WASHINGTON (CNN) – National Democrats will target South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford in a new television ad next week that criticizes him for deciding not to accept all of the stimulus money set aside for his state, CNN has learned.
The Democratic National Committee will begin airing the ad Monday on cable television in Columbia, South Carolina, DNC spokesman Damien LaVera said. The 30-second ad is scheduled to run for “at least a week,” he added.
“South Carolina is facing tough times – but Governor Sanford is playing politics instead of doing what’s right,” the DNC charges in the ad that was reviewed by CNN. “Turning down millions in recovery act funds, putting politics ahead of health care, jobs and schools.”
It is the first TV ad released by the DNC since President Obama was sworn into office in January.
Sanford, a Republican who is considered a potential presidential candidate in 2012, has maintained that spending the funds would only make the state’s financial situation worse in the long term. Instead, the governor told state legislators earlier this week that he wants to use a quarter of his state’s stimulus money to pay down its debt. Sanford’s request applies only to the $700 million in stimulus funds that he has discretion over, while the remaining $2.1 billion set aside for the state will be spent according to federal guidelines.
UPDATE: Joel Sawyer, Communications Director to Gov. Sanford, said in an issued statement that Sanford "continues to believe that problems created by too much debt will never be solved by more debt."
"It's time to put the partisan politics aside and for people who supported this stimulus legislation to start shooting straight with taxpayers on who is paying the bill for all of this spending. This so-called 'stimulus' represents a federal predatory loan, the cost of which will be borne by future generations who will never have a chance to vote from office the very people who are saddling them with unprecedented spending and guaranteed future tax increases," Sawyer added.
CNN.com’s Kristi Keck contributed to this report
The only republicans turning down the money are those with aspirations to higher office.
To hell with their constituents, they figure. South Carolina is a basket case with the highest unemployment rate in the nation behind auto-dependant Michigan.
Sanford (like the Republican Party leader Rush Limbaugh) is hoping the recovery effort (and this nation) FAILS, so that his parties and his own personal chances improve.
Country First??? This has always been a cynical republican joke. The people aren't as gullible anymore as they've been fooled once too many.
What next? Will republicans show their "patriotism" by arming themselves and threatening to seceed from the union?
i will bet the next gov in s. carolina isnt going to be sanford.
the party of NO. PEOPLEYOU HAVE A CHANCE TO CHANGE THINGS
AT THE NEXT ELECTION.
To Allen who thinks that Sanford and Rick Perry of texas are doing the right thing by not accepting the money. I guess you must have been sleeping under a rock when Bush was doing all the spending to get us in this mess. I am sure you didn't have any objections then...did you?
I am a little confused here...I thought the Republicans BIGGEST complaint is not enough of the Stimulus money was going directly into stimulating the ecomomy. And now all of a sudden this Governor wants to take a portion of it and paydown his states DEBT!! Excuse me that is not Stimulating the economy!!
The answer from the Congress and Senate to this Governor, should be very plain, very LOUD...Use the money for what it is intended for...OR SEND IT BACK....End of discussion!! Lets turn the page..I am so sick of these grandstanding politcal (Democratic or Republican) JERKS it makes my stomach turn!!
Typical Republicans. They are thinking of the elections more than of the people President Obama intends to help. I think it is about time to send a REALLY clear message to these people. I think it is time to just replace all Republicans in the next cycle. They try to pretend that they didn't have anything to do with this mess, but their boy, Bush, landed us square in the middle of this awful mess. And what are they doing to help alleviate it? Not one darned thing, NOT ONE! The Republicans seem to be deliberately trying to make themselves obsolete. Well, you idiots, it's working!
I do not understand why this governor and the Republicans think it is necessary for the Government to tell Women what to do with their bodies but not get into solving other humanity’s problems. It’s like someone telling God what to do and what not to do. Those of us that are fighting these thoughts do so because the Govt operates as God. Whatever the Government says is the verdict. Isn’t that what George Bush did when he was in office. So, for the Republicans to be asking the Govt to ban abortion and debar them from helping the ones that are already born is mind bugling.
Let the people go SC is still mest up after all these years, no wonder my Mom and Dad move up here back in the 50's.
Well, maybe South Carolina shouldn't get any federal money...since it all comes from one kind of tax or another...if their Gov. thinks it's all federal predatory lending...no money for you.
I agree 100% with Stanford...You stupid democrats are all about let the government give,give ,give.....the next generation will pay for it...LOOK WHAT CLINTON DID TO OUR COUNTRY..
This man should be stripped of his office.........to not help the less fortunate in his states is disgraceful.......which tells me he only represents the Rich White..........run him out of the STATE.....
With one of the worst unemployment rates in the country the good Governor places political showboating ahead of the needs of the citizens of South Carolina. But take heart good citizens, even an unemployed or bankrupt person has the right to vote. When the opportunity presents itself put Mr. Sanford in the unemployment line.