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. Howard

    The Bush legacy is obvious. Taking a surplus and spending it on a war that put us into a deficit. The Bush administration left the nation in a shambles. Internationally the US suffered both politically and morally. The last 6 months of the Bush administration when we needed Bush to lead, he was nowhere to be found. Now the Republicans are complaining about the current administration. WHER
    E IS THEIR PLAN?? Cutting taxes on the rich again is not a plan. Republicans are showing just how morally bankrupt they are.

    April 21, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. SHIRLEY "60"

    I am now of the opionion that the republican leaders have, for the most part, lost their minds. Everyday they are out shouting about the terrible policies of the current administration and completely overlook their involvement in the worst crisis that this country has faced since the 30's. Denial is probably some form of mental disorder, and I don't know if guilt is what motivates them, or just the stupidly
    dogmatic rhetoric that they have been pushing for the last 8 – 10 years, but I do know when I hear and see lunacy. They all say the same things and act the same way over and over again as if they are being brain washed. Bachman appears to be on a different plane than the rest, however, and has probably been in one of those alien spaceships. This country is made up of more sane people than it is disturbed ones, I would imagine. How can the people who elect these nuts continue to support them? They should all be recalled for making their states and constituencies look idiotic.

    April 21, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  3. Ken, Vail, AZ

    These informational ads are intended to unform American about the hypocracy of the GOP. They really do hope that we have a short memory. NOT!

    April 21, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  4. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Thereby proving that Democrats and neo-cons alike are spendthrift wastrels who don't mind in the slightest ruining the American economy and mortgaging our children's futures in order to buy their own reelections.

    Face it, folks: American democracy has failed. On of the reasons we have a representative democracy is that the people who wrote the Constitution knew that people, on average, couldn't be trusted to vote for the long-term benefit of the country and would instead vote for their own short-term individual benefits. They counted on representatives to be people of integrity, not megalomaniacal profligates determined to seize and hang onto power regardless of the damage it did to the country.

    April 21, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  5. roy

    Is this the change we can believe in? Same old garbage from the democrats, lies and disinformation. They have been in control of congress and the senate since 2006, so who is to blame? Both.

    April 21, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. street smart

    I think its a good idea the Dems keep firing back at all the lies, spin, & hypocrisy of the GOP. What the GOP have done along with Fox News for the last 20 odd years (the operative word here being "odd") is prove the old addage that if you make ridiculous accusation after ridiculous accusation long enough and couple it with phony outrage someone is going to believe you. But now it is a brand new day and the Dems are firing back at the GOPs lies with the same amount of intensity and the American people are listening. The GOP and their undying support of Dubya and his policies are the reason why this country is in the shape its in. In Obamas first 100 days they have falsely characterized him as a terrorist, a socialist, and at the tea bag convention a fascist. John Boehner & Eric Cantor if they want to have any credibility with the American people need to make sure any nut job characterizations are condemned and laid to rest. They are all about dishing out lies, lets see if they can take it when The Truth is dished out on them. They are as much as an embarrassment as Dubya!

    April 21, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. Larry B

    Let's see. Under Bush, the national debt doubled in 8 years. Under Obama, that debt is now doubled in 1 year? And the earmarks that the Dems campaigned under have gone away or increased? And these fools are putting out a video?

    April 21, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. Paul from Phoenix

    George Bush and the Republicans made terrible mistakes with the budget during his 8 years in office.

    HOWEVER, that does not mean that Obama now has the freedom to tripple those mistakes. Can't anyone in Washington balance a damn budget?

    April 21, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. Andy in Texas

    The video calls it like it is. Two Republicans who could have cared less about fiscal responsibility when it was there boy running the show have found Jesus now that the other team has the ball. They have no credibility in their attacks on this president's budget unless and until they can explain the difference between Bush's deficient spending and Obama's. The problem is they can't. THEY are engaged in political theater, and when we call them out for the hypocrites they are, they blast us for political theater. Just keep playing the same song over and over again, boys. That deafening silence you hear is the country (and its voters) not caring. Have all the Tea Tantrums you want with your base and hope that little sliver of Americana can get you back into power. And please, hold you breath while you wait.

    April 21, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  10. Right Leaning Independent

    Lets see, there were no Democrats that opposed Bush's budgets and spending??? Hmmm, seems to me there were many and they now back Obama's budget and out of control spending which means we really do not know which party is the real "party of hypocrites".

    April 21, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  11. Lee in Ohio

    For once the DNC is doing something worthwhile. Keep it up!

