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. Deep North

    Left turn after Left turn.....I LIKE NASCAR!

    July 6, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. EddyL

    Isn't that Bush driving that car?

    July 6, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. Patrick from Minnesota

    Obama is taking the country off the cliff? No Republicans, YOU have already done that. It's not that I can't look to the present situation. It's just that you have absolutely no accountability for what you have done. Keep up this crap and Pelosi will have her job back in 2012!!

    July 6, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. S.positive

    The Republican party will not win 2012. They do not deserve the keys to the car no matter what they rant about. FACT

    July 6, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. DB

    Yopu folks have your facts twisted.! Go ahead and let the republican propaganda fool you that things are worse off than bush left it...The spending started during the bush years...and now they want to hold Obama responsible for spending to recover the country out of economic disaster since the depression... You folks need to understand that the repubs are trying to get back into the white house, so they will say anything to make that happen...so do you believe everything they say, knowing what their agenda is?

    July 6, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    The "cliff" President Obama is taking "us" off is the one over which the rich and multi-national corporations don't want to go:

    The end of their tax cuts and getting away with using our infrastructure without having to pay for it.

    July 6, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. oneidea

    One idea, republicans, just one, for fixing our ailing economy? And don't say, "tax cuts", we've tried that, that's what we did for 8 years before Pres. Obama took office. How about any real ideas at all?

    July 6, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. cf

    Goes to show that the only way Republicans can make Obama look bad is to flat out LIE. Repubs are the ones who drove this country off a cliff with their failed leadership for 8 years under Bush. Thanks to Obama, things are finally (slowly but surely) getting back on track, and the Repubs want to undo everything he's done and go back to Bush policy. Stupid stupid stupid LIARS.

    July 6, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. Oregon Calling

    No, Republicans and Blue- Dog Democrats are taking us off of the cliff!

    Peace 🙂

    July 6, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    @Four more years yada yada yada: Bush took a budget surplus and turned it into a massive deficit by waging two unfunded wars and cutting taxes during wartime (unprecedented in our nation's history), along with Medicare Part D (also unfunded).

    THAT – along with gutting the FEC, deregulating Wall Street and standing idly by while the global economy came tumbling down – is what lead to our fiscal problems.


    July 6, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. The REAL Facts

    The REAL facts, people are these: The DOW hit its all time high on October 1, 2007 at $14,087 under Bush (best economy ever). Then, with the help of a democrat congress and a democrat senate, the inevitable happened. It all started to crumble. But it wasn't all their fault. They had the help of the second worst president ever: James E. Carter, who forced the Communitiy Reinvestment Act down the banks' throats. In a nutshell, it said that if a bank won't make risky loans to high risk individuals (those same Barack Obama lovers) then the Fed won't deal with that bank, effectively shutting it down. So, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, the CRA led to the Fannie and Freddie meltdown, which in turn crashed the economy. All while another democrat (Barney Frank) said {paraphrase} Fannie And Freddie are fine. If you're gonna lay blame, get it right.

    July 6, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "$500 billion in higher taxes"

    Outright lie. Obama has cut taxes across the board. I'd like to hear how they justify it. And no, "the truth has a liberal bias" is not justification for blatant misinformation campaigning. You're just going to have to suck it up and accept that reality has been telling conservatives that their ideology, particularly with respect to the economy, is freekin broken. You should have spent 30+ years accepting and adapting to it...but you didn't...so now we're stuck listening to you spend billions of corproate money in an attempt to rewrite history, sell it to the idiot masses and convince everyone that the world is flat all over again. Ads like this are like watching the persecution of Galileo all over again, except instead of it being entirely about biblical dogma, it's the GOP chanting "heresy" for failure to conform to their nonsensical fabrications about the manner in which the economy actually works in the real world in light of the plutocracy in whcih that very same ideology has mired us and the extremely powerful corporate and wealthy interests using their wealth and power to influence the direction in which ALL the wealth flows...i.e., away from the middle-class and poor. Throw in a dash of the krischun dogma to satiate the vehemently vapid fundamentalist crowd and poof...you've got yourself almost the same thing. Galileo and Darwin are laughing at us for even remotely tolerating any of it.

