RNC mocks Obama's 'Debt-End Bus Tour'
August 15th, 2011
10:25 AM ET
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RNC mocks Obama's 'Debt-End Bus Tour'

(CNN) – The Republican National Committee offered up its take on President Obama's Midwest bus tour Monday with a three-pronged press offensive including a "Press Corps Briefing Book," a web ad, and radio spots that detail what they've termed "Obama's Debt-End Bus Tour."

The RNC describes the president's effort to engage in a public dialogue about job growth and the economy at town halls and economic forums as "a totally non-political taxpayer-funded administration event that just happens to criss-cross several battleground states critical to the president's re-election" in the Obama critique, which is disguised as a briefing book.

A DNC official told CNN, "It is telling that the Republican Party, which believes corporations are people, would attack the president for meeting with Americans in their communities. We've now seen all the GOP candidates swear allegiance to the Tea Party in a debate, seen two Tea Party favorites come out on top of the Iowa Straw Poll, and someone once considered among the leading candidates for the nomination drop out of the race because he was not extreme or vitriolic enough for the Tea Party which now owns and operates the GOP."

"Rather than presenting plans to accelerate the recovery, the Republican Party is offering the same tired rhetoric that the American people are sick of."

The GOP committee released radio spots in the states Obama will visit over the next three days-Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois-as well as a minute-long web ad that paints the president's trip as nothing more than a campaign sweep through swing states.

"At every stop, first he'll cast blame for everything that's gone wrong. Then he'll say our economy is on the right track and the U.S. will always have triple-A credit rating," an announcer declares in the radio ad slated to run for one week in each state.

White House spokesman Jay Carney insisted the president's bus tour is completely above board–especially given that fact that Obama is not facing a primary challenger for the Democratic nomination–even though bus tours are a trademark of political campaigns.

"The fact is that the President is not engaged in a primary election and he is doing what Presidents do, which is go out in the country and engage with the American people, have discussions about the economy and other policy issues," Carney said during a press briefing on Air Force One en route to Minnesota.

"To suggest that any time the President leaves Washington it's a political trip would mean that Presidents could never leave unless they were physically campaigning on their own behalf, and he's not; he's out here doing his job and meeting with the American people."

But Iowa GOP chair Matt Strawn maintained the trip is all about politicking.

"The tour has everything to do with politics and nothing to do with policy," he said during a Monday conference call with reporters. "He knows this is a state he must carry if he's going to win."

"The president would rather be on a bus tour than tackling issues nationally," RNC chairman Reince Priebus echoed on the call.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who's making his second bid for the GOP presidential nomination, also took a swipe at the president's bus sweep in a web video released the first day of his tour that features Minnesota residents who say they'd rather Obama "stay in Washington and do something about jobs" instead of visit their home state. Calling it the "Magical Misery" tour, the 2012 GOP frontrunner's ad sums up his thoughts on the incumbent president: "Obama isn't working."

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Minnesota state GOP chair Tony Sutton will kick off the committee's answer to Obama's bus tour on the same day he launches his 5-city swing with a rally organized in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, the town of Obama's first stop.

CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

soundoff (319 Responses)
  1. guessng

    Keep on mocking -time will tell.

    August 15, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. terry,va

    @wow..just..wow...you must have been smoking Obummie's grass instaed of drinking his kool-aid. Chicago is not thriving and neither is the state of Illinios. I know I lived there 6 years and keep close contact with the state. The unemployment rate is higher than the national average, I'm glad you have plenty of money. You can pay all you want on your income taxes. All you have to do is check the block and send your check in with your return,

    August 15, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. jim


    they're actually trying to make fun of obama? and they're putting forth people like palin and bachmann as reasonable? and they can actually keep a straight face?


    August 15, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. eric

    I would love to know how many people commenting here are paid by the republican party to comment.

    August 15, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. Madtown

    RNC mocks Obama's 'Debt-End Bus Tour'
    Well, of course they mock it. Republican politics relies heavily on schoolyard tactics, such as name-calling. Just ask $arah Palin. Speaking of our National Twit, can't wait 'til she hypocritically chimes in and bashes the President for his bus tour...

