April 21st, 2009
06:30 AM ET
5 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.

Update:

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

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"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. Not suprised

    This is hardly suprising. These crooks don't have souls. The epitome of dissent. Bush's budget was completely irresponsible and reckless and they voted for it.

    April 21, 2009 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  2. Marge

    Again the republicans prove over and and over they are the party of NO...NO darn idea what the heck they are doing. NOthing to do but whine and moan. NO ideas to fox the mess they helped bush create

    How in the world these republicans can face their home towns is beyond me, but when you have NO conscience I guess it doesn't matter what you say and do to the country.

    April 21, 2009 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. IS IT 2012 YET ??

    We need to restore Republican government before too much damage is done by the Obama Socialists. 2010 and 2012 cannot get here fast enough.

    April 21, 2009 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This isn't a big surprise. Bush didn't understand what it means to be a fiscal conservative. He understands power and what power he had when he was president. He let the Republican Congress do what it wanted as long as he got what he wanted - Power.

    If the GOP was really a fiscally conservative group, then there would have been a lower cost for Medicare part D (the perscription part). There would have also been less spending for stupid pet projects and other pork. These Republicans can't be claiming that they were always fiscally conservative. They love power and complain when they are out of it.

    April 21, 2009 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  5. Darryl B

    It is good to see the democrats laying out some slap-down.

    No one is interested in Republican "alternatives," after the last 8 years. We saw what the Republican alternative to Bill Clinton's budget surplus was: trillion dollar deficits. We saw what the Republican alternative to Bill Clinton's diplomacy in Palestine: complete disengagement. We saw what the Republican alternative to Bill Clinton's taxation policy: regressive taxation that has allowed the wealthiest 1% of the nation consolidate even more of the total national wealth that they had controlled previously.

    No one is interested in Republican "alternatives" anymore. That is what November '08 was all about.

    April 21, 2009 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  6. Joe the Troll

    Ah, but as my Republican acquaintances will tell you, the FIRST 12 trillion is okay. It's the fact that he's ADDING to it, THAT they oppose. Makes sense, right?

    April 21, 2009 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  7. Jason

    In a couple of years the GOP will be able to release a video that says the Democrats "tripled" the deficit . . . so really both sides are hypocrites. How do you criticize one thing when you are doing it yourself? The only change I see is that stupid has a new face.

    Democrats and Republicans = FAILURE!

    April 21, 2009 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  8. LisA

    I am so glad the democrates are bring people together. Quit campaining and get to work. Isn't that what you wanted.

    April 21, 2009 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  9. Teresa

    Dick Cheney should not be quoted in the news. His words are always negative and hark from the days of the Bush administration where our nation was conditioned to fear all. Both him and Sarah Palin should disappear from the media because we are all weary of their scare tactics.

    April 21, 2009 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  10. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Most Americans realize it was the failures oft he Bush administration which has left us in such a mess. Current GOP "blame gaming" has been rejected by us who have a memory longer then ten minutes.

    But it is nice to see the Democrats fight back and remind those without long term memory EXACTLY how the Republicans got us here.

    April 21, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. Mississippi Mike

    They doen't want to start this fight. In his first 100 days Obama has more than doubled the record for deficit spending in a single quarter. They can attack the GOP all they want but the numbers will speak for themselves.

    April 21, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  12. Dixon

    I find it interesting that the Republicans oppose the President on every issue. They put us in two wars claiming they alone kept us safe. The spent billions to make friends of Cheney rich. Republicans as a whole have done nothing but destroy the average American's way of life. As it always happens the majority of our countries wealth is in a very small percentage of the population. How is that good for the economy. Cheney is out there deflecting the attention away from the illegal things I think we will find over the years to come.

    April 21, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  13. just another "arrogant" American

    Isn't it a bit ironic that never ONCE has a Democrat been able to justify the astronomical budget increases proposed by the Obama administration? The only answer they give is "Where were Republicans' outrage during the Bush years", as if that alone is enough to warrant spending never-before-seen amounts of money now that they are in charge. Folks, conservatives like myself were not happy with the way Bush and Co. were spending, but little did we know that it was just the tip of the iceberg and a precursor for this administration.

