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.

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soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. The Lady

    I wish we all would come together and work as a country to help get us back on our feet, I am so sick an tired of hearing what is wrong with a plan and not hearing plans about how we can get back on our feet.

    December 3, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. a health economist

    "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,"

    I hope the RNC, and more importantly those that vote for the Republicans, realize that decreased government spending will lead to cut backs in government jobs and increase the unemployment rate. I know thinking outside the box can be difficult, but those of us that are not entrenched in ideologies would really appreciate it from those that are.

    December 3, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. Fair is Fair

    "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."

    Why has it gone from bad to worse? Because porkulus was nothing more than a massive payoff to politicians and unions. To say otherwise would be disingenuious, but I'll wager they'll blame Bush.

    December 3, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    The economy went from bad to worse under the GOP. The democrats are fixing it, despite the efforts of the republicans to ruin our country.

    December 3, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. DALE

    I remember during to dark days of Bush that if I were to even look sideways at the President I was labled a traitor, a non-American and should just leave the country. What does this make the RNC then?

    December 3, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. George

    The RNC should say the bad economy was left by their Joker George Bush, He made this mess. Obama is trying to fix it and the Republicans are hoping it gets worse. The RNC always puts party ahead of country.

    December 3, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Stacie

    Good grief...either participate in the recovery efforts or shut up! Spending tons of money on ads against the president isn't helping people find jobs, solve the mess in Afghanistan, find a way to lower health insurance costs, or improve education. Playing politics during a time when everyone is needed to solve all the problems we have is just plain sad.

    December 3, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Holly

    Anyone with the brain of a peanut knows that George W. and his Republican thugs put us where we are today.....President Obama just inherited this mess!

    December 3, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    Only republicans can find a way to get a lot of positive mileage out of their being inept. Congressional republicans are the worst welfare cheaters. They are the garlic milkshake of government.

    December 3, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Those statements are at least valid criticisms.

    December 3, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. MARK

    Republicans put us where we are took them eight years, now, it's going to take at least that long to correct their stupid mistakes.

    December 3, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. al in memphis

    Don't just love how politics tries to appeal to our ignorance more than our ability to reason. Months ago, Obama made it clear the economy was going to get worse before it got better, that common sense considering how the world banking system was about to collapse.

    If this is the best a bunch of lawyers can do, we need another profession running politics.

    December 3, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Carl

    It's so easy to place blame but do I hear any ideas on how to help the economy and create jobs coming from the Right?? NO not a single positive constructive thing. What a crock, what a joke these people are. They are spending all this money on ads saying how all this money hasn't helped.. well at least people making ads still have jobs, thanks Republicans.. Worthless piece of...

    December 3, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. Republican no More

    My former party has reduced itself to nothing more then a chorus of worthless whiners and good for nothing complainers.

    Sick and disgusted of the putrid retards that have taken over my once proud party. Never again will I vote for a republican.

    December 3, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. Silence Dogoode

    Well, it's all true....The feds have got to stop printing and spending $$$ we don't have.

    December 3, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  16. Fed-up

    I'm so disgusted with this power struggle mentality. I wish they'd just do away with political parties already.
    It's the President of the United States for pete's sake.
    Anytime anyone regardless of their party, complained about the last administration, they were labeled unpatriotic. Too bad the RNC doesn't abide by their own principals and ideals. Oh, wait, they do, the ideal is get republicans elected, and that's priority one. All else is secondary. When the republicans were in power, it was the democrats doing the same thing. Election is all these politicians care about anymore, It's not about serving the people, it's about personal career advancement, and money grabbing from their contributers.
    It's disgusting, even the greediest corporate bullies don't spend the kind of money and energy smearing each other as these two parties do.
    Most days it's like watching a couple of 13 year olds trying to convince the other kids they are the coolest- complete with middle school level behavior.

    December 3, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. Bob in Pa

    We don't need an ad to tell us how miserable the Obama agenda is.

    December 3, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. CNN afraid of a liberal post

    AND if bush and these same republicans running the ads hadn't sent all the good MANUFACTURING JOBS to foreign countries, Obama would not now have to be getting all the help he can to create new jobs for this country.

    BUT don't worry, democrats will create more jobs, just in time for the stupid public to put another republican in, who in giving them huge tax breaks will HELP the corporations to again send them overseas.

    AND YET REPUBLICANS SAY THEY ARE TRUE AMERICANS. Why can't the stupids like the tea bags and Palin's rag tags, see the truth.

    December 3, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. Robert J 1

    What a joke these Republicans are. After stupidly wasting a surplus, starting and leading a stupid war in Iraq, (during which half TRILLION dollars just "disappeared) stupidly giving money to failed banks, and then leaving this pile of dung on a new presidents desk, they have the arrogant audacity to talk about jobs, the economy, and plans for dealing with Afghanistan?
    You republicans are more than stupid. You are ideologically demented. No rationale person wants you, listens to you or believes you. Crawl in corner or under a rcok and just shut up FOREVER!

    December 3, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. Mike

    Considering it hasn't gone from "bad to worse", there may be a libel suit coming. Most economic indicators are showing the recession has been improving since January or February of 2009, and there has been a noted decline of job losses, an improving of gross domestic product and other major inclines. The fact the American population is so unintelligent when it comes to financial matters shows how we got into this mess in the first place, and why some were unprepared for the initial downturn. The Republicans need to stop slandering and start working on helping.

    December 3, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. Chicago Mob

    Is Obama above criticism? All anyone with a brain needs to do is read the stimulus bill (thats the one that was written by the Appollo alliance) to see that it was more about political payback than about really creating jobs. This administration is only about promoting their party's agenda not the interests of the American people. They deserve the criticism.

    December 3, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. NotFooledTX

    For a party that likes to tout – and many times threaten using the old "states rights" mantra – why are they acting like whining children? Don't the states bear responsibility for their current position? They didn't diversify their industries and now are in a world of hurt – that sounds more like local leadership issues than federal. It's ok to grab the governments teat when it suits them.

    This is just more nonsense – more white noise – from the republican party. They're talking out of both sides of their mouths these days and making very little if any sense.

    December 3, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. angie

    Clinton created 22M jobs.
    Bush created 2M jobs.
    And yet – it's Obama's fault there are few jobs?!?

    In 2003, Bush created an office in the White House dedicated to assisting U.S. corporations moving jobs overseas. And then the Republican Congress gave U.S. corporations HUGE TAX BREAKS for MOVING jobs overseas.

    And yet Republicants blame Obama for the unemployment rate!!

    December 3, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. billy123

    The party of "NO" continues.

    December 3, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. Enough

    Obama would do better to keep his mouth closed when it comes to the economy. He doesn't know what to do to make it better and everything he is doing is making it don't spend your way out of a recession.

    December 3, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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