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. patcee

    I'm afraid he's going to cave again on the debt seiling deal. He said again he wants everyone to be involved in the decision, which means he is going to go along with the Republicans on the taxes and slash social programs. Why can't the Republicans see that those tax cuts for the rich have been there for 10 years and haven't done a thing for our economy yet? And why can't Obama stand up to them? He has no fight in him at all.

    July 6, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. Shari from Madison WI

    About what I expect from the repugnant Republican's. They take no blame for the state of affairs, even though it was Republican policies that got us in this mess. Republican's answer to everything is give Tax breaks for the richest people and increase taxes on the poor thru lowering the earned income and homestead credits. They care only for the rich and powerful and the rest of us can just shut up and die.

    July 6, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. Ed Texas

    Earth to RNC: Your Previous Leader, George Dubwa Bush left America's economy in a disaster – two costly wars, millions in foreclosures becuase of your lax lending policies of profits over people, trillions in debt at the expense for tax cuts for the rich and big business, and causing the worst long-term unemployment in generations. The RNC can spin it all the want but the fact is Obama inharited this mess from Bush and a Congress almost completely controlled by Repubs. Failed policies of the Repubs have cuased the mess we are in now and it will take time to correct it.

    July 6, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. Thankfully Independent

    Yes, let's change direction and go back to the Bush policies that turned Bill Clinton's surplus in a huge deficit. Let's go back to the policies that cost hundreds of thousands Americans their jobs during the last decade and gave these same jobs to illegal immigrants and sent the rest overseas. Let's keep giving tax breaks to corporate jet owners, big oil companies and corporatrions while we slash Medicare/Medicaid benefits for the poor and elderly. Let's keep on trashing and interferring with our country's teachers until no one in their right mind would want to become one. Let's gut the EPA even more until most of us find ourselves in an environmental cesspool. And above all, let's not explore alternate forms of energy because we would not want to keep the oil companies from posting those huge profits.

    Sounds like a plan to me ... to ruin this country.

    July 6, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. red blood

    We would be in much better shape if anyone else was President. He makes bad decisions at every corner, and wants to disregard our Constitution. Vote him Out

    July 6, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. Padraig

    If the Democratic party is so wonderful and have always brought in jobs for the people, how do you explain Detroit. Detroit have been run by Democrats since 1962 and where did it get you?

    July 6, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. BD70

    Republicans better wake up to the fact that fact checking is a breeze now. Everything I read about what they have to say is a lie. Do they really think the majority is stupid enough to believe Obama is driving us off a cliff? Oh wait...unless you truly hate the president some believe anything fed to them as long as its against anything this President has done.

    July 6, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. Bible Clown

    The GOP says they want us to fail, and then they want us to follow them? We'd fail if we did that. We want to follow the president back to recovery, not Romney into the desert . . . .

    July 6, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. Blaum

    It's the economy, stupid.....

    If Obama can't get it turned around he's a one-term president..... that's how it has always been.

    July 6, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Banda53

    This might well backfire on Republicans. By saying Obama is making "left turn after left turn" they might turn the entire NASCAR faithful in his favor.

    July 6, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. Matt

    it might just be from my point of view, but in the video clip shown, it looks like the car is actually jumping over the water! ha

    July 6, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. Dave, Central Illinois

    Bush inherited a recession from Clinton and his tax breaks plus leaving well enough alone brought us out of it. This while facing 9/11. All Obama and you drones do is blame Bush. Let's see, who was in charge of Congress from 2006 until last year – the Dems. Now, for a quick Civics lesson for you Libs – who passes the budget? If you answered the President, you are wrong – it's Congress. You Libs need to read some history books and think for yourself instead of getting your news from the Daily Show and Sesame Street.

    July 6, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Give Me A Break

    Someday the left is going to have to accept that BUSH will not be on the ballot in 2012.

    July 6, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. Save America

    Driving work off-shore, companies fearing expanding, Government eating away at basic freedoms....that is obamas America. It is like he is trying to destroy our country. The worst part is the people that STILL follow is every word...incredible.

    July 6, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. Freedomics

    From the ad... "left turn after left turn."

    Sounds like NASCAR. Apparently the ad execs weren't aware of their target audience.

    July 6, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. noooooo

    That car is too good for obama. It should be a Cadi with him with a cig in his mouth. lol

    July 6, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. Fair is Fair

    "This commercial doesn't have anything on the Paul Ryan throwing grandma off the ledge of a cliff video."

    That's because THIS ad speaks the TRUTH. Moron.

    July 6, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. once upon a horse

    speaking of crashing the Republican plan since they can't or don't want to come up with a job bill or help improve the economy is to let it CRASH. Gullible voters blame Obama, put a GOPer back in the White House. How many jobs bills have the GOP presented since the Nov 2010 election? How many things that the Republicans once were in favor of under Bush they will not do under Obama like
    Cap and Trade
    Raise the debt ceiling
    Healthcare mandate
    Dream Act
    there are plenty more just google them and you'll see the flip/flopping.
    The FoxNews talking points are sure in play here today.

    July 6, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. Joanna

    Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush, that's all the Liberals can talk about. They can't talk about Obama' economic successes, he has none. Instead, Obama has given up a huge debt to pay.

    July 6, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. Ron in Indiana

    Any Republicans riding in the back seat of that car? And when did Obama get that car out of the ditch?

    July 6, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Gee, the Republicans finally noticed that the economy took a nose dive. Someone should tell them that we've noticed that Republicans are trying to do it again.

    July 6, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  22. ja

    the rnc is full of themselves, the same folk sat on their hinds and allowed three wars, one on a pack lies, and scare tactics, a budget surplus to be squandered, now talk accountability, Mr Pres, i will speak for you, rnc #$%^

    July 6, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. Cedar Rapids

    'The truth hurts, doesn't it leftists???'
    If only this ad contained some.

    July 6, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. Four and The Door

    2010 campaign slogan was, "The president just does'nt get it, it's about Jobs, Jobs, Jobs." If these cuts in federal spending all go through, how many jobs are going to be created by it, or how many jobs are going to be lost because of it?
    Here's what the Democrats will not tell you. Reduced government spending is one of the strongest things for creating private sector jobs... the kind that help the economy. When individuals and companies are not burdened with paying taxes to support an expensive government, they can invest in business and businesses can be more competitive. When businesses are competitive, they get more work and they hire more workers. Everybody wins. Everybody, because in the long run governments will make higher revenues with a vibrant economy and be able to afford things like health care and other benefits for the population. If politicians are greedy and just borrow to run the government ( i.e., keep exceeding debt limits ), the economy is much more difficult to grow. The increased burden on individuals and businesses keeps them from being productive.

    July 6, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. Name king

    What happened to to 800 thousand job lost a month and growing that the repug handed to this president, what happened to tv 10 month of economy growth via how small it was, it's still growth, what happened to the 15 months of private jobs creation, what happened to the 2 million jobs created in that slot. The repugs high jacked the president to send 40 thousand more troops to Afghanistan that's hundreds of billions of dollars toward the deficit, they push for the bush tax cuts that's trillions toward the deficit, they still didn't pay for the two wars before that plus the Medicare bill before that, plus 8 trillion dollar tax cuts that is still ruin our country. This is what killing our deficit, and not the spendings.

    July 6, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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