June 1st, 2009
04:03 PM ET
5 years ago

DCCC targets six Republicans over stimulus vote

New York Rep. Peter King is one of six House Republicans targeted in a new DCCC ad campaign.
New York Rep. Peter King is one of six House Republicans targeted in a new DCCC ad campaign.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is taking aim at six House Republicans for their votes earlier this year against President Obama's $787 billion stimulus package.

The committee is launching radio ads Monday against Rep. Brian Bilbray of California's 50th congressional district; Rep. Charlie Dent, Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district; Rep. Peter King, New York's 3rd congressional district; Rep. Thad McCotter, Michigan's 11th congressional district; Rep. Tom Rooney, Florida's 16th congressional district, and Alaska's Rep. Don Young. The ads will run for a week, according to the DCCC.

E-mails and automated calls about the six Republicans' stimulus votes are also part of the DCCC latest ad campaign.

(Read the script of a radio ad and of an automated call after the jump)

The text of the radio ad targeting Rep. Peter King:

Did you know Congressman King voted against the Economic Recovery Plan? He opposed an $800 tax cut and opposed creating or saving 215,000 New York jobs. Tell King to put New York first.

Paid for by the DCCC, [Web site url omitted], not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. The DCCC is responsible for the content of this advertising.

The text of the automated call targeting Rep. Thad McCotter:

I'm calling from the DCCC to tell you how disappointed I am in Congressman Thad McCotter.

He keeps voting "no" on everything. Congressman McCotter even voted against the economic recovery plan, which is at work now to create or save over 109,000 Michigan jobs.

He voted "no" on transportation projects that mean good jobs right here – like widening Canton Center road.

He even voted against an $800 tax credit for Michigan couples.

I hope you'll join me in calling Congressman McCotter to tell him to stop voting "no," to stop standing in the way of getting the economy moving again.

Paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, [phone number omitted]. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.


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soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. Maggie

    God Bless all six men for having a backbone.
    Now the congress should impeach barry.

    June 1, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. phoenix86

    Dear Angie in PA,

    It's called a Bear Market Rally. Wall Street LOVES people like you.

    June 1, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Peter

    Everything is starting to put itself together due to the Democrats and especially Obama's patience. I believe Mr. King of New York is a good congressman, there are more vulerable people you could target than him.

    June 1, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Middle man

    THE IRAQ WAR HAS LEFT US HIGH AND DRY! Where, oh where is Bin Laden? Why, oh why is there a US funded multi million jail still lying idle in Iraq with no inmates? Why was so much money spent on wars while the person we were SUPPOSEDLY looking for remains like an elusive butterfly? The EUROPEAN UNION will emerge a strong force and this, my dear people, is the way god planned it (abetted by those BEFORE Obama).

    June 1, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. rob

    They better run these ads in very liberal districts because when the details are known about where these $'s are (or are not) being spent most people won't support it either. Unfortunately, you won't find out much on sites like CNN.

    The Dems are running up trillions of debt for "investments" to improve all of our lives. Fine, but someone is going to have to pay for this stuff before we find out what the real details and the consequences will be. That is what the Repubs are fighting against.

    Nov. 2010 can't come fast enough.

    June 1, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. MatthewDetroit

    ANGIE IN PA.
    What crack are you smoking.
    Jobs are down.
    Income is down.
    Housing is down.
    Foreclosures are up and forecasted to go even higher by the end of this year.
    Say what you want but you are smoking leaf or crack.

    June 1, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. marianna

    remind me, what was Se. Dodd's role in this?

    June 1, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. Randolph Carter

    Don't feel like spending on infastructure? Don't call me when the next bridge collapses. Don't feel like spending on education? Don't call me when your "intelligent design" spouting grandbabies can't compete in the 21st century job market with better educated kids from India. Don't feel like spending on healthcare reform? Have a great retirement. Hope you don't get sick. Have a nice day!

    June 1, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. Charlie in Maine

    The Republicans better become for something and soon. Time is running out. Within 1 year the stimilus will start to work and they will have nothing to take credit for.

    June 1, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. Enough

    No is the only vote that should have been cast. All the fools who rushed this huge spending spree through should be voted out of office including head fool Obama. This money has done NOTHING to fix the economy, they have only thrown more money into the wind with little or nothing to show for it. Recessions turn around on their own, these billions spent will only deepen it. When they shove this crap down our throats in a big hurry with no time to revise or review it, that should tell anyone with 1/2 a brain there is something wrong with it.

