RNC ad takes on president over State of the Union
January 24th, 2012
09:32 AM ET
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RNC ad takes on president over State of the Union

Washington (CNN) - Hours before President Barack Obama gives the State of the Union address, the Republican National Committee said it's going up with a television commercial that blames the president over the current state of the economy.

According to the RNC, the ad, titled "State of Our Union," will run Tuesday and Wednesday in the nation's capital, as well as in the key battleground states of North Carolina, Virginia, and Michigan.

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The 30-second spot starts with Obama, saying in a February 2009 interview at the start of his presidency, "if I don't have this done in three years, then it's going to be a one year proposition."

The commercial also uses short snippets of former President Bill Clinton, in interviews, saying "49 million Americans living below the poverty line" and "things are not going in the right direction. They're going in the wrong direction."

The spot ends with a short excerpt of the president, from a recent interview, saying "I don't think they're better off than they were four years ago."

"Barack Obama has a lot of a explaining to do in tonight's State of the Union address," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement touting the ad.

Responding to the ad, the Democratic National Committee said the commercial takes words by the president and former president out of context.

"The RNC is doing what it does best – misleading voters on the President's record to keep from talking about the GOP's plans to reinstate the same failed policies that drove this economy into recession," said DNC press secretary Melanie Roussell. "Instead of being honest, this ad takes the President Obama and President Clinton's words out of context to illustrate the same tired theme because they don't want to talk about what President Obama has actually accomplished."

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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • RNC • State of the Union
soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. ingrid

    I think we would have been better off had the Republicans not obstructed Obama's policies at every step. I think if I were the DNC/Obama I would remind the voters how all the 2010 GOP candidates who came into office pledging more jobs NEVER offered any plans once they were elected and then had the audacity to hinder any plans the President offered. So where does the blame fall? Hmm. I wonder?? The GOP lives in a very fragile glass house.

    January 24, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. george of the jungle

    This is the way the repo party works attack even befor the speach is given. Hope you spent a bundel on this add. Maybe some one in vegas will fund it. So tired of these clowns trying to pull this country apart and then saying it is the presidents fault. Obama Biden 2012

    January 24, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. AK_steve

    First off. We ARE better off. George Bush destroyed the economy, the housing market and the jobs market. Obama has been rebuilding it and nearly ALL economic factors point to this.

    The GOP is responsible for the mess we are in but instead of doing anything about it, they choose to blame the other guy. Typical GOP. We can really count on them to come to our aid in time a trouble... ha.

    Instead of working together they do their best to tear us apart. Party before people! That's the GOP.

    January 24, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Questions to republicans: 1. Were we really losing 750,000 jobs a months at the end of the Bush presidency? 2. How does attacking women's rights create jobs? 3. Do tax cuts for the wealthy create jobs? 4. Do unfunded programs and wars add to our debt? 5. Why do you feel not everyone is entitled to constitutional rights?

    January 24, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. Debra from Georgia

    We have gone from losing 750,000 jobs per month under G W Bush, to gaining jobs to 200,000 jobs per month under President Obama. I think we are better off.

    January 24, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Expat American

    A more appropriate ad by the RNC should read:

    “The President hasn’t in 3 years repaired the failures of our Republican Party where for 8 years, it was us who destroyed the economy; lied to the United Nations; and fired missiles into innocent women and children during Shock and Awe; while we held our bibles and flags and pleasured ourselves”

    January 24, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. Steve

    GOP obstructs all Obama initiatives and then casts him as the failure. Congressional approval rating is 9% for good reason. Voters are not stupid.

    January 24, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. willie floyd

    Let them run their stupid ads-if they're dumb enough to think they'll make a difference, let them waste their money. That's one thing they do quite well!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    January 24, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. Nash

    What's new with the RNC except same old tired blame game that they accuse everyone else of doing but them. All I can say is that it works for uninformed voters but not for people who can decide for themselves.

    January 24, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. Patriot Awesome

    "things are not going in the right direction. They're going in the wrong direction."

    Lowest Unemployment in over 3 years, 23 months of private sector job growth, Dow up 60% since Bush, Bin Laden dead, Troops out of Iraq. 2.4 million more with health ins., seniors saving millions on drugs, record deportations.

    If that's the wrong direction, I don't want to be right.

    January 24, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. Charlie from the North

    Not only am I better off personally than I was when the Bush Error ended, the country on the whole is better off by a long shot. If I were in charge of getting the voters excited about this current crop of cry baby candidates the last thing I would want to do is remind anyone of Reagan's greatness as a candidate. The GOP deserves the deep doo-doo in which they find themselves and recycling old slogans is not going to help them.

    January 24, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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