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


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soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. jon

    These ugly, awful Republican people. Their faces make me sick to my stomach. Anyone voting for them must be just as crazy as they are. I never hear them say one good thing to help the American people – except, of course, for the "swell-to-do's." I think that idiot Reagan was the first, and then came a long line of others who have done nothing to get us off of the middle-east oil tit. Even Democrats have not been much help in that regard. Our government really does NOTHING of any significance over the 4 years, or 8 years, they have in office. About the only thing that came out of the Bush 8 years (except that ridiculous middle east war) was to change daylight saving time by a few weeks. Then they just say "re-elect me. I will do some good stuff next time." Great.

    March 2, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. Bob B.

    Obama just said what most people think.... Take the concessions and leave the collective bargaining rights alone. That is an entirely legitimate proposal and THAT is why Republicans have such a hard time figuring it out. Republicans = anti-logic

    March 2, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. Scot

    What else are they going to do praise him when they have the unions on the ropes. What a sad state of affairs in this country when the goons from the republican side try to take away any of the bargining power the middle class, The worst is that the Churches back these goons beause of the tax insentatives that the church get and "they" preach christian ideals !
    What would Jesus say !

    March 2, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. Bill in Dallas

    Typical GOP response. Attack and don't let the facts get in the way. Why are we not pointing out that the 2% wealthiest Americans got tax breaks taking a trillion dollars out of the budget, this group ruined the economy with their Wall Street scams, they took obscene bonuses, and they exported American jobs . The GOP just does not get it. They control the media and they want to control our minds. The GOP is the problem.

    March 2, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. AEK

    This from the party of intimidation and NO. Amazing, they really don't have a clue! The American people are sick and tired of this unproductive and polarizing rhetoric.

    March 2, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Jim Mcconner

    Nice Try GOP. Some people are stupid but not that stupid.
    The republicans are responsible for this one not the democrats.
    I have a feeling Wisconsin will be like my eyes for a while, (BLUE!!!).

    March 2, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. terry, va

    Obummie is intentionally trying to drive gas prices up so he can sell his green programs. He is intentionality sticking his nose in states rights issues so he can control them.. He can't even get a federal budget passed last year for this year. He is doing anything he can to disrupt economic progress so he can feed his welfare bunch and union supporters. It is time for him to act as president and not govern for the minority including the tree huggers.

    March 2, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. job killer

    Great, can't wait to listen to more mud slinging. Do we have to be constantly inundated with this junk even now in an off election year!

    March 2, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    There you have it!!!!! The rethugs admitting that the unions are mostly democrats and that is what this ia all about. That walker is a Koch puppet!
    The rethugs don't have a budget reform plan unless screwing the middle class and the poor is their new mantra! Oh never mind, they are already doing so.

    March 2, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    EXCELLENT!!!!! Get the truth out there. Obama is 100% union bought and paid for. He has shown at the federal level he is incapable of controlling spending and cutting the budget. In his first two years, he made the problem 10 times worse with his insane spending and giant new healthcare entitlement. He has only criticized those that have tried to address this massive debt and spending problem.

    March 2, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. more obama retoric

    welfare obama wants our kids to be dumb like him and the rest of his muslim brothers, time for welfare obama to get out of We The People White House.

    March 2, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. vic nashville tn

    61 % say Wisconsin republicans doesn’t know the meaning of economic reform

    In 2009 Obama push hard the health care reform after that every thing fall a part now same situation for republicans they are pushing many social agenda under economic reform people are not buying

    Our politicians never get it

    March 2, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. Fred

    Wait! If I join a union, I can play hooky from work all day and hang out with my friends on the state house lawn? Really?!?! Wow, my employer would fire me if I tried this. Unions rule!

    Support Senate Bill 5 to force union workers to actually work for a change.

    March 2, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Man

    Surprise, surprise, left leaning readers on CNN. Please, the billl is a good thing, what could you possibly see in this that does not provide budget relief for the state? Oh wait, everyone is supposed to be provided everything, I forgot!

    "Typical GOP response. Attack and don't let the facts get in the way."

