2012ers throw punches at Obama
April 4th, 2011
07:00 PM ET
11 years ago

2012ers throw punches at Obama

Washington (CNN) - Likely 2012 Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum joined the list of White House hopefuls using President Obama's re-election announcement as a platform to voice criticism of the current economic climate under Obama.

"We can't take four more years of the 'change' the Obama Administration has forced upon America," Santorum said in a release Monday. "The only thing that has changed is the amount of our debt, the size of our government, the loss of our freedom, the fewer jobs for those wanting work, the diminished stature of America, and an expensive military commitment without a clear national security purpose."

The former Pennsylvania senator, who has traveled extensively to early primary and caucus states, also criticized the president's record in office.

"The 'progress we've made' that the President refers to has nothing to do with improving the lives of Americans or providing a better future for the next generations. It is about moving an ideological agenda to grow the power of Washington over the average citizen," Santorum said.

Former Massachusetts governor and possible 2012 candidate Mitt Romney knocked Obama on Monday, tweeting, "@barackobama I look forward to hearing details on your jobs plan, as do 14m unemployed Americans."

Tim Pawlenty, former Republican governor of Minnesota, was the first presidential hopeful to respond to Obama's re-election announcement with his own video Monday morning that said a new president is needed to take America in "a new direction."

And former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Obama is trying to "coerce and run over the American people" with his fundraising machine.

"I don't believe he can raise enough money to hide from the American people," Gingrich said in New Hampshire on Monday. "I think frankly he'll be a one-term president."

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • President Obama • Rick Santorum • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Indy

    Everyone of these Republicans said that tax breaks for millionaires would create jobs, and we have yet to see a job created from their trickle down philosophy. The Bush administration created a disaster while in office and it will take another 10 years to get the country back on track. It is going to take education and innovation to get the economy on an even keel with the global market, and Republicans are ded set against foward thinking.

    April 5, 2011 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    2012ers throw punches at Obama
    Not in the RACE but creating DRAMA
    Mittens [look(s) forward to hearing details on (Obama’s) jobs plan]
    Forgetting the TAX CUTS for the rich – bring JOBS? – what a scam!!

    Pawlenty – another wannabe – was the first presidential hopeful to respond
    With the same ole hateful rhetoric he pluckED out of the Repub pond!!
    And Santorum – whom NO ONE KNOWS – need to go back home
    He has less than a 1% chance to be our president and to EVERYONE it’s known!!

    And then there is ginGRINCH with his corrupt mind that’s feeble
    He says [Obama is trying to "coerce and run over the American people"]
    Just because President Obama announced that he will continue to serve the nation
    ginGRINCH begins his HATE, fear-mongering without a positve foundation

    I am sick and tired of the “wannabes” – nothing POSITIVE as to what they would do – just pure hate and the fact that they cannot accept a Black man being president……………PERIOD!!!

    April 5, 2011 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  3. sara

    "amount of debt"....TARP? Left by your party after 8 years. "size of the government"...how? The size of government has been there along in my 59 years. "loss of our freedom"....uh, you policing my body? "fewer jobs for those wanting work"...Your party drove the American economy in a ditch...your corporate back party wants free labor. Wages has risen 1% over the last 10 years. "diminshed stature"... duck and shoes? "expensive military involvement" 2 Wars started based on lies, expensive no-bid contracts. Wars enacted for financial gains for a few lead by your party. To straighten out your party's Messes, become a willing partner and stop your stupidity

    April 5, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    I'm not impressed. What about you? I'm not proud of any of the "leading GOP" candidates. It is going to come down to who is the least damaged goods in the GOP nomination.

    April 5, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  5. Snow

    obama is an insult to the White House, the reputation of this country and the people in it. He is pathetic as a leader, it is shameful that people were so stupid as to elect him.

    April 5, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  6. slipthalo

    I don't think I could accept the changes that would come under any of those GOPs who are still testing the waters for a presidential run. The group as a whole is just too bizarre, too extreme and just too plain nutty.

    April 5, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  7. jim

    ""The only thing that has changed is the amount of our debt, the size of our government, the loss of our freedom, the fewer jobs for those wanting work, the diminished stature of America, and an expensive military commitment without a clear national security purpose."" ......

    He must be talking about Bush. Hello???

    April 5, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  8. Realistic

    Ricky you were rejected when you ran for re-election in PA and you will be rejected again, nobody cares about your ideolgical draconian propaganda. Whining and criticism is not a plan for the future of america but thats all that republicans are doing.

