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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  1. brett

    here is another false information from National Democrats. They quoted that last 8 years, triple on national's debts? That is NOT true. No one has been triple the debts since FDR's time.

    April 21, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. Charles

    John Boehner appears like he does not know what is really going on. He is out of touch. The republicans would be well served to get rid of him.

    April 21, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. shucks

    The truth hurts, especially when you have no new ideas, and nothing really pertinent to say. The republicans have stooped to just moving their mouths without anything of substance coming out just to hear themselves talk, and bash the new administration. They have extremely limited recall, as I remember the trillions of dollars they were all voting for in tax relief for the wealthy, the fake war in Iraq, and monies being given to christian based organizations. I guess it is selective memory at it's finest.

    April 21, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. katiec

    Over the last eight years the republicans did not see a spending bill or a perk for big buiness they did not like. Now, because of their irresponsible spending and policies
    drastic measures have to be taken to try and fix the diasters they
    created. They refuse to acknowledge or help to resolve our numerous problems, in the process, jeprodizing the future of our country.
    Their party first, anything to win, wanting our President and country
    to fail are as unAmerican as one can get. And, folks, these are
    politicans who have stooped to the lowest level ever.

    April 21, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. Renee

    I would also like to say that sometimes (and we especially experience this everyday life) you have to suck up your pride and keep your mouth shut in order to get the mission accomplished for the whole team's sake. Why can't our government get this? We have been an international bully for hundreds of years, since our ancestors came here and broke from the monarchy. It started with the American Indians and the African slaves, and has spread to different parts of the world over the centuries. Now that it is the 21st century, you would think that our country would learn from its mistakes. President Obama sees that. He realizes that pushing and provoking and trying to bully other countries into doing what we want is not very productive. It is not getting anything accomplished. All that does is cause friction and negative feelings, and then next thing you know...everyone's got their finger on the button to blow up the next guy! So, even though we don't always agree with someone else's ideas, it doesn't mean that we have to be at each other's throats all the time or doesn't mean that we have to push our ideas on them. We don't like it when it is done to us, so what makes us think that these other countries would accept it? Why? Just because they are smaller in size and population? Doesn't make sense.

    April 21, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. IndyVoter

    Nice Try but no dice! President Obama has been open and clear about his spending unlike Bush who tried to hide it from the American people by not including portions of it in the official budget. Pres. Obama has also told us what he intends to do to help reduce the debt....still waiting on any Republican ideas on how to do that even if we didn't spend another dime over the next 4 years...what's that you say Republicans, tax cuts? Oh, I thought you said something that we haven't already tried and failed at. For the record, businesses (large or small) are in business to profit not to create jobs. Businesses creates a need for labor, but do not be fooled, if a business owner can employ an undocumented worker, an overseas worker or a machine to do the job, they will. They are NOT looking to hire anyone, and they certainly don't want to pay benefits. Its about profit...period. They will take the tax cuts and spend it on executive pay, R & D (maybe) and advertisment....and eight years late we'll be in another recession. Fool me once...no, you know what? I'm tired of being fooled. Don't fool me at all...say no to the party of "No"!

    April 21, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. alvino

    The 'disinformation' and 'partisan attacks' are the trademarks of the congressional republicans.

    April 21, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. Bob in Pa

    I love how they generously give away credit for the last four years of their being in charge. The President is the President. Congress sets the spending, he only approves it.

    You can run, but you cannot hide !

    April 21, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  9. Marie in NV

    Exactly WHY are they releasing "news" videos against anyone who opposes them? I haven't seen it, but it sounds like the type of sound bites taken out of context such as Michael Moores manipulated films. If so, no one can really take that type of "journalism" seriously. However, it's disturbing that the President claim of working together has now turned into a web-video of attacks. So much for promises of change and listening to other views. The DNC is doing more damage to their party by trying to undermine opposition with manipulation without any chance for those attacked to refute on the video. Is this a new sick start of another campaign season?

    April 21, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. Independent starting to doubt Obama

    Are the DEMOCRATS serious, HYPOCRISY is in there blood. These are the same people that Voted for the IRAQ war and then 3 yrs later said they were not for it. I also find it amazing that the Democrats are saying the Republicans are finished when this is just the second democratic president in the last 35 yrs. I dont think the Republican party is going anywhere. The last point I would like to make on Hypocrisy is how the Democrats never gave Bush a chance, called him every name in the book and were just downright disrespectful to him but yet they want Republicans to treat Obama like a GOD and they shouldnt criticize him. What goes around comes around.

    April 21, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. Liberal and Proud of It dot com

    Conservatism is America's most dangerous enemy. Conservatives are of two types. (1) Innocent dupes who actually believe the Conservative leadership represents the average American and (2) the Conservative leadership, who seek only to advance the wealth and fortunes of the very small but very rich wealthy class in America.

