Obama travels for policy and fundraising, Republicans attack
October 24th, 2011
10:46 AM ET
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Obama travels for policy and fundraising, Republicans attack

(CNN) – It wouldn't be a presidential trip without criticism from Republicans, and President Barack Obama's visit to Nevada Monday is no exception.

The Republican National Committee and the Mitt Romney presidential campaign released web videos capitalizing on the national unemployment and high foreclosure rates in the Silver State.

The spot from the RNC accuses the president of focusing more attention on his reelection than the unemployed in America.

"For each new campaign office President Obama opens there are over 15,000 new foreclosures," the ad says. "For every million dollars Obama raises, 6,400,000,000 dollars are added to our national debt. Don't you wish we had a president who cared about your job?"

"It's abundantly clear by Air Force One's travel log where his priorities are," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.

Obama will attend a campaign event in Las Vegas Monday afternoon before meeting with homeowners at a private residence. He is scheduled to deliver remarks at two additional campaign events in Los Angeles and another in San Francisco Tuesday.

The president will also announce new efforts to aid homeowners with refinancing, two senior administration officials told CNN.

Team Romney sarcastically welcomed the president to Nevada, as they do ahead of all presidential travel. Nevada residents affected by the economic downturn are seen talking to the camera in the campaign's web video.

"The economy in the last three years since Barack Obama took office, especially Nevada, has nothing but a downtrend," one resident says.

"I just lost my job recently, so I'm officially retired," says another.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, issued some advice to the president in a statement: "Sit down with Republicans and work on legislation that will get America working again."

But Ben LaBolt, press secretary for Obama's reelection effort, responded to the new videos by contrasting Romney's economic plan with that of the president.

"It is no surprise that Romney failed to mention his plan for struggling homeowners, rather than allowing responsible homeowners to refinance like the president has," LaBolt said. "Romney would let the foreclosure process 'hit the bottom' so that investors can come in and make a quick buck."

The conservative independent organization Crossroads GPS also released a Spanish version of an English ad that aired earlier in the year, intended to "counter President Obama's visit to the Silver State to sell his latest stimulus package."

Crossroads said the 60-second spot will run on Spanish-language broadcast television stations in the Las Vegas market Monday and Tuesday. The ad buy was $25,000, according to the group.

"Nevada unemployment is sky high while housing has hit rock bottom, and the president's latest Band-Aid is too little, too late," Crossroads GPS communications director Jonathan Collegio said in a statement.

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Jessica Yellin contributed to this report.

Also see:

Cain 'flip-flops,' Bachmann says

Obama heads West to campaign, push jobs bill

Biden makes his 2012 pitch

Filed under: 2012 • Crossroads GPS • Mitt Romney • President Obama • RNC
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Steven Harp

    Good job!

    Good job Obma. You're really demonstrating in a 'BIG WAY' that you're here to save the day.

    Bravo Obama

    October 24, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Stop the Republicans APARTHIED Mr. President and for those of you who don't know what APARTHIED is, read about it.

    October 24, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. FIELE1stSGT

    What a Liberal story. Way to go CNN keep trying to make people believe Obama is doing something for the people. We are not supid on his followers are. We know he is using our tax dollarts to campaign. even though little good it will do his sorry rear. If this man gets reelected it will be time for a revelution or a plane ticket out of of this socialist country.

    October 24, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. really???

    See the truth...it is there for those who seek it!

    Mitt and co. have alot of money!!! Anybody seen them helping out anywhere, when was the last policy put forth by them to help homeowners keep their homes or trying to help the masses in any way? Imagine how much worse the economy would have been if GM, Chrysler, and the major banks had been left to colapse. There would be scores more out of work, in unemployment benefit lines, losing homes etc. Even if Obama travels until the next election, he has done alot more than people realize, creating jobs, saving jobs, saving homes, extended payouts to the unemployed, healthcare for those of us who cannot afford it, etc.

    Get on YOUR plane Obama!!! Do your best out there, I support you, you keep fighting for me and i will keep fight for you.

    OBAMA 2012!!!!!

    October 24, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    "Norm Coleman lost his election to Al Franken by running one negative campaign ad after another against Franken."
    Lynda... in the 2008 election, just about anyone, including a comedian, could have run as a democrat and won. In 2010, just about anyone could have run as a republican and won. Elections are a snapshot in time of public sentiment. Not many people are going to argue that point. And quite honestly, that does not bode well for the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania.

    October 24, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Rudy NYC wrote:
    I know these campaign style trips are going to drive the president's critics nuts because they want to accuse him of campaigning on public dollars, instead of his own. Too bad, neo-cons. He's out discussing legislation currently before the Congress, which means he's not campaigning for office despite all appearances to the contrary. It's called leadership and using the bully pulpit.
    @Fair is Fair
    So you still think the facts are spin? The rhetoric coming from the President's criticis is 100% spin and disinformation.

    October 24, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. DA

    So, I guess if he just stayed in the WH they would say he is out of touch with the people!! People should really make up their minds, I can careless if the President is out trying to raise money to beat the GOP!! I don't a Republican near the WH ever again after the last guy!!! I mean haven't you notice seems like everytime we get one they have to start a war over oil!!

    October 24, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    @Rudy –

    You say he's not campaigning because he's "discussing legislation"? Yes, sir... that IS spin. Unadulterated spin.

    October 24, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "And quite honestly, that does not bode well for the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania."

    Is this something I should be concerned about to the exclusion of all else, because truthfully, there is much more at stake (for me at least) than spending my every waking moment worrying with whether Barack Obama is re-elected for a second term ... or not.

    October 24, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What part of the President telling you GOPeeing Teatards that he was going to take his case to the American people did you not understand? How long did you think he was going to keep your out-of-control-do-nothing-block-everything behaviour under wraps?
    President Obama is "singing" from sea to shining sea all about how the GOP will bend over backwards to protect loopholes, and tax-breaks for the rich, but won't even allow a vote on the Jobs Bill that he is proposing.
    Keep on singing Mr. President. Your voice is music to our ears and we're finally listening, and if you can raise some cash while you're pushing this Jobs Bill even better. It is not as if you would be the first or the last to do so.
    Obama 2012. Period.

    October 24, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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