Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus delivered the weekly Republican address Saturday, highlighting the respective performances of President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the first of three presidential debates Wednesday and painting Mr. Romney as the “one choice” for voters if they want better results than Mr. Obama has delivered during his nearly four years in the White House.
“It was painfully clear during the debate that President Obama has no new ideas to fix the economy,” Mr. Priebus said. “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.”
Mr. Priebus ticked off promises Mr. Obama made during his 2008 campaign — to make health care more affordable and cut the deficit in half, for example.
“But today, he’s broken those promises,” Mr. Priebus said. “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.”
Mr. Priebus also cited Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s remarks earlier in the week that the middle class has been “buried” the last four years, saying that four more years with Mr. Obama in the White House would just bury the middle class more.
Mr. Obama’s campaign said the remarks did not constitute a departure from what Mr. Biden has said previously on the campaign trail: namely, that the middle class has been hurt by the failed policies of the administration of President George W. Bush.
But Mr. Priebus also pointed out that Mr. Obama has held more than twice as many re-election fundraisers as Mr. Bush and dinged Mr. Obama for making an appearance on the talk show “The View” but not meeting with world leaders when the United Nations General Assembly gathered in New York.
“All this leaves Americans wondering: Where is the leadership?” Mr. Priebus said. “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 the coming debates, the contrast will grow sharper, and the choice clearer,” he continued. “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.”