GOP uses campaign tactics of its own ahead of Obama trip
November 30th, 2012
08:55 AM ET
6 years ago

GOP uses campaign tactics of its own ahead of Obama trip

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's trip Friday to a toy factory outside Philadelphia was getting negative reviews from Republicans before he even left town – House Speaker John Boehner accused Obama on Thursday of taking a "victory lap" instead of getting serious about budget negotiations.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the number three House Republican, released a video Friday profiling another small business owner in Pennsylvania who says Obama's pledge to raise taxes on families making more than $250,000 per year would harm entrepreneurs.

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"This notion of $250,000 being the top 2% or the wealthy people in America ignores the way most small businesses work in America," Jerry Gorski says in the spot. He owns Gorski Engineering, located 15 miles from the toy manufacturing plant where Obama will speak Friday.

"We just went through a horrible climate where our work was off 40%. We had to lay people off. We have trucks that have super high mileage. We have ten-year-old technology for our computers," Gorski continues in the web video from McCarthy, the Majority Whip.

"We went through every bit of money that we set aside for a rainy day but it's been a long rainy day," he continues. "And now our company has figured out how to survive in this economy and how to be successful in this economy and the first thing we want to do with any income I have is tax it? That's uncertainty."

McCarthy said in a statement Obama was flying to Pennsylvania "in full campaign mode to make the argument to the American people that tax rate increases are the only solution to our nation's economic woes."

"He's wrong. What our country needs is a boost in economic growth so our job creators, like Jerry Gorski, can start hiring again," McCarthy said.

A White House official said the trip was meant to highlight a business that "depends on middle class consumers" and would see business decrease if taxes are raised on middle-income Americans.

The dueling messages speak to each side's goals in negotiating a deal to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff," which would slash budgets and trigger an increase in taxes at the end of the year. Democrats say taxes must be raised on upper-income earners, while tax breaks for middle class families should be extended. Republicans agree that middle class families should maintain lower tax rates, but disagree that rates should rise for top earners.

The GOP opposition stems from the fact that many small businesses file taxes on an individual return, meaning an increase in taxes for top earners would affect the rates they pay. Republicans also claim the people and businesses earning north of $250,000 are "job creators," and that raising their tax burden would slow hiring.

During the presidential campaign, Obama pushed back on those arguments, saying "97 percent of small businesses fall under the $250,000 threshold."

He said in July his tax proposals weren't about "taxing job creators, this is about helping job creators. I want to give them relief. I want to give those 97 percent a sense of permanence."

He hammered rival Mitt Romney for using the "small business" argument against higher taxes, saying it was merely an attempt to protect the country's wealthiest businessmen.

"Under Governor Romney's definition, there are a whole bunch of millionaires and billionaires who are small businesses," Obama said at the first presidential debate. "Donald Trump is a small business. Now, I know Donald Trump doesn't like to think of himself as small anything - but that's how you define small businesses if you're getting business income."

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Don in Albuquerque

    Hey Boner! The majority of the American people recognize the fact that these "job creators" have not created any jobs since the biggest tax cut in decades. The majority or the American people want to see the taxes on the 2% go up. I think they should go way up, back to the rates when Ike was in office. Try 91%. Hey Boner! Why not start representing the people that mistakenly put YOU in office. Come on 2012. We are gonna remember you Boner and your whole useless party.

    November 30, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. PhiliaToo

    Take the fight to their constituents, you know, the ones that elected Obama for his plan. Fewer Republicans in 2014!

    November 30, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. miklea supporter, but

    This co call president is disaster for America.

    November 30, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Patrick

    Most sane people know that to get out of dept you stop spending. You find ways to get more money but you have to stop spending. The Democrats and Obama only want to raise taxes. Look at what they have proposed. Not raising entitlement programs as much is not a cut. Cuts to budgets mean less money not going up less.

    November 30, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Rod

    Still trying to undermine the president, who won every swing state battle of the election in a decisive victory. The American people have spoken. The election is over. The GOP needs to start acting like adults.

    November 30, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. Teal

    Obama also said it would be irresponsible to raise taxes in a recession. I don't think anyone would call this a recovery.

    November 30, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. Wont happen

    Patrick, Obama has proposed cuts, including those on medicare. We need cuts, but we also need to increase taxes and tax reform. As an individual whose income will suffer a tax increase under Obama, I agree that taxes need to be increased and I am willing to pay them. Its my patriotic duty.

    November 30, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. Antique

    It is time for the party of NO to learn to say YES if they intend to stay relevant.

    November 30, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. Vidyashanti

    In this nation of 300+ million and with plenty of money available, Republicans can always find few people to pose for a video to air their views.
    Give up Mr. Speaker and Mitch M. Your BS did not sell during election and not even now.
    Get down to do common mans job for which your are elected.
    People have spoken. Now shut up and pass Presidents proposals.

    November 30, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. MTATL67

    John Boehner and Eric Cantor and Republicans obstructionist ideology was rejected. The current Republican leaders are making their own party more and more irrelevant. Boehner, Cantor and McConnell’s leadership in Congress has been a monumental failure.

    November 30, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. Expat American

    I thought the political ad season was over....sadly, it looks like the GOP is only just beginning their new attack campaign for 2014 (or 2016?).

    November 30, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. trex

    ........COME ON PEOPLE..........the additional tax rates apply to income OVER $250K. EVERYBODY get the continuation of tax reductions UP TO $250K. Therefore..............ALL Americans will continue receiving a tax break.

    November 30, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    Lynda, its fun to needle Rick, especially since he has to wake up every morning to a world where Obama ran the table of swing states. You're right about his banal comments that are devoid of reason and reality, but I'm enjoying seeing his discomfort and his utter lack of patriotism on display.

    November 30, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. The Real Tom Paine


    Most sane people know that to get out of dept you stop spending. You find ways to get more money but you have to stop spending. The Democrats and Obama only want to raise taxes. Look at what they have proposed. Not raising entitlement programs as much is not a cut. Cuts to budgets mean less money not going up less.
    Then do nothing and let sequestration kick in, if cutting spending is the only thing that concerns you.

    November 30, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. ghostriter

    Geez, how many reports showing that only 3% of "small businesses" make over $250,000 do we need to produce before republicans stop using the excuse that these taxes would hurt half of the small businesses? How many elections do republicans need to lose before they understand that the people don't want what they are selling?

    November 30, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  16. On StreetWise

    FDR gave us the "New Deal"... The GOP offers us the "Raw Deal"...

    November 30, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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