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. todd

    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.

    Okay, Take out the "givens" Liberal West and North East (there's your 8 million) and then look the picture. Not a pretty sight. Good luck though.

    September 3, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  2. Russ in Md.

    Did you know that every goverment job created is a negative revenue for the country? 150,000 new unionized jobs alone at beter than $70,000 a year. Guess who pays for that.

    September 3, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. Liz the First

    No pixie dust, just the reality that we are a lot better off now than when Bush was in office. we were hemmohraging jobs then and the middle class was losing ground every year. the economy was crumbling and two off-the-books wars were raging. now we're gaining jobs, slowly, granted, but that's mainly the rethugs' fault for not supporting any jobs bills. we are out of Iraq for all intents and purposes, and Afghanistan is winding down. the middle class is starting to gain ground. and we still have an auto industry, no thanks to RMoney! on, and did i mention Osama is taking that big dirt nap he so richly deserves? People who voted for Obama don't need to be disappointed by his failure to keep every single promise he made in '08, they need to be outraged that the repugs did everything they could to keep him from doing anything we elected him to do! the solution? rid the congress of as many rethugs as we can and then watch the good things start happening!

    September 3, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  4. Thor4

    There is no pizie dust for you either GOP Your numbers have not moved since the convention Plus the Dems have not finished their's yet. !!!! Maybe you should get the smirk off your faces and wait !!!!

    September 3, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. Tarheel Grayhair

    Lots of yardsticks available for whether or not we're better off now than in 2008...price of gas, houses for sale/sold, etc., etc., etc. My wife and I are retired; we live on Social Security and our savings. What matters to us is that our spendable finances are about 30% better today than at the beginning of 2009. And that's after taking a monthly withdrawal each month over that whole time.

    George Bush and his cronies screwed this country out of a multi-billion dollar surplus by marching us into two unfunded wars, while letting the foxes in Wall Street and the banking industry guard their own hen houses. He gave Barack Obama a deeper hole to pull us out of than we have been willing to admit. I can't see the Romney-Ryan cabal doing anything but steering the country and its economy back into that same hole.

    September 3, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  6. Bob

    Fact: We were losing 750,000 jobs a month before Obama took office. We've now had 29 consecutive months of job growth despite the best efforts of the GOP.
    Fact: Gas was $4.80 a gallon four years ago. McCain's solution was "give everyone a hundred bucks!". Gas is lower now than it was despite all the supply issues.
    Fact: Supply issues like the BP oil spill were caused by Cheney lifting regulations so BP could save a few hundred thousand dollars on a blowout valve. Yeah, that was a wise choice! See, fewer regulations actually hurt oil supplies and cost jobs and destroy the environment. Without that BP spill, the U.S. economy would be several hundred billion dollars richer.

    September 3, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  7. Russ in Md.

    Duplicate comment detected; it looks as though you’ve already said that!


    Did you know that our country was as united 12 years ago as it was when Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese? In Sep. 2007 the country was still very united in our common goal. I have never seen more hate between Americans than I have since Obama took office. Still think you’re better off?

    September 3, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  8. Thor4

    By the way – Maybe you have memory loss. Four years ago the country was in a terrible economic disaster. Bush was telling everyone this time four years ago how bad things were.

    The stock market is way up and the banks are not having closures plus the manufacturing industry is beginning to return and thrive. The Auto industry, thanks to Obama, is going along very, very well thank you.

    Another lie by the GOP – why don't you people try to tell the truth for a change. !!!!!! You cannot get rid of the Bush disaster record that easily GOP even though you would love to !!!!

    September 3, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  9. Mactsr in Montana

    can hardly wait come this november the people will turn this country another gwb. I wonder how long it's before we are fighting another un-funded war.

    September 3, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  10. Sharon

    To the question, am I better off now than 4 years ago? A bit. Lost a job in 2010 (knew since 2006 it was happening, not Obama's fault). Was grateful to be able to collect extended unemployment, after working for 30 some years without being unemployed. Was able to work with my mortgage lender to lower my interest rate and monthly payment. My 401k is worth more than 4 years ago. Adjusted for inflation, not as good as in 2000 but much better than 2007-2008. Is the country better off – we are adding jobs. I strongly believe this is the worst recession we have had. What are are ideas for bringing the economy back – gee, WW2 worked well, didn't it? As did the military buildup of the 50's then Vietnam – not interested in going that route again. Still waiting to hear what Romney/Ryan propose to bring the country back faster.

    September 3, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  11. Nietodarwin

    The GOP wants to force women to give birth to their rapist's child. Let's see how that religious superstition plays out.
    Perfect line, "Pixie Dust" for a bunch of crazy zealots.
    This IS NOT the GOP, it has been taken over by liars and TALIBANGELICALS.

