RNC chairman to 'bracket' Obama Iowa visit
July 10th, 2012
12:25 AM ET
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RNC chairman to 'bracket' Obama Iowa visit

(CNN) - Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus plans to visit the Iowa town where President Barack Obama will campaign on Tuesday, continuing a GOP strategy of "bracketing" Obama's public appearances in battleground states.

Priebus will unveil a new website, called ObamanomicsOutsourced.com, which the RNC said will show instances where the president's policies have led to job creation overseas.

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Obama will speak and hold a roundtable discussion on tax policy on Tuesday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the White House said Monday.

The president spoke on the subject Monday in a White House address where he urged Congress to extend Bush-era tax breaks for households earning under $250,000, while letting the same tax breaks expire for households earning above that threshold.

Democrats are opposed to Republican proposals to extend the tax cuts for households of all income levels.

His remarks came on the heels of Friday's Labor Department jobs report, which showed the U.S. economy added only 80,000 jobs while the unemployment rate remained steady at 8.2%.

In a statement announcing his Tuesday trip, Priebus blamed the sluggish domestic jobs growth on Obama's policies.

"President Obama has promised over and over that he would focus on creating 'jobs that pay well and can't be outsourced' but his record speaks otherwise," Priebus said. "The Outsourcer-In-Chief is going around the country touting his 'jobs record,' but the only positive record he has is creating jobs in faraway places like Finland and South Korea."

Democrats have sharply criticized Romney for holding investments and accounts which are based abroad, including several countries seen as havens from U.S. tax law.

"This is a guy whose slogan is 'Believe in America,' and it should be 'business in Bermuda.' And that is what he is all about," Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

Responding to the new Republican attacks, Obama's campaign defended the president in a statement.

"President Obama has fought continuously to end tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, fostered incentives for companies to bring jobs back to America and doubled the rate of trade enforcement actions we've taken against China to ensure an even playing field for American workers," the statement read.

It continued: "That's a record that stands in stark contrast to Mitt Romney, who personally profited from investments in companies that were pioneers in shipping American jobs to India and China, vetoed legislation that would have prevented outsourcing MA jobs, and currently supports a tax policy that would encourage companies to ship American jobs overseas. We understand that the Romney campaign wants us to share in their outsourcing misery, but the record doesn't support their attacks."

- CNN’s Paul Steinhauser and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Reince Priebus • Republicans • RNC
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Anon

    Romney's campaign & the RNC are run by amateurs.

    July 10, 2012 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  2. Steven Colo

    "will show instances where the president's policies have led to job creation overseas."

    Poor GOP. In response to Dem charges that Romney offshored while at Bain, the GOP shows absolutely no imagination and intends to copy the Dems. Which, since Obama's domestic policy is basically an extension of Bush's, is just plain weird.

    July 10, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  3. Dee

    GOP Bracket is called follow the leader this is ridiculus is that all they have to offer the american people.

    July 10, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  4. A not-so-stupid former republican

    Just more republican disinformation, lies, and hate speech. What a bunch of losers republicans are! May they all roase merrily in HELL.

    July 10, 2012 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  5. Thomas

    Great , Reince Priebus has a way of putting a face on a smell .

    July 10, 2012 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  6. taddy

    I am proud of pre.Obama he has a good idea for USA .

    July 10, 2012 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  7. judith

    Reince Preibus is every bit as much of a little twit as his name infers. Lord knows where the GOP dug him up to serve as party chair. He's probably a buddy of Paul Ryan and the dreadful Scott Walker. Iowa will likely go for Obama because it's a moderate, well educated state with a few Christian right-wing lunatics thrown into the mix. But I predict it will be blue and back in Obama's column come November.

    July 10, 2012 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  8. ThinkAgain

    The GOP has only their "bracketing" strategy and a couple wealthy donors (including foreign nationals; show us the donor list, Mitten, to prove me wrong).

    Lord knows Mittens and the GOP have NOTHING else to offer our country except economic, military and foreign policies that are PROVEN FAILURES.

    Again, point to a GOP policy that was a success .... *crickets*

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    July 10, 2012 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  9. Chuck

    What a drastically stupid strategic move! This is a losing argument for the RNC. Jobs numbers are not great, that's understandable. But, expecting voters to identify Obama as an outsourcer of jobs with Romney's Bain history is never going to work. Better to let that issue fade away than make it a central point of your campaign. Dumb, dumb move. Republicans should be calling for this guy to resign.

