April 21st, 2009
06:30 AM ET
9 years ago

New Democratic video hits GOP leaders

The DNC is out with a Web video hitting GOP leaders.

The DNC is out with a Web video hitting GOP leaders.

(CNN) – National Democrats will release a new Web video Tuesday criticizing two House Republican leaders who have disparaged President Obama’s budget plan.

The Democratic National Committee accuses House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, of being hypocrites for voting for former President Bush’s budgets, but now publicly opposing Obama’s proposal.

“Over eight years, Republicans nearly doubled the national debt,” reads text that flashes across the screen of the 30-second video. “John Boehner and Eric Cantor were with Bush every step of the way. Now, Washington Republicans want you to forget what they did.”

The video – "Party Of Hypocrites" – uses short sound bites from Boehner and Cantor knocking the Democratic president’s budget and then notes that Boehner voted for nearly $10 trillion in budget spending, and Cantor supported slightly more than $12 trillion during the Bush years.


House Minority Leader John Boehner's spokeswoman and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor's spokesman respond to the DNC video.

"We missed the part of the video where they defend the President’s massive, fiscally-irresponsible budget that will double the debt in five years and triple it in 10. When the President’s Budget Director concedes they are raising the deficit to unsustainable levels, I guess they have to blame everyone else."

- Antonia Ferrier, spokeswoman for House Minority Leader John Boehner


"As we close in on President Obama's first 100 days, I would ask Virginia's Governor Tim Kaine if his partisan attack ads and disinformation campaigns are a calculated rejection of the President's attempts to change Washington.”

- Brad Dayspring, spokesman for House Minority Whip Eric Cantor

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soundoff (191 Responses)
  1. joe m

    i guess it remains politics as usual. the party out of power takes a critical stand againts the party in power, and the party in power is critical of the critique. it is like watching a bunch of two year olds bickering about who's got what and who wants what. small advice to all these politicians.... GROW UP!

    April 21, 2009 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  2. ATLien

    Very good ad and very true. I don't like name calling or dwelling on negatives, but I love the contents of the ad. Continue to do a great job DNC and expose the Republicans for who they are or who they are pretending to be or not to be.

    April 21, 2009 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  3. Left-wing fascism is coming!

    In less than 100 days the democrats have more than doubled the debt! The radical left is giddy with power and continues to take steps to target and encourage hate towards anyone who dare oppose their pseudo-fascist policies and agenda. Their hate and anger has been building for eight years and now they are hell-bent on unleashing it on the rest of us. All the signs of a pending pseudo-fascist state are appearing (A leader with strong oratorical skills promising to restore the country to greatness, a core of blind followers unable to think for themselves, the strenghtening of the corporate state, a deliberate strategy to demonise as 'hateful' anyone who dares disagree with 'the Leader' all the while spewing their own hate-mongering). All we need now is to be told the trains will run on time under this administration. I was certainly no fan of the previous administration, but this one has set the tone for talking itself up while achieving nothing tangibly positive or meaningful. And you thought democracy was undermined by the Bush years!!

    April 21, 2009 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  4. Mike S.

    It's about time somebody started educating the American public about the party of "hypocrites." We are in this mess because of hypocrisy.
    And the Limbaugh Lemmings who can't see this fact need to hear other sides of the debate, not just the hot air rants of a hypocrite in his studio.

    April 21, 2009 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  5. Lori

    Go get 'em Dems. Keep your wide margin over the GOP in tact and don't let the American people forget the truth and allow the Republicans to now rewrite history.

    April 21, 2009 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  6. today

    maybe this video will refresh the republicans memory, they are the reason that we are in this mess.

    April 21, 2009 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  7. David / Atlanta

    10 & 12 trillion respectively over a period of 8 years is much better budgeting than 10 trillion in 100 days in my book ANYDAY!!

    April 21, 2009 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  8. Mark

    The Pelosi/Obama spending plan dwarfs the GOP's past and not to mention there was tax revenue coming in to at least partially pay for it.

    CNN for Obama 2012!

    April 21, 2009 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  9. Kevin in Ohio

    Free Speech is obviously dead in this country. Unless you happen to agree with Obama.

    April 21, 2009 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  10. AJP

    It is taken a long time to learn to play ball like the Republicans.

    The Democrats used to look the other way when some one did not agree with them.

    I am realy proud to say I am a member of the Deocratic party who doesn't take any crap from the Republians.

    April 21, 2009 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  11. Jerry

    What a joke , we pay to have all these folks in Washington so they can fight each other on both sides.

    April 21, 2009 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  12. Dan

    Democrats should not put out these videos because republicans have nothing to apologize for.......Oooooh wait, they ran our country to the ground for 8 years. When asked, they say, so?

    Americans should be bitter of this party!!

    April 21, 2009 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  13. chris

    it is time for the democrats to stop looking back and blaming
    everything on the last administration considering the next
    administration will need to attempt to clean up the MESS the
    radical left is creating now. remember this economic situation
    started in the clinton administration with repealing the glass/stegall
    act ,that deregulation was just plain stupid ! and of course the
    mortage mess clinton started........it is time to stop pointing fingers
    at each other and try using some common sense.

    April 21, 2009 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  14. Jean (Plantation)

    Go democrats. It's the right move. We should always point out that Republicans are the ones who dragged us to this mess. They created this mess and left us to sleep on it. Right now, they are acting as if they had nothing to do with it.

