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. BK

    I seem to remember the GOP vowing to purposefully mess things up so that Obama wouldn't be re-elected. Do they think everyone has forgotten? Intentionally screwing things up and then blaming someone else shouldn't work so easily.

    January 24, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. gt

    its been a very bad 4 yrs in a row...

    January 24, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. roro

    We ARE better off, and it would be even better if the Republicans who brought us to the brink wouldn't be such obstructionists. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm a whiny liberal, but the TRUTH IS THE TRUTH. The Republicans hate Obama so much they have gladly put the citizens at risk just to get rid of him. What happened to their pledges to the people of this country? After all, the president is not king. There's only so much he can do without the Congress. And this Congress has been worthless.

    January 24, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. Mikaz

    The GOP needs to own up to the fact that they are responsible for the state of the ecomony.

    January 24, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  5. GI Joe

    When THEY stop lying about the dems, we'll stop telling the truth about THEM.

    January 24, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. Pollopa

    The republican machine is nothing but anti-American, negative, how to bring our country down in the name of party power peddlers. They will say anything as shown by the candidates they run to destroy our middle and poor citizenry and hence those who support the democrats or independants. Ron Paul was the only one who made any sensible discussion last night. What have we come to be so divided that we cannot even have a Presidential State of the Union speach without lies spewed to try and dwell out the possibilites for our nation and its people. THe republicans had their way for too long. They need to back off and let others who want to lift all ships have a try. Cowards they are, afraid of what the future holds for them when we are all on equal footing.

    January 24, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. patNY

    Gee...the RNC has surely mastered the old tell a lie enough times it becomes truth tricki....
    Things are BETTER today than a year ago, and even three years ago!
    Unemployment is going down...not up.
    DOW has doubled in last three years.
    GDP is growing.
    Net Job growth as opposed to millions lost by January 2009.
    Bin Laden Killed.
    Kadaffi killed.
    Iraq War...OVER!
    Afghanistan War...winding down.
    Taxes...have been cut!!!
    Guns...no one's taken them away from you Reddies!
    Yeah, the defecit grew, but that's because of the tax cuts and the spending needed to keep us from going into a Depression.
    So...yeah, things are better indeed!
    Obama/Biden 2012!!!

    January 24, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. Me

    isn't that just a tad subversive? Democrats didn't run ads blaming Bush for the state of the economy, it was just a well know fact. But the fact of this matter is, is that the our president is not a failure and we are doing better than when he started. Are things perfect? NO! But large economies like ours don't turn on a dime, they don't turn around in a few months or 2 years. We are still in the midst of a recovery

    January 24, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. Laurie in Spokane

    All signs indicate the economy is getting better – slowly yes – but better. Obama inherited this mess, which is a WORLDWIDE mess, and no one person or political party can solve it alone., but with Obama, at least there is light at the end of the tunnel. It takes everyone working together to fix this mess, and so far the Republicans have only added to the problem, and not offered viable solutions. Wake up people!! Don't blame Obama, blame the 8 years under George Bush and Cheney, and their handlers.

    January 24, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. Taran

    They got that right. I'm not better off, costs are up with paycheck down.

    January 24, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. lyn

    RNC you should be ashame of yourselves, you seem to forget that it was your GOP's that created this big MESS we are in.President Obama from day one he been trying hard to fix the MESS your party of NO NO NO left us , we want you GOP's to know that we are not stupid, you can air whatever you want that will not change our minds. God Bless our President Obama he been working very hard to make a better America for us all, I can't say that of you GOP's you are only there for the RICH.

    January 24, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. Independent Voters

    I blame the republicans for putting american in this bad shape.
    President Obama tried his best to work with the do nothing congress. The republican wanted us to fail just too hurt the president.

    January 24, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. S.positive

    No need waste the Money, president Obama will be re-elected in Nov 2012...

    January 24, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. MN Mom

    As usual the GOP is being dishonest. When President Obama took office our country was losing jobs by the hundreds of thousands. President Obama has "stopped the bleeding" as well as starting to add jobs. At the same time, President Obama is the only one who has shown any compassion for those put out of work during the recession. The GOP proposes the usual tax cuts for the rich (which will do nothing to add jobs) and getting rid of regulations that protect our environment and consumers (which will also do nothing to add jobs). President Obama actually has a jobs plan that does not involve these two failed strategies. The GOP is constantly attacking President Obama (often with complete lies) and doing everything they can to obstruct him because they know their policies have failed and they have nothing new to offer. OBAMA 2012

    January 24, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    No it is the Republican obstructionists that have a lot to answer for -they are onlyl interested in 1 job-Obamas and the rest of us can just wait until the millionaires and corporations have no taxes, they are in a war with Iran and we have no medicare, medicaid or social security while abortion and birth control are outlawed and women go to jail.

    January 24, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. keeth

    BEFORE the SOTU. They will stop Obama at any cost, even if it hurts America.

    January 24, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. Thomas

    As compared to the Bush disaster ?


    January 24, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  18. REALLY???

    I have personally decided that everytime the republicans attack Obama with bull, that i will then go to his sight and donate to his fund raising. See the GOP is good for something...motivating me to do more to help Obama!

    January 24, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  19. Anonymous

    Priebus, Priebus, Priebus. Hey, my man.. how about showing some class for once and let the President speak before you attack.

    January 24, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. FIELD1stSGT

    Not better but worse off with this guy. As long as you have a person who knows not what to do your results will be nil except for his own agenda in destroying you.

    January 24, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  21. michael

    Funny. "Not better of...". That's what was said 8 years ago by Democrats and yet Bush was still re-elected. This seems very much like that only this time it's the Republicans doing the complaining. What goes around comes around.

    January 24, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    hahaha... yeah, talking about Obama's dismal record of failure is "misleading the voters". The Democrat Party mislead the voters when they held Obama out as a leader with solutions. Instead what we got was an empty suit with nothing but excuses, finger pointing, class warfare and non-stop campaigning in between vacation and campaign fund raisers.

    Obama/Biden 2012 - Because Four Years of FAILURE Just Isn't Enough

    January 24, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. KatR

    Seems to me that republicans are on the same path as Kerry was in 2004. He kept bashing Bush but flip-flopped on alternative solutions. Today we are witnessing a fractured GOP that want voters to believe their lies that the economy is worse now then when Obama took office. And yet, their solutions are the same ones that got us in the mess in the first place. Only in America. Obama/Clinton 2012

    January 24, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. steve harnack

    That's an outright 10 Pinocchios lie. Someone needs to run an add with the actual facts and figures since the media nowadays doesn't seem to think that it's their job to inform the public and lies that can easily be proven to be lies are just considered to be someone's opinion.

    January 24, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. durundal

    of course, it wouldnt be freedom if the political hacks couldnt inject their own little fantasy land twist

    January 24, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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