    September 3, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  12. helmetbreaker

    And one of the worst stats on Obama's 4.2 or 4.5 million jobs, 52%of them were of a low income nature, in other words,
    minimum wage or slightly larger

    September 3, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. helmetbreaker

    Blogs and entries on all media sites by liberals are contuously and victiously calling Ryan a liar. Just for the record from all fact checking groups and ABC News

    Politicians are known to both misspeak and fudge the data, but not all are as close to the numbers as Ryan, who in Congress studies them himself, instead of leaning on aides to do it for him.

    September 3, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  14. johnjo101

    This is so funny for the republicans to ask. Let me ask a question, were you better off before or after George Bush? Since Romney is putting out the same platform, how can you consider voting for him?

    September 3, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  15. Mike in Texas


    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.

    Okay, Take out the "givens" Liberal West and North East (there's your 8 million) and then look the picture. Not a pretty sight. Good luck though.

    Okay. Take out the "givens" South and plains states and then look at the picture. Romney has to carry at least Florida and Ohio to have a shot. Obama has more leeway.

    Face it, if Romney were a decent candidate he would be up by double digits. If Obama is so terrible why isn't Romney pounding him?

    September 3, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  16. chuck

    Our household is definitely better off now, we have steady good paying jobs and are paying off debt. We are a Nurse and an engineer OBAMA 21012

    September 3, 2012 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  17. Jeetu

    The GOP is asking the wrong question as they don't want to answer or hear the answer to the right question. The right question is: Would we been better off with MaCain or Romney as President? Given that republican policies were making us lose 800,000 jobs per month and that we are falling of the economic cliff when Obama took office, I am sure that things would have been much worse than what they are right now. Even though the economy is not progressing as fas as we would like, it is on an upward trajectory, slowly but surely. This is much better than it would have been under a republican President who would have given tax breaks to the rich, created more uneployment and further falling in economic stability.

    Yes, the country is better of today than it was when Obama took office as POTUS. No, we would not have been better under a republican POTUS and won't be in the future. Hence, we will re-elect Obama as POTUS and democrats in the House and Sente to keep imporving our economy and making USA stronger in the world.

    September 3, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  18. JBHedgehog

    "There is no hope" Chicken Little also says the sky is falling. At least they're not going negative.

    September 3, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  19. Squigman

    It's nice having a few education credentials to fall back on. It has served well in many ways. One way is the separation of fact, from falsehood when politicians speak. It's also been helpful when remembering who, and what party was in power when the walls came tumbling down. The walls tumbled in the early part of 2008, and almost ruined the entire economy. The consensus was that it could be repaired in a few short years. Maybe it could have, but the party responsible for the meltdown was given access to congress. They're agenda since has been clear. Ruin the elected president, even if it mean't continued economic stagnation. Well, they have succeeded in stagnating the economy, but if the people remember correctly where to place the blame, they'll be ousted from office in the near future. Good luck to those with vivid recollection. A pox on those that believe propaganda.

    September 3, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  20. Barbra & Jack Donachy

    Paul Ryan has wasted little time in establishing a reputation as someone who simply does not tell the truth. If he doesn't reign himself in – and soon – he's going to destroy the ticket. He's told fictions about a closed GM plant, his marathon time, and most recently, bankruptcy numbers. I get the sense that most of us aren't buying that he simply keeps "misspeaking." The danger here is that Ryan is simply being himself. No longer talking behind closed doors to the Karl Roves of the world, he's on a stage where everyone is listening... and he's just doing what he's always done. It may be that this is who he is.

    September 3, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  21. Reggie from LA

    You are correct. 4 years ago, Obama was campaigning. The economy had just begun it's downward, terrible spiral. Then, Obama got into the White House in January 2009. He tried for change, but the GOP would not help. As a matter of fact, they blocked his efforts. However, despite those devils, he was able to go from dam-near-depression, to recession, to out of that. Many consecutive months of job growth (although not at the speed BO wanted), but it could have been faster with the Republicans help. The didn't. They just baited and blackmailed. You should be proud Rience. You cronies did just what McConnell pledged for and now you can say "Obama didn't accomplish anything". Grinnin' Liar.

    September 3, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  22. Charles

    Wow, the desperation of the GOP knows no bounds, quite pathetic.

    September 3, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  23. BruddahName

    A vote for Obama is a vote for the status quo.

    September 3, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  24. Reggie from LA

    helmetbreaker, are you kidding us? There's video all over the internet showing Ryan's own words coming out of Ryan's own mouth that he has readily spoken numerous lies. His lies are all over the place. There's a plethora of articles that show his statements and principles over time and how they quickly evolved when he was selected. You might want to take a look. Oh, you don't wanna see. OK, I get it.

    September 3, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  25. Stop new version of McCarthyism NOW! Davis

    Truly the GOP really has fallen from grace if they're going to resort to lies and half-truths. The job situation would've been a lot worse 4 years ago, had the Government not bailed out the auto industry and created the stimulus package... Some states didn't accept the stimulus and therefore have had barely any recovery at all..., we would be in a second Great Depression. then they claim that obamacare levies a "tax" on people who don't buy healthcare and that Mitt Romney's Massachusetts healthcare plan didn't have that same "tax".

    September 3, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
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