Republicans launch DNC counteroffensive in Charlotte
September 3rd, 2012
01:59 PM ET
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Republicans launch DNC counteroffensive in Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Republicans launched their counter-programming effort in Charlotte on Monday with a simple message: Americans are not better off today than they were four years ago.

"The thrill and pixie dust of the Barack Obama presidency is gone," Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus told reporters. "There is no hope … After four years of Barack Obama we are not better off."

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Priebus was speaking inside a sleek "war room" that GOP officials opened in the basement of the NASCAR Plaza office tower in downtown Charlotte, just steps from the newly-erected security perimeter surrounding Democratic National Convention festivities.

"Barack Obama, four years ago, campaigned on an economy that was difficult, but he campaigned on that economy, campaigned that he would fix that economy," Priebus said. "Either he didn't understand the gravity of what he was doing or what he was walking into, or he completely failed."

Priebus also revised his prediction from before the Republican National Convention in Tampa that Mitt Romney would get a "real" and "visible" bounce in the polls after his convention speech.

While spotty, national polling since the GOP convention has no discernable bump for Romney.

Priebus said Republicans are feeling "a lot of momentum" out of Tampa but acknowledged that there has only been "a small bump" since Tampa.

"We have nowhere else to go but up," he said.

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  1. Anonymous

    Romney got no convention bump, they're desperate!!! Hahaha

    September 3, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    In war innocent people are injured or killed and are considered "collateral damage". In America's time of economic disasters Americans were considered as "collateral damage" when Republicans refused to do their job as Americans first and elected officials 2nd to help this President. They weren't part of the solution, Republicans were the problem and refuse to accept responsibility for doing nothing. It's always easier to blame someone else rather than look at the part you didn't play.

    September 3, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. myviewis

    And it doesn't help President Obama ignoring the victims of Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana and Mississippi. 1 week, 1 week to visit those victims and there were 6 dead.

    September 3, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Pete

    Priebus,you're just fairy dust yourself,more of a Micheal Steele on fem steroids..Cut the lying crap,its getting old and people like myself arecalling ya out.Republican obstructionists are the cause,they were there before the president was there but now they're worst because they're also in political denile.Start packing Priebus your contract with Grover is almost expired,bag boys at Piggly Wiggly are hiring,that'll give ya time to see where ya screwed up.

    September 3, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Karl Jonas

    "There is no hope." What a GREAT campaign line! Go for it Priebus.

    September 3, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. v_mag

    Not better off than on the verge of depression at the end of George W. Bush's term? RNC, you've got to be kidding me! And we would have been a lot better off had the House and Senate stayed solidly Democratic, as the Repugnants have done nothing but sit on their hands, complain, and make every effort to give the wealth of the entire country to the 1%.

    Of all the lies they've told lately (and there have been some real whoppers), telling us we're not better off than we were 4 years ago has got to be the most obvious one. Even their rock-headed base of low-IQ supporters must admit that.

    September 3, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    As governor, Mittens increased the debt of MA by over $2.6 billion. That, along with being 47th in job creation, pretty much sums up the failed leadership of the Romney plutocracy. No other governor other than Mittens outsourced state jobs to India.

    September 3, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. Bill from GA

    Free advice to the Dems:

    Take out a few ads showing GDP, job growth per month, and the return of the stock markets, starting maybe 4 years ago.

    Use big graphs, showing red for the end of the Bush term, where these graphs bottom out, and blue for the Obama years, whether charts turn upward. the USA is MUCH better off now than when Obama took office.

    Let the lying repugs argue against that!

    September 3, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Italmn

    This Priebus guy is an angry little man. He's always so nasty and combative. Why on earth would the Republican Party chose him to be in charge of their politics and spokes person. LOL...LOL..He's always then ? LOL...He's going insane and foaming at the mouth and just short of spitting blood. ( Vicious )! His insides must be going through some terrible experiences. That kind of physical action, display, anger, hate and vileness causes allot of internal damage. Being EVIL is a sickness and this man has that sickness.

    September 3, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Notice Prince talks of pixie dust? To say the Bush/republican abysmal economy was 'difficult' 4 years ago is the greatest understatement this moron has made. Who could explain the right wingnuts kicking Michael Steele under the bus for this reality challenged clone of Pee Wee Herman?

    September 3, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |

    One things for sure ,we are better off than when the Gop was runing things into the ground.we will get more of the same if we elect romney the tax cheat ,can you image that ,for president and his goofball side kick lier Ryan.

    September 3, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I wonder if the American people would have preferred that the republican tea baggers in congress would have worked to create jobs, instead of over 60 anti women's rights bill, and 33 attempts to repeal affordable health care.

    September 3, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |

    "We have nowhere else to go but up," he said. Or will Romney go down? he is already there, he did that by himself, he lied, cheated, and stole all the way till now. I ALLEGE. The whole truth will come out on Romney no matter what, you know Bush was reelected. Anything can occur.

