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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    I think those who criticize Obama for high taxes, and big spending, need to do their own homework.....this new administration hasn't raised any taxes as of yet....Nor has he tripled the deficit as of yet.....The budget he wants passed through congress, will allow him the sweeping change those who voted for him, elected him for. I want healthcare reform, I want energy reform, and I want education reform....America needs this change.....We elect Presidents to keep
    America safe, and to respond domestically to the public outcry on certain issues.....We never get anything done w/ our Prez's b/c politically they are too scared to reform crumbling systems.....this guys not.....It's amazing to think we're fighting a man that wants to improve things for all citizens of this country.....and it's a real effect that we can all appreciate....Yes it will cost money....but the benefits far out weigh the cost..... I will glady pay my fair share of taxes, for the things we need... Just to let you know, I'm a hardworking man with a college degree. I make 35k a year, as of now, and will keep climbing b/c I'm young, ambitious, and an American. Also let me let people know something....Obama will not and does not want to pass a universal healthcare plan....he said it himself....

    April 21, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. Obamacan

    I have one simple questions for my former republican friends. We double the deficit and what do we have have to show for it? A misguided war in Iraq? I don't agree with many of this president's policies but at least he is investing in heath care, education, and clean energy.....

    The only thing my ex-party has to show for their fiscal irresponsabilty is an Iraq war base in nothing more than lying to us, the American people.

    April 21, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. William

    The GOP has become an irrelevant fringe group that has yet to accept the fact that they were handed a clear mandate on November 4, 2008. The more they whine, the more marginalized they become. They need to pay attention to the shift in demographics and not hold onto the past, where white, rural ,academically challenged, gun-totting religious zealots ran the party. It is time to move on and change their message and platform to be more inclusive!

    April 21, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. carlo

    For all of Boehner and Cantor's pontificating, what plans have they come up with? NONE.

    April 21, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    Facts people, FACTS. The FACT is that Pres. Bush more than doubled the nation debt over his term. Fact is that Boehner voted for nearly $10 trillion in budget spending, and Cantor supported slightly more than $12 trillion during the Bush years. Now the projection for Pres. Obama's budget is just that, IT"S A PROJECTION, not fact! There's no way of actually knowing what will happen. You can project all you want but it's still not facts!!!

    April 21, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. Bonnie Kimberly

    I think the thing that gets me most is the two faced trouble making attitude of the right. They want the power back sooooooo much it has taken over their collective brains and they have to keep this rant up no matter what. It is getting on my nerves but it does keep reinforcing why I voted the way I did.

    April 21, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Lori April 21st, 2009 9:53 am ET

    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!!!

    So when the republicans doubled the debt over 8 years it was irresponsible but when Obama dose it over 1 year it is okay. I love your slant. "Democrats spend money on issues they find important- they're known for that, so there is no hypocrisy there." Explain that. Tell me how it is hypocrisy if I say the same thing about republicans.
    Any way you look at this it is hypocritical for dems, especially Obama to talk about bush spending. Obama has spent 3.6 trillion inside of 100 days and dems want to talk about fiscal responsibility. what a joke.

    April 21, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. TC in NOLA

    Republicans seem to think that all spending is bad spending because they know that when they let spending get out of control, that's what it was...a complete waste of money. However, they do not consider that sometimes spending is good when it's done for something useful. The Dems are trying to spend to build our nation to a place where it should be and many Republicans think its wasteful to use the power of the government to help the constituents yet they did not seem to mind using the power of the government to help their friends. That is the hypocrisy that is important here. It's not about who's running up how much debt, deficit, etc. but who is making the right moves to ensure the strongest future possible for ALL AMERICANS. I find both sides lacking in this effort, but I give credit to the Dems for at least having something that resembles a plan to fix the mess the Republican leadership spearheaded. If we actually followed the Republican "plan" I am certain it would lead to the total collapse of the economy followed by massive cries for revolution. Republican policy would ensure that the gap between the wealthy and middle classes was even more outrageous than it is now. I'm not a psychic but history tells us that when disparity is too great between a powerful minority and a vast majority, there are major problems and as the cliche goes, if we do not learn from history we are doomed to repeat it.

