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. ms0202

    A thoughtful analysis about Obama's economic policies, from a fiscally conservative magazine, go to The Economist magazine website and read:
    Barack Obama
    End-of-term report
    Although, The Economist tend to be fiscally conservative, this article provides a fairly balanced and factual assessment

    September 3, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. stta

    For those using Obama ignoring the Hurricane victims is a joke. Just visiting does not help and in fact wastes resources for a presidential visit. It is not his job. He is the President and does have to worry about the country as a whole and not one individual and has to worry more about delegating the right people to work the issue. If Janet Napolitano is down there, the President is down there. Get a sense of reality of what the President has on his/her plate at all times. Those that travel for everything would be more of a concern be of wasting time and resources for political gain.

    September 3, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. Mike in Texas


    6 people dead is 6 too many but seriously??? Over 1,800 died in Katrina. More people have died in other events than 6 but should the President come down right after it happens? Your posts keep getting pettier and pettier. You try to pick an argument with every single thing he does. When someone does that people tune them out because it shows you hate the person. Look, we know you hate Obama and you aren't voting for him so quit being a nit picker on every little thing he does.

    September 3, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. Ann

    Mr. Obama understood 4 years ago that the economy was difficult, he knew that Hillary could do better, but he didn't care. He just wanted the Seat! It wasn't even about giving the seat to Republicans (let's face it, McCain/Palin were not better). I blame the stupid Democrats who screwed up the primaries. Who can trust them now?

    September 3, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. sifto

    blame bush, blame everyone but the guy who has been in the WH for four years! if he loses, he can blame Bill Clinton! when will BO grow up and accept responsibility and be a leader?

    September 3, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. LOL in Colorado

    Of course we are better off than we were 4 years ago. At the end of 2008, Bush had literally brought the US economy to a depression much more severe than the Great Depression. Many hundreds of thousands of jobs were being lost monthly in 2008. Obama, dealt probably the worst hand of any American President ever, made all of the right decisions to begin the long and arduous process of bringing this economy back. Now while the European economies threaten this stability of our economy, we are in much better hands than any GOP mythical economic solutions of "fairy dust". Obama in 2012 or a busted Bush/GOP like economy? An easy decision!

    September 3, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. Mike in Texas

    Am I better off than I was four years ago? Yes

    Also ask yourself this if you haven't decided who you are voting for.

    Would you prefer slow job growth or 700,000 jobs lost a month.
    Would you prefer a Dow Jones at 13K or 7K
    Would you prefer we are out of one war and getting out of another or being in two wars?
    Would you prefer a world without Bin Laden or a world with him?
    Would you prefer GM and Chrysler still in business or out of business?
    Would you prefer health care for me people with less restrictions or letting the Insurance companies dictate coverage.
    Would you prefer a deficit that is decreasing each year or one that was going up each year.
    Would you prefer gays openly serving in the military or having to hide it.

    Just some food for thought.

    September 3, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. javacoder

    Reice Priebus......?

    You really have to admire the GOP having a gay man as their party leader in this day and age..........

    September 3, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Nena

    God Bless America, God Bless President Obama and all the Democrats.
    Romney is a cheat, he is arrogant, he is ignorant, he out of touch. He will ruin our country.

    September 3, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. Halls for Obama

    Do anyone know "Yes We Can" but all we heard was "we will do every thing we can to make sure this president is a one time president" Had he had just a little help we would be in a better persition today.

    September 3, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. NC

    @myviewis: Let's not mention hurricanes in Louisiana. Are you old enough to remember Katrina?

    September 3, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Thomas

    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.

    Stop being so reactionary and shut up . Six people were killed in an auto crash in in San Diego , should he fly out there too ?

    One word to you Mr myviewis , "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job," !

    Sometimes it's better to get out of the way with all the grandstanding and photo ops and let those professions do there job.

    Remember when your Guy GW just looked out the window of AF1 and said it's flooded down there , look at all those people at the Super dome .

    The reason we are still in Afghanistan is because of guys like you who are over reactionary , void of strategy .

    I would love to debate you over your twisted logic and spun facts.

    September 3, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. Ancient Texan

    Claudia-Houston. The GOP House did their job; passing jobs bills after jobs bills, all to no avail. Harry Reid and the Dims in the Senate tabled them without consideration and are sitting on them. There is the lack of cooperation.

    September 3, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. Tony

    Gee, Romney and the Republican National Committee did a bad job with the convention. People remember more about the empty chair than Romney's speech. However, the RNC chairman has a reason to smile. He will still have a job after the election. The same will not be true for Romney.

    September 3, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. v_mag

    I think it's very nice of the Repugnants to bring up the Bush regime for us all to examine and remember. Feels like putting your finger on a hot stove. Every time someone mentions the stove after that, you wince. That's how the country feels when the subject of Bush Jr. comes up, and it's amazing, after all the R's have done to suppress the memory of Bush, that they inadvertently bring him up anyway.

    Somebody wasn't thinking when they came up with the idea of using the old "are you better off now?" routine. Big backfire. Sort of like Cheney's little shotgun accident, except it was the entire Repugnant Party shooting itself in the foot.

    September 3, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Woman In California

    "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."

    Well liar, IF that's true why are you working so hard against a president who you term a "failure"?

    September 3, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. Marry

    Isn’t the GOP classy??? They have not done anything useful for the country in many years and now they want to interrupt people that are actually working for the county and the people?
    They deserve to be voted OUT! All of them!!! November cannot come soon enough to tell the party of lies and “NO” also NO, we had enough of your games!!! Democracy is not for sale!!!

    September 3, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. Randy, San Francisco

    No convention bump for the GOP/Tea Party because Romney is still a rich man who does not connect with or understands the ordinary hard working American. He didn't help himself by choosing Ryan who wants to dismantle Medicare and Social Security to benefit the rich at the expense of the middle class.

    September 3, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. ted

    I voted for Obama and I am fine four years later and I will be fine at the end of his second term. However, life sucked under George W Bush and it will suck under Romney, the guy who will give tax breaks to the rich, screw the middle class and take Obamacare away from those that really need it.

    September 3, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    "There is no hope … After four years of Barack Obama we are not better off."

    Hell, yes, we are.

    September 3, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. The Bitpyr8

    It's clear that the Republican's have so little respect for President Obama that they believe he used 'pixie dust' as part of his leadership skill set. As the election approaches, and it becomes clearer and clearer to the Republicans that they are going to lose not only the presidency but a truck-load of down-ballot races as well, their rhetoric will become more caustic and their lies more incredible until everyone has to admit the truth about them: their lies make them unfit for any office.

    September 3, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. once upon a horse

    @ myviews....

    in case you were not aware of it President Obama signed for aid to the possible victims of hurricane Issac BEFORE the storm even hit. You should check these statements out before you claim he was ignoring victims of the storm. What was he supposed to do..stand there with his hand out and say PEACE BE STILL and calm the storm? Even though the GOP claims to loathe big government, the GOP governor there will get aid from FEMA and the government because they are supposed to and President Obama approved it. Far better than your beloved Mitt Romney telling folks to dial 211.

    September 3, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. BobInIrvine

    Pixie dust? I think the GOP creates their policies while on Angel Dust.

    September 3, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. 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 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. NeoCon Joke

    It took Bush eight years to put this coutry into a nosedive. Now, in spite of their deliberate efforts to block Obama – purely for political points – they accuse him of not doing enough repairs in four years.

    September 3, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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