July 8th, 2009
02:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Dems push back hard on GOP stimulus attacks

John Boehner on Wednesday called recent comments by Vice President Joe Biden 'the greatest fabrication I've seen since I've been in Congress.'
John Boehner on Wednesday called recent comments by Vice President Joe Biden 'the greatest fabrication I've seen since I've been in Congress.'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The war of words between House Minority Leader John Boehner and the Democratic Party over the impact of President Obama's stimulus plan escalated Wednesday - with each side accusing the other of lying to the American people.

The Ohio Republican told reporters that Vice President Joe Biden's weekend comments that the administration had "misread" the extent of the economic crisis were "the greatest fabrication I've seen since I've been in Congress."

"I found it also interesting over the last couple of days to hear the vice president... and the president mention the fact they didn't realize how difficult an economic circumstance we're in," Boehner said. "Now, this is the greatest fabrication I've seen since I've been in Congress. I sat through those meetings at the White House with the president and the vice president, and trust me, there's not one person that sat in those rooms that didn't know how serious our economic crisis was.

Obama told NBC on Tuesday that "rather than say 'misread,' we had incomplete information."

"What I would say is that in some areas you're seeing the economic engine turn," Obama said in that interview. "But what we always knew was that a.) This recession was going to be deep; b.) It was going to last for a while."

Hours before Boehner's comments to reporters, the Democratic National Committee released a tough new Web video blasting him for critical comments he made over the weekend about the stimulus. Boehner told Fox News that the stimulus hadn't delivered for his state.

"In fact, millions in recovery act funds have been committed to dozens of projects creating jobs for people right here in Ohio," the narrator says in the DNC video. "Fact is, John Boehner supported the Bush economic policies of the past eight years that brought our economy to its knees. Now John Boehner is using baseless attacks to mislead the public about the success of the Recovery Act. John Boehner: from the Party of No, to the Party of No Facts."

Democrats continued the assault Wednesday with e-mails aimed at Boehner's claims. A DNC spokesman on an afternoon conference call accused Boehner of lying and said the House Minority Leader should "apologize" for his comments.

On Thursday, Biden will visit Cincinnati - a trip that comes days after a Quinnipiac poll showed the president's approval ratings dropping dramatically in that key swing state.

Boehner isn't the only GOP congressional leader to come out against the stimulus and face a fierce Democratic response: earlier this week, the DNC went live with a cable buy aimed at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The DNC's also taking shots at much lesser-known GOP targets - candidates in Ohio and another key battleground, Florida, who've criticized the stimulus.

The battle heated up as both parties faced off Wednesday over the proposal at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. Republicans criticized the White House for referring to the number of "jobs created or saved" by the package, calling the metric impossible to verify.

The White House Office of Management and Budget defended the plan, arguing that every dollar spent had helped to ease the pain of the economic crisis.


Filed under: DNC • Joe Biden • John Boehner
soundoff (93 Responses)
  1. Eileen

    They're entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.

    Boehner has proven himself to be a liar, as if that's any surprise.

    The republicans are like my neighbors yapping dog – they bugged me at first, now I don't even hear them anymore. Unless they decide to provide solutions, they're opinions just don't matter to me.

    July 8, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. Jeff in Virginia

    Citizens of Ohio,

    Please do us all a favor, and vote this idiot Boehner out of office. He is so interested in his own party getting ahead that he doesn't care if it happens at the expense of all Americans.

    July 8, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. Proud Member..Party of No

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 32% of the nation's voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-seven percent (37%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of –5.

    July 8, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. thcivil

    When are we going to wake up and realize that idiot bankers lending money to people without sufficient means to cover their expenses started this economic problem. Now because of these numbskulls, our country's elected leaders have decided that the best way to correct these problems are to "nationalize" (aka SOCIALIZE) our banks with bailout funds, control healthcare, bailout automotive companies, and whatever else these power hungry people can get their hands on.

    Ronald Reagan said, "You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man's age-old dream - the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order - or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. Regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would sacrifice freedom for security have embarked on this downward path. Plutarch warned, 'The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.'

    July 8, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. marcus

    What Rep. Boehner forgets to tell you is, does he, or his Republican Party have any more answers to solve this mess that were all in? The answer to that is simple, No.

    July 8, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Kelly

    I am not advocating which side is right or which side is wrong at this point. It is July 2009 and my expectations was that this would not be cleared up by the 4th of July weekend. Maybe some people have that expectation but not me. Now after a reasonable amount of time have passed and the money have been spent, I will judge at that time.