    Bad behavior doesn't justify even more bad behavior!

    April 21, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  14. Ashley from VA

    Yes someone finally said it! It's what Americans have known all along.. that the GOP are a bunch of hypocrites who NEVER EVER own up to the mistakes we've made. They have acted like they are going to do good now, when all they are trying to do is to turn the heat off them. We're not as dumb as you think GOPers.

    April 21, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  15. Bill

    We can not keep spending as Obama has. He continued and multiplied the mess Bush left.
    We will not be able to finance the spending and the USA will go bankrupt.... we are already bankrupt,,,and living on borrowed time.
    The Central government will shutdown soon and Congress will lose their big salaries, payoffs, and retirements.

    The only hope is that the American citizens will wake up and vote out the Liberals in 2010. Then maybe some of this can be reversed. But if this doesn't happen the USA as we have know it is over.
    Texas will not have to sucede from the Union,,,there will not be any Union!

    April 21, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  16. Matthew

    I don't see how this is shocking news. The current, left-over batch of Republican leadership ALL marched, lock-step with the last administration. You know... the administration that financially and morally bankrupted our country? Yeah, that one. Not a single one of these blow-hards said a peep when Bush inflated the budget 33% in his first term while simultaneously cutting taxes and giving tax rebates.

    There was a lot of house-cleaning done in the last election, but it would appear that the G.O.P could do with a bit more. For the sake of their own party they've got to get this batch of losers out of office and bring some fresh faces and ideas to the party. ...and I am not talking about Jindal and Palin, either.

    April 21, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  17. Minnesotan

    Republicans caused the national and economic disasters with their epic failures of policy. They've proven themselves unfit to govern and now act like Stadtler & Waldorf – the elderly Muppets who could only complain from the cheap seats. If they could provide any good ideas, I would like to hear them. Unfortunately, if they had any good ideas, our country wouldn't be in the mess its in today.

    April 21, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  18. Taylor

    Bush and the Republican Congress cut the budget deficit in half during six years. Obama tripled the budget deficit in his first 60 days.

    If Democrats don't see the difference, we are in bigger trouble than I think we already are.

    April 21, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  19. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    looks to me like the dems are concerned about how they will look after Obama doubles the debt in one year. What I think is funny is that the goal of the dems seems to be destroying the GOP. It is a goal that will never be accomplished. The funny part is that the goal of republicans is to win elections not to destroy the dem party.
    One more thing. I thought Obama was the uniter. I seem to remember allot of talk about unity, both from Obama and his supporters. So now I wonder, how would you grade Obama as a uniter? Since that was a big part of his platform this should be an easy question but I bet that none hear will comment on that.

    April 21, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  20. bigot hater

    Though I totally understand what the democrats are doing and trying to project, I am thoroughly tired of this childhood (look what they did) stuff. Is anyone really concerned about the welfare of the American people. This finger pointing is ridiculous. They are all hypocrites. Becoming an independent is looking more and more interesting.

    April 21, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  21. Chad

    “Over eight years, Republicans nearly doubled the national debt,”

    And Obama will double it yet again, nowadays there is no party of fiscal responsibility.

    April 21, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  22. Lee from Maine

    They're not hypocrites, they're completely consistent. Anything Obama does is bad; anything Bush or any other Republican did or does is good. What's hypocritical about that?

    April 21, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  23. ken

    Basically the Democrats are saying, if they can spend trillions and sell out our nations future, so can we. Good job guys!!

    April 21, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  24. TJJ

    We'll see if the media covers this ad the way they cover all the attack ads by Republicans, giving them millions and millions of dollars of free air time.

    April 21, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  25. Chris

    Apples and oranges. The GOP has got to admit their mistakes. Otherwise their rhetoric just comes off as sour grapes.

    April 21, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
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