    September 3, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Romney's own internal polls must be extremely upsetting to the RNC for Priebus to go out publicly and make such a fool of himself just to rile up their base. By now, most candidates are locked in tight with their base. It is only two months to election day, after all.

    Its one thing to have schooled those closest to the base that bad Obama made the country worse. They wouldn't know the truth if it hit them in the face, including the fact that the GOP sat on its behind cheering the bad economy along; month after month, year after year.

    Its quite another thing to remind those living in the real world just how bad it was four years ago, and how far we have come from the brink.

    The only pixie dust I see being waved is coming from the right. I call it the forgotten years: Bush 2000-2008; The HELL NO Years Boehner/Ryan 2008-2012.

    September 3, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. KingArthur

    It is sad to see the Party of Lincoln turn into the PARTY of BENJAMIN FRANKLIN– discard the penny for the luster of the $100.00 bill.

    September 3, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. independent, in Texas

    After 4 years of Obama I'm a hell of a lot better off then I was at the end of the Bush reign of dissaster. As a small time investor I've almost made back everthing I lost during the Bush fiasco. yes...I will vote for Obama agin, even though I don't agree with him on some things I will vote for him agin. After Bush/Cheeny I'm afraid of Republicans.

    September 3, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Sue

    Their candidate has spent 5 years campaigning for the job and when he FINALLY gats himself nominated (thanks to an unlimited amount of cash from special interest groups) he gets shown up at their own convention by an 80 yr old actor TALKING TO A CHAIR! And they guy is not even a fellow republican, he's an Independent! They've bought and paid highly for their own nominee, who has no cretive or credible plans for our country (except to turn back the clock for our nations' neediest and most vulnerable). Since he was such a bore at their own convention now they've decided they'd better get to the DNC (before the delegates or nominees even arrive) and see whose pockets they can line before the other convention begins. It's too bad they aren't willing to spend their millions for the good of others instead on themselves and their own special interests. But we'd better get used to it if we allow them to buy the White House in November.

    September 3, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. mgc

    That odious little man Reince priebus ran for every office possible in wisconsin and lost each time. He really is a little troll who has no class what so ever.

    September 3, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. rickirs

    Isn't pixxy dust Romney's campaign platform. Just sprinkle some on and all your troubles are gone. No need for specifics.

    September 3, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. v4865


    September 3, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  21. Morgan Hill

    Reince Priebus, RNC Chairman, and all republicans know exactly how Bush and Chenney left the economy when they left the White House. These last 4 years President Obama has been working extremely hard at fixing the mess left behind by the Bush/chenney. No, we're not trying to lay blame, this is reality, this is fact. The economy was going into a deep recession and Obama saved the country from total collapse. Priebus is wrong, President Obama and the Democrats will do amazingly well the next 4 years. They will move the country FORWARD TO PROSPERITY.
    ]GOD bless America, God bless the American people.

    September 3, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. stta

    Here's the fallacy. So many people believe in four years that would be better off. The reality is much of the economy in the past 30 years has been created by using debt in the unaffordable housing boom, luck of a new technology like the internet that spread out to create new industries and taking advantage of lower manufacturing costs in foreign countries will slowly removing productivity out of the country which just makes the rich, richer and the working class unemployed. I will give you that due to unions people in manufacturing were getting too much forcing off shoring. I see no magic that any President could do to rectify the fact the US really has no new economic engine. I don't think McCain could have done much more. The Republicans want to say because your not better off Obama failed and I keep wondering if he hadn't done some of the things he did if we would not have been worse off. We really don't know so any claim is just unproven fallacy

    September 3, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. T'sah From Virginia

    ►TRENDING: Republicans launch DNC counteroffensive in Charlotte◄
    But yet they couldn't even get their own act together in Tampa, much less
    come up with a plan that would CREATE JOBS for the so-called jobless by the millions but
    instead they focused on making ROMNEY more "likable" and Paul LYAN a better Lyan Right-Wing Nut!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward and YES, We Know You Built That – We ALL Did!!!

    September 3, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. Logic N LA

    After 8 years of Bush we were in a disaster. After 12 years of a Republican Congress – we were a mess and in debt.
    Atfer the Obama election, and an attempt to work with them, the Republicans said no to every bill and proposal yet expected us to be in a good spot. Now, they continue to say no.
    Are we better off? We will be if we vote out Republicans and get some real leaders.

    September 3, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. TheTraveler

    You see, that's the trouble with the GOP is that they never grew up. They still believe in "pixie dust". Those of us grounded a bit more in reality KNEW it was going to take some time, and some hard work, to crawl out of the economic hell hole Bush and Co put us in. Our hard work is paying off.

    I guess the GOP expected President Obama to wave a magic wand and "make it all go away" ...

    September 3, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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