    April 21, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. Kelby In Houston, TX

    The economic policies President Obama has implemented are not popular. They don't look good. It is massive spending at a time when we are in debt and operating at a huge deficit. However, because of our current situation, it's something we have to do.
    The Democratic party is in power now and they have a hard recession to deal with. We must apply what we know about economic science in order to overcome these obstacles. We are forced to take painful steps that under any other circumstances would be out of the question.
    The gop is using this as an opprotunity to attack and better position themselves for the next election cycle. However, as much as they criticize, they offer no alternative solutions and have yet to take responsibility for their policy failures. This DNC video points out their hypocrisy.

    April 21, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. James

    Hypocritical is heavily criticizing the Repubs for spending too much, then supporting even more spending as a solution to excessive spending. What?! If Dems are right in saying it was wrong then, Repubs are right in asserting it is still wrong now. Does anybody else see how absurd both parties are being?!

    April 21, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. Can you read?

    It appears that a lot of the Republican posters on hear are about as educated as W was. The national debt (about 10-12 Trillion dollars) is completely different from the deficit (400 Billion to 1.2 trillion annually.) I know you don't like to muddy-up your opinions with facts, but at least pretend to have a third-grade education. NCLB was too late for W and most of you, but hopefully your offspring won't be left behind too.

    April 21, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. Primus Tomlinson

    What I don't get about the Republicans is that they don't seem to realize that the budget along with the stimulus bill has to be this large, in order to combat the depression we are in. They are combining the numbers of both in order to add to the deficit and the debt, but these are not long run measures. What they are is a reaction to fix the problems brought on by lassez faire economic regulation and a tax code geared toward the rich.

    Has anyone posting seen the Job numbers over the fast 10 months? I suppose cutting spending now, would create more jobs? Tax cuts? Let's get serious and stop discussing these issues as if they occured in a vacum.

    April 21, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. Mike K

    Brett, I hate to break it to you but when Reagan took office the national debt was around $1 trillion dollars. When GHW Bush left office it was around $4 trillion. When Clinton left office it was around $5 trillion but running annual surpluses and the debt had actually come down a small amount. The national debt when W left office was around $10 trillion, so yes, the Republicans doubled the national debt. You also need to read more carefully, the clip said doubled, NOT tripled the debt which is exactly what W did during his 8 years.

    April 21, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Karen - Missouri

    GOOD! GOP leaders are such hypocrits and never have any REAL solutions...it's about time the Dems put out a video slapping these guys in the face. The GOP keeps moaning about "pork spending" yet they put in their own "pork".

    The GOP is nothing but whiners, deceit and enormous spending of their own and always aimed at helping the rich with that stupid Reagan "trickle down economics" that has done nothing but create corruption and greed in big corporations and CEOs and Wall Street. These Republicans do NOTHING to take this country forward...just whine whine whine no no no. If they want to continue to earn their pay from our tax dollars then they should do some honest work!

    We have a good president and it's time the GOP TRY to work with him...but they don't and never have! Vote the die-hard Republicans out of Congress before they ruin this country even more.

    April 21, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |

    These obstructionist rethugs run around with thier panties on fire yelping gloom and doom "for your childern and grand children" about deficits. Typical fear tactics.
    Guess what – I've been hearing that from these clowns for decades and you know what? My grand kids are doing just fine thank you.

    Here's the real deal – Once the economy starts hitting on all cylinders again the increased tax revenues created by these various TARPs and stimulus plans will be retired within 5 to 10 years. These deficits are TEMPORARY. Ask Bill Clinton, he turned deficits into surplus. That's the dirty little secret the rethugs don't want you to know...

    April 21, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  16. Can you read?

    Taylor April 21st, 2009 9:13 am ET

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

    Taylor, for your information, the Bush administration turned a budget surplus from the Clinton administration into a deficit, which in turn doubled our national debt by the end of his administration. The budget deficit this year is a result of the bailouts, which Bush started, and the unaccounted for cost of Iraq. Obama has added to this year's deficit with the continuation of the bailouts, but it would have been close to what it will end up even if W were still cowering in the corner of the Oval Office.