    August 15, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. Jilli

    IF the republicans spent half as much time addressing the issues as they spend avoiding doing anything constructive, just think, we'd be in a better place. Stop with the sophomoric games gop.

    August 15, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. clarke

    I am tired of all this childis behavior from people who want to be President of our great nation. I find it disgraceful that these GOPER's can't tell me what they are going to to make it better for us and how they plan on getting there. The American people already about what someone has or has not done. Please tell me how you are going to fix it. Boy these people must have more money than God.

    August 15, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. JB

    Wow, it's a good thing they didn't criticize someone like Paul Ryan...he'd throw a full-out temper tantrum crying fit. Oh wait, we've already seen that.

    August 15, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. TheTraveler

    These days, if someone told me they were a Republican, I'd reply, 'I wouldn't piss on your head if your hair was on fire."

    August 15, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. Citizen

    In his last year as the governor, Mr. Romney spent 212 days (58%) outside MA preparing to launch a (failed) bid for US presidency and he has the gall to take a swipe at the President for his bus tour. Present day GOP is led by boorish and uncouth bunch of “leaders” that includes Mr. Priebus, Ms. Palin, Mrs. Bachmann and more. It is sad that Mr. Romney has elected to join them rather than set higher standard of ethic and moral. Mr. Romney, learn few lessons on mutual respect from Ambassador Huntsman.

    August 15, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  11. brian in denver

    "debt end bus tour". How clever of these dimwits. If Bachmann, Perry, Gingrich, Romney, Huntsman, Palin (?) are the best they can come up w/ it's understandable they'd resort to the sophomoric stuff. The last election (2008) was a nail-biter from primary to the generals. This one is laughable!

    August 15, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  12. caeser

    Republican's are very polished at name calling and trash talk they just can't lead.

    August 15, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  13. Doyle Wiley, MI

    So what are the Republicans doing about ending the Debt crisis?

    August 15, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  14. Former Republican

    President Obama has done more to create jobs than all the GOP politicians combined!

    August 15, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  15. Darth Vadik, CA

    Jillequi Mystere, there is a huge difference between CRITICIZING and MOCKING, not that an uneducated idiot would know the difference...

    August 15, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  16. the prophet

    Obama recited to sand a message to Washington, I say who wants to join me to take over Washington , I get things done with just a high school diploma. Americans have been impoverished by the Government, ho wait maybe we should blame this on terrorists!!! Government and politicians point fingers and blame each other like little children. Ok!!! My fellow Americans I will be have my own town meeting to talk about what you need ...tomorrow at 6:00 am at star bucks.

    August 15, 2011 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  17. the prophet

    My candidacy for the Next president of USA I propose the following.

    A national sales tax of 15% a lot less then other countries
    B no property tax on your first home
    C if you work you get health insurance if you lose work you lose it after 6 months ho and Dental is included with no copay
    D free cable tv
    And what does it mean put America to work
    anyway ? I thought Americans are already overworked...

    August 15, 2011 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  18. jane

    Mr. Prez, when the noise settles you will be in office another 4 yrs...The American people are not blind we saw from the beginning the Repubs was not interested in helping this country. They were simply trying to dig a hole for the Prez but they will fall into it on election day

    August 15, 2011 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  19. sky

    skyMichelle Bachmann on meet the press she just lie, lie, lie as a INDEPENDENT voter, we are the people who see the truth, that the Republicans are not willing to bargin or raise taxes on Million Airs and Billion Airs to get the economy working. Getting 98% of what they wanted, and have not created any JOBS! yet, But what the Republicans-Tea Party have caused S&P to down grade our country credit for the frist time in our nations history. Independents who are self-reliance not committed to a political party will take the stand again, Since the 1st day in office the Republicans main goal was to get Obama out of office instead of giving a hand with the wrost economy our country has ever seen. The Party of no, did 1 thing right to show the American people their willing to strip us of everything we have worked for. INDEPENDENT 4 Life

    August 16, 2011 04:28 am at 4:28 am |
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