October 23rd, 2010
10:33 AM ET
11 years ago

Republican calls Obama campaigning a wrong turn

(CNN) - Less than two weeks before the midterm elections, one Republican thinks the president should spend less time on the campaign trail and more time creating jobs for Americans.

"President Obama has been running around the country trying to re-elect Democrat members of Congress," Sen. John Thune said in the weekly Republican address Saturday. "But if the conversations I've had with voters are any indication, the president should spend less time campaigning to save the jobs of Democrats in Congress, and more time trying to create jobs for the American people."

The South Dakota Republican, who is often mentioned as a potential presidential candidate in 2012, derided Obama's oft-used campaign line: If you want to move a car forward you put in "D," and if you want to move it backward you put it in "R."

"It's a clever line, but when you're speeding toward a cliff, you don't want to keep the car in drive," Thune said.

He said Republicans "have real, concrete solutions" and want to take the country in a new direction. Thune called for repealing the health care law, supporting small businesses and reversing government bailouts and "takeovers of private businesses."

In his weekly address, the president said Republicans would "take this country backward." He cited Wall Street reform legislation that he said was passed "in hopes of ensuring that we never again face a crisis like the one we've been through."

"Despite the importance of this law … top Republicans in Congress are now beating the drum to repeal all of these reforms and consumer protections," Obama said. "I think it's so important that we not take this country backward – that we don't go back to the broken system we had before."

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. stufthis

    Republicans have shown Americans their 'real solutions' and it does not bode well for 98% of Americans. Why the baggers are copacetic with billionaires and foreign interest buying the election is beyond comprehension. The republicans are using baggers to elect them so more jobs will be sent overseas, tax cuts for the wealthy will drive our debt up by $3 trillion, that every group that relies on social security and medicare will be left out in the cold. Even the VA will be changed if the GOP gets their way.

    October 23, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. vic nashville tn

    Nearly 17.6 million Jobs generated When Clinton was white house 1993 – 1998

    2001 to 2006 Bush Created 3.7 million

    Source :- Monday, January 08, 2007 FOX news website

    October 23, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. stufthis

    I thought the slimy GOP wanted Obama out there because it would help republicans. You know the republicans have no solutions other than to make us a third world country.

    October 23, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. Nathan

    Hey Thune, he's trying, but the GOParty of NO isn't really helping much, now is it.

    October 23, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |

    Solutions?? lol wat solutions? Tax cuts for the rich, increase the deficit, the national debt? Repeal the healtm care law? Wow u put insurance companies first before the people! If it was a republican president campaigning for fellow GOP congressmen, they wouldnt be complaining!

    October 23, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. voting against republican tea party in every race

    Republicans have no solution for middle class jobs across America while they have given corporations money to take their jobs overseas for the past 10 years in their elitist attitude towards working America while they loftily pursue a 'free market' in this global economy while China is crushing America in manufacturing.........
    So, the Republican tea party and the 'dishonorable Karl Rove' have enlisted more money from China to help pay for campaign propaganda.........
    No thanks fascist republicans!!!...... your NO votes for the past 2 years deserve nothing but disdain as you all put politics before our country....... the democrats deserve the respect from American workers because they put their country first and risked their political careers by voting against wall street and for health care!!!

    October 23, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. Four and The Door

    Right out of the gate, Obama and his Democratic Supermajority got their big wish...a grant of $1 trillion from the American people with a promise to create 4 million jobs. They got the money. We got 10% unemployment. Democrats got what's coming to them on November 2nd.

    October 23, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. ex-republican since McCain picked the plague of hate and lies named palin

    Blah blah blah, jealousy and sour grapes part of the losers, Republicans. You can thank the likes of Palin and Beck and all their looney tune friends.

    October 23, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. Jd

    This President is the most intentionally divisive in history. Let's me know the Democrats intentionally rolled the economy in'07. They froze up government and this is what happened.

    October 23, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. john

    If cutting taxes for the rich really created jobs, we should have more jobs than ever right now!!!

    October 23, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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