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. gregory

    I've said this before. Can we talk about the terrible job the republicans did for this country from 2000 to 2008? They have the gaul to say that President Obama has failed? I DO NOT want the republican party running my country.

    January 24, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. FedUp

    Too bad I won't be home to hear this taxpayer funded campaign speech, again! Actually, I'm thrilled. I hate it when they interrupt normal programming for campaign speeches.

    January 24, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. callmecrazy

    Ha ha. This is rare. The republicans will air this rubbish before the speech then accuse the president of campaigning after the speech. Mark my words.

    January 24, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. king

    These repubs gaps that the president should have stopped the 3/4 million job lost a month, and change it to a 22 month straigt private sector job gain; they yap he shouldn't have done the stimulous that took the country from retracting 9 percent to 4 percent at the end of the year he took office; they yap that he shouldn't have taken a 6000 stock market crash to a 12000 market gain; They yap that he shouldn't have killed Ben Madden, all I here is yap yap yap. When are these fool going to get in the game and start helping the American people and stop feed pig rations to the gullible in society.

    January 24, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. HLA

    No matter what the republicans say, I won't forget that they were the people who ran this country before Obama became President, and looking at the huge economic, foreign policy and military messes that they left behind for the next guy to fix, I'd say I won't vote for them, not a chance. Why would I vote for the people who have wrecked this country in the first place? Are they claiming they will be the right people to run this country again? No thanks!

    January 24, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. joyce

    That is how the repubs wordk. Short lines from speechs but I believe the public knows what the hold up on the economy is.

    January 24, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  7. Biggge

    These ads will not work, it was paid for by the wealthy.. It seems the GOP is worried about what he is going to say... Rommey pays a lower tax rate than I do and Newt is hidding information from the Feddie Mac contract....Not falling for short snippets or short excerpt ...Not going to be fooled....Everyone knows the GOP would rather see us sink, they fought everything Obama tried to do..

    January 24, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  8. Sue

    Smells of desperation.

    January 24, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    Politically, we're better off.
    Economically, I blame Bush.

    January 24, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. rs

    After 3 years of complete non-ccoperation, and in fact, active blockage of President Obama's agenda to dig this country out of the very mess they left it in, the Republicans have the absolute gall to claim the majority of American aren't better off? NO WONDER!

    Either the GOP has completely fooled themselves into believing 2000-2008 never occurred (I think that is called "delusional"), or once again, they are proving that they couldn't tell the truth if you set them on fire.

    Romney- with his $43 million dollar annual income and 14% income tax rate- a guy SO RICH he thinks $10,000 bets are chicken feed, or $370,000 speaker's fees "aren't much money" is up against Gingrich- also a multi-millionaire, with a huge line of Tiffany's credit, and a $1.6 million lobbyists' fee under his belt.

    The middle class won't vote for rich guys who don't even understand what their party did to the middle class over the past 30 years.

    Bye bye GOP!

    January 24, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. Dan, TX

    Obama said from before the inauguration that it is going to take a long time to turn the ship around. It has turned around. Now it is going to take a long time to get back to even with where we were before the financial/housing crisis. Not a surprise. We need to get back to better employment numbers, then raise taxes to the levels they were under Ronald Reagan, and cut spending to the levels that put us on track to not only balance the budget, but pay off our national debt over 20 years. I don't know anyone, republican or democrat, who thinks that we are going to balance the budget in a year or two and pay off the national debt in only a few years.

    January 24, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. unsub

    haha that was clever! its amazing how a little audio/visual doctoring can be use for such insidious means

    January 24, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. Texas Doc

    He is still a better choice than the people running on the GOTea ticket. Remember this, the Republicans running for President are the very best that they could come up with. It says a lot about their party.

    January 24, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. Bill

    Another pathetic attempt by the GOP to divert attention from the facts, i.e 22 months of job creation (over 3 million jobs), a falling unemployment rate, which we all knew would take years, a stock market that has doubled since the dark days or 2008 and a renewed and revived auto industry that is making money and creating jobs. ANd all this done in the face of the most obstructionist Congress whose only goal os to see this president fail. But with candidates like they have, I suppose they are getting desperate. Sorry folks, the president wins this argument hands down and the American people are too smart to go back to the failed GOP policies that began this mess during the great president Bush's terms. And I made add that more jobs have been created by Obama in three years that were created in eight years by W.

