Republicans launch DNC counteroffensive in Charlotte
September 3rd, 2012
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Republicans launch DNC counteroffensive in Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Republicans launched their counter-programming effort in Charlotte on Monday with a simple message: Americans are not better off today than they were four years ago.

"The thrill and pixie dust of the Barack Obama presidency is gone," Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus told reporters. "There is no hope … After four years of Barack Obama we are not better off."

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Priebus was speaking inside a sleek "war room" that GOP officials opened in the basement of the NASCAR Plaza office tower in downtown Charlotte, just steps from the newly-erected security perimeter surrounding Democratic National Convention festivities.

"Barack Obama, four years ago, campaigned on an economy that was difficult, but he campaigned on that economy, campaigned that he would fix that economy," Priebus said. "Either he didn't understand the gravity of what he was doing or what he was walking into, or he completely failed."

Priebus also revised his prediction from before the Republican National Convention in Tampa that Mitt Romney would get a "real" and "visible" bounce in the polls after his convention speech.

While spotty, national polling since the GOP convention has no discernable bump for Romney.

Priebus said Republicans are feeling "a lot of momentum" out of Tampa but acknowledged that there has only been "a small bump" since Tampa.

"We have nowhere else to go but up," he said.

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  1. julie

    my family and friends are better off though its been hard/difficult we all working, blessed with homes, jobs dow up, housing market getting better slowly but better, good damn sense not to vote republican.................way better off than if mccain/palin had won office and we plan on stayin better off by voting dems

    Obama 2012 the only way forward

    September 4, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  2. Jake

    Republicans are such liars, why not tell the whole story about how your boy GWB screwed this country for many years to come. They didn't even want him anywhere near their convention so that people won't remember the disaster he created. Such phonies. Everything out of their mouth is nothing but lies and more lies, but they keep at it even when it is proven time and time again by every fact check group to be lies.

    September 4, 2012 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  3. matt

    >After four years of Barack Obama we are not better off.
    Citation please...

    September 4, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  4. Donkey Party

    Everyone notice that every single comment by right-wingers contains major grammatical errors, and a level of delusion that should require hospitalization? How are these people allowed to roam free in public?

    September 4, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
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