RNC tries to keep Solyndra front and center
May 31st, 2012
09:06 AM ET
3 years ago

RNC tries to keep Solyndra front and center

(CNN) – In keeping with the Republican message of the week – that President Barack Obama is bad for job creators – the Republican National Committee released a video on Thursday using the failed energy company Solyndra to bolster their message.

The minute-long video is a collection of news reports surrounding the solar energy company that received a government loan guarantee of over $500 million and later filed for bankruptcy.
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"Obama's taxpayer-funded investments failed, and thousands of workers lost their jobs," the screen reads at the end of the video. "Obama has yet to take responsibility."

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said Solyndra exemplifies the president's record on job creation, and is further evidence of why presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, with his private sector experience, should win the White House in 2012.

"I guess we can't be surprised with the economic results we have received over the past three years. Barack Obama has never run a business. He's never met a payroll and hasn't created a single job. The only thing he's ever managed is his personal narrative," Priebus said in a statement. "America needs Mitt Romney in the White House because he's spent time in both the private and public sector and understands how to get Americans back to work."

Obama administration officials have defended the move as a disappointing result of baking innovative technology and vowed to continue investing in clean energy.

Stephanie Cutter, Obama's 2012 deputy campaign manager, said the loan program responsible for the Solyndra money was part of a larger, successful plan.

"It's one of many many different investments under this loan program," Cutter said Thursday in an interview for CNN's "The Situation Room." "This loan program is working, tens of thousands of jobs. As a result of these investments, hundreds of thousands of jobs have been created, and we've doubled our renewable energy portfolio."

The latest RNC video follows one from the Romney campaign released earlier in the week that accused Obama of giving away "billions of taxpayer dollars to companies that later failed, including companies that were run by Democrat donors," and a similar message trumpeted by Crossroads GPS, an independent conservative group.

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Cathy

    Lets not forget that 'Solar Trust of American' is another failed company that Obama gave $2.1 BILLION or $1.2 BILLION to 'Sunpower'. Hey, it's only the hard working taxpayers money Obama is handing over so why be concerned, right? I mean after all, it's not Obama's money so why would he care.

    May 31, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  2. Governor 47th in Job Growth

    Fact: the Solyndra loan guarantee was a multi-year process that the Bush Administration launched in 2007. Back when W was racking up some incredible debt.

    You'd never know it given the way the MSM trumpets yet another GOP distortion. If they did their jobs, this stunt the GOP is pulling would really, really be comical. Instead they just rely on the low information population to lap it up.

    May 31, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  3. Marie MD

    Still Solyndra? One failed company vs the many American workers who lost their jobs thanks to the bishop and bain? The flip flopper needs to be careful because he has so much garbage attached to him that he is going to need a bigger trash truck to carry it all in.
    As far as the priebus is concerned come back when you get a real name!

    May 31, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  4. MaryM

    Solyndra was doing just fine until the Chinese decided to make solar panels really cheap.

    May 31, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Romney ran several businesses but yet he failed as Governor of "one State" and in his business affairs he profited but workers lost their jobs, retirement and pensions and he will see this country for profit. Wakeup people, just like you've always taught your kids "Stranger Danger" because this man is a predator for profit at your expense.

    May 31, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  6. s

    Any what has the Repubs done to creat jobs, Gee seem to see NOTHING

    May 31, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  7. Dr. KnowItAll

    We speak of Solydra just as another massive $3 billion solar company proped up with taxpayer funds is going under. The big O is a big failure !

    May 31, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  8. demwit

    Solyndra cost 500 million tax dollars!?? I surrrrre could use some of that money back about now..

    May 31, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    Interesting comments coming from a professional political operative like Priebus, who has never created a job nor had a positive thought in his public life. Priebus has either never had to take one of the min-wage jobs Romney created, never had to decide which bills to pay and what he could afford to eat, or if he has, he's forgotten what that was like. I have not, and anyone who has been able to work their way out of bad times should never forget it. Romney created jobs that cannot sustain people and families in the long term, and has no experience in dealing with the consequences of his decisions. He raised fees and taxes in MA, caused local taxes to go up when he rammed a tax cut through, and effectively bailed on his job after 2 years when his popularity slipped below 40%. Priebus can spin it any way he wants to, but Romney is not the man for the job. He is a con artist, which is why no one really trusts him.

    May 31, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. dnick47

    This surprises me, really it does. Republicans toute themselves as being hard minded men of business so they above all should realize that "innovative technicology" business are high risk and the the failure rate for ant new probuct or service is 60% or more... So repubs. what the "H"! Now to my mind there is a difference in trying to give some one a jump start as Pres. Obama did and having it fail as opposed to a deliberate and calculated destruction of American business and jon like Romney did. Then to, the Repubs ran in 20110 on jobs, jobs, jobs, and more jobs; but what did they do when they came to power: NOTHING. In fact less then nothing because they hindered and obstructed evey job iniative the Pres. put forth – EACH AND EVERYONE – so the failure to create jobs is in the Repub basket where it belongs. Bush's stupidity caused huge job loss, Romney making trillions furthered it by sent them overseas and the Repub Congress dug in its heels: way yo go Repubs. – but f=don't blame the Pres. for your callous deliberate actions.

    May 31, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  11. oustsorosvanjonesobama

    Staple bad, solyndra good???
    obama is a joke!!!
    Vote comrades soros, van jones and obama OUT!!!

