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. Jared

    Why arent the Dems focusing on all the roadblocks put up by Republicans in congress. The lack of compromise on the part of the Republicans seems to be the main story of the last 4 years and why things arent better.

    September 3, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Frank Saginaw, MI

    Mige, I hope you realize that Joe Biden said flat out that Saddam had WMDs and said they were not some "Cheney pipe dream". He said it on NBC no less back in 2008. Google it and you will see. All the Dems voted for the war

    September 3, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. rla

    Typical democratic spittle

    September 3, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. Chris

    The pixie dust may be gone, but the blacks in America will continue to vote for blacks, including Obama (1/2 of him anyways).

    September 3, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Paul Ryan's Budget Plan is a WMD against the most vulunerable citizens in this country just like the Republicans knew the state of the economy that was dumped on President Obama's desk on day one and they used it as a WMD against him not caring about the "collateral damage" of the American people. It's time for Americans to recognize who the enemy really is and use our vote against them as our WMD letting these Republicans know we no longer will suffer collateral damage at their hands.

    September 3, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. herrick9

    Pretty silly when you look at the big picture in a snapshot.
    Bush's eight years were a complete and utter disaster with two unfunded wars and a drug bill that wasn't paid for either.
    Deregulation of Wall ST. promoting a housing collapse the likes of which this nation has never seen in the modern era.
    Oh and a loss of jobs in the millions (6.5)
    So here we are 3.5 years later with the GOP in control of a complete and utterly obstructionist governing body
    and looking to make good on McConnell's assurance in January '09 that President Obama would be a one term president. So if this was indeed the central intent and purpose of the GOP for the past three years why then would I vote to put them back in office when it's their mess that's still being cleaned up and only draconian solutions and pixie dust being offered in the way of solutions? Happy Labor Day to all.

    September 3, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. g

    how come bush was not a main speaker at the convention after all he was the last republican president

    September 3, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. Charles

    So the GOP would rather take society back a hundred years, and call it a good thing.

    September 3, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. michael

    Ewww. What's that putrid smell? Ug! It really stinks of lies, deception and division.

    Will I vote for Romney and his punk hatchet man Ryan?

    Um – that would be a NO!

    September 3, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    Hey man with the funny name. Until you change your name to something manly and that everyone can pronounce I wouldn't be talking too much about pixie dust.
    Were you drunk last week?

    September 3, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Am I better off than I was four years ago? Yes, I'm still gainfully employed and in the past four years of work, I've enjoyed three pay raises and I've been able to save for a rainy day...aka...a bomb shelter in the event R/R get in office and we end up being nuked by Russia. Secondly, are WE better off as a nation than we were four years ago? Let me put it very simple...I don't even have to mention all the domestic accomplishments this administration has achieved for the American people in the past four years. All I have to say is when I sat on the banks of the Hudson River four years ago and looked out on the horizon, all I saw was a troubling open space and a large VOID. But today when I look across the Hudson, what I see is the Freedom Tower spirraling one hundred stories into the heavens, reaffirming America's might once more. And yes, the GOT didn't build that! We the American people did.

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    September 3, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. Saboth

    All I need to know are the facts. #1. Who is responsible for our economy collapsing, 2 wars, unemployment, and the majority of the deficit? Republicans. #2. Is the country better off after 4 years of Obama cleaning up Republican messes? Absolutely. Obama all the way this fall.

    September 3, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. Jokers

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

    That might be so on an individual basis but the country is certainly better off than 4 years ago when Obama took office - are you kidding me!. Republicants think they're on to something with this question. The only problem is they can't wait to get back in power and resort to the same trick down crap that plunged the country into the great republican recession which Obama & the country have been fighting for the last 4 years

    September 3, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. Republican who supports President Obama

    Reince Priebus got schooled (scolded) by Chris Matthews last week. The picture says it all – he is selling tonic that is 'supposed' to fix the ills of the country. The truth is that the GOP should have been working in good faith with our President and the Dems. I am disgusted by the platform they are pretending to sell to us while I know for a fact they have not done ANYTHING positive to help the people of this country.

