Obama takes heat from GOP in Wisconsin
March 2nd, 2011
11:47 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama takes heat from GOP in Wisconsin

(CNN) –The Republican National Committee is going up on Wisconsin airwaves with a television ad that blasts President Obama for "standing in the way of economic reform" and "intimidating taxpayers."

One day after Republican Gov. Scott Walker unveiled his budget to rein in the state government's $3.6 billion dollar deficit, the RNC released the ad to urge support for the governor whose cost-cutting bill ignited protests weeks ago.

According to an RNC statement, the ad is designed to showcase "the effort by Democrats and government unions to obstruct Republican reforms to tackle the debt at all levels of government" and slams preparations for Obama's re-election campaign, saying that "he'll spend every penny" of a "billion dollar campaign."

Grouping him with "union bosses" the ad claims that Obama is "intimidating taxpayers" and "leaving classrooms empty" in an effort to rally supporters to "stop Obama and his union bosses today."

Union members flocked to the Wisconsin state capitol in Madison in recent weeks following the introduction of a bill that would limit collective bargaining rights for state workers. The bill has stalled in the state assembly since members of the Democratic delegation left the state and prevented the quorum needed to vote. Walker has called for the legislators to return.

In their statement, the RNC said that "Democrats and their union allies insist on standing in the way of strong Republican budget reforms…With the same union bosses lined up to fund Barack Obama's billion dollar re-election campaign, we must continue to stand with Republican governors across the country." The ad was originally released on the internet but only started airing on paid television Wednesday.

The ad will run through the end of the week in Madison and Milwaukee.

Filed under: President Obama • Wisconsin
soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. Sandra, Atl

    The GOP never miss a chance to try and bash the President. It's all about power with them and who puts money in their pockets (i.e. Big business). They care nothing about the average person. I'm not even a proponent of unions but the assault on the average worker is astounding. Between the happy marriage between the Koch brothers who are all about putting money in their pockets and the Supreme Court decision on secret money from Corporations, I have truly lost my faith that the average American has much say so in any way. I have come to the conclusion I will never, on principle, vote for another Republican again.

    March 2, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Sniffit

    Where's the story about Faux Noise using footage from a Sacremento solidarity rally (complete with palm trees) and claiming that it shows violence at the WI protests? THEY ARE LIARS, PLAIN AND SIMPLE, AND THEY ARE DOING IT TO CONVINCE YOU TO LET CORPORATE AMERICA PAY THE GOP TO TAKE YOUR RIGHTS AWAY.

    March 2, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Nadeem

    Its interesting that the MSM seems to ignore all the comments from Bohner on the Wisonnsin situation. Sounds like a double standard. "Unions are holding Machine gut to the head of Governor"

    March 2, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. KathyC in Minnesota

    MOre proof that Republicans are for UNION BUSTING and standing form with Corporations.

    To hell with the MIddle Class when it comes to Republicans. Enormous Wealth and Absolute power are their goals.

    March 2, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. The unsub

    This has nothing to do with the deficit in Wis., and everything to do with the Repubs. winning elections in the future!

    March 2, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. Frank

    Hello CNN! Are you still sleeping? Why haven't you reported on the Republican Senator being harassed by all of these union thugs in Wisconsin? Where is the same moral outrage you express during the Tea Party rallies? Clearly CNN is on the side of the unions.

    March 2, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. John

    And big business is not lined up behind the Repubs??? HELLO!!!!!!!

    March 2, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    You know the GOPers are on the losing end when they begin upping their blame Obama message. Been hearing a lot of the same kind of lies from the GOPer presidential (maybe running) candidates as well. Far as I can tell, Obama has been in Washington doing the country's business, and not in Wisconsin *keeping classrooms empty*. Strange how GOPers have no qualms about misleading, misrepresenting, and plain out lying. Can't for the life of me understand why anyone trusts any one of them. It's not as if they hide their lies . . . to the contrary, they seem to be rather proud of themselves for lying. Looks as if the RNC ought to have kept Steele. Priebus isn't exactly helping the cause with this type of misreprentation . . . not all of America is as easily fooled as Wisconsinites seemed to have been in 2010.

