December 3rd, 2009
11:30 AM ET
9 years ago

RNC airs critical ads prior to Obama visit

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The Republican National Committee will begin airing ads in Pennsylvania Thursday."]
Washington (CNN) –– The Republican National Committee will begin running radio ads in parts of Pennsylvania Thursday, a day before President Obama heads to Allentown to make remarks on the economy.

The 60-second ads will run for two days, an RNC official tells CNN. The committee is expected to announce the radio ads soon.

"Earlier this year, President Obama and Arlen Specter passed a $787 billion stimulus package that has created more growth in government instead of creating jobs for Pennsylvanian families," RNC Chairman Michael Steele said in a statement that will accompany the news advisory announcing the buy. "Nearly 11 months after their big-government spending experiment, unemployment in Pennsylvania has only continued to rise. President Obama and Arlen Specter spent $787 billion in taxpayers' money, and have nothing to show for it. To make matters worse, they want a second stimulus. As President Obama and Washington bureaucrats roll into Allentown, they need to tell Pennsylvania families why the economy has gone from bad to worse under their watch."

The president is holding a jobs forum at the White House on Thursday, where he will meet with representatives from the business and financial industries as well as labor unions. Friday to president heads to Allentown, the first stop of what the Administration terms a "White House to Main Street" tour that will take Obama to cities and towns across the country.

See full script after the jump.

Full script:


MALE: Did you hear President Obama is in the Lehigh Valley…..

FEMALE: Yep. It's a Stimulus Summit.

MALE: Stimulus Summit?

FEMALE: Yep. Obama's gonna have another Stimulus Plan.

MALE: Wait a minute……

FEMALE: Uh huh?

MALE: Hold on….I'm looking it up….

FEMALE: Looking up what?

MALE: Stimulus. The definition of the word stimulus.

FEMALE: And it says?

MALE: That which stimulates. As in….

FEMALE: Stimulates the economy.

MALE: Right…..but the Obama-Pelosi stimulus plan DIDN'T stimulate the economy.

FEMALE: Nope. Unemployment has actually GONE UP twenty five percent since then.

MALE: Nearly a trillion dollars…and still we're going in the wrong direction.

FEMALE: A trillion dollars here…a trillion dollars there….

MALE: Pretty soon you're talking about real money….

FEMALE: A lot of money. But half a million people in Pennsylvania still out of work….

MALE: Half a million?

FEMALE: Yep….and yet President Obama and Arlen Specter still defend a bad idea….

MALE: Hey, if you see President Obama around town…..

FEMALE: Let's tell him one stimulus plan was too many.

Announcer: The Republican National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising. Paid for by the Republican National Committee. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee

soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. Kevin Denver Colorado

    When you lack the intelligence to grasp the near total collapse of the entire world economy that was apparent to all developed nations, you lack any right to gripe about what was an absolutely necessary move on the part of the Obama administration.

    December 3, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. southerncousin

    The president that was installed by the unions, ACORN and George Soros is real good at making remarks, he makes them often, but as far as action, nothing. He even got a Nobel Peace prize on the theory that he might do something.

    December 3, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. shawn

    I hate to say it, because I am a democrat who voted for obama, but these ads are correct. There are no new jobs, the only jobs I have seen have been union contract jobs. obama promised all of these great things that sounded great, but now I realize it was all lies just to get himself elected. I am very angry about where the country is going. I have been out of work for a long time now, and all I see is obama traveling around the world and the united states living it up, spending everyone else's tax dollars to do it. obama was a terrible mistake.

    December 3, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Once again, the RNC demonstrates that the GOP has no strategic ideas for the economy, nor does it have a clear vision for the direction of the country...and they are depending on fear and anger among voters to give them victories in 2010.

    Republicans are feeling WAY too confident – voters always respond better to a campaign of optimism – not one of anger and fear. While I don't agree with his politics...Newt Gingrich's "Contract With America" is a perfect example of how voters respond to vision and hope, not hopelessness. It won him control of Congress in 1994!

    December 3, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. barbara

    is this president ever home? every time i look at the news, hes off to some other place, in this country or outside of it. he is constantly on the road as if he were still campaigning! one day the people are going to tell him, through polling, that he needs to keep himself at home and do some real meaningful work for the people on main street instead of going to them and giving a floewery speech. talk doesnt put food on the table.

    December 3, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. Newest 'Pub Idea

    Hey, we could make hot dogs our new national currency! About 20 would equal a nickel.

    Pass the brown mustard and relish, these brilliant "pro-business" folks are at it again!

    December 3, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. Peter s

    RNC have no shame! its not even over a year since they tanked the US economy and here they come with ads hoodwinking the public!. fortunately people knows you better!

    December 3, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. Terry from West Texas

    More Conservative lies. Conservatives count on Americans being stupid and poorly informed.

    It is true that unemployment has gone up since Obama was election. It is true that Obama and most economists state that jobs are the last part of the economy to recover after a recession.

    The Conservatives who purchased that ad know that jobs recover last in a recession. Conservatives know that if their economic plan (what plan?) was implemented, that jobs would be the last part of the economy to recover.

    America's Conservative leaders look us straight in the eye and lie to us without a flinch, without looking aside, and without a blink. They are good at it. I presume they practice in front of a mirror. "The sky is red. Dogs have three legs. Two plus two is thirty-eight. Conservatives care about you. Conservatives want all Americans to have secure jobs with good benefits. George Bush is not responsible for 75% of the national debt. We care about the middle class. Sugar tasts sour. I never take bribes...."

