"It was painfully clear during the debate that President Obama has no new ideas to fix the economy....
If we want to do better than the last four years, well, there's only one choice to make. And that's Governor Mitt Romney."
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In this week's address, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus highlights the first presidential debate and the stark choice we face in this election. Gov. Mitt Romney has a sensible plan to fix our economy, while President Obama's only plan is to repeat the same failed policies that have buried the middle class. After four years of chronically high unemployment, record debt, and higher healthcare costs, Chairman Priebus says, "We need a new direction because we can't afford four more years like the last four."
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"Hi. I'm Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
"This week, America watched the first debate between President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney, and it crystallized the choice we face on November 6th.
"It was painfully clear during the debate that President Obama has no new ideas to fix the economy. His only plan for a second term is a tax increase so large it would destroy over 700,000 jobs.
"Think about that. As Friday's jobs report shows, America still desperately needs jobs. Yet the president's central and sole proposal would mean fewer jobs.
"We need a new direction. Because we can't afford four more years like the last four. Falling incomes. Rising prices. 23 million Americans struggling for work. $5.5 trillion in new national debt. And, now, growing turmoil overseas in the Middle East.
"President Obama's policies haven't worked. And as Vice President Biden admitted on Tuesday, the middle class, quote, 'has been buried in the last four years.' Another four years would just bury the middle class even more.
"During the 2008 debates, then-Senator Obama assured us he fully understood our problems and that he had the right solutions.
"He promised to make healthcare more affordable. And President Obama promised to get our spending under control by cutting the deficit in half.
"He also was so confident that shortly after taking office President Obama said that he would fix the economy in three years or face, quote, a 'one-term proposition.'
"But today, he's broken those promises. And now, his words have no credibility.
"Midway through the debate, I think the president realized that he's been president for the past four years, and it was his policies and his agenda that have failed to produce any of the results that he promised us as a candidate.
"President Obama simply hasn't shown the kind of leadership we need. We face crises today which requires a steady hand, and a leader focused on the job.
"But President Obama's focus has been on saving his own job.
"Now, as a party chairman, I understand that the president must campaign. But he also has a job to do. While Barack Obama enjoys being president, he doesn't seem to enjoy the work required of being a great president.
"For example: He hasn't bothered to meet with his own Jobs Council since January. However, he has found the time for lavish campaign fundraisers--140 since his last Jobs Council meeting. All told, the president has held more than twice the number of reelection fundraisers as his predecessor.
"The story is the same with foreign policy. Just a few weeks ago before our embassies were attacked we learned that the president had been skipping his daily intelligence briefings.
"When the United Nations General Assembly gathered in New York last week, the President didn't make time to meet with world leaders. Not Prime Minister Netanyahu. Not the president of Libya. Not the president of Egypt. But he did make time to go on the T.V. talk show, The View.
"All this leaves Americans wondering, Where is the leadership? Whether it's a crises abroad or at home, Where is the plan?
"And that brings us back to the debate and the choice we face in November.
"As Governor Romney outlined Wednesday night, he has a clear, specific plan. The Romney-Ryan Plan for a Stronger Middle Class is expected to create 12 million jobs over the next four years.
"Governor Romney has a plan to cut taxes for middle class Americans, and a plan to achieve North American energy independence.
"In international affairs, Governor Romney won't avoid our allies and apologize to our adversaries. He'll champion peace through strength and protect our interests and ideals.
"How can we be sure that he can get the job done? It's simple. He has a record. And unlike President Obama's record, Mitt Romney's record is a record of success.
"In business, he started successful companies and saved failing ones. He rescued the 2002 Olympics and made the Games a source of national pride. And as Governor, he balanced every budget, cut taxes, improved education, and reduced unemployment.
"In the coming debates, the contrast will grow sharper and the choice, clearer. And if we want to do better than the last four years, well, there's only one choice to make. And that's Governor Mitt Romney.
"Thank you, God bless you, and God Bless America."