    April 21, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. Zoiram

    Listen, it's nothing new with these so-called conservatives republicans! Back when Bush was spending our tax dollars like there was no tomorrow, these bozos were backing him up completely! I did not see any cries from all these right wing freaks, no crying from baby Glenn Beck that he lives this country soooooo much, nothing from Insane Hannity, nothing from the Lord Limbaugh or Ann Coulter, nothing! Only that if we didn't like what Bush was doing we were call traitors, umpatriotic. We marched against the war, we were traitors yet when they had their tea parties, they were patriots! It is sickening to see these people parade around like they are the only ones that love this country and the Liberals hate it! We all live our country and why would we want this president to fail? If he fails we are in this mess for years to come.

    April 21, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. GWB2012

    This video was made because it is now being reported that the democrats have lost a lot of the support of the younger voters. You know the ones – the college students who voted them into office and now see why the dems have had no power for 8 straight years. That's right – I'd be trying to do some damage control if I saw that their own party was disgusted. It's just too bad that the damage has already been done by electing them.

    April 21, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  19. Chris from NY

    They spent our money with nothing to show for it but war. Now that something can actually be accomplished the Republicans are throwing fits. I say it again. Republicans can have a heart attack for all I care. Sow the good seed that you might reap the good of it.

    April 21, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  20. Michigan

    Bob in Pa April 21st, 2009 10:10 am ET

    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.

    Right, HE APPROVES IT! And just when did Bush ever turn down an earmark, veto a Republican bill, or see a signing statement he didn't like? The Dems were in a slim majority the last 2 years of Bush-that does not equal any power..Bush vetoed everything he could get away with, you know, like money for education, and children's health, but spent plenty for his no-bid friends in Iraq. And we're the hypocrites? How soon they forget, and how happy they are to jump on the sound bite of the day.

    April 21, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. Joe the Palin 2012

    GOP has no hope. They are officially hope"less"... Its almmost sad to watch them crumble like they are right before our eyes. But thats what they get for force feeding us a president in G.W. Bush that wasnt qualified to manage a sweat shop in Indonesia.

    Bottom line is: our country is ging to suffer greatly for years to come because of the karma that G.W. Bush and the republicans brought upon us.

    God Bless the USA... Not palins God. Please

    April 21, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  22. AP in Illinois

    I think the point that the Democrats are trying to make in this short attention span world is that the GOP is only telling half of the truth. It would be a lot more of an honest argument if someone from the GOP stood up and said "We are partially responsible for this massive deficit." We all know how much the GOP likes to admit their mistakes. Anybody on the GOP side want to begin the confession right here?

    April 21, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. worriedmom

    It just makes me wonder why the DNC is spending all its money on fighting something that is not gonna change. It shows that this is the only thing that DNC thinks it is good at doing. What a bunch of children! Get on with important issues and stop wasting money on these childish name calling and do something more constructive.

    April 21, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. GWB2012

    Go get 'em Boehner! While you're at it, publicize it widely that Obama's big "stimulus check" that we middle class received amounts to $10.00 a month! That's right – $10.00 a MONTH. He talks about how Republicans gave the rich a tax break? Well, Mr. Obama – 1) thanks for LOWERING the middle class tax break from $1,000 to $800.00 and 2) thanks for putting your spare change in our paychecks which amounts to $10.00 a month. At least if we would have gotten the money in a lump sum, our family could have used it to pay down bills and made a dent in the bills. Thanks, but no thanks – KEEP THE CHANGE!

    April 21, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. Chi Town

    He's spending three times what Bush did... and still asking for WAR money outside the budget (like he said he wouldn't do).... none of which is part of the 1.7 Trillion in TARP... which now the companies want to give back because they DONT want the gov running their buisness...

    DUH... of course they said no... but hey... so did some Democrats... go after those guys if you want...

    Looks like someones nervous about the economy improving while you just spent a couple trillion for nothing... Don't worry Dems... we won't forget... Numbers are dropping daily... good bye honeymoon.

    April 21, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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