    December 3, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. HUGO

    The problem with Washington is that the current Administration and most of our Congress is made up lifer bureaucrats that have NEVER generated on bit of commerce that wasn't related to spending OUR tax dollars. If you have NEVER had a job in the private sector that had to generate a profit then how on earth can you comprehend how to revitalize the employment market. This lack of comprehension is obvious by the list of attendees to the JOB summit, aka "Obama's entitlement summit." This has been a no brainer for predicting the downward slide of our economy under this Congress and this Administration. It will all go down in history as the "Age of Entitlement", it will only end when middle class America is tapped out and fed up with the FED!

    December 3, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. Sniffit


    Soooo, we all now that the "news" media drums up controversy as much as possible, even when it requires selectively ignoring or reporting facts, eveidence, accurate information, etc....all in the name of generating viewership and thereby raising the price advertising time prices and the revenue it generates. Do you not get it? Who are the RNC and DNC paying in order to run these ads? And you wonder why the bbobbleheads will sit there with a makeup smile on their faces and pretend accusations like "death panels" and other asinine nonense need to be discussed as though they might have merit.

    December 3, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. Donna Stayman

    I applaud all efforts by the RNC and Steele to destroy the fantasy created by Obama & his libs on the Hill regarding the obscene stimulus bill & the lies they've been forced to tell about job creation in order to give themselves cover. The taxpayers need to wake up & I hope the folks in PA will give Specter & Sestak the boot next fall.

    December 3, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. Bob Goldsmith

    Will Obama throw $100 bill around? This is the Obama recession we are in now. Impeach Obama!

    December 3, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. J.P.

    Folks, massive, massive unemployment is not an unfortunate side effect of Obama's policies... it's the ENTIRE GOAL of Obama's policies.

    The more people you can put out of work, the more dependent you can make them on government, the more Democrat voters you have, the more political power you can amass, which is what all good statists down through history have sought: total domination and control.

    It's actually simple math and the entire effort is very transparent. Wait, maybe THIS is what he meant when he promised the most transparent administration ever.

    December 3, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Dan K

    If the RNC promises more ads like this, I'll have to increase my donations to them. We have to get the truth out!

    December 3, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. geecee

    Its obvious the RNC (and all Republican whackjobs) want our President to be hurt, don't they? They want him to fail, and absent that, they want him to be assaulted somehow by some one of their psycho Limbots. They are going to regret their behavior in 2010 and 2012. Such a bunch of hateful, do nothing obstructionists.

    December 3, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. gary

    Under republican leadership the american economy was losing 750,000 jobs a month! A MONTH!These idiots do not have the right to critize anyone.

    December 3, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. independent

    If someone has a party for eight years, using savings and debt, destroying parts of the house, trashing various rooms, etc. it might take a while to get the house and finances back in shape.

    Some people have argued that a four year term is actually too short to lay blame or give credit to one particular administration. If that is the case, how can the Republicans blame the President after only 10 months? They are the Party of No, the Party of Blame the other side, the Party of Keep Things the Way They Are.

    Are you happy with what the Republicans did over eight years? If not, give the President some time to clean things up and put the Ship of State back on the right course.

    December 3, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Kate

    Let's see, the economy "cratered," in John McCain's words, under the absentee landlord practices of the Bush Administration. Eleven months after President Obama took over, the leading economic indicators are all on the rise, with the exception of unemployment, which is, as an economist will tell you, the last thing to recover.

    The Republicans are not only inept, they are liars.

    They will do anything to stop the forward progress of the nation, so that they can win elections.

    December 3, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Retired US Army Officer-Kansas

    Did you hear of the Bush Cheney economic stimulus plan? Halloberton here and Hallpberton there, a few trillion unaccounted for but the party base happy............

    December 3, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Mike in MN

    Obama is a joke. He and Biden claim the stimulus has worked beyond ecpectations. They make wild, exagerated claims about jobs saved or created.
    But the real unumployment numbers says jobs are not being created.
    The public is far from happy. So Obama has to show he is doing something and calls for a jobs summit. And there is talk of a second stimulus, but don't call it a second stimulus because that might sound like an admission that the first stimulus faild. After all, if the first is working beyond expectatioins, and the expectations was job creation, why would you need a second stimulus?
    If the wonderfull Obama stimulus was working to well, why is there a need for a jobs summit and a second stimulus? Only the really stupid kool-aid drinkers can possibly really believe Obama's stimulus has worked. Even Obama, as evidenced by his actions, does not believe it.

    December 3, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. Dieter Zerressen

    Two things: first, they are finally admitting that the economy was bad under their watch. Second, most of the stimulus money has yet to be spend. Oh, I might as well throw in a third point. It took 8 years for Bush to drive the US economy over the cliff and the Republicans are demanding, but not helping, Obama pull it back in 9 months. Shameful. I just hope Americans don't let the Republicans pull the wool over their eyes yet again.

    December 3, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. Jack Fl

    I must wonder where we would be without ALL the stimulus and bailout money? Has anyone pondered that? Surely all that money has slowed the economic downslide that started over a year before the Bush administration took off the blinders of denial.

    December 3, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. Scary party

    The RNC will criticize anything associated with President Obama, deserved or not. It has gotten so ridiculous I'm surprised they haven't resorted to complaining about the number of gray hairs on his head. Oh wait, there's still one more work day left this week.

    December 3, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. Scottish Mama in MO

    Name the jobs the repubs have created.

    December 3, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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