    Lol...so I guees you are just not listening to the hateful attacks spewing from the left on this issue? Nice, I guess you can stay in your dream world and igore the facts...lol!

    Government employees have gotten a free pass until this point in a very bad economic era when private businesses are cutting everywhere they can. Stop drinking the liberal kool-aid!

    March 2, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Debbie from Arizona

    What has really makes me angry in this whole business is the fact that Republicans keep saying the protesters and now President Obama are intimidating and cheating the taxpayers. THESE ARE THE TAXPAYERS!

    March 2, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. Clwyd

    The GOP God Owful Party is ruining our state! All I can say is shove it!

    March 2, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. Aaron

    Sadly, this is now about standing in the way of real budget and spending reform. It is a blatant attempt to shift more power into the hands of a wealthy few, dissolve support services for the middle class while at the same time allowing the wealthy few to accumilate more at the expense of worker bashing. Walker, has yet to demonstrate that any of his budget cutting emasures, collective bargaing issues..will create one job, educate one child better, create a competitive infrastructure, or support community services for the most needy of people. He is a lemming of the extreme right who want wealthocracy where a very few can control both tthe waulity of our lives economically and the rights we have as people.

    March 2, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. jim

    terry, va ... "Obummie is intentionally trying to drive gas prices up so he can sell his green programs"

    Your boy Bush intentionally drove gas prices up in 2008, (almost to $5), so his oil buddies could make a bundle before Bush left office.

    terry, va, your comments on your boy Bush and high gas prices in 2008? And as long as you are explaining yourself, please explain what your boy Bush meant in 2004 .......

    George W. Bush's stance on housing during the 2004 Republican Convention Acceptance Speech

    This speech was delivered at the 2004 Republican National Convention on September 2, 2004 when George W. Bush officially accepted the Republican nomination to run for President.

    "Another priority for a new term is to build an ownership society, because ownership brings security, and dignity, and independence. Thanks to our policies, homeownership in America is at an all-time high. Tonight we set a new goal: seven million more affordable homes in the next 10 years so more American families will be able to open the door and say welcome to my home."

    I wonder what these policies were that put so many people into homes they couldn't afford?

    terry, va - please explain and please don't use meaningless words. We're waiting.

    March 2, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Remi

    Are you kidding me of course Obama is the head union boss. On top of that he speaketh with forked tongue while on one had freezing federal wages and on the other inserting himself into the Wisconsin mess. I thought Obama was going to be decent President but he has made inept decisions at every turn.

    March 2, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. diridi

    I do not know who elected and which idiot voted for these Republican idiots....i pity...

    March 2, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Yeah, yeah,sure, sure, when does the GOP NOT slam the President? Please. Report NEWS.
    Let's start by playing the tape of that schmuck Gov. Walker talking to one of the "Koch" brothers. If it is no longer news at least it would be entertaining and TRUE!
    Certainly a nice change of pace in your stellar journalistic, unbiased, 'reporting'.

    March 2, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. terry, va

    What is wrong with you idiots? Unions are a dying dinosaur. They steal money in the form of dues and support political policies that a lot of their members don't agree with. I know, I was a union member. The unions have not created one job. Corporations/business create jobs. The middle class does not exist because of unions. Union employees make up less than 12% of the US workforce. Also repubs aren't rich. If one would draw that conclusion, they are ignorant. Look at the tax structure. 1-2% of us pay 47% of the taxes. That is a pile of repubs isn't it? All the repubs I know are middle class or have less money than that. The difference I have seen is moral values and work ethic. Work is what made this country, not the handouts the dumbocraps are for.

    March 2, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. Harvey

    Ha! The Republicans talk about intimidation? Yet they use possible layoffs as a scare tactic to bust unions. Hypocrites one and all.

    March 2, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. Rick McDaniel

    Sorry, but you haven't proved that there is any problem with the unions, nor with the school systems, other than they cost more than you want to pay.

    March 2, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. silvertop

    Who is beholden to whom? Union head Richard Trumka talks to White House every day while some cabinet members dont get to talk/meet the president in a year.

    March 2, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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