    April 5, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  9. Bob

    And you offer us what, little Ricky? We here in PA have clear memories of your inept reign.

    April 5, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  10. First Sergeant

    Now, just watch as the GOP attack the President over everything, but will never offer anything of substance to help the
    American people. Just fearmongering!! What a shame!

    April 5, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  11. Melvin

    Same old same old. What else can the republicans come up with? More tax cuts for the rich?

    April 5, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Santorum and the GOP can throw as many punches as they like at President Obama but that's not going to get them elected because they aren't using their media time wisely by repeating their same old Obama hate speeches, you'd think they'd learn.

    April 5, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  13. John

    A "new direction"? .... Don't they mean back to the same old ways that got us into this mess in the first place?

    April 5, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  14. Livin' the good life

    We lost/will lose MORE freedom(s) under repub rule!

    April 5, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. Laverne

    What freedoms have Americans lost?? This guy is a joke and a liar. I smell desperation coming from the potential republicans jokes who would like to be president, but know all too well they can't do a better job. Also, this guy is pretending to have amnesia, President Obama inherited the majority of this crap from republicans to clean up, please get your facts straight if you can!

    April 5, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  16. StoopidIzAzStoopidDuz

    I would love to hear specific examples of how we are "less free" than before Obama took office...and I'm not talking about how you "feel" less free, I want to know how we ARE less free. I can't think of a single right that has been taken away from me since Obama came in to office. I still have my same healh insurance (oh wait, I thought the government was running it now...), I still have my same car, I just bought a new house, I haven't been imprisioned for anything that I wouldn't have been imprisoned for before, I am still free to say what I want to, I can obtain a gun permit and use a gun I wish, I still can go to whatever store or restaurant I want to....I just don't get how people actually believe the stuff these politicians say.

    April 5, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  17. dtny

    We certainly can't take 4 years of Republicans! We'll have no social security, no medicaid, lousy teachers, no planned parenthood, no health care for individuals who can't afford it. The only ones who will thrive under the GOP are the fat cats who pay minimal taxes as it is. The middle class will be totally gone. Worst thing that can happen to America! Does no one remember the 8 years of BUSH! He's the guy who started this economic nightmare President Obama walked into.

    April 5, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. rick

    These Republican clowns are amazing. Not one has any clue how to solve our problems. All they do is throw crap at the wall and hope it sticks. The sad part is that the idiot American voters will make one of them President and complete the destruction of America started by the previous Administration. Republican Utopia: the top 2% of the people have 99% of the wealth; corporations pay no taxes or offer health care coverage so they can create more jobs, IN CHINA!; everybody must carry an American birth certificate or they are instantly deported; women that are not attractive or have an IQ higher than 50 cannot be Republicans; Republican politicians can have mistresses, female or male, while other politicians are sentenced to life in prison if they commit adultery; etc., etc. Get the picture?

    April 5, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  19. PMathew

    I heard not one peep from these people when the previous administration ran this country into the ground under the same conditions that plague our country today.

    "It is about moving an ideological agenda to grow the power of Washington over the average citizen," Santorum said."

    This is coming from the same individual who wants the government in your bedroom. I may not particularly care for democrats but republicans are complete hypocrites.

    April 5, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. Biggge

    It is amazing, not one talking point about job creation... How about coming out with ideas on what you would bring to the table, we are not going to listen to ( I hate Obama so vote for me speech). It worked for you all in Nov. and look what happen in Wis...Eyes are open Sir......

    April 5, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  21. Sonnie

    Manditory Heath Insurance is just one example of our freedoms and libertys thrown under the bus.
    We now have obama and his troop spending our way out of a recession and gov grows by leaps and bound and
    so has our debt. This administration is tax and spend and spend some more. Go Figure???

    April 5, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  22. USNdiver

    What world do you libs live in? Does it have fact check ?

    April 5, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. Bill from GA

    Does the change that Santorum dislike include bailing out the economy that President Obama inherited? Does Santorum not like our President's stimulus plan that took job gains from MINUS 750.000 a month to over 200,000 the last few months?

    Does Santorum not like our President's stimulus plan that took GDP (economic growth) from MINUS 6% to over 5% a year later, settling above 2.5%?

    What change do repugs offer, dismantling Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid so they can offer more tax cuts to Big Business and the wealthy?

    April 5, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. Four and The Door

    The American people have been incredibly resilient in our response to the economic downturn. They are dealing with the job losses, housing foreclosures and stock market losses by maintaining dignity and cutting back on the luxuries they were once accustomed to. When are the Democratic politicians going to get in step with the rest of America?

    April 5, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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