2012ers throw punches at Obama
April 4th, 2011
07:00 PM ET
12 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. Common Sense

    I will take a honest and smart president over all the fools in the Republican party any day! If they would stop fighting progress and everything he does...the economy, job market, trust/respect in America are all looking good!!! Thanks to Hillary, Joe, Bill, Nancy, Harry and President Obama....on a better track now than any Republican would take us!

    April 4, 2011 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  2. janetlaw

    I'll take that change over your hate-spewing, don't tax our rich buddies, run the country into the ground, start an illegal war party of embarassments any day.

    April 4, 2011 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  3. Daveil

    Obama's last campaign was "Hope and Change". This campaign will be "Ignore the promises I broke and trust me" Fool me once, shame on you. Foll me twice, shame on me!

    April 4, 2011 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  4. ted

    yet another irrevelant delusional rightwing lunatic. I contributed money to Obama's re-election committee today and will contribute more as time goes on. We do not need a republican in the WH to turn back the progress for the little people that Obama has done. The GOP is all about welfare for the millionaires and corporations, none of which pay taxes.

    April 4, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  5. BeverlyNC

    That's because Republicans are so desperate and so terrified of how badlly President Obama is going to beat them. Republicans have NO ONE qualified to run for President and they know it. They have adulterers, sheer lunatics, extremists, and people so stupud they do not even know how our government works or anything about Americaon history, Their candidates are a joke – so my prediction – you heard it hiear first – is Republicans will try to hide whoever their Presidential candidate as much as possible from the media and the public (Like they did Palin) They do NOT want America to see their idiot. SO – they will spend all their time and money on telling outrageous lies about President Obama that are actually things Republicans did.

    April 4, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  6. they call me "tater salad"

    So now the repukes want us to believe that the results from everything Bush and the rubber-stamping GOP created is suddenly Obama's fault?..........Are you effin kidding me? That's a clear insult to the intelligence of the American people! How much longer will it be before they try to blame their pathetic response to Katrina on him too?

    April 4, 2011 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  7. mitch

    Why are the Republicans full of such hatred for the President? And why would America want such people of hate to become President?

    April 4, 2011 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. jjww

    Don't listen to that pervert Santorum. Do you know what his name means? Google it. Only a complete sicko would have a name like that.

    April 4, 2011 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  9. fred

    Rick Santorum is a bona-fide nut-case. I can't the guy was actually elected to a Senate position in Pennsylvania. Temporary insanity, it seems.

    April 4, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  10. Mr Caribbean

    What is your plan for jobs GOP, don't see anything you farts have done

    April 4, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  11. Mike in Texas

    Who will be the first Republican candidate who will actually say what they will do instead of running on an Obama is bad/wrong/anti-American campaign? Do they alll get their talking points from the same source? It sure sounds like it.
    Might help you with the base but it ain't gonna play on the big stage.

    April 4, 2011 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  12. Sean

    Santorum's words would be correct if he were speaking of G. W. Bush.

    April 4, 2011 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  13. roro

    Why would anyone listen to this jerk? Pennsylvanians already got rid of him, and now he thinks he can be president. His ego is huge and his brain is tiny.

    April 4, 2011 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  14. John/kc

    These republicans are such nit wits. The last election cycle, the republicans ran on the platform of jobs, but what jobs have they created since being elected? All they want to do is cut health care, social security, medicare, spend more on defense, further restrict abortion, go after union workers, cut education funding! Not one jobs bill has been proposed by republicans. Notice that they do not want to cut their own pay or fabulous health care and retirement.

    April 4, 2011 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  15. al in memphis

    They got some one-liners. Looks like Romney forgot that when Obama took office, there was 750,000 jobs being lost every month. Now it 200000 a month being added. Sounds like progress to me, besides thing where worst than the depression. At least in the 1920, the taxpayers did not have to bail the banks out and then have the banks stand in the way of economic growth by not lending money.
    Mitt– time to tell the truth

    April 5, 2011 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  16. Thugs, Hoodlums and Liers.

    ooooh, my, my how the GOP fears the name "OBAMA" run hide you clowns. You offer no plan to fix anything. You contributed nothing to the overall benefit of America. You were given another chance in NOV to help fix what you broke. You snakes! You all hoodwinked, bamboozle us into believing that our interests were your interests and what have you done for us since November? Let's see what you have done for your selves; extend the rich tax cuts, provided large tax breaks for big corporations, bust our unions, attempted to defund any organization you disagree with, NPR, PBS, Planned Parenthood, AARP to name a few. You guys are such lying dogs! Never get my vote again. NEVER!
    To the young President, here is a $1000 contribution for your re-election campaign and an apology for not staying the course with you.

    April 5, 2011 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  17. mat

    wow...really? republicans trying to use the "all this crap was caused by Obama" routine again? I guess they really are that stupid and desperate.

    April 5, 2011 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  18. Mindy Terrel Iowa

    GOP have nothing meaningful on the table!

    April 5, 2011 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  19. weasley

    "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."

    Does Santorum realize the George Bush is no longer running for president? That quote would have been spot on in 2004, but its just BS today.

    April 5, 2011 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
  20. Marry

    Rick Santorum and all the other GOP/TP “hopefuls” are doing nothing different today than they have been doing for the entire time President Obama has been in office: Misrepresent, criticize and make up their own “facts” while not coming up with even one idea or plan to bring America forward. They are and want to stay just a cesspool of “NO” and “HELL NO”! They want to make the President “fail” never mind if he gets the country moving forward despite all their attempts to push the country over the cliff. The people will not fall for it. The motivation of the GOP/TP is to clear: As much as possible for 2% – as little as possible for 98% of the people!

    April 5, 2011 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
  21. Obama is, always will be my President

    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." What do you want to do, take away more of our freedom? tax us some more? give more tax cut to the rich? I know I do not need any more of you and your kind.

    April 5, 2011 05:17 am at 5:17 am |
  22. Johnson

    Really!!!!!!! GOD these people are such Liars. We live with integrity in the military and frown upon anything different but our government will lie around every turn just to regain power. The GOP will literally block, distort, and say no to anything that might make the President look good. President Obama, despite a few mistakes is doing and awesome job.

    April 5, 2011 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  23. mike

    Hey ricky get a life you have no answers and keep playing up to your crazy and uneducated base you are a loser thats the reason you are not senator go get a job with the pro life movement and walk the walk and start adopting these kids that are sitting in homes waiting for families because that is slow death to be unwanted

    April 5, 2011 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  24. jamarsu

    Stock market is up. Unemployment rate going down, albeit slowly and my 20 year old son has health care. Enough change for me Santorum. I'm sending cash to Obama's campaign!!!!

    April 5, 2011 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  25. willie floyd

    Personally I don't feel I have lost ANY fredoms. We are adding jobs each month (private sector), Reps. are proposing bills that would cause job losses. Every economist I've heard speak says you don't make drastic cuts while coming out of a recession-are the Reps. not listening?? Or are they just h--bent on making the pres. look bad-guess! This guy is a real nutjob.
    I am on SS but I've started my contributions to Pres. Obama and will continue no matter how small it might be! I'm willing to sacrifice in some areas to make our pres. a 2 term pres.

    April 5, 2011 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
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