RNC to Obama: You're taking the country off a cliff
July 6th, 2011
10:27 AM ET
11 years ago

RNC to Obama: You're taking the country off a cliff

(CNN) - A new ad from the Republican National Committee Wednesday blames President Obama's "left turn after left turn" for the current state of the economy.

The 30-second spot will air nationally on cable television, notably in battleground states, throughout the month. It uses a crashing car metaphor to make the case for a Republican president in 2012.

"America's headed the wrong way fast - six million foreclosures, 14 trillion in debt, 500 billion in higher taxes and the worst long-term unemployment in generations," the ad says. "Don't let Obama drive us to disaster, change direction."

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said his organization "intends to challenge Barack Obama in every state on his failed economic leadership right up until Election Day."

"Republicans have already changed the conversation in Washington, but with the President unwilling to remove the country from its unsustainable course, it's time to change direction," Priebus said in a statement.

Brad Woodhouse, communications director for the Democratic National Committee, said Republicans are trying to "mislead voters about the state of the economy."

"While the President continues to fight to clean up an economic mess that was years in the making, Republicans would rather run negative ads than offer positive ideas," Woodhouse said in a statement.

Filed under: 2012 • Ads • President Obama • Republican National Committee
soundoff (148 Responses)
  1. Bill

    and before January 20th 2017 we will be a 3rd world country like Obama has planned.

    July 6, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Michael

    The very people who put this country in this ditch are now trying to lie their way out by blaming it on the President!! I have faith that most Americans have a memory and they also have BS repellent to use against such idiocy!

    July 6, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. kinglywarrior

    "left turn after left turn" is bad?? Uh oh, the GOP is attacking what their voters love most...NASCAR!

    July 6, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Liberalator

    If anyone is pushing the country over a cliff it's the Republican Party. The "no tax" mantra may go over with many of the unenlightened voters but the cliff the Republicans are standing on is much more precipitous than any I have ever witnessed.

    Trying to push to country back in time will only lead to our continued failure to meet the future with success.

    As Plato stated:" The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men". I believe we have arrived at this sad point with Republicans and Tea Partyers.


    July 6, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    @The REAL Facts: First of all, you don't express the DOW average in dollars.

    Second, you claim that "Bush's economy" caused the DOW to peak on October 9, but no praise for "Obama's economy" for taking the DOW from 8451 on October 10, 2008 back up to 12, 616 (yesterday's close).

    Given it was President Obama's economic policies that caused the stock market to recover – and our country to avert a Great Depression – I would think you would be his supporter.

    July 6, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |

    This recession, and the fall from it, happened under republican rule.......

    July 6, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Dale

    The Republicans stated number one goal is to make Obama a one-term president. Keeping the economy in the crapper as long as possible is only one tool in their arsenal to accomplish this goal. Let us not forget, when Obama took office we were on the verge of a second Great Depression. No, things are not perfect, but they could be worse, far worse. And blaming Obama for the mess in the first place is a astounding fallacy of retro-causality. But then Americans do have short memories so it just might work.

    July 6, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. CutTax

    Change direction, impeach Obama

    July 6, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. Georgia L

    Why are we even giving these guys publicity? It's really getting too tiresome. What else is the RNC going to say? It's more of the party line. They are probably in a panic because more and more people are on to them.

    July 6, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    ...Could it be that those same companies are taking their extra cash, creating jobs overseas where the labor is cheap and environmental laws don't exist, and laying off Americans here at home?
    I'm tired of subsidizing these corporations' global expansion. They should invest in OUR country and OUR people – it's the least they can do for the country that gave them the opportunity – and INFRASTRUCTURE – to create their wealth in the first place!
    Really? You choose to punish the entire American economy and all inhabitants because some American companies compete globally? Like companies in every other country? Do you also believe that America got wealthy by competing only within our own borders? Do you think that when Obama gave $50 billion to GM and Chrysler that they only used that money to hire American workers? And that they build everything in Detroit with only American parts? Really?

