Republicans push back after first night of the Democratic convention
September 4th, 2012
11:33 PM ET
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Republicans push back after first night of the Democratic convention

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - Republicans are pushing back against what they heard at the opening night of the Democratic convention.

"On the first night of President Obama's convention, not a single speaker uttered the words 'Americans are better off than they were four years ago.' Instead, there was a night full of tributes to government as the solution to every problem, even going as far as to say that 'government is the only thing that we all belong to.' But government belongs to the American people – not the other way around – and the American people will hold President Obama accountable for his record," said Andrea Saul, press secretary for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's campaign.

Meanwhile, Republican National Committee communications director Sean Spicer, who's heading the GOP response team in Charlotte, sent an email to reporters, saying "just wanted to make sure you caught our updates to tonight. In total, we posted 10 Glaring Omissions on the Obama record and at least 7 Lies."

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Mike smith

    Repubs say: "On the first night of President Obama's convention, not a single speaker uttered the words 'Americans are better off than they were four years ago.'"

    OK, I'll say it.

    When Obama took office, America was in a recession: GDP had declined for two quarters and was still falling.
    Today, we are almost three years into uninterrupted GDP growth.

    When Obama took office,America was losing over 700K jobs a month. Today, we have been adding about 100K jobs a month for almost three years now.

    When Obama took office, housing prices were plummeting and foreclosures skyrocketing. Today, foreclosures are way down, and housing prices are rising.

    And, of course, stock market indices have doubled since Obama took office.

    I know I'm better off – how about you?

    September 5, 2012 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  2. Donkey Party

    The only thing the GOP deserve, is a civil war, to remove them and their idiot, racist supporters from harming the country any further.

    September 5, 2012 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  3. Donkey Party

    There is nothing more un-American than a GOP member or supporter. Even the Taliban and Al-Queda have more respect for America than the GOP. Anyone that votes for the GOP is giving aid and comfort to the enemy, and should be tried for treason.

    September 5, 2012 04:53 am at 4:53 am |
  4. california99

    Of course the country is better than How Bush left it ruins! and we need Obama to continue getting the country get even better than today! Michelle Obama did hit a home run on opening night of the DNC! A down to earth family, a down to earth President Obama that understands the common folks, unlike Romney and his family that spent Labor Day on his big, expensive Boat and Anne jet skiing!...No concept on how to help the Middle class and the poor!!

    September 5, 2012 05:15 am at 5:15 am |
  5. california99

    Of course we are better-off than four years ago, thanks to President Obama! Great Speech from the :First lady!

    September 5, 2012 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  6. Linda Chapell

    It sounds like a childish game : who will have the last word. Romney's money & experience cannot buy him character or ethics. President Obama has both of those things to be proud of.

    September 5, 2012 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  7. Jeannie McDougle

    Yes I agree with the Republicans and NO we Are NOT BETTER OFF THEN WE WERE 4 Years ago,WE ARE WORST OFF. In Columbia SC 54 Percent of the Seniors cannot afford to buy groceries and get their Medications ( I am one of them) and 64 percent of familys cannot afford to feed their children. Multiply this by every City in every State and you will know we are WORSE OFF.

    September 5, 2012 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  8. obama is Out Of Touch with reality

    obama needs to quit pointing his finger at people and needs to quit acting like he is better than the rest, because one day he will stick a finger in someones face that will show him how disrespectful he is.

    September 5, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  9. Gurgyl

    GOP is American TALIBAN. And Afganistan/Pakistan Al Queda....true statement.

    September 5, 2012 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  10. Jewels

    Fact checking by the Romney camp should never occur since they have blatantly admitted to not caring about fact checking with regard to their own campaign.

    September 5, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  11. John

    The trolls and idiots paid by superpacs to make nasty comments about the president and democrats can say whatever they want – I am better off now than four years ago. I lost my retirement in 12/08 and my wife couldn't get health insurance. I recently bought a new car and paid cash for it, had my bathrooms remodeled, and am saving money again. Also, my wife now has health insurance. I left Massachusetts when romney was govenor because he was running the state into the ground. But what do I know? I am not wealthy so I don't rate in the rebublican's eyes. I do vote, though.

    September 5, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  12. James

    A night of tributes to the men and women in the armed forces.. a topic which never arose during the entire RNC.

    September 5, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  13. The Other Dale

    "The American people will hold Obama accountable for his record ... which is why he'll be re-elected. Rats. Forget we said anything here."

    "Just wanted to make sure you caught our update to a website no one bothers to look at. We're pretty embarrassed at not finding anything really to report to you, so we just got some crap together and flung it on a website in hopes that it'll sound like we had something earthshattering to share. As you can tell, we've pretty much given up on electing Romney at this point."

    September 5, 2012 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  14. 40acres

    The Republicans sound like a bunch of bratty little children.

    September 5, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  15. Evelyn Connaway

    "The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, continued and dishonest – but the myth – persistent, persuasive and unrealistic". JFK This is true. With politics there is always one up-manship day after day, like a bunch of snot nose kids on a school play ground. I remember the taunts. If there were any real statesmen among the who GOP
    they would have tried to help Obama repair the damage that had been done to our country. If they felt they were so much better, then for the sake of the citizens and the country they could have worked with him. Nope it they were still the kids on the playground – NO NO NO, we aren't going to let you win – and we aren't going to let the country win either, it's our way or the highway. I love quotes which apply; "Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity" and remember "We all share a common destiny". We will leave this world as naked as the day we came into it.

    September 5, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  16. celeste

    Obama is setting an example. Family is first, if we spend time with our kids we will have a beeter world. No crime and kids will stay off the streets so Mr Spencer take example abd spend time with you kids.

    September 5, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  17. t.marino

    Romney and his ilk are tools.....just shut up and sign the Grover Norquist pledge as you are only a monkey with a signing pen to do his bidding.

    September 5, 2012 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  18. Diane

    I just can't understand this political blindness. Most americans do not have a better life right now. President Obama has done absolutely nothing to fix this country. NOTHING. I did vote for him last election but not again. Why can't the american people seem to distinguish good from bad when it comes to politics. They seem hell bent on voting with their party instead of common sense. Obama couldn't do the job so let someone else give it a try.

    September 5, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  19. Marie MD

    The teapublikkkans, once again, continue to roll the boulder up the hill. Maybe the four years weren't mentioned because we would be, as a country and it's citizens, WORSE off if Detroit had gone bankrupt or the President hadn't stepped in to pull us out oc the financial hole or the Obamacare(s) system wasnt already in place closing the seniors donut hole, or for coverage for pre existing conditions or no insurance cap for long term illness or parents with children still on their insurance plans. When the President took over the leadership of our country we were one small step from a depression worse than in 1929!
    So yes, we ARE DOING MUCH BETTER!!! We want and need to go FORWARD with our lives as Americans not backwards like the tea tards continue to want to take us. No lying duo will ever top that!

    September 5, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  20. Dnick47

    The RNC themed the convention on a bold faced lie. The heart of the Republican convention was Obama saying, "You didn't bild that," a remark that was taken completely out of contes. They they start with lies ant rational person would expect them to continue with lying.

    September 5, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
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