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. josephine

    The only votes the repubs are going to get are from the Obama haters and thank God they are but a small minority. Obama/Biden 2012.

    September 3, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. jinger1

    As for me, I am better off as a senior citizen. I was surprised when I got a cost of living raise. I also have no copay now. Signs the economy is turning around. I have a nephew who was born with multiple disabilities. He is now 22 and can now get insurance. There seems to be more help wanted ads in our local papers. They are small steps but they are forward steps.

    September 3, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Ken

    Chrysler is now an Italian company called Fiat. GM stock would have to more than double for the taxpayer to make his money back. Salaried employees of both companies lost their pensions. Bond holders (like my mom) were left with nothing. Millions of Americans vowed to never buy from Govt. Motors. Unemployment is really upwards of 11% if you assumed the workforce participation rate from 2008 was still in effect but so many have stopped looking. Look it up if you doubt me. We are still in Afghanistan. Gitmo is still open. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is untried. Gas has doubled in price. Food is much more expensive. Utility prices have skyrocketed. Money earns no interest at all. Dividends are about to be taxed more (again people like my mom hold dividend paying stocks and funds). No one went to jail on Wall Street. Corzine lost a billion dollars and walks off an unquestioned man. The Gulf of Mexico is still polluted from BP. New Orleans is flooded again. Obama is great isn't he...

    September 3, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. Namegeorge

    I still work for a living. 3.60 a gal, food prices on the rise, taxes going up, every time I turn around some dem wants to take away more of my rights away. No I'm not better off then I was 4 years ago. Obama is running this country in the ground. 4 more years of him and we will be a 3ed world country.

    September 3, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  5. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer


    It seems like whenever teapublicans feel the urge to talk fiscal responsibility and debt control, they like to point to the deficit and say look, its 16 trillion dollars and then they turn aroung and blame President Obama for the 16 trillion deficit. However, when President Obama took office, the national debt was over 10 trillion dollars. GWB spent $5.47 trillion in domestic programs alone. And note that that figure doesn't account for the Afghan and Iraqi wars which have now reached 4.8 trillion dollars. Let's face it, that should be a hanging offense.

    September 3, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  6. josephine

    I'm alright but I'm sure I could be better had the Repubs not filibustered and obstruct. I guess they had to be in step with McConnell's promise to make this president a 1 termer , hopefully the pres. wont be as stymied during his 2nd term and we can get back to be the greatest country in the planet.

    September 3, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  7. bill

    I'm a senior and i'm no better off now and my grandchildren will spend their life working to pay the debt that this president and his sidekicks are creating. Retired USAF Not a obama hater but someone that understand that this man don't know how to be a leader . Send him back to chicago.

    September 3, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  8. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer


    You said "four years is enough to make some improvement and Obama hasn't done anything to improve the country?? Really? YSo you mean 5.4 million new jobs in the private sector, 1.1 million jobs saved in our Auto industry and 2.2 million jobs saved in the public sector is not an improvement? twenty nine consecutive months of job growth as opposed to 800,000 job losses per month under the previous administration is not an improvement? Let me guess...You're a white supremacists aren't you? That figures!

    September 3, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  9. Munir

    Can you keep the Republican photos and headlines off your pages this week? They had last week, and this week is the Democrats' turn. Where is your balance?

    September 3, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  10. Bob

    My money doesn't go nearly as far as it did 5 years ago. With fuel prices doubled and unemployment rate doubled what it was then, how can we give the architect of this disaster another 4 years? Especially with all the new taxes he has in store for us deliberately set to go into effect in 2013!!

    September 3, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  11. Darth cheney

    Priebus can't even pronounce 'pixie dust' correctly.

    September 3, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  12. Name Rebel yell

    Many of you folks need to walk the streets and just talk to ordinary people. You will find the people are very dissatisfied with this president. Most you will find consider him a failure.

    September 3, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  13. Lynnet

    Obama going to be a president of the U.S.A.who turning our country to socialism. I don't like it.