    April 21, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  12. BusyMom

    This is so TRUE. Republicans are awash in hypocrisy right now. Every time they talk about spending it just amazes me that they are not embarrassed by how hypocritical they are being. The GOP under Bush spent TRILLIONS on on an unnecessary and tax cuts for the rich while Cantor, Boehner and the like did not complain a bit. NOW, our President HAS to spend some money to pull us out of an economic crisis and wants to spend money to fix our infrastructure, invest in the education of our children, and provide healthcare to all Americans and the GOP is screaming about it???? To me it says that the GOP only likes spending when it goes to their rich buddies either through tax cuts or no bid contracts in Iraq. I do not understand 1) how they can be so hypocritical and 2) why they do not care to invest in the American people when they were fine with investing in Iraq.

    April 21, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    I know who the "Party Of Hypocrites" is and it is both of your fault! Yes I do not just blame the GOP, but I also equally blame the Democrats as well. Everyone is so busy pointing fingers and playing the blame game while "We the People" are loosing our jobs, loosing our homes, and loosing our freedom to the " New World Order".
    There has to be someone who can get something done? This is nothing more than the same do nothing Congress we have had for the last half century! Is this the change we are suppose to believe in?

    April 21, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. Keith in Austin

    Although the GOP did lose their sight on fiscal responsibility, the price that was payed was the Presidency, Senate and House. The American people a very smart and their distaste for unresponsible government will surface again in 2010 and 2012. Enjoy things while you can libbies. I trust that much of the idiotic spending will be repealed in a couple of years

    April 21, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  15. Mark Robinson

    The Dems should simply say: "Read my lips. The "conservative party" left our economy in a broken state the likes we have not seen since the Great Depression. We are forced to take painful steps that under any other circumstances would be out of the question." Of course, plenty of Democrats watched with closed mouths the idiocy of deregulation, followed by the complete loss of responsibility on the part of the banking institutions. Ah well, at least the DC bandits are keeping us amused.

    April 21, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. Marc M

    Hey Dems, Starting to get worried that your policies are finally being seen for what they really are?

    It's pretty funny, your party is the only party that has to campaign their entire time i office in order to try to trick people by trying to make people focus on something that happened years ago, and lying about it to boot.

    Hate to break it to you but Bush is out of office, how long do you think you are going to get away with blaming EVERYTHING on an administration that is no longer there?

    Your policies are going to cripple us and eventually the American people will see this.

    April 21, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  17. Obamalism

    Call out the hypocricy all you like, but it wasn't right then and it sure isn't right now.

    Otherwise, you're saying that Bush was on the right path and democrats want to double down on his policies.

    April 21, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  18. vinny

    So doubling the debt is bad according to the democrats...what is tripling the debt then!!?? That is what Obama did in under 100 days!!
    This Obama administration is the biggest fraud. He is a political animal that is weakening the US abroad. Why does Obama reward failure at every level? He wants government control of the people and of business. Has any Obamabot read the constitution...this is what this country was formed to fight against!
    People need to wake up and quit supporting "parties" and start supporting people who will follow the constitution. Obama is such a dissapointment.

    April 21, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  19. James

    Being from Ohio I am embarrassed every time Mr.(?) Boehner opens his mouth. What a disgrace to the people who use and understand common sense.

    April 21, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  20. Scott AZ

    But what took Bush nearly eight years to do, Obama has done it within his first hundred days.

    April 21, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  21. Lori

    So let me get this straight. It's o.k when Republicans who claim to be 'fiscal conservatives' run up the deficit (and they had no idea that a Democrat would become President in 2009 so for 8 years they ran up unprecedented deficits). Democrats spend money on issues they find important- they're known for that, so there is no hypocrisy there. Hypocrisy. Keep up the attacks Dems. Keep on reminding the American people what so-called 'fiscal conservatives' have done to this country... ECONOMIC COLLAPSE!!!

    April 21, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  22. Mike

    Look this is absolutely ridiculous.... I'm not a republican, and I know the republicans have been playing pretty dirty in the last few months. HOWEVER, those senators allowing the debt to be doubled in the previous terms does not in ANY way mean that they have to support the same rate of debt growth through the next presidency... CLEARLY, the budget has some issues, so how can you attack them for not supporting it?

    April 21, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  23. Baze

    The DNC is simply too powerful right now.

    April 21, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  24. JP

    So the video rightly shows how republicans were fiscally irresponsible. Obama presents a pork filled budget that makes the republicans look like penny pinchers. He proposes future spending that will bankrupt the country. Sounds like the video should be on Saturday Night live.

    April 21, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. The Bu

    Why is it that the President is the only one who is supposed to take responsibility for "changing" Washington? It doesn't that Republicans, nor Democrats, for that matter, are doing anything to change the tone in Washington. Republicans, if you want to become a party of relevance again, offer solutions instead of just saying, "NO!" Democrats, if you don't want to one day end up like the Republicans, you cannot afford to become condescending to those on the "right" or those who do not agree with the "Democrat platform." Those on the "left" cannot become like those on the "right" of the past eight years, when there was a time when you couldn't criticize the war or you would have been branded "un-American."

    April 21, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
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