    January 24, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. Keith in Austin

    Right on point! Good job RNC! Let's not let Obama lay the blame on Conservatives tonight for the miserable outcome from the litany of failures throughout HIS presidency!

    January 24, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. mikle

    I'm not going to watch today this bla-bla.

    January 24, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  17. Joi Gibson

    Of course Republicans will blame the President. They wantto take the spotlight off themselves and how they helped cause this recession and are now doing everything in their power to keep it going to make the President look bad. I think, I HOPE, the majority of Americans are not buying it. The President is right – fair is fair and we must ALL make sacrifices. It tells me a lot about President Obama when he says people like him need to pay more. It tells me a lot about Republicans when they ask for more and more tax cuts which in turns only helps the wealthy. Wealth is great, but when it comes at the expense of the middle class, then something is wrong. It has come to the point with me that when I hear Republicans talk, it's all blah, blah, blah, President Obama bad, blah, blah, blah, the United States is coming to an end, blah, blah, blah, bomb Iran, blah, blah, blah. I for one am tired of their negativity. Even with all that is wrong at this time in our lives, the President still believes in hope and things will get better. If one has no hope, then one will not strive for better. If one does strive for better, one will always be stuck in the mud and angry at the world. I prefer the President's optimism.

    I voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and will proudly do so again in 2012!!!!!!!

    January 24, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    In politics, if you are defending yourself that means you are losing the argument. So is it any big surprise that the Republicans are trying to make the address look like President Obama is on the defensive? Are you surprised that Republicans are not offering anything positive for the country and are stil saying "No" to everything that helps the middle class?

    January 24, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. Lolo

    For the Republicans it is not about jobs or the middle class. It is about not paying taxes for the rich. People wake up. You see how the people in the south are reacting and clapping for the outrageous lies they are telling and racist remarks they are throwing out there. The sad part is that these people hate that a black man is in the white house so much that they are willing to cut off their noses to spite their own faces. Just pitiful. They will vote for any one of these clowns whether they are qualified or not to be president. So far I see no one in the republican race is qualified. They truly need to regroup and get their acts together, however it is too late now because America sees their true colors.

    January 24, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  20. John

    It is easy for everyone to roll over and blame President Obama for the state of the economy which in 'FACT' is getting better. It is getting better without any help from Congress. What is a 'Do Nothing Congress' – If you ask me it is a Congress that is getting paid by the American tax payer to do what is is doing best, nothing! We have congressman that will not be attending the State of the Union because they say they dont like the Presidents policies, well, I think we all know that is not really the truth. It is time for the sane people to get the Tea Party people out and some other of the loony toons and find people, whether Democrat or Republican that will work with a GREAT President!

    January 24, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. NH Grandma

    Is that so? That's why the jobs report shows steady growth since the Bush years when we were losing 750,000 jobs per month, well before Obama was elected? Please explain, GOP? Who's not better off? Is this all those crazy super PAC's are going to bring us, just lies?

    January 24, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  22. Switters

    Here's a real good idea:

    Let's lower taxes to where we can't pay for Social Security and the military. Then, when we have to borrow to cover these costs – we'll blame the next president and talk about his "raising the national debt"......

    January 24, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. Nobush

    I heard some GOP lawmakers want to boycott the SOTU Address tonight?

    This is Obama's last SOTU address. don't you want to see what kind of legacy he wants to leave behind??

    January 24, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I'd heard in the news last night how the RNC had finally decided to put the partisanship aside as they regretted being labeled as obstructionists. They said it was hurting the Party and they were ready to work with the President. I see that was just another sound bite.

    January 24, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  25. Just make it up

    I guess the numbers will just have to show everyone. So far they indicate things are better... they are obvioulsy not as good as the President himself would like, but that just shows he is working for us. Newt would already be rivising his record to indicate there was never a economic crisis if he had been president..while Mitt would have let GM and Chrysler die and he shipped more jobs overseas.

    January 24, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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