    July 6, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Tex71

    Vote Republican if you want richer rich people and everyone else reduced to indentured servitude. We are already the industrialized nation with fewest benefits for working citizens; if the GOP gets its way we will be the first industrialized nation to revert to the feudal system. Listen, everybody knows Republicans hate civil rights and oppose them in every way possible. Republicans hate any kind of guarantee for hard-working Americans to have a chance at a happy, healthy retirement. Republicans just plain hate Americans who aren't independently wealthy – it is plain from the way they use the words "America" and "Americans" that we working folks don't qualify as such by their standards. Unless you are very wealthy and completely selfish and greedy and contemptuous of humanity, you should vote against the Republican in any election, no matter who the opposition is – just because Republicans are about crushing the non-wealthy under their heels while blaming you for being in the way.

    July 6, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. GK

    OB1 still hasn't learned how to negotiate with Republicans. You have to start out assuming that they will do exactly the opposite of what you want. If you are waiting for them to change their minds (ie: raise taxes on the wealthy, cut spending on wars, eliminate substidies for oil companies, return to Bill Clinton budget numbers (2Trillion)...they will not allow that to happen. So now you have to decide what you're going to do. And it seems like you have no idea. But if you do nothing, as you are, Repubs will win because you'll take the blame, because your the president and the buck stops with you. DO SOMETHING: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: It's the economy stupid!

    July 6, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. maxdenn

    GWB did take us over a cliff. Naturally the Republicans don't want to discuss the fact we are now paying a huge price for the disaster that was Bush. George W. Bush. Worst prez ever.

    July 6, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. dougsmith783@msn.com

    I don't think Republicans really want to play the numbers game. Here are a few though. 700.000 jobs lost in the last month of Bush's Presidency alone, One month. The previous few months were all over 500,000 jobs lost. Now we have had at least 12 consecutve months of private sector job gains. Here is another. Three. That is the consecutive number of years of balanced budgets that Clinton left office with. The Republicans passed huge tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 and we went immediately into deficit mode and have been there ever since. By the way those tax cuts were supposed to stimulate the economy and a few years later in addition to the job losses we were on the brink of another Depression.

    July 6, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. snowyowl

    What a joke. RNC, if you want to blame someone for the country's woes, face the mirror and point your finger.

    July 6, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. vic , nashville ,tn

    Republicans think they won the election in 2010 their voice is powerful after Paul Ryan budget proposal every thing changed

    This time if they don’t raise the tax they are going home

    July 6, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. KatR

    Four and the Door....re your comment that the Dems have done nothing re Medicare. It's already in place. You call it Obamacare. Legislation designed to bring down health care costs for ALL Americans. It will take time for this to happen but once it's does Medicare will be solvent. But that's not something our instant gratification society would accept.

    July 6, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. Joshua Ludd

    And remember, folks... we were losing jobs, having foreclosures, and were already in a record deficit before Obama was even elected... and that all came from the rule of Republicans, including a number of those now trying to run against Obama. Memo to the GOP: We aren't all that stupid. We remember what your leadership was like when you had both houses and the presidency. You can say you've changed, but I, for one, am not stupid enough to believe it.

    July 6, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. JohnnyDH

    I like this ad...I'm voting against Obama no matter who it happens to be.

    July 6, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. Mogul

    OK, so George W. and the Republicans ran the car in the ditch and the democrats took the keys away. And now Obama and the democrats have stripped the car; it's up on blocks with no wheels, no engine, no battery, no stereo, no seats, no interior, no nothin. So what is the debate about? What is Obama's solution? To try and get the Republicans to co-sign on a second loan. And Obama's entitlement mentality crusaders think that's just great.

    July 6, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. mkjp

    The Republicans in Washington don't even know enough math to realize that the best way to decrease the magnitude of a negative number is to add a positive number. I don't know how they will be at pulling this country out of the economic mess we are in. And meanwhile, where are all of their better ideas at how to run this country? They should let us in on their plans so we know what we're voting for when the time comes.

    July 6, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. Kwesoe

    There was a research study report on NPR this morning about how people with big face will lie their way to benefit from any situatuion. So I've been looking at the faces of republican lawmakers and wow, that Boehner has one hell of a big face. So their lies about blaming Obama for the economy is not unexpected. What is unexpected is that given their majority in congress, they have failed to produce any of the jobs they promised. See you at the polls.

    July 6, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. barking alien

    Sorry, but the GOP (Got only Problems) drove the bus over the cliff already. The current administration is trying to use the tow truck to get us out of the ditch. The GOP drove over the cliff by total disregard for the law and it's passenger's.

    July 6, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6