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. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Myviewis . . . Your view is distorted. Once again you are wrong. There was an increase, as my mother received an increase despite the GOP saying, "No!'

    September 3, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. todd

    All I can say is good luck. But it's becoming increasingly likely his presidency is coming to an end. And that is taking the most objective view. Too many people, especially the ones who pay the bills, are saying "Toodaloo B"

    September 3, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Nanny state right wingnuts really need to turn off Fox foreign owned media, as they are reality challenged.

    September 3, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  4. Name

    Mr. Priebus is as vile, vulgar and un-American as the rest of the GOP "leadership." Each of these so-called "leaders" open their mouths and spew 100% prevarication. None cares one whit about our country or the general population.

    Theu DO care about destroying our country and the lives of common people – at any cost.

    September 3, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  5. Mike in Texas


    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!!

    Bob you do realize unemployment was shooting up when Obama took over right?
    You do realize that gas was $4.11 a gallon on average the highest ever in July 2008 and that it was only cheap because of the economic collapse?

    Go ahead bob and vote for Romney and if he doesn't win don't cry when your gas is higher and unemployment is still where it's at.

    September 3, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  6. Lizzie

    BillC, yes the person you talk about would have told you to put in in D, and it's not my fault I didn't put the ditch there.

    September 3, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  7. Mike in Texas

    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.

    Obama won both the electoral and the popular vote handily.

    He won the electoral 365-173 and the popular vote by over 8 million votes.

    Get your facts straight.

    September 3, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  8. Name

    I cannot wait til this chump is out of the whitehouse! Some of you libs are just delusional! We are definitely NOT better off...I don't care who you are!

    September 3, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. Mike in Texas

    For those like Bob complaining about the price of gas, you do realize that in July 2008 the average price of a gallon of gas was $4.11. This is the highest average price the country has ever had. The only reason it was less than $2.00 a gallon when Obama took over was because of the economic collapse. Did you complain about it in July 2008?

    September 3, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. ge

    if you like oil on the beaches,flaming tap water,bail-outs for banks and wall-street-low wages no benifits no worker safety,bomb the wrong country,every loony in the country running around with a gun,money scams you are a republican

    September 3, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  11. Jersey Girl

    Any good news in the economy is bad news for the Republicans! How's that for irony. A real estate person I stay in touch with every so often told me a few days ago that the real estate office she works at is getting busier. Also on the radio, the news is that home sales have gone up first time in years. A house a few doors away had a for sale sign. Within two weeks, it had a sale pending sign on top of it. We are fortunate to live in the greatest country in the world. It's good to remind ourselves of that every so often.

    September 3, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  12. Name Suzette

    Repubs so full of hatred. Yes we are better off. No thanks to the repubs. Repubs you can't and won't win with all your big money spending. God is in control

    September 3, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  13. Jack V

    I've seen R Priebus's mannerisms, I think he should shy away from any references to fairies.

    September 3, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. Mike Texoma

    The answer to the question is a very definite yes, Are folks still hurting? Yes. And do we have compassion for those people? Yes. But the bottom line is: We are no longer losing 750,000 jobs each month; we have been adding private sector jobs for the last 29 months; our pension funds are no longer losing $1 trillion per month; GM is back to being the biggest car maker in the world; Chrysler is the fastest growing; although there are storm clouds, we are no longer in danger of falling into a deep economic depression; quite a few Americans made it through because of the stimulus; and millions of Americans now have health care who did not have it before. Look, we respect those who still have it rough, but the nation as a whole is way,way better off. And if we could get Mitch McConnel and Eric Canter out of the way, we would be much farther along on the way to recovery.

    September 3, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. ronb

    HAHAHAHA!!! The GOP dumped Michael Steele for this guy??! He's right "we're not better off than we were four years ago"!! GOP needs to dump him as soon as possible....and send Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, Romney, and "Lyin" Ryan with him. WHERE is the GOP LEADERSHIP????

    September 3, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. Tex71

    When Priebus said the pixie dust was gone, he must have been referring to his having snorted all the coke in the RNC stash.

    September 3, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  17. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Priebus won't tell the public the full truth that his party's policies drove us so close to a depression that 4 years is not enough time to correct all of the damage they did. He also won't tell that the republicans spent the last 2 years blocking every bill that could help the American people. Sadly, the GOP is running on the same policies that nearly drove us off of the cliff.

    September 3, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  18. Russ in Md.

    Can you believe, it cost me $15.00 to fill my gass tank___for my lawn tracktor. How much better of is that?

    September 3, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  19. Name Rebel yell

    The jobs added to the economy are generally paying lower than the jobs previosly lost. That is not an economic recovery.

    September 3, 2012 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  20. regie

    This goofball is the worst chairman I have ever seen.

    September 3, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  21. Mike in Texas

    Russ in Md. It cost more to fill up in 2008 before the economic collapse.

    We won't get cheap gas again unless we are in another financial collapse. Maybe you want that but I sure don't.

    September 3, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  22. Bessy

    I'm seeing " sold " signs in my neighborhood on houses that have been empty for awhile. Also, restaurants are busier than they have been. Just look at the parking lots as you pass them. I was talking to the owner of a local restaurant and she told me she has had more cutomers this summer than last summer. Another thing, new cars are selling. So, this shows me that things are starting to pick up. Things could have been a lot better if the republicans would have only cooperated with the president instead of always voting " no ".

    September 3, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  23. Peik

    Give each of them $100. Romney will double it, Obama will lose it and give you a fine story.

    September 3, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  24. Russ in Md.

    Did you know that Pesident Reagan created 9 million jobs in the first 9 months in office? Obama is claming 4 million jobs in 3.5 years but that's a hard pill to swallow seeing that there are less people working today than there was when he took office.

    September 3, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Yes, I am better off than I was 4 years ago. My 401K is up and I make more money, no thanks to the Republicans in Congress. BTW, even for those that are not better off than four years ago, what is Gov. Romney proposing to do for them? Nothing, except control women's bodies and turn American into a plutocracy.

    September 3, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
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