GOP to ‘Bracket’ Dem Convention with anti-Obama Message

While Romney rests in Vermont and prepares for three upcoming debates against President Obama, the Republican Party and Paul Ryan plan a response to the Democratic message that will be resonating out of Charlotte this week, Reuters reports:

DncobamaThe Romney campaign indicated in a press release that the Republicans would "bracket" the convention with a new emphasis on the question: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?"

In the release, a Romney campaign official kicked off the week's counter-messaging with a blistering attack, saying that at the Democratic convention, Obama "is going to give us a series of excuses, alibis and scapegoats."

"Every president since the Great Depression, except Jimmy Carter and President Obama, who asked for a second term could look back at the last four years and say: "you are better off than you were four years ago," the official said.

Ryan, the Republican nominee to be vice president, will hold a campaign event in the same state in Greenville.

Obama is scheduled to give his speech on Thursday, outdoors, at the Bank of America stadium. Though there are contingency plans to move the event to Time Warner Cable Arena in case of rain, "DNC officials said at a Monday press conference that the event will go forward rain or shine, unless severe weather raises safety concerns."


  1. ichabod says

    “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”

    Just off the top of my head, with the repeal of DADT; the passage of the Matthew Shepherd Act; healthcare reform; and New York State recognizing marriage equality, I would have to say “Yes, Mittens. I am much better off than I was four years ago.”

  2. kp05 says

    Democratic strategists:

    Post a picture of the 12 top-paid CEOs who have seen their company profits SOAR since President Obama tackled the Bush Depression with this question posted at the top.

    The bottom can read, “YOU BET WE ARE!”

    You’re welcome.

  3. Zee says

    Those right wingers have to do something since the RNC did nothing to improve Romney’s standing in the race, his speech was rated one of the worst, if not THE worst received ever, and there was ZERO bounce from the convention.

  4. say what says


    romney with no convention bounce per Gallop …the 1st ever of someone not having a convention bounce at all


    Nate Silver has now moved Obama up to 74.5% chance of winning

    day before romney speech was after 71.6%

    now monday with any bounce going to have happened to have happened and Obama at 74.5% chance of winning with DEM convention bounce coming

  5. Patrick says

    The nation was about to fall into an abyss, hanging by its fingertips. It’s standing now, walking slowly and with some hesitation, but it’s walking. Personally, my partner and I have prospered during this period, as has everyone we know. Better off? We were doing well before. We’re doing well now.

  6. Markus says

    WHAT is a “Nate Silver”?

    Michael Moore says “to practice saying ‘President Romney'”. The guy who rakes in the most money wins every time. Every time.

  7. Michael says

    Are Americans really that bad with numbers?

    Dear America,

    Most people would consider adding a million jobs in one year as “better off” than losing five million in the same time period.


    One embarrassed American.

  8. say what says

    @ Michael

    the numbers the long term numbers are even more shocking

    end of bush term and obama coming in saw 700,000 jobs lost a MONTH every month………….Obama stopped that and the numbers show an average around 145,000 jobs created every month during the Obama administration

    Not stellar but most definitely better

    repubs left us in hell and Obama is steadily, against overt obstruction from repubs, leading us up and out of the repub+bush created hell

  9. say what says

    Ps @ Markus

    nate silver is just the most accurate and most highly respected statistician in america

    He burst onto the scene in 2008 predicting accurately each of Obama’s wins during the primaries etc and the general while everyone else kept saying nobody could beat the Clinton machine nor later the mcshame machine

    We all know your repub ignorance in general but seriously, have you been sleeping under a rock to not know who Nate Silver is

  10. Artie_in_Lauderale says

    The Republicans actually want to ask the American people if they’re better off now than when Obama took office? Do the Republicans have a death wish? That is exactly the question Republicans would want to avoid. When Obama took office in January, 2009, the economy was hemorrhaging jobs at a frightening rate and the country was sliding toward a second Great Depression. I would say that the answer to the Republicans’ foolish question is “yes.”

  11. says

    @Jake But Romney WILL be in Vermont (alas), prepping for debates, while the DNC goes on.

    “Every president since the Great Depression, except Jimmy Carter and President Obama, who asked for a second term could look back at the last four years and say: “you are better off than you were four years ago.”

    Umm… isn’t he forgetting one much more recent than Jimmy Carter?

  12. Macmantoo says

    I have to agree with Ichabod, there are so many things that are better now than they were 4 years ago. Are there millions of Americans unemployed? Yes, but who fired them? The Republican business owners so they could make more profits. Businesses are showing record profits right now. But what they want is more profits to buy that new mansion, more profits to buy that new yacht, more profits to hide in the Caribbean.

    And the deficit? Well the government is paying food stamps for Walmart employees since they don’t pay them a living wage. And they’re not the only one. If the Republican owned company would pay their employees living wages this country just might be ok. It’s greed, pure and simple.

    Am I better off now than I was four years ago, you damn right.

  13. jamal49 says

    Let the foolish, immature republicons “bracket” whatever they want. They’re going to lose and lose big in November.

    Then, let the temper tantrums by the whiny-cons begin.

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