GOP campaign ad says Obama out of focus on economy

politics | Jun 13, 2012 | By Martin Barillas

A new campaign video emerged on June 13 in which the Republican National Committee unleashed criticism against President Barack Obama, who is poised to make a major address about the national economy on June 14 in Cleveland. Obama's speech will sharply delineate the chief executive's policies, in contrast to those proffered by the presumptive Republican nominee, Governor Mitt Romney. Even while no new policy proposals are anticipated, Obama is expected to take a sharper tone in defining a vision for the future of the U.S. economy.

Republicans charge in the video that this is the latest in a history of attempts by the president to "pivot" on the national economy, where unemployment remains steady. An on-screen text in the video proclaims, "For years, Obama has been promising to focus on jobs. But Obama lost focus on day one."

Obama is shown in various short clips in which early in his administration, he calls for measures to produce job growth. These are posed with clips of television commentators who argue that he has been much more focused on initiatives such as healthcare. "Tomorrow, Obama will pivot again with another new speech but no new proposals," the text reads. "Obama lost focus on jobs from day one."

Hoping to produce an advantage on the incumbent president as regarding voters' concerns over the economy, Republicans continue to assail the Obama administration on its economic track record. "President Obama spent his first term focused on government run healthcare, more regulation and higher taxes instead of helping the private sector create good paying middle class jobs," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus in a statement. "President Obama has become out of touch with everyday Americans who trusted him to focus on jobs and turn the economy around. Instead, he decided to focus on a liberal agenda that has made it harder for middle class Americans to put food on the table and pay their mortgages. Tomorrow as he once again 'pivots' his economic message without offering any new proposals, President Obama will make clear that from Day One he lost focus on jobs and now he has no new plans to create them."

Falling back on the Democrats' argument that it was former President George W. Bush's policies which led to the current economic turmoil, Obama is expected to argue during his speech in Cleveland that Republicans are proposing policies that led to the recession in the first place. This would double the opprobrium he unleashed during a campaign speech in Philadelphia on June 13. "These problems that we’ve got, they weren’t created overnight, and we never thought they’d be solved overnight. But we understand where we need to go. We understand we’ve got to keep moving forward. And we understand that the last thing we need is to go back to the very same policies that got us into this mess in the first place," Obama said. "And let me tell you something: That is all the other side is offering. That’s all they’re offering. Gov. Romney is a patriotic American, he’s got a lovely family and he should be proud of his personal success. But his ideas are just retreads of stuff that we have tried and that have failed. Bill Clinton described it well the other day -- he said, they want to do the same thing, just on steroids."
 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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