Ahead of trip, GOP knocks Obama's 'lame duck bus tour'

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A day before President Barack Obama’s bus tour of upstate New York, Republican officials offered a pre-emptive response, saying the Democrat is great at talk, but not at action.

“He’s pretty good about being judged about what he says and not what he does,” Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said on a conference call Wednesday with reporters. “He’s hitting the road and giving speech about the same old policies that either haven’t been implemented or haven’t worked in the past and won’t work in the future. … What he does best is talk and talk and talk.”

Obama is launching his bus tour Thursday, hitting Buffalo and Syracuse. On Friday, he’ll travel to Binghamton and Scranton, Pa.

The White House says the president “will lay out a plan to make college more affordable, tackle rising costs, and improve value for students and their families. To create a better bargain for the middle class, we have to fundamentally rethink how higher education is paid for in this country.”

Priebus called the trip Obama’s “lame duck bus tour.”

New York GOP chairman Ed Cox said he’s pleased that Obama’s trip will highlight the State University of New York at Buffalo and Binghamton University. But he said SUNY graduates too often “leave New York for states with Republican governors and Republican legislatures … states like Texas and North Carolina and Tennessee and Florida” to find jobs.


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