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. Scott

    This was the Republican goal all along and they even said it. When they took over the House in 2010, their goal was to obstruct as much as possible and then blame the 'failures' on Obama and they've done a pretty good job of trying to do that, but my hope is that people are not that gullible. Republicans have floated a record number of filibusters during the last two years so the blood is on their hands for halting the recovery.

    September 3, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. Phil Thomas

    Just look at the prebus picture, caption " our lies are working and these idiots have no clue we created this mess over years and years of bad policy and pandering. All we have to do is lie and blame Obama for eveyrhing, factories, deficit, jobs and my aunts death. It all sticks, we have no right getting back in thsi seat but we will soon lol"

    September 3, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. mige

    We are way better offf without the morons who started a war over alie about weapons of mass destruction,then put a bunc of incompetents in charge of that war so that the people we liberated hate our guts.We are way better off with Bin Laden gone and a thriving auto industry.And we would have been way better off without those Tea Pary nit-wits in congress obstructing every move Obama tried to make just to make him fail.Throw the Tea Partu out, not Obama

    September 3, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Robin

    I love the USA elections I love watching the public get sucked into voting Rep. and they know darn well the Republicans are only concerned about the big money market. Oh Capitalism at it's finest Then I get to watch the republican news CNN, FOX.
    Now there's a reality show to watch lol Let the BS fly

    September 3, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. NC

    Thanks to everyone that responded to myviewis. I will stop reading any comments from him-her because they lack any substance. I hope everyone has a great week. I will be attending DNC events because it is a chance of a lifetime and I am so happy our state is the host.

    September 3, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Desmond, a Canadian

    Tragically, the malicious distorted GOP droppings never seem to be done

    September 3, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. A not-so-stupid former republican

    The republican convention was a joke just like their candidates and they talk about pixie dust. Unbelievable! And Priebus should go back to washing weenies; it suits him better!

    September 3, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. Woman In California

    Someone wrote:

    Labor Day has been canceled due to a lack of jobs. Today is now Empty Chair Day. Put an empty chair in your front yard. Thank you Clint, for bringing this to our attention!


    Maybe in the deep woods (where you obviously live), this might be considered funny, but in other states where people really want to work, not so much. Clint Eastwood did nothing but highlight your party is a joke and far from having any real solutions or a real candidate to answer the problems Americans face. Go ahead and place your empty chair outside but make sure your neighbors (IF any) don't turn your chair upside down to indicate you are a butt of a joke and should not be allowed to vote.

    September 3, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. CB FL

    He has that little man cpmplex.

    September 3, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |

    This Priebus guy is such a NERD. Obama will wipe up the floor with Mitt. Just wait till he's exposed during the debates. It won't be pretty. Obama 2012!!!

    September 3, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. Kenny K


    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.
    Does it help Mitt Romney ignoring, at GOP convention, to mention anything about war in Afghanistan and thousands of soldiers that died in the war?

    September 3, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Basky72

    crazy liar, we are much much better off, after you republican runs us all to the mud, this good president(Obama) came in with two wars, bad economy, monthly job loss and more and rescue us from the thorns of the goP

    September 3, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. Wayne

    Obama was not the president 4 years ago. We are better off than we were 3.5 years ago.

    September 3, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. Basky72

    Of course we are better off!!!Dude priebox, we are better off today because of Obama

    September 3, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. Marcus

    If he thinks we aren't better off maybe he should go back to the end of 2008 and jog his memory as to how bad it was. Obama had to spend the first three years keeping us out of a depression while the GOP fought hard to make it happen. The GOP obviously hates this country's citizens. How do they ever get votes? I don't get it? Are conservatives that clueless? Well I guess if you think cutting taxes will raise federal revenue you'll believe anything.

    September 3, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. Keane

    Another out-of-context Republican theme.

    September 3, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. REG in AZ

    Some want to blame the Democrats for the depressed economy, saying they had control for two years and then that the bills sponsored by Dodd and Frank (Democrats), which were intended to allow more to enjoy the American dream of home ownership and stimulate the economy, caused the mortgage and financial melt-down. If Obama can be blamed for anything, it would be for trying to work with the Republicans which they repeatedly turned against him with stubborn faulting and arrogant blocking of all efforts. Then the mortgage and financial crises actually developed not because of the bills but because of run-away greed, self-indulgence and gross dishonesty allowed by little enforcement, no oversight and excessive deregulation being rationalized as “conservative” and promoted under Bush-Cheney, as was so much else that developed to crisis proportions. This was seen in the aggressive overselling of the mortgages, their repackaging and reselling, their being repackaged again as derivatives with the risk hidden, resold and then having the insurance companies be on line for the losses – all for substantial profit gained by the few. The Bush-Cheney mentality was obvious as “give it all to “the money” who will then take care of them in return and together they can just con and manipulate the people”.