    Republicans are real hypocrites. They are against spending, while they have supported all the big spending policies of Bush. They are against gay mariage, while they are big time gays (in the closet or on the dowlow). They claim they believe in the sanctity of mariage while they are having love affairs. They marry and get divorce many times in their life or marry their own relatives (e.g Rudy Julianni). Yeah, that's believing in the sanctity of mariage. Republicans = Hypocrites.

    April 21, 2009 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  15. Chipster

    Indeed they are hypocrites, self-serving at that! Today THEY plan to grill Treasury Secretary Geithner for failing to adequately manage the $700 billion bailout funds that THEY approved last October. THEY talked a lot about restricting the use of those funds and rules for financial institutions to follow. THEY talked and talked and talked but THEY neglected to include any accountability for the funds at all.

    It takes a lot of nerve to hold an entire session to criticize someone for failing to enforce rules that you failed to make.

    April 21, 2009 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  16. Steve Smith

    This is the first time, in my 57 years, that I have seen a previous administration sit and snipe at the new administration. That just goes to show how out of step Georgie Bush and his bunch were (are) with the rest of the world.

    Bush, Cheney, and their facist crowd need to shut up and go into hiding for the way they damaged this country's reputation. They went after Hussein on the flimsiest of evidence. They destroyed this country's economy with their myopic emphasis on the war that they started, and NOW they have the temerity to attack the President who is trying to fix the damage that they did for eight years!

    I am not a democrat. I have been accused of being so conservative that I make Ronald Reagan look like a "New Dealer." But, I support this president's attempts to restore our credibility. So, to Cheney and all of the other sour-grapes-republicans of the previous administration, I say: SHUT UP AND SIT DOWN! You aren't in power, now, so go retire, like you should have 10 years ago!

    April 21, 2009 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  17. Big Stick in SC

    Hey, what else do you expect from a DEFEATED party. These guys are pulling out all stops. Can't you see how ineffective the TEA-BAGGERS were with that NONSENSE. They are talking about higher taxes when taxes are actually lower - DUH!
    Someone please inform the uninform. Regular citizens aren't putting up with that conservative crap any longer. So keep it up and see where it gets you. And for all that want Obama to fail...lets just say, you're unpatriotic, un-American, and down right evil. As much as I disliked Bush and his policies, i didn't want him to fail. Because i knew if he failed, we'd end up in the mess we are in now. Now everybody is hurting.

    One last thing...the WHOLE WORLD loves OBAMA. How can you not support that? Our enemies are now speaking a different language. And cheney says we are less safe. That cowboy/maverick metality is outdated. This isn't the cold war anymore!!

    April 21, 2009 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  18. sick of the bailouts

    why do they feel the need to make a video? to turn attention away from their actions I guess. Yes there was alot of spending in the Bush years but not even close to the way its been going on since. I think also the democrats should clearly state THEY have been the majority party since 2006. Their criticisms of the Bush spnding that went on in 06, 07, and 2008 don't carry much weight when they were the ones steering the ship towards the rocks.

    April 21, 2009 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  19. phoenix86

    Let's see: $12 trillion over 8 years is $1.5 trillion per year; and $10 trillion over 8 years is 1.25 trillion per year.

    Obama's budget is $3.2 trillion.

    Which is the party of hyprocrites?

    April 21, 2009 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  20. Ernesto

    Truth is going to burn the Republicans for now, and perhaps the Dems later, but the political winds are picking up and no matter which tent you live under, you might just be blown away. A major third party may emerge as Americans lose patience with those in Congress that vote themselves regular pay raises, operate under a too generous retirement program, take care of their "friends" and even exempt their activities from the laws of our land. We should erect a gallows outside Congress to harsely impress upon them the concept of accountability.

    April 21, 2009 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  21. George

    That video is the truth. The republicans have nothing to do but try to hide their blame and push it on to Obama. Well guess what? What
    Obama is doing is for America. It's being used to help our country.
    Bush's was all about his arrogance. Lets show up daddy and take
    Iraq. Over 4200 died for nothing. Add the lives to the money and Barack
    couldn't match that mess in 3 or 4 terms. Boehner is a cry baby that is pilfering America. He and his buddies are living off the government and doing ZERO to help out. He is nothing but a legislative reliefer.
    And hopefully in a few years he will be an unemployed legislative reliefer.

    April 21, 2009 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  22. Michigander

    Get the facts out there, DNC, the Republicans still think they are above the law, above decency, and way above the notion of supporting the new President in anything. I don't believe they are garnering any new Republicans through this rhetoric. Like Palin, they are merely stirring up the base (not to mention, convincing the nut cases out there to shoot each other.) Good work, GOP. When will you guys start apologizing?

    April 21, 2009 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  23. President Obama could walk on water and the Party of NO would still complain that he left footprints!

    It is about time someone started calling out the hypocrisy of the neo-cons! Now within the last 3 months, Cantor and Boehner would have you believe they suddenly care about leaving debt for future generations! That concern took back seat to the rampant spending when the shrub was in office. At least this debt that President Obama is spending will benefit the future generations paying for it. They just got sewers in Iraq for the funds the ex moron-in-chief left them.

    No one is ever going to listen to the repubs again, until they come out and apologize as an entire party and say yes we were wrong and trickle down economics and deregulation, did not work, until that point the repubs will never be back in power!

    April 21, 2009 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  24. Ted

    I really detest the polarization in this country, but these Republicans have asked for it. They deserve to be exposed for being hypocrites.

    April 21, 2009 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  25. brenda

    Good for them. I know I haven't forgot. And yet they want to blame President Obama for spending money, at least he is spending it on the American People.

    April 21, 2009 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
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