RNC's public jabbing of Obama
September 7th, 2011
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RNC's public jabbing of Obama

(CNN) - The Republican National Committee continued to hit President Barack Obama's handling of the economy Wednesday with a new web video highlighting the national unemployment rate.

The minute-long spot plays back-to-back clips from the president over the past two years saying he is focused on job creation and tracks the unemployment rate during the same time. It ends with "SAME WORDS. SAME SPEECHES. SAME FAILED POLICIES" written across the screen.

"For the past two and a half years, President Obama has repeatedly promised to focus on jobs, but, instead, he has prioritized taxing, spending and regulating," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. "With ZERO jobs created in the month of August, it's time to change direction."

When Obama came into office, in January 2009, the national unemployment rate was at 7.8 percent. It peaked in October of 2009 at 10.1 percent and is currently at 9.1 percent.

Republican radio ads, launched Tuesday, will also air in battleground states across the country, voicing similar criticism of the president.

"After a 10-day luxury vacation on Martha's Vineyard, the president says he'll finally get serious about jobs," the ad says. "But we've heard this before."

The ramped up campaign comes as Obama is scheduled to unveil his jobs plan to a joint session of Congress Thursday.

The Democratic National Committee responded to the RNC with a "fact check" explaining how Republican policies have hurt job creation in the U.S. and taking aim at current presidential contenders.

"The Tea Party platform that Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and the rest have signed on to, including the Tea Party economic plan passed by the House over the summer, would cost the U.S. millions of jobs and grind our economy to a halt – all in the name of a far right wing ideology that places a higher priority on shielding the wealthy from paying their fair share over helping the middle class get ahead and creating jobs," DNC Press Secretary Melanie Roussell said in a statement.

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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. King 50

    I thought Bush was bad, Obama puts him to shame as far as scewing the country up. This freak is clueless

    September 7, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. Paul1st

    Same whining, same divisiveness, same party over country from the party of No...

    September 7, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. gary

    The party of NO will shortly announce that Obama plan is dead on arrival. The Washington do nothing congress will
    do nothing.

    LEADERSHIP is dead in Washington.

    God help us all.

    September 7, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. FM

    It is the big shame that GOP is working extremely hard day and night in order to produce only one job. And that is the President job, while there is millions and millions jobs needed to be created! Can anyone understand this???

    September 7, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. masgap

    America I hope you will remember how unwilling the Republicans have been to this president. No one could do good if all the time they say "no" and just think of the election in 2012. T Party put a gun to his head over and over again – not thinking for the good of the country. People will remember this when election day comes. I hope you all remember the T-party.

    September 7, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Bill from GA

    To Fair is Fair,

    re: 'how much of the Clinton economic success would you attribute to the dot com bubble'

    How much did those "job-killing tax cuts" hurt the dot com bubble??

    September 7, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    A bolder and larger stimulus package wtih tax reforms is needed but stands no chance of passing because of GOP/Tea Party opposition.

    September 7, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Oh Yeah? What about the republicans for the past 11 years -- cut taxes on "job creators" -- cut inheritance tax (like middle class or poor have anything left when they die – HA) - send jobs overseas to make more profits for corporate shills,

    THAT sounds like same thing, same results to me.

    September 7, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. dnick47

    They are speaking about themselves are they not? The party of Greedy Old Pigs has been going on about the same old thing since RWR in 1980 and the same old bunk has failed time and time again...

    September 7, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. Bill from GA


    I meant to say"job=killing tax HIKES"

    September 7, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Marry

    "I find it laughable that the Repubs keep repeating the mantra that President Obama's policies have failed when, in fact, he hasn't had a chance to put all of his policies in place because they keep blocking them! I've never seen such obstruction toward our sitting President."
    Very well said! A lot of good comments here! Thank you, it is high time to stand up and support the President! The GOP/TP will not support anything the President puts forward, they just want to point fingers! Throw them out of Congress and Senate so the President has people to work with during his second term.

    September 7, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. Real Patriot

    More Proof that they only want to see Obama fail–they don't care about the condition of the country. How about waiting to see what he proposes and then arguing about it? Their behavior is practically un-American-

    September 7, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. Omooba

    As a registered Republican, I am ready to campaign against my party because they have demonstrated that putting party above the Country is their main goal. They only want to destroy Obama and not even to defeat him. It is a shame. The country is heading in a wrong direction because of partisan politics. There is no different from what 3rd World countries are doing. China is progressing because the citizen are not thinking of destroying their leader but instead working on moving their country forward. I hope we send all of them message in the next election. Enough is Enough!

    September 7, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "Just curious, Sniffit... how much of the Clinton economic success would you attribute to the dot com bubble?"

    A fair amount actually, but it's not quite the same as the way Dubya's short-lived, moderate and fleeting economic "success" was mostly related to the housing bubble that Wall Street abused in order to land us in this mess. Clinton created 23M jobs. They were not all related to the dot-com bubble...not even close. The dot-com bubble was spurred and eventually burst in part because of a failure to properly regulate a fledgling industry experiencing rampant, out-of-control growth (and the crazy investment practices driving said industry), which could have helped it grow in a more controlled, stable and directed manner. Yes, and sometimes that means slower too. Perhaps if the GOP was less concerned with regulating what was taking place in Clinton's pants and more concerned with doing their jobs, such regulation of the burgeoning dot-com industry could have taken place. In any event, the one similarity you can draw is that it was the failure to properly regulate (not simply regulate and not simply deregulate) that set both bubbles up for bursting...the fledgling industry itself in the case of the dotcom bubble and the financial industry in the case of the housing bubble. On that score, it's interesting to note that Barney Frank was repeatedly shot down in early 2007 when proposing to do just that in order to soften what everyone could see was an impending problem, and the same non-regulation/deregulatory ideological justifications were used then as were used in the 90's...by guess who.

    September 7, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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