    July 10, 2012 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  10. wakiya lewis

    Well nobody can't criticize the president for not creating jobs.

    July 10, 2012 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  11. chuck weidemann

    Bring on the debates....then to do away with the pac's big money influence.... each candidate will be allowed an allotment of advertising not to exceed ???? amount of minutes per 24 hour time periods. This will be the licensing fee charged by the FCC in each election year....this will allow the public a break from all the bs leading up to these elections. Now that's change I can belive in....... Maybe then the debates will be center stage and something of substance will reach the voters!!!

    July 10, 2012 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  12. Steve Jennings

    Really RNC? Let the lies begin...

    July 10, 2012 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  13. Name willardbullock

    No thank vote for presdient obama
    People need know imporant what happened about fraud check scam from afrcian amercian
    My friend got check from afracian amercian also he like vote support for presdient obama from fraud check scam in afrcian amercian
    That is true so I thank for my lord that I would like charge against afrcian amercian

    July 10, 2012 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  14. Marry

    Reince Priebus just wants to check first-hand how far the GOP is behind the President :-)! Is it 10 miles, or 10 000 miles the President is ahead of them? No, but really, is that not childish? GOP, nothing to offer for 99% of the people but lots of nonsense to say! Time they get out of the way!!!

    July 10, 2012 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  15. If You Can't Beat 'Em, Repeat 'Em

    Nice try Reinhold, but do you and the GOP and the Tea Party have any original ideas you'd like to share with the rest of us? How long did it take you to think of that idea of Outsourcer-in-Chief? I think the Obama campaign is outsmarting you; that's the only explanation that you continually keep mirroring and pilfering the Obama campaign. What is really funny is that you guys are just too short-sighted to realize just how clueless you actually look. You need to try to focus in to the fact that American voters are not as stupid as you think. Your press releases with all the redundant little quotes can't disguise the fact that they have the upper hand here: They lead; you follow. Do you seriously just plan to keep outsoucing the ideas of the Obama campaign? Truly sad but not totally unexpected, really, from the GOP campaign Thief-in-Chief.

    July 10, 2012 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  16. 60minuteman

    Anybody else think this rinse guy is still in the closet?

    July 10, 2012 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  17. Harry From Pa

    Lol You got to love the GOP, they do whatever it takes to hold Obama back and yet he is still looking better than Rmoney. They are trying to spin master everything yet all you get is Mitt Rmoney having offshore accounts....

    July 10, 2012 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  18. s

    Please another unintellgent individual GOP has to offer. Get a real mans name for gods sake.

    July 10, 2012 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
  19. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The unhinged GOBP are desperately following our great President Obama around because they have nothing to offer America.

    July 10, 2012 05:17 am at 5:17 am |
  20. n

    The republican party leadership is the proverbial monkey on the backs of America. They are like blood sucking vampire vultures. Since only a misguided few will come to their rallies, they try to feed off of the crowd that president Obama draws. Priebus the Butt-head vulture Weasel.

    July 10, 2012 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  21. Common sense!

    Sweeet!!! stick it to them

    July 10, 2012 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  22. Marie MD

    Hey funny sounding name "man". The President, any president, doesn't create jobs. We are still waiting for your teapublikkkans to do something re JOBS – their 2010 battle cry. Remember? We do.
    Your bishop, on the other hand, did fire American workers and bankrupt companies and closed plants knowing full well what was going on including sending American jobs overseas.
    The President also doesn't make money off the suffering of others. Your bishop has made money doing just that!
    Keep trying though. Your whole party is full of pathetic liars.

    July 10, 2012 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  23. Gurgyl

    Idiots of GOP thugs, nation needs to know this truth that investment in foreign nations keep these idiots take tax-shelter and rob this nation's middle class ignoring the fact middle class America is a backbone of nation's economy. Now entire world is effected. Obama12.

    July 10, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  24. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It is hard for President Obama to create jobs alone. If he could have gotten a single republican vote on any jobs bill, we would be out of this Bush republican near depression. With all the GOP oaths to Grover and to make our president have only one term, the republicans have put our country at further danger. It is hard for our president to drain the swamp when the GOP is made up of alligators.

    July 10, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  25. Dave

    LOL! The GOP can't even come up with their own attack lines; they have to steal them from the Democrats. This is no surprise coming from a party that can't come with any ideas or solutions.

    July 10, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
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