March 16th, 2009
12:29 PM ET
6 years ago

SC gov to Obama: Stop DNC attack ad

National Democrats are taking on Gov. Sanford in a new ad.
National Democrats are taking on Gov. Sanford in a new ad.

(CNN) – South Carolina’s Republican governor called on President Obama Monday to call a halt to a Democratic ad that slams him over his position on stimulus spending.

Mark Sanford ended up in the crosshairs of the Democratic National Committee late last week after he announced his decision to seek permission from the White House to use $700 million in the stimulus funds due his state to pay down debt.

“South Carolina is facing tough times – but Governor Sanford is playing politics instead of doing what’s right,” says the announcer in a DNC television spot that begins airing Monday in Columbia, South Carolina. “Turning down millions in recovery act funds, putting politics ahead of health care, jobs and schools.”

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Sanford, who criticized the ad Friday, said Monday that President Obama should use his influence to pull the ad from the airwaves. “I don't think this approach of targeting ads against anyone who sees an issue a little differently represents the kind of so-called 'change' many people were voting for in November,” said Sanford.

The decision to seek use the $700 million – or roughly a quarter of the total money due South Carolina from Obama’s stimulus package – “still means a $2.1 billion spending windfall would come to our state,” Sanford also said Monday. “[A]nd one has to ask isn’t there a point when enough is enough in spending money we don’t have?”

After quoting from Obama’s inaugural address, Sanford “respectfully ask[s] [Obama] to end this ad . . . . and to ask his Democratic National Committee to put an end to this mudslinging and get back to an honest debate about the future of our country.”

In a Friday statement, a spokesman for Sanford called the stimulus money “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.”

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Had It

    Deal with it Sanford. Your people are hurting. Only the wealthy along the coast are getting state funds. FIX SC for all it's citizens, or move over and let someone else have the job.

    March 16, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. JonDie

    This fool Sanford is fair game. Carry on, Dems!

    March 16, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. T from Kzoo

    Oh, boo hoo, the DNC is being mean to me! Make them pull their ad from the airways, waaaahhh!!

    Geez, so much for freedom of speech, huh? Isn't that what all you Republicans say all of the time? "So much for freedom of speech?" Yeah, that right only applies to "the right." Otherwise, Big Brother Obama should muzzle all other opposing ideas to the GOP . . .

    Yeah. So much for freedom of speech.

    March 16, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Robin in Tampa, FL

    Stanford fully deserves it, he's trying to use money allotted for stimulating jobs for paying of debt instead, which was not what the Federal money was intended for. I am glad Obama is living up to his promise when he said that he wouldn't hesitate to call out those governors who try to misuse the stimulus money, which is what Stanford is trying to do.

    March 16, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. Jay

    I live in SC and I have seen how the unemployement is affecting everyone. The repubs are not going to get many votes next time definitely not mine. Its time for SC to turn blue.

    March 16, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Steph

    Uh, nope. The ad will continue to air because it is the truth.

    March 16, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. I can see Canada from my House!

    Wow. You want the government to cover for your mismanagement of the economy of your state, and you are doing so at the expense of putting people to work rebuilding the schools you neglected. When was the last time you actually got away from a news camera and looked at the people you are willfully neglecting?

    March 16, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. Sam

    Gov. Sanford would rather play politics and push ideology than save up to 7500 teacher jobs in South Carolina. Shame!

    March 16, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    If McCain couldn't stop the 3rd party attacks of Obama in the election what makes Sanford think Obama's gonna stop the adds against him???

    March 16, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |