RNC dubs Obama’s Midwest trip the ‘Debt-End Bus Tour’ in new campaign

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The Republican National Committee will launch a “grassroots, media and on-the-ground” effort during President Barack Obama’s bus tour through the Midwest this week, The Daily Caller has learned. The RNC has dubbed the trip the “Debt-End Bus Tour,” or “DEBT.”

RNC chairman Reince Priebus will hold a press conference on Monday with Minnesota GOP chair Tony Sutton in Cannon Falls, Minn. — the first stop on the President’s tour — to draw attention to the slow-growing U.S. economy.

The RNC campaign comes after Democratic National Committee chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and other surrogates, canvassed the Ames Straw Poll to campaign against GOP candidates. In the week heading into the straw poll, the DNC launched a campaign called “Extreme Aims” to target the Republican presidential hopefuls.

Now, it’s the GOP’s turn.

In a guide the RNC plans to hand out Monday morning, it slams Obama’s economic policies and criticizes him for taking a so-called non-campaign trip without producing a plan to deal with the country’s debt.

In the guide, the RNC calls President Obama’s debt plan “A Big Ol’ Hunk of Nothing on Two Thick Slices of Nada.”

The RNC will also attack the administration for refusing to take responsibility for the recent credit downgrade from Standard & Poor’s. When CNBC’s John Harwood asked Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner if the president’s policies were responsible for the downgrade, he responded: “Absolutely not.”

Posed the same question, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney replied by saying, “I couldn’t say it better than the Secretary of the Treasury said it.”

Another part of the RNC’s messaging is that Obama should be held accountable for the results of his policies since assuming the presidency. The state of Iowa, the guide points out, has shed 21,100 jobs since Obama became president.

Similarly, Minnesotans have lost 51,000 jobs and Illinois has seen 125,700 jobs disappear.

Illinois, Obama’s home state, has an unemployment rate of 9.2 percent.

The president’s bus tour will take place August 15–17, and will take him to Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois.

The White House has defended the bus tour as an administration undertaking, not a campaign event. Nonetheless, it is receiving criticism for fielding a taxpayer-funded bus tour that only focuses on three 2012 battleground states.

The trip comes as President Obama senses significant discontent from his liberal base, for caving to Republican demands during the debt crisis and not producing a jobs plan of his own.

  • Florida Jim

    Obama is going to focus “like a laser on jobs” does that include a n expensive bus tour where he tells lies about “his” programs. Pawlenty will make dinner for anyone who can produce an Obama program for debt, Social security or jobs…where is a program Mr. President? You are all talk and no action. When Obama takes to the road in his corporate jet, of which he condemns others, he is merely telling lies and trying hard to persuade real citizens  much as he did with ACORN/SEIU thugs who love him. Watch who asks questions and what the questions are mostly they are softball questions that he can answer readily not spontaneous , unrehersed questions from real people not sycophants. Obama we see through you and do not like what we see.

  • Anonymous

    Debt End Bus Tour?  What a laugh considering what he’s done is nothing more but to facilitate the need for more deadbeats with his failed politico-socio-economic experiments.  Out in 2012…..

  • Anonymous

    Debt End Bus Tour?  What a laugh considering what he’s done is nothing more but to facilitate the need for more deadbeats with his failed politico-socio-economic experiments.  Out in 2012…..

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  • Anonymous

    So Obama can use the behemoth bus at taxpayer expense but a Republican will have to PAY (and I’ll bet those buses get 1 yard per gallon).