    September 3, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  14. Eric

    The fear and loathing for the GOP ticket is blooming. Their ability to spin lies and distort facts is astonding. This is one thing they are good at. Too bad they don't really care about American's enough to work with this president to implement change at a faster rate. Their obstructionism is as much to blame for American's suffering, if not more. They do not work for you, the massive suffering most American's have been experiencing is thanks to Bush Administration politicies (why do you think he wasn't visible at the convention. The GOP loves to hide what doesn't serve the spin they're dishing up) set in place. Obama inherited the mess and the first thing the GOP said was their goal was to defeat this president. Why do we want to give power to the brokers of negative politics? Why does anything think this gang of puppets for big business would serve the people better? All the negative, nasty, blatantly dishonest spin should tell you all you need to know about the GOP – they add nothing positive to our lives. I don't thinks the Dems are the full answer either but they are the only viable choice until we're really ready for a change. For the GOP – it's a good time to start fading into obscurity and turn this back into a more civilized, humane, rational, calm place to live.

    September 3, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  15. Namejerry

    Why is it always about race? This man wants people to think if you don't like the way he runs it you have to be racist. Frankly I'm sick and tired of politicians lying all the time,blaiming each other and devidinv our country. Americans don't need this crap. There are plenty of blacks that don't like the way he's running this country. Does that mean they are racist too?

    September 3, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  16. Tony in STL

    "There is no hope … After four years of Barack Obama we are not better off." – They'll repeat this until your ears are about to explode! There is plenty of hope, and we are way better off! We've backed away from the edge of the cliff that republicans left us on. The question should be, why haven't the republicans done anything to correct their own mess, and have done nothing to assist in making our lives better, if they think things are still so bad?

    September 3, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  17. myviewis


    As for me, I am better off as a senior citizen. I was surprised when I got a cost of living raise.

    Hate to tell you but Obama did not give you the cost-of-living in the last 3 years because he and his administration felt there was no need for it.

    September 3, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  18. todd

    "hater" What are we? 8 years old.... Read all the blogs, from MSNBC to this one. Well over 90% of them are very dissatisfied with this President. He won last time by the slimmest margins, and they are definitely not looking anywhere as favorable this time with only 8 weeks left. If questioning where 5 trillion dollars went, much of it unaccounted for, and trying to quantify the result. then color me a "hater". 19 out of 20 of us would be wearing that t-shirt. He probably has about 60 more days, and another " flowery speech" or two. Hillary really called it right on that one.

    September 3, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  19. Obama is Toast

    he is toast come November....People are sick of the lies the broken promises we are worse off then in 2008....If you folks like Barry then you'd love Hugo Chavez....

    September 3, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  20. snowdogg

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

    The real question should be... "What would have happened if Barack Obama had not saved our economy"?

    September 3, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  21. Jersey Girl


    Chrysler is now an Italian company called Fiat. GM stock would have to more than double for the taxpayer to make his money back.
    Wasn't there a segment on 60 Minutes yesterday where the Italian head of Chrysler/Fiat said they paid the government back 6 YEARS ahead of schedule, I think it was 6 billion dollars, and it was high interest. It was good to see the beautiful new cars and a new factory somewhere in the U.S. Sorry, don't remember where.

    September 3, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  22. TKO

    The GOP, with its decades long history of sucking the wealth out of the economy, while at the same time trying to convince us otherwise. are the real purveyers of "pixie-dust" (whatever that is). I mean really! Using the stupid catch-phrase of the ver ytrickle-down Reaganism that got us into this mess is pure, unadulterated gall.

    September 3, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  23. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @Obama is toast

    Yes, President Obama will have toast and champagne on election night!

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    September 3, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  24. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @Douglas in NJ

    Your Governor Chris Christie has been in office for three years and the unemployment rate in NJ is 9.8% which is the highest in 35 years. And Christie has had only ONE state to run. Likewise your republican nominee Mitt Robmoney has had only ONE state to run as Governor of MA and his state was 47th in job growth. President Obama has had 50 states to run, has had to deal with an economic crisis, two wars and a divided congress who said they wanted him and the country to fail and yet, he has accomplished more in FOUR years than that accomplished by any previous EIGHT year administration in U.S. history despite the obstructionist measures of the party of NO.. And that doesn't begin to address the President's foreign policy agenda as commander in chief and leader of the free world.

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    September 3, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. Lizzie

    Thomas , I guess that Pres.Bushes fault also.

    September 3, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
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