Republicans in the Tar Heel state have a simple message for President Obama as he prepares for his 2012 reelection campaign: bring it on.
“In 2008, we fell for his hope in change,” intones the intro of the North Carolina Republican Party’s scathing new video. It ends with a simple message: ” … help take back North Carolina.”
Titled “Broken Promises” and airing in the Raleigh-Durham television market until June 14, the video plays on Obama’s biggest weakness — the economy — in the run-up to the 2012 election; contrasting Obama’s promises to cut the deficit with the actual rising figures. Even veteran Democratic strategist James Carville warned the election could be “very, very rough” for Obama if unemployment numbers don’t change.
As for Republicans taking back North Carolina, it’s a very real possibility. Obama won the state against Republican opponent John McCain by one point. Before that, George W. Bush beat John Kerry by 12 percent.
“The road to the White House runs through North Carolina and Republican activists throughout our state are already organizing and mobilizing to hold President Obama accountable for his broken promises and failed policies,” said NCRP chairman Robin Hayes in a statement.