    March 2, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. goplies

    Well, the ad is wrong. I won't be throwing all my Union money at Obama, I'll be throwing it at Democratic canidates in Wisconsin

    March 2, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. OneMoreTime

    GOP SLOGAN;: If we can't justify our actions, bash President Obama!

    March 2, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. Stacey

    "Obama takes heat from GOP in Wisconsin" LOL! What else is new? When isn't Obama not taking heat from some GOP idiot somewhere in this country? Obama takes heat every day. No story here, CNN.

    March 2, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  12. kakaraka

    I don't know what these stupid know about unions. For those who still missing the point, unions are a group of midlde class workers regrouped to defend their rights and interests from the big corporations, big oil, governments. Lashing out at unions is a war against the middle class. These republicans will pay come next elections for giving tax break for millionaires but cutting benefits to middle class workers organized in unions. Why the government is restricting the right of people to gather together? It's unconstitutional. It's against the First amendement. Stupid GOP.

    March 2, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  13. ja

    walker should be recalled, what is he giving up, the duped interview incriminates him, the republicans want to rewind america

    March 2, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. Pretzel Logic

    Only in the Republican mind does "economic reform" equate to screwing over the middle class. RECALL SCOTT WALKER.

    March 2, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. David Riegler

    Hey, Rebecca, the term is "rein in," like a horses reins, not "reign in." Oh, and incidentally, what does Obama have to do with the Wisconsin state budget?

    March 2, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. SBAMA

    Glad to know Wisconsin will be Blue next election... please keep promoting this GOP... you will lose in a landslide!

    March 2, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. LouAz

    The Flat Earth Repubs and TPers are right . . . Let them eat cake !

    March 2, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. phoenix86

    Obama's sole constituency is the Public Employees Labor Union. He represents, leads, and speaks for no one else (except of course the far-left fringe).

    March 2, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. bill486

    ......an ad paid for by the arrogant totalitarian dictator Koch Brothers, no doubt.

    The Republican party has no clue how weak their propaganda sounds anymore.....hint: when you start believing your own BS is when the downward slide begins!

    March 2, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. Mr. Tea

    What? They gotta be joking right? The President has done literally nothing realted to this Wisconsin situation. Why are they lying like this?

    March 2, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. Mikey

    Another disconnect between GOP statements and reality. The President has been very measured in his statements regarding the situation in Wisconsin, drawing the ire of many union supporters... but, the GOP seems to be living in some parallel universe.

    Gov. Walker and the WI GOP inherited a budget surplus, rammed though big tax breaks for corporations, and are now trying to break the unions under the guise that its needed to balance the budget, dispite the fact that the unions already agreed to all his monitary demands BEFORE he pushed this to a crisis. He never mentioned busting unions or taking away bargaining rights when running for Governor.

    Perhaps Walker would be better off explaining why he wants to sell public assets (power plants) without competitive bidding. Could it be so that he can pay off his biggest donors, the Koch brothers? This guy (Walker) is sleazy. I hope he gets recalled, or at least sent packing next election – recall would be preferred and the sooner the better.

    March 2, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. Linton

    A CEO, a Tea Party Member and a Union Member were all sitting at a table. In the middle of the table were a dozen cookies. The CEO takes 11 of those cookies. He then looks at the Tea Party Member and says: "That Union Member is trying to take a bite out of your cookie!!!"

    March 2, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. Concerned

    Umm, this has *nothing* to do with Obama. What's wrong with the RNC? Perhaps they need to take a good hard look at themselves instead.

    March 2, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. Lisa P

    I hope Obama does say something. Walker's budget is nothing but a mean-spirited attack on our schools and local governments. The broad picture is bad enough; the real nastiness comes out in the details. Cutting the Earned Income Credit to save $41 million? Taking public transportation *out* of the gas tax-supported Transportation Fund? Ending early release for non-violent offenders, and breaking the Wisconsin Covenant program that rewards high school freshmen who commit to studying hard and staying out of trouble? Walker is petty in the extreme. Everyone needs to know that.

    March 2, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  25. gate

    Stripping people of their rights has nothing to do with balancing a budget. Walker gave corporations 140 million in tax cuts and then says there is a budget deficit of 137 million dollars. Walker is stealing from the lower and middle classes and giving to the rich. This is what you voted for Tea Party.

    March 2, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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