Highlights from Conference Call with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and NH GOP Chairman Wayne MacDonald on Obama's Latest Campaign Stop in New Hampshire
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus:
"As President Obama descends on New Hampshire today for what really amounts to nothing more than a taxpayer funded campaign stop, Americans in the Granite State continue to suffer under the Obama economy. We've heard President Obama's campaign stump speeches before and New Hampshire will hear nothing new today. In photo-op after photo-op and in speech after speech, President Obama is really touting the same old tired talking points with no solutions or results to show for it.
"Just take a look at today's gas prices. Under Obama, gas prices have gone up over 100%, actually 102% to be exact, and to try to fill up your tank in Nashua today for example will cost you upwards to about $3.60 per gallon. Now that is unacceptable by Barack Obama's own standards, it's unacceptable.
"Remember when he said he would prefer to have a gradual increase in gas prices or when he suggested Americans would adapt to high gas prices? Time and time again, this president has been unsympathetic to Americans pain at the pump, and New Hampshire continues to suffer because of Barack Obama. Gas prices are skyrocketing, and Americans are bracing themselves for sustained high prices due to the president's ultimate failure to put forward a comprehensive energy policy, the policy that he promised that he would put in place.
"And what has he delivered? Less onshore drilling, less offshore drilling, actually none of the above, no Keystone pipeline. He's put everything on hold, everything he said he wouldn't do, he's done.
"It's not just the president's energy policy that's failed us. In a recent swing state poll conducted by Gallup, it shows Obamacare, a bill that was supposed to be this president's signature piece of legislation, actually hurts the president's re-election effort in 2012 because people don't want it. Whether its jobs, the sluggish economy, Obamacare, energy, this president's policies are inherently unpopular among Americans and New Hampshire voters. That's why come this November, none of these taxpayer funded campaign stops by President Obama or Vice President Biden, can help them carry the Granite State."
New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Wayne MacDonald:
"Today, President Obama will be in Nashua today to campaign, even though the White House has billed it as an official event. I'm sure it is no coincidence that he is visiting yet another swing state where he is unpopular.
"A recent poll conducted by Obama's own pollster put his favorable rating at 47%. A troubling sign for an incumbent considering that he won here four years ago by ten percent. With that said, President Obama is here to talk about his accomplishments. So why don't we do that? Why don't we look back on the failed promises and empty rhetoric from his 2008 campaign.
"In 2008, President Obama promised us energy independence and an end to soaring prices. Today, people in Nashua face gas prices that are double what they were three years ago. $1.85 three years ago and about $3.71 now.
"For families struggling in this Obama economy, $4.00 for gasoline is outrageous. What's more outrageous is the fact that President Obama is standing in the way of America's energy development. Let's not forget that as a candidate, Barack Obama said he wanted a gradual adjustment in gas prices. Translation, $4.00 per gallon is fine, as long as the increase is slow. If that's not enough, he chose an Energy Secretary who has said he wants our gas prices to be more in line with those in Europe. If you think $4.00 per gallon is excessive, just wait.
"After three years of these failed policies, it is clear President Obama is making matters worse, and not just on gas prices. President Obama muscled through Congress a healthcare bill which injects government, costs $1 trillion and hurts small business owners. This law is making matters worse. On the economy, President Obama has created uncertainty. And he hustled through Congress a stimulus bill that wasted more than it was worth. What's worse is that we saw little to no job creation and had to borrow from China to pay for this. Obama's making matters worse and that's why you saw a record Republican turnout in the New Hampshire primary about two months ago.
"Today, New Hampshire voters are not looking for another speech, they want real solutions to $4.00 gasoline and our uncertain economic future. More Obama government is not the answer. Unfortunately, we will hear more of the same today in yet another speech that will do nothing except remind New Hampshire why we must make Barack Obama a one-term president."
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