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. hannah

    That's all they know how to do, slam Obama. They are the most hateful greedy people on earth. But come November we'll not be hearing any more from these miscreants. They will be gone.

    September 5, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  2. normajean @ verizon ,com

    "Ten omissions and seven lies"???? Amazing...... It takes the Repubs...especially Paul Ryan about ten minutes to accomplish this same feat!!!.... May I add that the American people will also hold the Republians responsible for ""The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one term president""....The voters are well aware of what an impossible job any Democratic president would have trying to function with the obstructionist Repubs... It might also be noted that the Republicans have accomplished NOTHING but harassment for the last three plus years !!!!

    September 5, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  3. Bertha Saucedo

    Romeny. Move the R transpose m and o. Means R money which is what he will take if he wins. Tonight was amazing. Siur grapes GOP!

    September 5, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  4. Jacqueline

    I don't remember ever hearing President Obama say all change would come overnight. No, he said it will take time. Perhaps if the Republicans cared enough about America they would help make those changes happen instead of blocking the Presidents every move. Think about it... Are the Republicans really for the people that pay their wages? Or do they simply take their paycheck and the heck with anyone else collecting theirs.

    September 5, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  5. Skipper

    The President has a very very impressive record for his first year as President and Command-in-Chief. Just examine with an opening mind, a clear conscience that is under-bias, and with a pure nonpartisan perspective of the condition the country was in four years ago. If the true would be told, the Former President Bush should be tried for treason of miss handling the economy as well as lying to the American people. Since the President, his policies and his administration are sole responsibility for growing the economy, creating jobs, cutting taxes, and making the American dream possible for everyone. Let's get real, the President is not responsibility for everything that is wrong with America. No one can correct the hideous politics and the mean-spirited of people. Again, yes I'm better off today than four years ago. I'm further better off under President Obama leadership than I would have been under a Republican-Buch policy approach (period).

    September 5, 2012 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  6. Thomas

    How fast did Paul Ryan run that marathon ?

    Did his family fortune come from government contracts ?

    Is he realy married to an x lobbyist ?

    September 5, 2012 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  7. Paul Williamson

    I watched al the speeches, which were excellent, and could not find any lies. The only lies are the ones Republicans told, accusing the Democrats of lying!!

    September 5, 2012 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  8. The Left Wing

    During the Republican Convention I heard a number of speakers recount their family's inspirational stories of rising from poverty. I also heard similar stories tonight at the Democratic Convention. Perhaps the most telling difference is as the first lady said is that the Democrats don't want to slam the door behind them. Both the Democrats' and Republicans' family members had to work hard to achieve the American dream. However, the Democrats acknowledged the help they had receive from the country, where as Republicans said I built that all by myself. The tools that many of these people used, the GI bill, public universities, student aid, etc. are policies that Democrats created, sustain and try to improve.

    September 5, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  9. Merna

    Obama bad bad bad President he make everything worse

    September 5, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  10. AK_steve

    How can they say no one said "American are better off now than four years ago"? The former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland said it many times. It was the whole them of his speech.

    Is the GOP just a perpetual lying machine that thinks no one is paying attention?

    September 5, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  11. Bernard obryant

    I believe in god and my family not the poliction in washington he said he lying she said she lying the one is the true that me we are in and out of resession the only way out is for american to get us out of this jimmy carter clinton bush obama make believe and the hand of the lord reach american we be outof this bad econony

    September 5, 2012 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  12. Rogue351

    NO I am not better off than I was four years ago. But another four years of the same mind set that originally generated most if not all of these problems four years ago is not the answer. The Republicans have refused to help in the recovery of these problems brought on by Bush. So what on earth makes you think they will all of the sudden start fixing things now. Had they cooperated for the greater good of the country I may have a different take. But they didn't. Instead they hired people like Beck, Hannity and Limbaugh and let the problem fester so they could use it against a sitting president that was elected by popular vote. No way, No how, No thanks.

    September 5, 2012 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  13. John

    Maybe the speakers tonight recognized that the American people already know they are better off than when Mr. Obama took office at the height of the recession: three straight years of continued job growth, a doubling of the stock market, record-high profits for corporations, no more Iraq, no more Bin Laden, a favorable opinion from the world after Bush's destruction of our reputation, the Affordable Care Act helping out millions of Americans, increased home sales and higher home values, a restored auto industry, etc. In fact, everything is better today than it was after the Bush disaster.