    July 6, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. ART

    Republicans may be able to fool some of the stupid people some times but I for one will never forget what happened in 2008 when they almost ruined the entire country, financial institutions that had been around for centuries simply evaporated into nothing and they just stood back with their hands off approach, well maybe some of them had their fingers crossed and wished it all away but guess what thanks to Obama we did not go over the abyss or a cliff

    July 6, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. runner305

    Does anyone here see the irony of the Republicans using a car going off a cliff in their commercials? It was the Republicans who were eager to let GM go off that same cliff!

    July 6, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. Gisabun

    Funny how the Republicans are. They blame Obama's administration for the economy but it was under Dubya's watch where the debt balooned. Under Dubya's watch where the economy tanked. Under Dubya's watch where the bailout started. And now with the GOP effectively controlling Congress, Obama can't do anything because the GOP are shooting everything he proposes down. And then they complain?

    July 6, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. DB

    Wow, I have to hand it to the republicans, they sure now how to play their cards. They refuse to raise the debt ceiling so the economy can tank, than they'll say "See, Obama has run the car off the cliff". Well, I ask why are you holding up the debt ceiling, when it was raised 9 times for bush, unquestioned!...The prez is smart, he will utilize his 14th amendment before he let you repubs take us back to a reccession again...

    July 6, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Squigman

    The economy, and the nation went over the cliff, but did so under the managerial skills of the republican party. The appointment of the nations first and hopefully only mentally challenged president, sealed the fate of the nation and ruined the future of your children and grand children. Two wars brought forth by the man who called himself the decider, that should have been called the divider, and massive tax breaks to the top tiered wealth holding people in the country. Also, the fact that there were 7 hikes in the debt limit did not help anything, but now the republicans seem to think that raising the debt limit would be tanamount to treason. WAKE-UP America. The republicans are not your friends. Never have been, never will be. WAKE-UP..

    July 6, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    @Four and the door: "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."

    Really? If that's the case, then why after 10 years of the supposedly temporary Bush tax cuts, private companies haven't been hiring?

    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!

    July 6, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. Tony Z

    Republicans please provide a solution not just criticism. You can't cut a deficit by cutting spending. Basic math it does not add up.

    What is the % of government vs people? Has that changed in history.
    Why did we raise the debt ceiling 7 times from 2000-2008?
    When did the recession start?

    July 6, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. Qev

    "Stay The Course."

    July 6, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. DB

    Hello republicans!! The American people don't like the Ryan plan, so what are you gonna do , ram it down our throats?? Hmmm sounds like the Obamacare fiasco all over again...

    July 6, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. Jilli

    Let me get this straight...the Republicans are saying that the President is taking this country off a cliff? Oh, that's rich...

    The party that won't even consider revenue enhancements when the country needs them...the irony is too much. What alternate reality are republicans living in?

    July 6, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. Facism of the Left will RULE THE WORLD

    You can't cut a deficit by cutting spending. Basic math it does not add up.
    Comrade, to cut deficit, you must SUBTRACT, not "add up". I agree though, take all wealth away beyond $50,000. Any more than that is just pure greed. Fancy homes, fancy cars, too much food... It's all a slippery slope to materialism.

    July 6, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  24. MichaelK

    Oh please, this is the message Republicans are giving? They squandered a budget surplus, neglected the national infrastructure, hid the cost of two middle eastern wars and sold us out to big bankers, oils and miscellaneous billionaires and they thin Obama is moving us in wrong direction? He ended the recession, in spite of GOP efforts to aggravate it for mid-term and 2012 elections.

    How can anybody believe these intellectually challenged liars after they snuck into State houses nationwide and enacted an unadvertised agenda.

    The only thing worse than these slimeballs is a timid Democratic party afraid to hit back with the truth. Come on guys, take on these lying bullies.

    July 6, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  25. Billy

    The GOP is the party that is trying to drive America off a cliff. They don't even want to pay our debts incurred over 50+ years which would result in a Global economic meltdown.

    July 6, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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