    The Democrats aren’t all “pure and holy” but they don’t have the power, influence and mega-millions of “the money” behind them and they haven’t come to be owned and controlled by “the money” without any sincere conscience or real concern for the people, as the Republican / Tea Party literally have. If people allow their biases, prejudices, emotions, fears and blind loyalties to be used to focus on the Democrats shortcomings and to be totally distracted from the reality we have experienced over the last twelve years, that being that the Republicans, in pursuing their political ambitions above all else at any cost to the people, are completely committed to serving only “the money”, the 1%, and taking the majority, the 99%, for granted as being “pawns” to be used and abused, ... then we are very apt to be returned to “more of the same”, Bush-Cheney style, and that resulting continual total neglect of the people. It really isn’t about Republican versus Democrat or “conservative” versus “liberal” today, it is about “the money” versus the people and the people better be able to take their “blinders” off and see it.

    September 3, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. Holly

    Two questions for many commenters on here. 1. Do your computers have spell check? Use it! 2. Does calling names like "repugs" make you feel smarter, or superior? Grow up, and your opinions will be taken more seriously.

    September 3, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. HonestDave

    So there message is give up hope? We stood in the way of everything this guy tried so give up hope. Sorry Pubeus, I'd still rather be sprinkled with pixidust, than your crumbs.

    September 3, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Chava Khan

    I am not a Democrat, nor am I totally enamored with Mr. Obama. Nonetheless, he has my unequivocal vote for one very basic reason… HE’S NOT A REPUBLICAN!

    I find it utterly repulsive the mere thought of casting a vote under the symbol of the party that has produced such an array of idiots, wackos, fruitcakes and just plain morons, such as the likes of Palin, Bachman, Herman Cain, Perry, Akin, W., etc., etc., etc…

    But if enough dumb white people DO go to the polls (the GOP’s main voting block), Romney just may have a chance, albeit a slim one, considering the fact that Obama will most likely carry Ohio, Pennsylvania and/or Florida and Virginia, which should just about seal the deal for him. Also, the dumb-white-people voting block is (fortunately) one of the fastest declining demographic groups in the country, which bodes well for the future of this country.

    And besides, anyone who’s hated by such cretins as Hank Williams Jr. and Ted Nugent, along with the tea-partying and birther retards, must be doing something right!

    September 3, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. MBSeattle

    Does the missing Pixie Dust have anything to Sarah Palin's low profile at rhe RNC?

    September 3, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. Indy


    Did you see the Republican convention where a chair and an 80 year old man was the most exciting thing to happen during the entire convention ? Your hate for Obama is has clouded your sanity and you must not have been around when Katrina happened

    September 3, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. ColoradoJoe

    Romney asked if we are better of than 1/1/2009. Well I just looked it up, some one must be better as since 1/1/2009 when Obama took over, the S&P 500 is up 68% , NASDAQ is up 88%, the DOW is up 45% .... for the market to be up, someone has to be doing a whole lot better.

    Ask Ryan why he didn't even try to help his home town plant in Janesville? He was in office, Obama was not.

    September 3, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. w l jones

    Sound like a sleeper walker late at night. Bless.

    September 3, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. cali girl

    Ah man, who invited drunk Uncle Reinceeee.
    Pixie dust? This isn't the Magical Kingdom (no offense to Disneyland)
    Sorry there Reince, it is BETTER! My 401k tanked in 2006 and I have finally gained it all back and then some.
    We are making it, which is better, way better then the whole that was left after 8 years of destruction.
    The auto industry is alive and well, Bin Ladin is DEAD.
    Lilly Ledbetter is helping women everywhere. Created 4.3 million jobs.
    ACA and DREAM act. Didn't get any of that in the previous President.
    The Sheriff of Nothingham and his sidekick Eddie Munster would like to kill Medicare, take everything away from middle class, and are hungry for a few more wars when we need to get out of the last one.

    September 3, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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