GOP slams Obama in Keystone state
June 24th, 2011
12:52 PM ET
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GOP slams Obama in Keystone state

(CNN)-Republicans staked claim to the state of Pennsylvania Friday as President Obama made his ninth visit to the battleground state since he announced his re-election campaign in early April.

The President spent Thursday night in Pittsburgh and made remarks at a robotics facility Friday morning. The state should be friendly territory for the President, since he won Pennsylvania during the 2008 election, but Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus used a Friday conference call with reporters to suggest otherwise.

"In 2008 Pennsylvania went for Obama based on his rhetoric," he said. "2012 will be based on results."

The chairman commended GOP Gov. Tom Corbett for doing "an amazing job" in the state, but decried the impact of the Obama administration.

"He can only do so much when President Obama's extreme policies are raining down all over Pennsylvania and America," Priebus said.

"Pennsylvanians already know they can't afford another year with Obama."

Rob Gleason, chair of the Pennsylvania Republican Party agreed, slamming the president for "unpopular" and "failed" policies on employment.

"President Obama is returning to Pittsburgh to talk about jobs and the economy once again," he stated.

But, the chairman declared, "The only job he cares about is his own."

The president is traveling to Pittsburgh to stoke the main point of Gleason's criticism: jobs.

Obama visited the National Robotics Engineering Center at Carnegie Mellon, the site of his visit last year, to launch a "national effort to bring together industry, universities, and the federal government to invest in the emerging technologies that will create high quality manufacturing jobs" and "enhance global competitiveness," according to a statement from the White House.

But the GOP leaders doubted that effort will translate into votes for the incumbent president.

Gleason claimed the president's actions have turned against him because his "failed policies" have created "a coalition of Republicans, Democrats and independents" that will mobilize for 2012.

In a rallying cry that echoed Priebus who vowed,"Republicans will win Pennsylvania in 2012 and make President Obama a one-term president," Gleason said, "We're almost red and we're going to finish it off this year."

According to a Quinnipiac poll released in early June, Pennsylvania residents are split on how the president is handling his job. Forty-eight percent said they approved of how Obama is handling his White House duties, but the same amount disapproved.

CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    The only job he cares about is his own." This statement more fit for GOP

    We have to create 200 000 jobs per month

    More Americans will lose their jobs on republican’s cuts

    June 24, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Mr. Moderate

    The Governor of Pennsylvania is TOM Corbett and it is the extreme policies of Grover Norquist that are hurting Pennsylvania. Thanks to his little tax pledge Corbett is now beholden to the right. As a result the state is cutting services to autistic children and schools are being forced to cut teachers while the state remains the only one in the union to give a tax break to smokeless tobacco users and cigar smokers. He is bought and paid for by the natural gas industry and as a result refuses to tax the gas being pulled out of the state and sent to the gulf coast and Canada unlike every other state that has gas drilling including several run by Republicans like Texas and Alaska that are considered low tax states. At this point he is a one term governor and the best tool Obama has for winning the state in 2012.

    June 24, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. PA4Obama

    I'm not sure what this whack off is talking about, but I live near Philly, and you see mostly Obama stickers on bumpers. Our real estate value has maintained very well, and you don't hear much talk regarding "the thing in Libya." I imagine Pittsburgh to be about the same. Sure, Priebus could be talking to the less-populated rural part of the state (remember the story about the creationists trying to impose curriculum changes?), but we revenue generators out-vote them every time.

    June 24, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. Clwyd

    Self center idiots are all there are in the republican party. Little robots that do the bidding of their leader Boner. What a bunch of fools! Of course the president cares about his job and rightfully so. The republicans seem to only care about corporations, big business and wealthy!

    June 24, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. 35 Years Old -- Daughter of a "Reagan Democrat"

    I grew up in Somerset PA and my father was a Democrat that voted for Reagan twice & George Bush Sr. He died a few years ago and I remember a conversation with him where he said he regretting votiing for the GOP. He said the Republicans sold themselves on looking out for "hard-working" families like ours but in reality

    1.) were agents of Wall Street that raiding local companies and outsourced the workforce
    2.) anti-union which stagnated wages of the middleclass
    3.) anti-education which was the most likely avenue to uplift the children of people loosing jobs in a shift away from manufacturing in America.

    I was luke warm on voting for Barack Obama in 2008 but after seeing no job growth from the Bush Tax Cuts, witnessing the assaults on unions by Republican Governors in Wisconsin and our neighbooring Ohio and in with Obama killing bin Laden, saving jobs in the midwest by saving GM & Chrysler, and being a hard working, thoughful family man, he has my vote in 2012.

    I love my Dad but his faith in the GOP was misguided and so was mine. No more.

    June 24, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. PA4Obama

    Pa will vote for Obama in 2012.

    June 24, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. B

    It is partly the President’s fault for not taking the time to -actually explain- to the American people what HAS been accomplished so far.

    He brought this country back from the brink like saving Auto Companies for example and the banks for another.

    June 24, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. Scott F

    Republicans!! It is really easy to solve the major problem we face in this country.Just look in the mirror. THAT IS THE PROBLEM. Now, wasn't that easy?

    June 24, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    I thihk the 2012 election will be a referendum on the Bush Tax Cuts. They have created more deficit than jobs.

    June 24, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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