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

RNC airs critical ads prior to Obama visit

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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:

"STIMULUS II"

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. Randy

    I wish these idiots would – for once – try and help the situation.

    How about an ad that calls for people to attend this town hall and bring up questions/possible solutions for discussion. How about an ad that would inspire people to help. But oh no, all we get is the old, "They're evil!" propoganda. I hate politics.

    December 3, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. g.g.

    I am amazed at the audacity oof the

    I am amazed at the audacity of the RNC, imagine their leader, former president George Bush's poor decisions on the economy that caused the disaster which took place. Now they criticise the people who have to clean up their mess. The electorate wil not accept this nonsense, the RNC should be giving positive solutions instead of negative ones.

    December 3, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Bren

    If you look at current polls--Obama and the Democrats have already lost Ohio.

    Ohio citizens/voters no longer trust, support, approve of Obama and the Democrats!!!

    Based on last months elections-–Obama and the Democrats have already lost Virginia!!!

    If Obama and the Democrats begin to lose Pennsylvania citizens/voters by large numbers--the elections for Obama and the Democrats will be over LONG before they even begin.

    December 3, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. Jeff from Chicago

    And obama's answer will bee,...

    wait for it..

    It's Bush's fault! (like always)

    December 3, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. Mike Geezer

    Steele's funny...
    "Nearly 11 months after their big-government spending experiment,
    unemployment in Pennsylvania has only continued to rise."

    Obama hasn't been in office for 11 months yet...

    December 3, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. katiec

    When and will the republicans ever admit, take responsibility for their destruction of our country these last eight years?? Hypocrits, liars as usual, they act like our president is responsible for all the crisises they created. They have become a party of extremists, trying to destroy
    our president, consequently, our country.
    They are well on the path of becoming our countries most dangerous domestic terrorists.

    December 3, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    The RNC is the most childish group of losers ever.

    December 3, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. diridi

    just change the channel...do not watch...ok, simple...I do the same...I am telling the truth........................

    December 3, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. Sheilah, MI

    And this is news why?

    Newsflash: The RNC will always have something negative to say about President Obama. Call me when they say something nice about him, now that would be news.

    December 3, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. Lynne

    America will never solve anything until elected pofficials actually do their jobs and come together to work for the good of the American people.

    In the present environment with the constant focus on the next election, pointing fingers and a media bent on creating controversy, division and pessimism won't help to produce anything positive no matter who the leader is or what party is in power.

    One wonders where all of this will end and what kind of shape the country will be in!!

    December 3, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. Terry

    Funny how the Republicans forget that it was their boy, W, who initiated the first bailouts. But the study of history seems to escape the Republicans.

    December 3, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. Dale

    GOP continues to be the party of "No". They got us where we are at, at home and abroad, and they continue try to delay any & all attempts to get us out of this mess caused they the Bush people.

    December 3, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. Kate

    If Republicans would spend as much time and effort working with this administration on getting this country back on its feet instead of all the time they spend on putting up sensless ads, putting up road blocks, going against every thing this President is trying to do to help this country, we just might get out from under this bad economy faster.....but they don't want Obama to achieve anything, they want him to fail so they can get back in Power.........got news for you GOP the more you procrastinate the more power you lose.........

    December 3, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. Donkey Party

    What a joke the RNC is. I hold them 100% responsible for the mess the country is in. I will be visiting any events that a GOPPER holds within 50 miles of my home so I can go and beat the crap out of every rightie I see.

    December 3, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. John in WV

    If the economy has went from bad to worse under Obama's watch. Under whose watch did it go from good with record employment and budget surplus to bad with record unemployment and debt?

    December 3, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. once upon a horse

    maybe while they are showing those ads they can also include the GOP plans for creating jobs and improving the economy. Tax cuts for the wealthy and trickle down didn't work so well the past few years so hopefully they've come up with something new.

    December 3, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. CommonSense09

    The funny thing is now the republicans have sooo much to say now that the Democrats are in office but bush was in office mumm was the word! The bush administration ran the economy and the fake war crisis into a bad situation and it's going to take some time to rectify; and not just in 11 months.....

    December 3, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  18. NEVER Presient Mittens

    For the Record:

    Mitt Romney needs to shut his trap. Anyone chickenhawk who has aspirations to run for the presidency with FIVE sons who have never signed up for any military service should be quiet. If Mittens could buy the presidency, he would. Thank God he can't. I will never vote for this man, or any other man who talks out of both sides of his mouth.

    If he wants to provide more jobs for this country, he should send his sons to Afghanistan and open up 5 new positions. Otherwise, SHUT UP.

    December 3, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. annie s

    It didn't stimulate the economy ? What lying morons. This economy was on the brink of total collapse and thanks to President Obama and the Democrat controlled legislature, we were pulled back from total disaster. The Recovery Act was always intended to fully kick in in 2010, not 2009, and yet it has already had a great positive effect. In my state, we've saved the jobs of teachers, added police and firefighters, increased education funding and extended unemployment benefits. 95% of all Americans also take home more in their paychecks than they did thanks to the tax cuts they received. STOP THE LIES!

    December 3, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. Sian Rose

    The RNC has conveniently forgotten that George Bush gave away more than that amount to his deep- pocketed friends only a few months earlier. Since then the recepients of TARP funds have slashed jobs, ordered jets, and handed out even more bonuses; while managing to slash thousands of jobs in the meanwhile. Michael Steele and the RNC are out of touch and irrelevant!

    December 3, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. Scott W.

    I'm not sure what's worse, the RNC attempting to ignore how they started it all with the Bush administration's huge amount of spending over eight years (two wars, Hurricane Katrina, Bush's "without strings" spending package to the banks), or that they're trying to make everyone forget that.

    December 3, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. Lisa G. of PA

    As a former lifelong Republican, I am disgusted and dismayed by the latest example of the RNC's obstructionism. The stimulus helped avert the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression, and instead of working with the President on the economic challenges we face as a nation, they are pumping millions of dollars into negative ad campaigns. Their goal appears to be a methodical attack on the President, right down to his handling of the White House turkey pardon.

    Time to talk turkey all right. Time to work together and do what's best for the country. President Obama calls a job summit, and what does the GOP do? They pick up their toys and go home, announcing they will host their own jobs summit.

    Are we one country? Or two?

    December 3, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. Wombat

    Why is there even a debate? The "stimulus" package was the clearest, best ever example of an inexperienced and boastful new executive, with a hidden agenda, taking money he did not have and throwing at myriad problems without the slightest clue what would happen afterward. It's truly a classic and will hopefully define the Obama legacy.

    December 3, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. TCM

    Obama's never held a single job that he's earned by his own merit; he's either been the recipient of Affirmative Action measures, or has been a street activist organizer at best. The same with his wife; now being barred from practicing law in Chicago due to unethical practices...and this clown's holding a jobs forum? He's just as incompetent for that as he is the presidency....and to now even invite the Chamber of Commerce because he's pouting about their reaction to his liberal agenda....what a baby! The Chamber of Commerce, made up of, and represented by more small businesses than any other organization in the country...and OBama didn't invite them...I guess he feels his cronies at the SIEU will suffice...what a winner we have in the White House!

    December 3, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. Kenneth of Minneapolis

    People who can criticize any efforts to correct the GOP lead economic crisis that we are in are a "'dime a dozen." The GOP needs to show some leadership by providing concrete ideas on how to fix the problem....If we just want talk, we can listen to the communications arm of the GOP (Rush, Sean, Sarah and Dick)....Where ol' where is the GOP leadership?

    December 3, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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