Republicans launch DNC counteroffensive in Charlotte
September 3rd, 2012
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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. Bernice

    Taking a nation from a Depression state of mind to creating one creating JOBS is an success story! Taking a nation from a Depression state of mind to creating jobs without the help of one Republican is a GREAT success story!

    Tell the story and honor it with truth rather than lies!!!

    September 3, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  2. Vonnie

    Yes we are much better than we were four years ago when Bush left the country in shambles.

    September 3, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  3. Vonnie

    The GOP is still the party of NO even if it means destroying all of us.

    September 3, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  4. Mike

    Hey, Halls for Obama, you cry that your failure of a President didn't have any help and that if he had, we would be in a better position. Have you forgotten that you liberals were unrestrained for 2 full years? What did he do then? NOTHING EXCEPT SPEND US INTO MORE DEBT!!!!!!! He, Obama, is totally incompetent and in over his head!

    September 3, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  5. Mike

    CNN is a liberal run think tank............or should I say, non-think tank! They simply spew what the liberals want known. Media run organizations are almost political parties of their own and none are very truthful.

    September 3, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  6. ValarMorghulis

    Preibus' lips are moving so he is obviously lying. Americans are better off than four years ago. Republicans have blocked all efforts to get the economy moving. They caused a downgrading of the US credit rating. They cost us over 1 billion dollars just to prepare for the possible shut down. Republican's goal from the very outset was to limit Obama to one term regardless of how much damage that would cause to the country and its people. The Republican Party has been hijacked by the ultra right wing. They have been chaffing against the policies of FDR and LBJ for decades. Their ultimate goal is to destroy both Medicare and Social Security.

    The Republican VP candidate's hero, the person who most affected his life was none other than a Russian atheist who wrote a pure fiction that he swallowed hook, line, and sinker. Now he wants to use those principles to destroy America.

    We can do this, we can defeat the Republicans in November and send them back to the wasteland of politics. We can do this, we can do this!

    September 4, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  7. joe

    He's right, the thrill and picked dust, as well as the fake Greek columns, are gone. However, we are stuck with the lies, corruption, buffonery, marxism, racism, stupidly assertions, you didn't build that, you don't own that, you aren't smart, you don't work h
    arder than the other guy insults, plus daily pompous remarks and actions , and these are only a sampling. Oh yeah, 23mln jobless, dead people voting, union kickbacks and payoffs, divisive mentality, bowing to foreign nations, a hatred of American values and laws, and always passing the buck.

    September 4, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  8. Jeff

    The richest 1% are much much better off from Obama Presidency. Dow is up 100%! But wait, they only pay 13% taxes on it as Mitt did!

    September 4, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  9. Dave

    Mike.... unrestrainted? Clearly, you don't have a clue at to what was accomplished in those two year, and you don't understand how a filibuster works.

    September 4, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  10. Mamasan

    Yes, I would gladly re-elect Pres. Obama– the mess we're did not happen overnight (8 years of disastrous Bush years) and it would also take some time for our economy to get back in track. The Republicans in Congress have been a party of NO for the last 4 years, unified in making sure our economy, while Pres. Obama is in office, does not improve; after all, they wanted Pres. Obama to be a one-term president. I think they're the ones who need to be voted out.

    September 4, 2012 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  11. Gwen Marsh

    Actually liberals were in complete control for 4 years. the last 2 years of the Bush administration were controlled by a large (D) majority in both the house and Senate. BTW/ that's when things started going down hill prior to that, the economy and America were doing just fine in spite of 911 and terrorism world wide.

    September 4, 2012 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  12. Anonymous

    "Yes we are much better than we were four years ago when Bush left the country in shambles."
    Except after January 2007 until January 2009 Democrats had control of house and senate under bush, who was warning them about the collapse and they did nothing. Your party left it in shambles.

    September 4, 2012 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Obama has kept us out of war, saved trillions the Republicans want one right off the bat,Republicans have blocked the min wage and jobs bills ,This is who you want a bunch of jack asses who don't give a damm about you Wake up and vote Bushes Congress out they are zombies for the lobbist

    September 4, 2012 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  14. tcaros

    We are better off... after 3.5 years.

    No Bin Laden, 2 wars over, expanded healthcare... stocks are back, 401K better, Low interest rates, Housing market getting better.

    Why blow all that with a dope Republican.

    September 4, 2012 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  15. todd

    I would like to hear the President explain what he meant "After the election, I'll have more flexibility." to the Russians captured by an open mike. Is Obama on our side? Does this sound like a leader skilled in negotiation? Sound's like a patsy to me.