    September 5, 2012 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  14. Desmond, a Canadian

    You Repubs really betray insecurities so easily.

    September 5, 2012 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  15. yosemiteSpam

    These republicans are leaches. They only know how to suck the life out of things to feed their glutonous donnors.. its sickening

    September 5, 2012 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  16. commonsensematters

    ""Yes" without equivocation. Four years ago, America was bogged down in two costly and deadly wars, the economy was losing 800,000 jobs a month, the stock market had crashed, Wall Street had to be rescued with a $700 billion bailout, the auto industry was on the verge of collapse, and color-coded terror alerts reminded us of the lingering threat of Osama Bin Laden.

    Under President Obama, we've ended the war in Iraq, created 4.5 million new jobs, doubled the Dow Jones Industrial Average, generated record profits for the auto industry, and taken out Osama Bin Laden. And that's to say nothing of health care reform, financial reform, repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and hundreds of other major accomplishments from this administration.""

    September 5, 2012 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  17. mig

    I want to see more than two years of tax returns from Ryan and Romney.What are these guys hiding?

    September 5, 2012 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  18. kevgood

    former employees of the ma and pa businesses Romney took over aren't working anymore, but Romney made money off the deals. that is success to Romney. we own this country is Romney's slogan.

    September 5, 2012 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  19. no name

    From where I am sitting on this planet call earth Americans appear to be better that they were because now a republican wants the job of president. No republican really wanted the job of president four years ago when the state of the Union was really bad but look at them now. You could call Obama an idiot but it would be for wanting the job four years ago. America I cannot tell you who to vote for but good luck. I can hear key words coming back like welfare, big government, koch brothers, fear fear fear etc this is when republicans are in their element. I can feel quivering from democrats, democrats qiver in the face of repbulicans unslaught and really have no self worth or anything to stand on because they have become to beleive that being good and loving each other and caring for your neighbour is a weakness. Love is not a weakness, caring is not a weakness, understanding is not a weakness, steping on your fellow man being stupid and spiting on him is a weakness not to mention down right worng. Fear is a weakness. I am not a fan of Obama and I do not like him but if God wants him to win and for him to be great at this job no rebulican can stop him. I belive he was the right man four years ago which means he may be the right person for four more years. God is good. God bless American and God bless Borack Obama. Why I say this is because amidst the impossible he was put in a position of power amongst an army of people who truly hate him which means his election to power could be the will of God. if so the fight is not between the republicans and Obama but between the republicans and God. Good luck.

    September 5, 2012 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  20. The Left Wing

    I think the Republicans are just feeling bad because their message of trust me, give the rich all your money, let them have all the power and they'll create jobs, doesn't sound or works as well as the Democrats message of let's create policies that directly support the middle class and the added demand will start the economy moving.

    September 5, 2012 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  21. Kane

    It feels good to watch a hate-free and inspiring convention for a change, unlike the pandering trash that Romney and the republicans put on last week...

    September 5, 2012 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  22. DZ

    All the GOP does is push back and insult..I have yet to hear Romney or Ryan make a single truthful statement period. Every claim they make turns out to be absolutely false and they have yet to take a stand on any single issue, all they do is repeat what each crowd wants to hear. Romney and Ryan are con artists, and America won't survive either of them.

    September 5, 2012 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  23. Will

    The US IS better off than the US was 4 years ago. Need proof? How many GOP are willing to go back to ALL the policies that werein place 4 years ago. Is there really ANY GOP person that wants to go back to 2008? I mean REALLY?

    September 5, 2012 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  24. DOn

    Look at Romney the father of lies calling Obama a liar. Kind of ironic.

    September 5, 2012 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  25. Anthony

    But we are better off than we were 4 years ago. We are not losing 700,000 jobs a month, and the economy is not contracting. The economy has actually added 300,000 private-sector jobs since Obama became president. This includes the first-year losses. Of course, it is hardly fair to blame Obama for the first-year losses, much of which happened within the first six months. It is like blaming Bush for 9/11 which happened 8 months into his presidency.

    It is true that there are nearly 1 million fewer public-sector/government jobs under Obama. Conservatives might be stunned to learn this, but the size of the government workforce has actually decreased under Obama. It is true that the recession started in late 2007, and the economy has not recovered all the jobs lost since the recession started. For the jobs that were lost before Obama became president, of course we blamed Bush.

    September 5, 2012 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
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