    The Republican leadership led us into every mess that we are in right now, and they steadfastly oppose any effort to deal with the nation's problems. America will be much better off when the last elected Conservative is defeated for reelection.

    April 21, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Mark

    The Pelosi/Obama plan dwarfs any term in history. Just more liberal media hype

    April 21, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. disgusted

    Disinformation? I believe he must be talking about all of congress. Both my senators voted against the 2009 budget and between the two of them they requested 14 earmarks. My Republican Senator asked for 10! Were they wasteful? Probably some of them were. Google 2009 budget earmarks and you can find out about your own reps. Unfortunately I have not been able to find a way to discover what the earmarks are. If anybody knows please post. We have to educate ourselves people because these elected officials are working for their own reelection, not for us.

    I would also ask these two if they missed the part where we are forced to spend massive amounts of money to make up for the failures of congress over many years.

    These guys (most of them, BOTH parties) take their lead from lobbyists and corporate interests. Our officials are never going to vote for term limits. Make it your business to vote for no candidate who has served more than 2 terms. Eventually they will get it.

    April 21, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. silly rabbit

    geesh all this finger pointing is really getting a lot done in Congress lately isn't it? With the money both of these parties use for videos accusing each other of being the culprit I'm sure it could be used to help pay off the debt they both started.

    April 21, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. Anonymous

    The Greedy Obstructionist Party has never before and never will admit mistakes. What a bunch of sore losers.

    We're moving into the future without them – finally.

    April 21, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. Rob

    All I get from this article is that BOTH Republicans and Democrats act like a kid with a credit card. Does a third party start to gain traction?

    April 21, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. Lane in Texas

    Republican = Hypocrite
    Democrat = Hypocrite
    Difference is that the Democrats and their new President are the ones that keep talking about how they will bridge the divide. I guess that bridge is only extended to hateful dictators that smile at you then stab you in the back, rather than their fellow American's who have been elected to fix this mess.

    April 21, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  18. musician

    Boehner and Cantor, with their feigned outrage, are the virtual personification of hypocrisy. Evidently, if the Republicans want to spend trillions ( whiile cutting taxes for the wealthy ) it`s not a problem. But Oh My God, if President Obama, in an effort to save the economy from total meltdown from years of reckless policy from the right, runs up a big budget, it`s outrageous. These two knuckleheads deserve some kind of award..... maybe hypocrites of the decade or something. Are there really people out there that are persuaded by their feeble arguments?

    April 21, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. dan

    Wow, the democrats won 3 presidential elections in thirty years and they act like they've got unlimited support from the American people. Fifty-nine million people voted against them and the number that wish they had grows larger everyday. They won the election by brainwashing the American youth in public schools and the media, but I know some of these kids will wake up, or grow up. Enjoy your time, I'm sure it will be short lived.

    April 21, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. Christian

    I wonder how shocked everyone would be if the GOP released a counterpart to this video. I think its common knowledge that dems have far much more dirty laundry to air out. RIght now they are all protecting eachother. I hope the day comes. Right now, in all cases, the GOP is acting like the 'bigger person' here. This is proof positive that the dems are out for their reputation moreso than focusing on the health of the country and putting their agenda aside.

    April 21, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  21. JML

    republican's=HYPOCRITES in the lowest form. IT was GW Bush who set a new height for DEFICITS, just like R. Reagan. How soon the GOP try to forget and "pin" GW Bush's deciet on President Obama. I guess that is what happens when one sits on the banks of DENIAL (which isn't the river in Africa).

    April 21, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  22. Dan, TX

    If democrats are socialists and fascists, is socialism and fascism all that bad?

    The conservative movement and the republican party have important ideas, but their leadership is a joke. The ideas and philosophy are lost when they start the conversation one day calling the democrats socialists and the next day fascists. Crying wolf is not a way to get people to pay attention.

    We can all recognize an intellectually bankrupt group of people. Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh and their ilk have squandered their credibility, I certainly don't take anything they say seriously. Even George Will does not use sound logic to make arguments anymore.

    April 21, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. John-Sturgis, S. Dakota

    These critical republicans should be looking at the comparisons found between the political lines, because it's there where Americans, and yes even members of the Congress can look at these factual budget numbers. Do these representatives understand that today we can download every vote, every speech, and every sound bite. These answers are humiliating to the same rep's who are ranting phony political dogmas.

    April 21, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. Dee Dee

    “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.”

    Once again trying to deflect the question, and turn it back on the president. As a citizen is this true and if it is....why avoid answering the question? Come on GOP, give me a straigt answer!

    April 21, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  25. The Last Patriot

    Both critiques are right and both parties spend away our future on political payback. Vote the bums out!

    April 21, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
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