    September 4, 2012 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  16. Nodack

    Spew spew spew. Blaaa, blaa, blaa.

    See, I'm just as smart as everybody else.

    September 4, 2012 04:14 am at 4:14 am |
  17. Big Munny

    Mitt made a mound of money and "saved" the Salt Lake City Olympics with government help. I am so proud. Did I even watch the Salt Lake City Olympics? Was the Jamaican bobsled team there?

    September 4, 2012 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  18. Marry

    @ Mike
    -- Hey, Halls for Obama, you cry that your failure of a President didn't have any help and that if he had, we would be in a better position. Have you forgotten that you liberals were unrestrained for 2 full years? What did he do then? NOTHING EXCEPT SPEND US INTO MORE DEBT!!!!!!! He, Obama, is totally incompetent and in over his head! -–

    I did not really want to repeat this incoherent rant, Mike. But it shows how really badly uninformed the GOP/TP followers are and how unwilling to check out facts and learn, perhaps even do a little thinking on their own to come to some reasonable conclusion.
    We will not “boo” him or any of the other misinformed, GOP propaganda damaged people, we will go and VOTE because we are better off since President Obama is in office and we do not want to let our future be stolen by the GOP/TP and sold to the highest bidder by voucher Ryan and vulture tax-cheat Romney!

    September 4, 2012 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  19. Kenny

    Yea I'm better off. I get to sleep in every day. I don't have to get up and go to some job I hate. I take the credit card bills and throw them in the trash unopened. Life is good. No sarcasm intended. I am honestly better off without a Job. I made too much money and bought to much junk and paid too many taxes. Now I get to do what ever I want. I'm free and its great.

    September 4, 2012 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  20. NC Joe

    This family is doing so much better now than four years ago. My wife's company had big layoffs in 2008 and she lost her job, the world-wide company I've worked for the last 22 years laid off thousands. By 2010 my wife was employed again and had many job offers, and my company re-hired many workers. I don't let the Republicans talk for me at all! And is that pic up there "Mr. Bean" ? Silly man.

    September 4, 2012 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  21. Terik Ororke

    Joe says we are better off that GM is saved...he is forgetting to say that yyour tax dollars were given to GM and workers lost wages and benefits and guess GM is building plants in Russia and China.....and this administration wants to give more free money to its friends? But Americans are too stupid to see that in fact we are worse off...those who blame Bush are simply idiots!

    September 4, 2012 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  22. Sandman

    Don't you love these comments sticking up for the Obama over hurricane Isaac yet continue to blame Bush how it was all his fault for hurricane Katrina. Bush where are the WMD they cried and still cry yet Syria government is threatening to use WND, wonder where they go these? Blame Bush for our economy today. Now let's see how the talking heads say about the RNC, speeches were nothing but lies. Yet so far we have from the DNC 1 speaker from AFL-CIO screaming his head off and two DNC delegates sent home for being drunk and out of line. Not very good. Finally Bill Clinton has a new commercial out crying about the Bush taxes and how this is what has hurt our economy yet 4 months ago he said they were good for America. Right on democrats, serve us how your way of moving forward is not just new words for hope and change.... Two drunk delegates sent home just b-4 the delegation.

    September 4, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  23. Stephen Daniels

    Michelle Obama would be highly offended at what Mayor Castro condones in his city. He is well aware of the exploitation and degradation of young women and all the problems associated with this issue, yet he has done nothing. For some reason, the businesses involved are protected from scrutiny. It is ridiculous for Castro and Michelle Obama to be on the same stage. Having two daughters of her own, Michelle would not want to be affiliated with someone who condones such a blatant mistreatment of young women. The Democratic convention will start off as a joke.

    September 4, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  24. MrRickinNH

    But we are better off than we were 4 years ago. Four years ago we were in the throws of the worst recession since the 30's with the job market loosing 700,000 jobs a month, the stock market tanking, and the american auto industry on the verge of collapse. This all being caused by two unfunded wars and a tax cut for the wealthy, and greedy bankers selling mortgages to those who couldn't afford them. Today the job market and the stock market are on the rebound, the auto industry is alive and well and our current leadership has eliminated many top leaders of Al Quida as well as kept us from involvement in the mid-east unrest. We are pointed in the right direction... lets keep it going!

    September 4, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  25. Carlos Murphy

    Who cares – more meaningless lies.

    Goebbels in an expensive suit.

    September 4, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
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