(CNN) - Democrats are taking aim at North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr over the Republican's recent remark that he advised his family last fall to withdraw as much money as they could from their bank accounts in reaction to the onset of the economic crisis.
"If this is Senator Burr's economic recovery plan for himself, it is no surprise he doesn't have one for the country," said Eric Schultz, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. "Senator Burr, as a champion of the George Bush economy helped create this mess but will not lift a finger to get us out of it.”
According to the (Burlington, NC) Times-News, Burr told North Carolina business owners Monday the collapse of major financial institutions last fall convinced him his family's bank accounts could have been frozen.
"On Friday night, I called my wife and I said, 'Brooke, I am not coming home this weekend. I will call you on Monday. Tonight, I want you to go to the ATM machine, and I want you to draw out everything it will let you take. And I want you to tomorrow, and I want you to go Sunday,'" Burr said during a speech at a Henderson County Chamber of Commerce meeting.
"I was convinced on Friday night that if you put a plastic card in an ATM machine the last thing you were going to get was cash," said Burr.
The senator, whose approval ratings are languishing in recent state polls, faces re-election in 2010 and is among the Democrats' top targets.
Brian Walsh, the communications director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said, "The Democrats’ response highlights perfectly the competing views of the two parties when it comes to strengthening the economy. "
"In just the first three months of this year, Senate Democrats have voted for more spending than the previous Administration spent on Iraq, Afghanistan and Katrina recovery combined so its little wonder Americans want to keep their hard earned money away from the grips of Washington," he also said.