Republicans push back after first night of the Democratic convention
September 4th, 2012
11:33 PM ET
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Republicans push back after first night of the Democratic convention

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Republicans are pushing back against what they heard at the opening night of the Democratic convention.

"On the first night of President Obama's convention, not a single speaker uttered the words 'Americans are better off than they were four years ago.' Instead, there was a night full of tributes to government as the solution to every problem, even going as far as to say that 'government is the only thing that we all belong to.' But government belongs to the American people – not the other way around – and the American people will hold President Obama accountable for his record," said Andrea Saul, press secretary for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's campaign.

Meanwhile, Republican National Committee communications director Sean Spicer, who's heading the GOP response team in Charlotte, sent an email to reporters, saying "just wanted to make sure you caught our updates to tonight. In total, we posted 10 Glaring Omissions on the Obama record and at least 7 Lies."

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. "When you walk through the door of opportunity, you do not close it, you reach behind you and help someone else" Michelle O!

    "On the first night of President Obama's convention, not a single speaker uttered the words 'Americans are better off than they were four years ago.'"

    No need to mention the obvious, the shrub is no longer in office, Andrea Obvious!

    September 4, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  2. vc

    It was a beautiful night and for the first time, we really got a chance to hear how much the President has accomplished: more in 4 years than any other president of the modern era. Considering the amount of opposition of those who wanted the president to fail on everything from health care, the war, and most importantly JOBS, he has done exceptionally well. You may disagree with his policies, but those who say that were keeping him from doing his job from day ONE were afraid that he would prove them wrong. I'm fired up and ready to vote for another FOUR MORE YEARS!!!

    September 4, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  3. NotFooledByDistractions

    Boy, poor andrea saul...what a difference a week makes.

    The republican convention resembled a religious revival – except the attendees left their christianity at home and brought along their bitterness and vitriol.

    It's got to be hard to defend the rnc in contrast to tonights events.

    September 4, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  4. n

    CNN, you are by far the worst. Why are you holding up this pathetic republican regime. Is CNN owned by the republican 1% and are your people being held hostage? Are your jobs on the line if you don't keep Mitt the Twit relevant? Who cares what these loser are saying. Like we expected anything other then the contrary. Do something useful, like searching for the truth and reporting it.

    September 4, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  5. Larry L

    The difference is crystal clear. The Republican Party offers only the failed policies of the Bush years and supports only the people who have already made their fortunes. The Democrats strive to provide a bright future for all Americans, not just those who can rely on the fortunes of their families. The dishonest, greed-based policies of the billionaires funding Mitt Romney don't care about the working class – their campaign dollars fire-up the extremists with lies and distortions because just votes from the wealthy won't win the election.

    September 4, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  6. CNN Fan

    Come on....GOP....Biden already responded back about ....that qs....Don't u get it?...haha...Let me repeat for u....."Bin laden is dead...GM is alive..."..haha..poor GOP..

    September 4, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  7. Dan5404

    The Republican comments will basically be drowned out by a re-energized Democratic party. And, rightly so. Their platform is a major loser...unworkable and unaffordable.

    September 4, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  8. DocHollywood

    These guys ,must have been watching a rerun of the republican convention. Because at the DNC, there was plenty of talk about being better than in the beginning of '09. I think what the republicans mean is that they're missing the bitterness and anger that the RNC had. Now, go back to your whining, Mitt, leave the hard stuff to the adults.

    September 4, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  9. unemployed american

    I was working a full time job when Bush was in the White House, I lost my job in 2010 due to being reduced in force. I am a lot worse off now. No I will not vote for Obama this November.

    September 4, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  10. myviewis

    Nor Michelle Obama or Mayor Julian Castro said it was the government who helped their dreams come true or be where they are today. On the contrary, both Michelle and Castro said, in Michelle it was her dad and in Julian it was his mother. So Democrats contradict themselves.

    Democrats also said no God in the convention and Mayor Julian Castro ends his speech by saying God bless the United States.

    September 4, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  11. Michele O'Bama's speech at DNC

    Boring, poorly delivered, scattered thoughts, impersonal, overreaching

    September 5, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  12. Yonni

    Tonight was highly inspiring the first lady stir the best in us (America), I wish I had forgot the Republican convention the whole platform, speech and selfishness brings the worst in people.