    May 31, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  12. BO stinks

    Barry used tax payer funds for his Solyndra failure and he whines about Romney using private funds to promote business. It is time for Barry to go.

    May 31, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  13. DC Johnny

    RNC "tries"? Stories like this are appalling. The national media intentionally ignores or puts less focus on stories like this that should get mainstream attention, and then makes a spectacle out of conservatives or the RNC for "trying" to draw attention to it, as if that's a crime or a desperate move.

    Bottom line is that Obama handlers procured millions and millions of taxpayer dollars for a venture that was destined to fail from the start, only to reap huge profits and disappear with our hard earned cash.

    But no... we are only allowed to talk about this story when it's focus is on the desperate RNC.

    May 31, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. g

    republicans trillion dollar wars failed–how much did deregulating everything cost in bail outs

    May 31, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. Puddin

    This is the same ole tired crap the Repubs keep putting out there. We all know who created this mess we are in. Pres. Obama has done all he can, but with this "do nothing" congress tying his hands, he hasn't been able to do the things that would help pull us out of this mud pit. With the likes of those such as McConnell standing before a microphone saying after they won the House "Now our main priority is to keep the president from winning a second term, and let's not do any hiring." The answer is to vote those jerks out and vote to give the Dems back the House and Senate and Pres. Obama the White House. That will fix our problems.

    May 31, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  16. Dave

    I guess the word "tries" is accurate, since the liberal media will not report the truth. Obama has had several failures but they are glossed over and ignored.

    May 31, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  17. Scott

    Solyndra is this the type of the iceberg, what made it so bad was it was our tax dollar he gave away. The following Green companies failed under OBama. This can be fact checked on line.
    Solar Trust of America,
    Bright Source
    LSP Energy
    Energy Conversion Devices
    Abound Solar
    SunPower
    Beacon Power
    Ecotality
    A123 Solar
    UniSolar
    Azure Dynamics
    Evergreen Solar
    Ener1

    May 31, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  18. tkret

    The RNC is making sure that certain stories do not get lost in the confusion of a campaign. Geo. W. Bush's people red flagged Solyndra. Obama came in and disregarded the red flag, and gave Solyndra OUR money, because it was a green energy company.
    Don't misunderstand, I see our country going somewhat green in the future, but it has to be gradual. You cannot flip an on/off switch going from fossil fuels to renewable without causing major problems for the entire country, including but not limited to, damaging oil companies, transportation companies, costs for everything one purchases (from a candy bar to a house or car), to losing jobs, and dividing the populace, etc.. .

    May 31, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. Dean

    Just one of Obama's numerous failures.

    May 31, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    -DC Johnny

    RNC "tries"? Stories like this are appalling. The national media intentionally ignores or puts less focus on stories like this that should get mainstream attention, and then makes a spectacle out of conservatives or the RNC for "trying" to draw attention to it, as if that's a crime or a desperate move.

    Bottom line is that Obama handlers procured millions and millions of taxpayer dollars for a venture that was destined to fail from the start, only to reap huge profits and disappear with our hard earned cash.

    But no... we are only allowed to talk about this story when it's focus is on the desperate RNC.
    ****************************
    If it failed, how did his backers "...reap huge profits and disappear"? Are you confusing what Bain does with what happened to Solyndra, a company that W's administration gave the green light to?

    May 31, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. Four and The Door

    dnick47
    This surprises me, really it does. Republicans toute themselves as being hard minded men of business so they above all should realize that "innovative technicology" business are high risk and the the failure rate for ant new probuct or service is 60% or more...
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________
    Except Solyndra's business plan was extremely flawed. It did have whiz-bang technology, creating solar power generating circuits on tubes for roof-tops so that sun angle was less of a factor, but it was too expensive to make and was not a competitive product. The Bush Administration rejected this investment after looking at the business plan and so did many of the DOE people who looked at it in the Obama Administration. But all wrapped up in early Solyndra investment was Oklahoma billionaire George Kaiser, who just happened to be a large Democratic Party doner. So Obama himself pushed this loan guarantee through in spite of the lousy business plan. He used taxpayer money to help out a large Democratic doner and get a few Clean Energy photo ops in the process. He does need to accept responsibility for this bad decision. It was not his worst, just one of the most blatant violations of trust. The message in November will be clear. Accountability.

    May 31, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. Dr. KnowItAll

    @Governor 47th in Job Growth
    Fact – The Bush administration didn't approve it for some reason.

    May 31, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  23. Four and The Door

    The Real Tom Paine
    -DC Johnny
    Are you confusing what Bain does with what happened to Solyndra, a company that W's administration gave the green light to?
    __________________________________________________________________________________________
    I think the Bush administration's decision to reject Solyndra's loan request is more accurately a red light. Get your traffic signals correct.

    May 31, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. Name amazed

    Wow, I'm amazed how many people are fooled in America by what they hear in the left wing media. By the way, Puddin, Obama had two years without his hands tied, as you call it, all he did was spend more of our hard earned money. Wake up America.

    May 31, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. Cynthia L.

    Yes, but, Republicans voted to keep the CORPORATE WELFARE going for the RICHEST COMPANY ON EARTH. That would be EXXON MOBILE – who has had it's hand out for how many years now?? I don't think Republicans really care about saving the American taxpayers a damn thing. And then, there is the TAX CUT for the RICHEST 1%!!! So, anyone who is whinning about infastructure improvements being too costly, things that create a lot of jobs for a lot of people who will spend it on food, shelter and transportation, can STUFF IT!

    May 31, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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