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. DJ

    Get a life Steele...noboby can wave a magic wand and fix the economy in less than 1 year...Bush/Cheney caused the mess by not paying for a war based on lies in Iraq.

    December 3, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. Clint

    RNC – the voice of doom and the end of the GOP.

    December 3, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. GOP stick it

    you have no credibility

    December 3, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. Lisa B

    The unmitigated gall of these RNC people is astounding. They should be utterly ashamed of themselves.

    December 3, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. Barack reads his lies, Gov't grows, Unions Thrive and the Economy dies.

    70% of the jobs created in this country come from Small businesses. Where is the Small Business representation.

    As usual, they are ignored.

    Unions and Big gov't don't create jobs, they destroy job opportunity by sucking capital out of the innovators and the entrepreneurs to satisfy their unquencheable desire for power.

    December 3, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. sherry

    Lets make less Government....This is what the GOP preach all the time.
    Then I say get rid of all the republican senators and congressmen....they are the ones that whine and cause all the trouble anyway

    December 3, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. David L. Davila

    The Republican party seems to forget that a Republican administration under President George W. Bush gave us the worst economy since the depression. The Republicans are the party of zero plans and whiners!!

    December 3, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Same stupid GOP crybabies! How about HELPING the guy out for a change?

    December 3, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. George Bush - Worst President Ever

    And the ad continued – Under the Republican plan, instead of the stimulus package, we would have given tax cuts to the rich. That way, unemployment would be around 30% right now, but our rich friends would be doing just fine. Never mind that the reason a half million people in Pennsylvania are umemployed is because over the last 30 years Union greed and Congressional stupidity have allowed all of the industries that used to employ the people of Pennsylvania to go overseas. Or that over the last 8 years, our former President destroyed the economy because he was more interested in Iraq. That has nothing to do with umemployment. It is all caused by the Stimulus package.

    December 3, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. DOG1

    No that would actually be a THIRD stimulus. The first was the more than SEVEN HUNDRED BILLION that the Bush administration gave the banks with absolutely no controls over what they did with it. They didn't even know where most of it went and had nothing that required the banks to pay it back. Obama used a huge amount of our money to HELP the economy, Bush and these Republicans COMPLETELY WASTED an equally huge amount! Of course their first response to anything like this is the party line "let's not dwell on the past, etc etc etc". Which means "if we can get the American public to forget what caused this and what we Republicans did, we can get a chance to DO IT AGAIN!"

    December 3, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. C

    So, everytime GW wanted money for an unnecessary war, where were these same conservative republicans? I guess as long as the U.S. is not spending money on its own citizens, everything is just fine.

    December 3, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. david, CA

    RNC, GOP tactic number one:
    Complain, ridicule, undermine, impede, and attack with ludicrous lies until voters get so fed up with listening to their incessant barrage of political garbage that they put them back in power so they'll JUST SHUT UP!
    you know, like a whining two-year-old child in a shopping cart?

    December 3, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. Former Republican

    Of course, the RNC echoes more negative criticisms while ignoring any positive signs...shocking. "NOthing to show" the RNC purports?...

    Again, the CBO recently reported how the recovery efforts earlier this year created/saved up to 1.6 million jobs.

    Unemployment claims also fell last week to a 15-month low from first-time filers.

    No wonder many Americans have left the GOP with their constant negativity and NO solutions to work with their Democratic colleagues.

    December 3, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. Jim

    The Republicans arsonists set the house on fire and now blame the fire department that the house is still burning. Its politics as usual. Still the party of NO with NO solutions.

    December 3, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. MatthewDetroit

    As the Congress prepared to vote to let us enter the world of waits for doctors, waits for specialists, waits for testing and waits for surgery, radiation and chemo - we should pause to consider the relative records of the private medical care system in the United States with the socialized system in the U.K.

    In 2008, Britain had a cancer death rate 0.25% while the United States had a rate of only 0.18%. The UK cancer death rate was 38% higher than in the United States.

    The Guardian, the UK's left wing daily, estimated that "up to 10,000 people" are dying each year of cancer "because their condition is diagnosed too late, according to research by the government's director of cancer services." While many people die because of late detection due to their own negligence, there is no reason to believe this self-neglect is more common in the UK than in the US.

    In Canada, the cancer death rate is 16% higher than in the United States.

    December 3, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. I support the President

    "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."

    How about if the Republicans start taking some responsibility for why the economy went "bad" to begin with??!!! I am personally sick and absolutely TIRED of hearing this bunch blame our President for everything, all the while refusing to take their share of the blame for what happened to put us here! Guess what?? The economy did not start going "bad" on the day President Obama took office! Furthermore, the Republicans have done NOTHING, NADA, NOT ONE DARN THING, to help since President Obama's taken office. All they have done is OBSTRUCT EVERYTHING! Never, never, never in my lifetime have I been so ashamed of the Republican party!!

    December 3, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. Rita

    Where is the American fighting spirit ; you know, the kind FDR had during World War Two? Every American should want our country to succeed Republican or Democrat. No President can solve everything in months. What I see from where I sit is a Republican Party that only functions with obstruction. They are not interested in what is good for the American people; rather only what looks good from a political stratergy. We began loosing jobs overseas in the late seventies. My state went from the jewelry capital of the world to non existent in the last twenty five years. We have lost all our manufacturing jobs and unless we can find something to make or build; those lower and middle class jobs are not coming back. Instead of name calling and refusing to work with respect with our President this country will become a third world country in the next twenty five years.

    December 3, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. Dale

    The GOP blames Obama for the state of the economy... despite the fact that it crashes every 11 years regardless, and it crashed on George Bush's watch. But if Obama is responsible for the recession, then I am sure they will give him credit when the economy rebounds, which it always does. 😉

    December 3, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Dennis

    A trillion here,a trillion there for the war in Iraq.Blank check for eight years.It didn't matter too much then.It shouldn't matter now either.Oh wait,Democratic President in office.Time to take note now.Republicans,go back into your 8 year sleep of denial.If you have some great ideas for this country speak up.If not,shutup and quit whining!

    December 3, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. duckunder

    Ya, ya, ya. More complaining but nothing on solutions. Same, really old, stuff from Steele and the RNC. I hate to think where we would be with a Republican adminstration. We've learned there is no such thing as a "compasionate conservative" . I guess a full blown depression would have been their solution.

    December 3, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. Danny

    Hmmmmmmm lets check out the facts for a minute. If you scroll down a few articles it says "Jobless claims slide to near 15-month low". Lemme think a minute...Which party was in the White House 15 months ago? It sounds to me like Mr. Steele is just passing gas.

    December 3, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. J.Crobuzon

    My dictionary says it's a detectable change in the environment. Does your dictionary define 'conservatism' as 'that which conservates?' What dictionary is that anyway, the Gingrich Handbook?
    Lousy Repubs, why don't you all get a life?

    December 3, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. We the People/FormerGOP

    The RNC is nothing more then a lynch mob trying to hang President Obama at any cost.
    It is really sad how low my former party and sunk.
    They are a very divisive group of scary people.
    My eyes have been open and my heart is no longer red. There is nothing Godly about the GOP any more, I will have to pray for them.

    December 3, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. max

    'The republican national committee is responsible for the wars and bad economy we now face' ... think we'll ever hear them fess up to anything ??

    December 3, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. cfrench

    Yes, it's all Obama's fault. Unlike his predecessors, Obama has been unable to snap his fingers and magically make things better. Shame, shame on Obama. If only we could have GWB back, because after all, the recession is Bill Clinton's fault.

    December 3, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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