    September 5, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  13. Clint Eastwood

    I usually agree with Wolf Blitzer. However not this time! He would be stunned to hear how many of us every day folks think Client delivered a witty, impressive and entertaining piece at the RNC.

    September 5, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  14. Iamnotfooled

    What Andrea Saul? I seem to remember a mother cuddling her baby who had 2 heart surgeries and waiting on her 3rd. And how thankful she was that the cap for lifetime expenses was no more because of the AHA. It meant she did not have to worry about paying for the other surgery to save her daughters life. Government does help. And our vets like Tammy Duckworth getting good care and jobs when they come home after serving their country.

    September 5, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  15. William

    Great Day 1 for DNC!!!! I'm moving FORWARD with Obama. I don't want to return to the old mess I saw between 2000 and 2008. The RNC should start looking into dismantling their show.

    September 5, 2012 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  16. "When you walk through the door of opportunity, you do not close it, you reach behind you and help someone else" Michelle O!

    Only 7 lies the whole night?

    Lying' Ryan had that many in the first page of his speech.

    September 5, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  17. carlos

    name the lies, backtrack team at its worst.

    September 5, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  18. Erick

    The republicans forget one thing. Don't blame Obama. Eurpose is blamed for market problems. It is not easy to deal with.

    September 5, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  19. Gayla Milovich

    If President Obama cares for, and can relate with the struggling middle class families like his wife claimed tonight in her speech then why, oh why hasn't he done anything for them in the last four years? Talk about watching a television re-run...he is the star...not!

    September 5, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  20. Qobizita

    What the fact check team is misleading people on their jobs check is the fact that for the 4.5M jobs are only just in the past 29 months. Honestly speaking, job loss began to reduce after Obama took office. Are we better off as a country than we were 4yrs ago, Yes. We were losing somewhat to the tune of 800,000 jobs every month when Obama took office. Obama turned that around and we are now gaining hundreds of thousands of jobs every month. The stocks had reached their bottoms lows and today they are lost in the highest levels. As a country collectively, we are better off. It's still a work in progress though.

    September 5, 2012 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  21. commonsensematters

    WHO GOT US IN THE MESS!!! Did we REALLY THINK we would be out of this mess the FIRST DAY of OBAMA'S presidency? And if the REPUBLICAN'S know what we need to do to GET OUT OF THIS MESS, why did they not tell GWB to prevent us from getting in the mess!!!

    September 5, 2012 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  22. Brett

    The GOP is sunk. The energy at the DNC was amazing. The Democrats are motivated by love and the human spirit, and I believe that will trump hate in 2012.

    September 5, 2012 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  23. bro

    the only thing the republicans can do is lie and be very racist

    September 5, 2012 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  24. MP in VA

    I find it quite ironic to hear the GOp talk about who's better off after four years. If one starts counting, not when Obama took office, but when the jobless rate hit a low as a result of the Republican administration, statistics would show that millions are better off than they were. And, let's not forget that under our last president, only ONE group was better off after 8 years of Republican-run government. ONE.

    September 5, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  25. papafritz57

    Pathetic rightwing have to tailgate Democrats to turn their owns lies into Demo lies. We all know what the right stands for. We all know they've shown nothing abject racism toward our President and they don't give a damn that they have. Now they know their candidate is a loser who has no idea how the rest of American citizens live and frankly he just doesn't care, let alone get it. Willard has his millions safely stored away in banks outside our country to avoid taxes and other financial laws. If that is his idea of patriotism, someone better give him another lesson. Every hard working American on the left are sick and tired of the extreme hatred foisted upon them by the worthless Republican Congress and their guru, Grover Norquist. Imagine if a Democratic Congress signed pledges to a tax dodger and America hater like Norquist. The right would be screaming bloody murder. Mitt Robme will not be President. He is a phony, and someone who cannot see beyond his own many frontyards. Hearing themselves called liars doesn't sit well with Ryan and Robme, but that is just what they are. Now all of their mealy-mouthed whiners will be yelling foul. If Obama said the American flag was red, white and blue, the wingnuts and their teabagging hyena partymates would say he lied about that. Republicans are the effete nattering nabobs their disgraced former Vice President Agnew spoke of, no ideas, no mercy on the middle class, no notice of the poor.

    September 5, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
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