The Washington Times - August 31, 2011, 03:14PM

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus went after President Obama’s proposed date for the Joint Session Congress which conflicts with the Republican Presidential debate in California on September 7. The Wisconsin Republican called it a “thinly veiled political ploy.” Below is the full statement from RNC chair: 

“President Obama’s decision to address Congress at the same time as a long-scheduled Republican Presidential debate cements his reputation as Campaigner-in-Chief.  While the White House claims it’s simply a ‘coincidence,’ the American people can see right through that excuse.  The President has had months to get to work on the economy, but instead he chose to take a taxpayer-funded campaign trip and a cushy Martha’s Vineyard vacation.  If the President were serious about putting ‘country before politics,’ as he said in his request to speak to Congress, he wouldn’t be caught in such a thinly-veiled political ploy.  This is yet another reminder that the President is out of touch and out of ideas.  The only job he seems to care about is his own.” 


Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh has already called on Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, to reject the president’s proposed date of September 7 for a joint session.