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. JohnRJohnson

    Reince Priebus is the perfect chairman for today's GOP. A first-class nitwit who has never had an original thought come out of his mouth. One has to wonder if this guy was the best the RNC could come up with. Wow.

    September 3, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. Shannon

    No bounce from the convention, the convention called breathtakingly dishonest, the convention ridiculed, the convention that made an empty chair famous instead of the candidate, sounds like it's the Republicans with the problem.

    September 3, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. Thomas

    @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).

    Chris , do you consider yourself racist ?
    I would like to know . Are you saying Obama is only half a man ?

    September 3, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. RNC's movie moment: 'Empty Chair vs. Warm Stool' featuring Batty Harry!

    Not sure reminding everyone of the near financial collapse of the U.S. under the shrub, is the best GOP strategy when you are already running from behind.

    September 3, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. Emerson

    Dont, let the facts get in your way, Reince..
    Four years ago: The cost in lives and money of two unnecessary wars; Osama Bin Laden still at large after the fromer administration failing to catch him for seven years; a massive deficit left by the prior adiministration which inherited a surplus; an economy that was teetering on the brink of meltdown; a DJI average that had taken out about a third of people's 401k's; and a national health care initiative has been passed that will help get the cost of health care under control and everthing done with zero cooperation of the party out of power that even had the temerity to publicilly declare that it would do all its power to bleock the President's plans and initiatives.
    I think that you are going to need a little more than pixie dust, Reince. to rewrite history, even though you look like a guy who knows his way around pixie dust.

    September 3, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. pat carr

    "There is no hope"....maybe for you Mr Priebus but not for me. Ah but isn't that the GOP for you. depressing, discouraging and incompetent.

    September 3, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain: Mittens 'n' Munster are Liars

    Repubs are just plain offensive, what with their obsession with fiction. Case in point: During his acceptance speech, Mittens said that he wanted President Obama to succeed. Blatant BS lie – but what do you expect from him and his party? Nothing but lies, fear, anger and division. What a waste of space these Repubs are ...

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice.

    September 3, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. Tim Fleming

    4 years ago? hmmm, stock market crash, Detroit auto industry going bankrupt, Banks imploding, Bin Laden plotting, Iraq on fire, People dying in over crowded ER's with no insurance, good soldiers prosecuted cause they happen to be gay. It was AWESOME!!! And Bush kept us safe .... well um except for that one time.

    Also it should be are "We" better off not "I" (I is a bit of a selfish Rand code word, I prefer the New Testament philosophy of we and us)

    September 3, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  9. works4me

    Enjoy GOP...
    It's fact-free!

    September 3, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. myviewis

    once upon a horse
    If President Obama had gone to Louisiana right after the storm hit he probably would have been accused of going for a "photo op".
    -------------------–

    Obama is the Commander in Chief, he's priority should be the victims of Louisiana and Mississippi not be concerned with what anyone thinks, including photo op, he didn't care of photo op in Colorado.

    September 3, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. bweider145

    Congressional Reform Act of 2012
    1. No Tenure / No Pension.

    A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office.

    2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

    All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into

    the Social Security system, and
    Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.
    3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

    4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

    5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

    6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

    7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 12/31/12. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.

    Congressmen/women made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in

    Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their
    term(s), then go home and back to work.
    If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive

    the message. Don't you think it's time?
    THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!

    September 3, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. myviewis

    Thomas
    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 .
    ---------------------

    Fuel cost for the jet??????? Photo op?????? We are talking about people's homes flooded, no electricity, evacuations, destroyed lives, destroyed businesses, cows taken refuge in houses!!!!!! How can you be so discusting, cold, cruel, pathetic.

    September 3, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain: Mittens 'n' Munster are Liars

    @myviewis: "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."

    I can always count on you to twist and omit, it your attempts to slam President Obama, you typical Repub, you.

    President Obama didn't go down as quickly to Louisiana and Mississippi so as to not get in the way of relief efforts. He also signed disaster declarations to free up federal money to help all localities.

    If you're looking for an idiot, look to your party's leader, Rush Limbaugh, who said on his radio show August 27, 2012 that the government manipulated hurricane forecasts in order to force Republicans to cancel a day of their national convention. No lie – look it up.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    September 3, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. us_1776

    You would have to have total amnesia to not think we were better off than 4 years ago.

    4 years ago the Bush economic collapse happened.

    It was the start of the largest destruction of American jobs that ever happened including 1929.

    It was the start of millions of Americans losing their homes.

    It was the start of millions of Americans losing their savings as they tried to stay alive during the collapse.

    It was the start of over 6 million bankruptcies of American families as the finally were unable to withstand the effects of the GOP economic collapse.

    ----
    So are we better off today. H E L L Y E S.

