obama's record on cutting the debt amounted to failed promises.

"For the last three-and-a-half years, President Obama's liberal policies of wasteful spending and skyrocketing debt haven't lived up to his own promises to control our nation's mounting deficits," Saul wrote, adding that Romney would reduce the federal debt by making the government "simpler, smaller, and smarter."

Obama's campaign responded to the debt attacks by slamming Romney.

"Mitt Romney knows a lot about out-of-control spending and debt – it was his record in Massachusetts," Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith wrote in a statement. "During his four years as governor, state spending increased by 6.5% per year, government jobs grew six times as fast as private sector jobs, taxes and fees went up by $750 million each year, and debt increased by 16%. In fact, he left Massachusetts with the largest per-capita debt of any state in the country."

The Democratic National Committee also responded to the Republicans' effort, citing Obama's achievements in slashing debt.

"President Obama has been focused on leading us out of the economic crisis and strengthening the middle class while putting forth a plan to cut the deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade," DNC Spokesman Melanie Roussell wrote. "He has initiated an overhaul of the regulatory system that cuts red tape and will save businesses $10 billion over the next five years, cut taxes for every working American, and approved fewer new regulations than President George W. Bush did during his first three years in office."

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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. once upon a horse

    are they going to tell the truth or use the Karl Rove fear and mis-information platform that has worked so well for them all these years? Politi-Fact get your checkers ready.

    May 14, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    didn't former VP Dick Cheney once say that "deficits don't matter"? How soon we forget. LOL

    May 14, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. cali girl

    Spoken by the guy who wanted Detroit to go down, Bain capital = $ for himself. This guy also wants to add a war or two with Syria and Iran.

    May 14, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. gg

    republican open house, top floor corporate ceo,bankers,wall street–steak ,roast beef and american deserts,–basement -middle class –slime burgers with the best mustard and relish shipped in spacial from china–there will be a 99 cent charge foe styrofoam container.

    May 14, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Dallas Easler

    Chances are they will omit the debt from the unffunded wars of the Bush admin, or the unfunded prescription drug program, or the tax cuts that just didn't get those increased revenues as promised. But then again who said the GOP had the character to accept their part in the economic chaos following Bush. It seems they have a problem with the truth to me.

    May 14, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. California Gary

    Is truth ever an option in Republican politics these days?

    May 14, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. nolimits3333

    Gays can die in combat.....but they aren't allowed to marry.

    Doesn't seem right, does it?

    May 14, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. Eddie The Barber

    Gee – the president was willing to cut a substantial sum from the projected rise in the national debt as part of the need to raise the debt ceiling last year (or government would have shut down) but as I remember it, the majority in the Republican controlled House of Representatives would not go along. If Romney is elected with a Republican majority in the House and Senate, he's going to find that while cutting budgets and programs sounds like a good idea when you're not in power – (1) your own party can be an obsticle, and (2) if large cuts ever do take effect, the electorate is going to be mad as a hive of hornets when the find out exactly what's taken from them. Democrates would be swept into office and Repbulicans out – in 2016.

    May 14, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    George W. Bush was the biggest spending President since LBJ. Now the RNC wants to place the blame of the national debt on President Obama. Oh how soon they forget.

    May 14, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. Chandra

    I Bishop Romney am allowed a Billionn in Earmarks for my boys at Bain & the 02 games. My Buddy & fellow Bishop Hatch is gonna get all up in there with me & create Millions of jobs for our buddies in China. Wait till I gat ahold of this Nations Treasury, I will make Bush & The Prez look like Amatuers when I cut taxes for the rich with a Ginsu. & Womans health rights, goodbye. I thinkin of even startin an arms race with our biggest Foe Russia. Yea Thats the ticket!!

    May 14, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. John Herzog

    Pretty simple which party has done the better job...Bush inherited a surplus and still found a way to add 5 trillion to debt....Obama inherited new spending that caused the deficit including Medicare Part D, the BUsh tax cuts, and the 2 wars.....Congress would not follow Obama's suggestion to cut deficit by 3-4 trillion with a combination of spending cuts and new revenues from taxes on Rich......The House GOP refused to cut the deficit by 1.2 trillion if it meant adding ANY new revenue.......Bottom line, the deficit increase is GOP created, GOP sustained, and the only way to reduce the deficit is to get the GOP out of congress and keep them out of the WhiteHouse................

    May 14, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. s

    romoney give any details on what is going to do differently. So why listen to him, he will only change his mind on the next group he panders too.

    May 14, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. You heard it worst on CNN

    And we are supposed to belive Mittens can fix it? Laughable!!! Mitt probably is going to take Obama's plan and reword a few things as he and Obama are almost identical when it comes to policy.

    May 14, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. getoverit

    Who needs fact checkers? We're broke, end of story....

    May 14, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    Debt is from 2 wars trickle down.. Obama12. Period.

    May 14, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. PJ/TX

    Great. I hope this "major policy speech" on out-of-control spending and debt is specific. Let's see if the has
    the backbone to tell the truth about what he would cut, how he would increase revenue. Since he signed
    the Norquist pledge, revenue will be difficult to explain. It will be interesting.

    May 14, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. Larry L

    I'd like to see the Republicans actually man-up to the horrible economy they left behind for President Obama to fix – while they sat on the sidelines an obstructed all efforts to help!

    May 14, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    And make sure you show where we're heading with Obama's debt. Show pictures of the riots in the streets of Greece and France when the insnae spending and borrowing eventually comes to an end. The leftists can only succeed if they totally crash and crush the country with massive debt and spending. Obama has put the pdeal to the metal and pointed the country to the financial abyss. All it will take is another 4 years of Obama and his leftist Democrat Party and the country is toast.

    May 14, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Donkey Party

    John Herzog –

    Spoken so clearly and accurately, maybe even right-wingers can understand the facts (but I won't be holding my breath).

    May 14, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. Four and The Door

    This is an issue Obama will lose on. Jobs and the failed economic stimulus are issues that make American life difficult now. Exploding national debt to $16 trillion and not addressing this with any budget forward is the kind of poor management that will hurt Americans for decades. We can do better for the next generations of Americans.

    Romney 2012

    May 14, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    @ getoverit....

    if you think the US is BROKE then I guess the right wing pundits have been successful in winning you over. Ask Citizens United how broke this country is.

    May 14, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. Dean

    Obama's handling of the national debt is criminal.

    May 14, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. Governor 47th in Job Growth

    Dick Cheney: "Deficits don't matter".
    Bush admin took that to heart and turned a surplus into a deficit all while not including the price of two wars on the books.

    Willard's plan? Rack up Pentagon spending while cutting taxes.
    GOP credibility regarding our nation's debt = zero.

    May 14, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. rs

    Who cut taxes for America's wealthiest and WILL NOT recind them? Who started two wars not in the DoD's budget? Who started their Presidency with a surpluss, and ended in debt? Now for extra points, among those running for the White House in 2012, whose economic policy is exacly the same as the man who caused the surgung debt, and the recession of 2008?

    May 14, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. tryanothername

    attack on:
    First President to accumulate 5 trillion dollars of wasted spending in three and a half years.
    First President to spend a trillion dollars on ‘shovel-ready’ jobs when there was no such thing as ‘shovel-ready’ jobs.
    First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.
    First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.

    May 14, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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