    Just say NO, NO, NO

    June 1, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. I can see Canada from my house!

    @ NObama is our downfall:

    Its interesting how you can see victory when you've all been completely routed out of the Northeast and states like Indiana, Colorado, Virginia and Florida are blue. Texas is about to go Blue again in the near future.

    Your bunch spent like a bunch of shopaholics, ramming taxcuts through without the spending discipline needed to actually produce the savings you claimed would be there. At least we acknowlege that we are spending the money, and we are willing to provide some account of how it is being spent: How many times were items like Iraq done off-budget?

    You scream about Lib-tards, but the only people who seem to be developmentally challanged are the people who actually bought into this perversion of accounting: why did you buy into it? Becase it was easy, and you could shove the responsibility of it onto your kids and grandkids.

    Be a conservative, and have no conscience: must be nice. Do you still have souls, or did you check those along with your free will at the door when you started listening to talk radio?

    June 1, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. Enough

    Angie in PA – Dream on Babe! Housing in CA is dead in the water, I work in the field or should I say used to. Nothing Obama has done or is doing will fix this mess. Throwing money around is NOT the solution.

    June 1, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Peter E

    phoenix86
    Point out to me EXACTLY WHERE did I say I endorsed Obama's spending? Just because I'm criticizing the GOP for having abandoned REAL conservative principles automatically makes me pro-Obama? Great logic from you!

    June 1, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. ALL I CAN DO IS BLAME SOMEBODY ELSE FOR MY OWN PROBLEMS IN LIFE

    Gas prices are up too

    Thanks to the Dems. and the Pres.

    Blame George

    June 1, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. angrysob in VA

    We we're told by many experts that the stimulus, structured the way it was, would not do much until 2010. Guess what! They were right. I'm into my 14th week of unemployment now with nothing on the horizon.

    Sen Obama bragged about putting 120K workers bak to work during his First 100 Days campaign speach. I wouldn't brag about that when 13.7 million people are out of work. And the fool is putting more people out of work.

    June 1, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. Jim

    @ Pluto

    I totally 100% agree with you.

    June 1, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. marla

    Lolbama June 1st, 2009 4:06 pm ET

    Imagine that, they voted against the stimulus plan. For shame they don't wanna spend like drunken sailors.

    I thought that was Bush and the rethugs when they were spending all surplus and much more to their useless Iraq wars. As for those people who sayid that Obama spending is making your grandkids pay. What time of history are you in all right now.

    June 1, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. D Brooks

    Repub or Dem – this Stimulus package was the kiss of death for America. We haven't seen the impact of it yet (and will NEVER see the jobs it was supposed to create, amongst other idle promises) but that will come in the form of severe inflation, etc. Free medical care for all?? What is this? My employer shouldn't have to pay a tax on providing my healthcare so the govt. can fund healthcare for others. Controlling the cost of healthcare is the remedy – free healthcare for all is another governmental way of (1) getting out of having to outright address the problem and (2) coddling those less inclined to work (granted, there are people out there who are ENTITLED to free medical care – worked all their lives and paid taxes – but they are being denied left and right. Only those who refuse to work and find ways to buck the system get free medical care – which taxpayers are paying for now...........

    June 1, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. susie

    I'm glad the Republicans voted against the stimulus package, they knew it was full of pork. Three hoorays for them!

    June 1, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    GOP, the chickens are coming home to roost. Voting against the stimulus bill was political suicide. Bye bye and good riddance.

    June 1, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. alvino

    Thank God that the views expressed by pheonix86 represent only 21% of the voters.

    June 1, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. I can see Canada from my house!

    @ MatthewDetroit:

    It took us a long tiome to get into mess, it will take us a while to get out of it.

    I know you are tuned to instant gratification, but learn patience. Where were your precious right wing when you needed help last year? They were screaming that nothing was their fault. Do you not know the meaning of responsibility? If you are conservative, chances are that you don't.

    June 1, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. GuyInVA

    I agree that everyone should put their money where their mouth is. Unfortunately, it's everyone else's money that the president is throwing around. I would love to experience firsthand the bailouts and stimulus packages, etc. However, I'm dumb enough to pay my bills, and not borrow more than I can afford. Therefore, I will see none of it.

    Eli @ 4:14: NICE!

    June 1, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. Moderate Democrat

    Finding a good republican, is like trying to pick up a turd from the clean end.

    June 1, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. Rich

    Angie in PA unemployment is also up I agree lets thank Obama and the demos.

    June 1, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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