    September 3, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    I love rincemy penis and the whole Gop bafoons party and their goofball presidential ticket for president of somila

    September 3, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. myviewis

    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?
    ----------------------

    Obama visited the survivors of the Colorado shooting rampage on Sunday and the shooting happened on Friday night. So, yes to your question, the President should have gone to Louisiana and Mississippi just as quickly as he went to Colorado. Yes.

    September 3, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. Kevin

    Obama's done!

    September 3, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. myviewis

    Thomas
    Six people were killed in an auto crash in in San Diego , should he fly out there too ?
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    The Colorado shooting rampage took place on Friday night and Obama made it to Colorado on that Sunday to visit with the survivors and there were plenty of pictures taken. I didn't hear you complain of those pictures.

    September 3, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  19. myviewis

    Indy
    Your hate for Obama is has clouded your sanity and you must not have been around when Katrina happened
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    President Bush got there in 4 days, Obama gets there in 6 days and it was nowhere as terrible as Katrina. Katrina was terribly flooded and devasting and many of us helped out in Katrina and Bush still managed to land, Obama's administration's excuse was it takes too many arrangements and difficult to land so he'll be there on the 6th day.

    September 3, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. once upon a horse

    @ Mike in Texas

    trying to reason with "myviews" is like Clint Eastwood talking to an empty chair...there is just nothing there to get a response from. If President Obama had gone to Louisiana right after the storm hit he probably would have been accused of going for a "photo op". I have found you can not win an argument with a person that has a narrow view set mindset. Sometimes though I must admit it's fun trying to.

    September 3, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. GJGVT

    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. <<- strange... i used this line on my 11-12 year old baseball team that was 0-12....

    September 3, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. GJGVT

    Kevin: Obama's done!

    Wow, you garnered that from this article? Sounded more like, well, what he said: "there's nowhere to go but up" to me

    September 3, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. Thomas

    @myviewis
    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?
    --------

    Obama visited the survivors of the Colorado shooting rampage on Sunday and the shooting happened on Friday night. So, yes to your question, the President should have gone to Louisiana and Mississippi just as quickly as he went to Colorado. Yes.

    Give me a brake myviewis , you would have just complained about Obama using AF1 for a photo op and the fuel cost for the jet .

    Let Romney go down for a photo op and tell the people afected how he loves all the tress the same size ,and how lovely the lakes are.

    "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job." —President George W. Bush, to FEMA director Michael Brown, who resigned 10 days later.

    September 3, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. mjw

    I know we are better off today than we were 4 years ago. I work for an integrated real estate firm( construction, development, home and management co.) I had joined in 2006 and by 2008 they were laying people off every day, I was scared because I was one of the new faces, I was nervous and stressed. The construction section was in decline and the management side was really maintaining the company. Today almost everyday there are new faces joyful to join the company and everyone is happy and working hard. Things have turned around and we have many projects in the pipeline. We are doing much better and will continue to grow. It will take time to fully recover. For the economy the car is out of the ditch and in repair....there is a lot to be repaired and get it in running condition again, plus there are parts that are being blocked by obstructionism by the same people who run it in the ditch in the first place. Stick with the President and vote some Dems in the Senate to get a super majority and more people in the House so we can be strong and decisive in keeping the progress going. We do no have to lie and fabricate, we can testify as to what is going on. The country is doing better compared to any other country that experienced this great recession and would have done much better if the President was able to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire. Of course he was blocked by Paul Ryan and his cohorts in congress. The Republicans are hateful, no wonder they had no bounce from their convention.

    September 3, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    I have a question for conservatives who say they're not better off today than they were four years ago. If you're not better off today than you were four years ago, is it because of the policies of the Obama administration or rather because of the policies of the previous administration that cause the economic crisis? Or in other words, when an assailant shoots someone and a physician is left with the task of healing the victim, do you scrutinize the doctor for the slow recovery of the patient who is confronted with complications or the assailant who caused the injury? If you choose to answer the question, forget that the doctor or in this case the President is BLACK!

    September 3, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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