    President Obama stopped the entire economy from going over the cliff into the abyss.

    President Obama has created 4+ million Actual Real Jobs for Americans since the collapse ended.

    President Obama has done a very good job.

    .

    September 3, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  15. Dnick47

    We can expect nothing but distortions, lies, half-truths and alike out of the Rupublicans: MERCY, their convention theme was a blantant lie – a line taken out of contex so obvious that a 2nd gerader could see it. So if that's the way the start, what els can we and the world expect. Frnkly, if I were an ally when Romney was President I'd be scared s..tless because just when you thought he was on your back you find he's with the foe on your flank: flip/flop, flip/flop, flip/flop.

    September 3, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. Milt

    At the Socialist Convention, busting $16 trillion in debt is probably a selling point for the parasitic class that our Food Stamp President is trying to reach to get himself reelected. To liberals, that's $16 trillion of "free" money that someone else is footing the bill for. With their bizarro Obama personality cult logic, going north of $20 trillion is really "moving forward". I doubt that the debt clock will get much of a reaction from these Obama clone types - since, to them, someone else always gets stuck paying their bills, it hardly confronts them if the clock is passing $16 billion, $16 trillion, or $16 gazillion. Too d-d bad for the next generation, I guess - they, after all, are the real patsies in this game being played by the liberals at their clown convention.

    September 3, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain: Mittens 'n' Munster are Liars

    From another CNN article right now on the Ticker: "The "Fake Follower Check" from StatusPeople, a social media management company, shows that 28% of @MittRomney's followers are inactive and another 14% are fake accounts."

    Fake, lies, fear ... The GOP has NOTHING to offer our country. But don't get complacent: They are hell-bent on stealing the election through voter suppression, so every Dem, Independent and thinking Republican needs to get out and vote for President Obama and Democratic majorities in the House and Senate so come January 20, 2013, President Obama can continue moving our country forward with a Congress that will GET THINGS DONE!

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    September 3, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. Jose Arribas

    That double-chinned picture suits him. Another used car salesman trying to sell us a lemon named Mittens. I'll pass.

    September 3, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @Chris

    You said blacks will continue to vote for blacks including Obama? Well, the last time I checked, blacks in America voted overwhelmingly for Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton twice, Al Gore and John Kerry. Furthermore, some 91% of the voting blacks in America voted for the above white candidates. Please stop the race bashing.

    September 3, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. David in Cincinnati

    The GOP thinks it's "pixie dust". They will need this dust to elect the entirely empty man they've nominated. Watch Mitt scoff at global warming.

    September 3, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. g

    and bush and cheney are still counting their blood money,now thats republican

    September 3, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  22. Numyorangay

    Oh it's that queen Priebus again, "inside a sleek" warroom. . .would probably feel better in a little
    sleek off the shoulder number with a pair of pumps. If anyone knows about pixie dust it's this
    Miss.

    September 3, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  23. Romney/Ryan = Bought & Paid For All Along

    @Milt

    At the Socialist Convention, busting $16 trillion in debt is probably a selling point for the parasitic class that our Food Stamp President is trying to reach to get himself reelected. To liberals, that's $16 trillion of "free" money that someone else is footing the bill for. With their bizarro Obama personality cult logic, going north of $20 trillion is really "moving forward". I doubt that the debt clock will get much of a reaction from these Obama clone types – since, to them, someone else always gets stuck paying their bills, it hardly confronts them if the clock is passing $16 billion, $16 trillion, or $16 gazillion. Too d-d bad for the next generation, I guess – they, after all, are the real patsies in this game being played by the liberals at their clown convention.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________
    I'd love to see a right-wing radical just once man-up to the mess the Bush Adminsitration and the Republican Party made of our economy and our democracy. You started trying to give President obama blame for the economy on the first day he took office – with 8.5 million jobs already lost and the economy in meltdown mode. Republicans planned on the first day to block all progress towards recovery. Still, the ignorant, under-educated, bigoted, homophobic, xenophobic, white-trash of the far right-wing continues to repeat the mindless and dishonest sound-bites from hate radio. You're motivated by racism and hate – and can never call yourselves good Christians or good Americans.

    September 3, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  24. greg

    @Milt.. I am already being forced to pay for things I don't want. Things that will save our country money, like subsidies, foreign aid, Israel, Pakistan, school vouchers, more defense spending, the list goes on and on .. and what have you said of this wasteful spending. Proabably nothing since you seem to be a partisan hack.

    September 3, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  25. Mike in Texas

    Obama's biggest failure is that he believed Republicans would work with him to move the country forward. I have never seen the other Party show this much disrespect at a sitting President in my lifetime. (please spare me what Dems said or did to Bush......it is nothing compared to how the right has treated Obama).

    September 3, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
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