    July 8, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. ron

    Boehner and McConnell are two of the greatest threats to America.

    July 8, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Washington Voter

    hey Boehner! First you announce that stimulus was generating jobs in your state. Almost took credit for it and then turn around and complain that stimulus money wasn't doing anything to generate jobs.

    First Only 10% of the money has been spent so far so give it time.

    Second, the policies that caused this mess in the first place started with Reagan and every President since. Obama needs to roll back Reagan’s tax credit for starters.

    Let’s stop the madness and get rid of Milton Freidman’s economic policy of doing business.

    July 8, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. Frank, Las Vegas

    Bonhead speaks again. He told his state about how many jobs the stimulus has provided and then told the national press that it hasn't provided any jobs. I guess he hasn't caught on the TV thingy and the internet thingy yet. Rep. Boener is the classic GOP idiot. Whine, complain and lie.

    July 8, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. Willy Brown

    Do you know how to tell when a democrat lies. When their lips move.

    July 8, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. MJ

    One can only wonder why they claim "incomplete information". Have they not seen the downfall in unemployment before now? How long will this administration blame the previous administration for errors they have made by the creation of massive spending to save Banks and Auto Industries that should NOT have been "bailed out".

    July 8, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. Fla.

    These Republicans sadly need another history lesson (again). The last time our country followed Republican "Hooverville" mentality and stopped spending during a time of need, we ended up in the Great Depression.

    It was Roosevelt's New Deal stimulus that helped steer our great country out of the Depression. Today's stimulus is projected to assist with this recession in the same manner towards more economic recovery.

    July 8, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. Cnn please post my thoughts! 1 love!

    First off mr spray on-tan-boehner, your 100% support of George bush policies is what got us into this mess in first place! The stimulus just got passed give it time to work! Obama has barely been in office 6months and has done more to help America than bush did in 8 yrs or could ever do in 16yrs. Americans are aware fixing George bush mess will take some time. The Republicans are grand standing for Party interests only and obviously really dont care about the American middle class. Shame on you!

    July 8, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. Adam

    Johnny boy, I guess you've been in congress since last November. You should have seen Iraq war fabrication. Now that was a good one. Oh wait, you were there – short memory I guess.

    July 8, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. RR

    Why can't Obama admit he's adlibbing with the economy and mamking this up as he goes along? He's just throwing money out there and hoping some of it does some good.

    First it was "misread" now it's "incomplete information."

    Isn't this what democrats were accusing Bush of during the Iraq war?

    Time for a third party.

    July 8, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. Independent thinker

    Face it Egobamaniacs, this president may sound better than the last one (or is that 'read a teleprompter better'?), but he is quickly showing that he no more informed or capable than W. Most worrying is the liability who stands to inherit the presidency if anything happens to Obama. I feel sorry for all the suckers who bought the polished rhetoric..... Misread the situation?!! Are you kidding me? Obama/Biden made it the core of their campaign. Even if the two of them are being truthful, this is a case where the truth is more worrying than a lie. Get ready for a second 'stimulus' and even more debt for future generations.

    July 8, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Mike in MN

    Based on the Democrats angry reaction to Boehner, the truth hurts. So blame the messanger. But the truth is that a majority of Americans believe the stimulus is not working as advertised by Obama. And the polls show his approval dropping at both a national level and in key battle ground states. Most national polls show it has dropped to under 60%, and in Ohio and Virgina under 50%. This is not due to Boehner complaining. This is due to the American people putting two and two together. What Obama said and promised is not what is happening.

    July 8, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. We Love Sarah

    If Bone-head knew all this, then why was/is fighting ALL efforts by the current adminsitration to try and help the people.

    Answer: Bone-head does not give a crap about the people and only cares about his own interests.

    July 8, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. Susan

    If John Boehner says "Now, this is the greatest fabrication I've seen since I've been in Congress.", I wonder what he thinks about the 'weapons of mass distruction' promises from the Republican party while he's been in Congress.

    July 8, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. Carole

    DISGUSTING. They ran up the debt and did nothing. NOW they want to point fingers.

    Don't they have a governor to chase down in Buenos Aires, Alaska or who knows where?

    The Republicans are nothing but mere ambulance chasers. Boehner and Cantor scare me. Talking points like Palin.

    July 8, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. please go away, obama

    Remember when the president was promoting the stimulus? He said we were in the middle of the greatest economic crisis since the great depression. how could we forget all the doom and gloom scare tactics obama employed? and now we are supposed to believe they underestimated the crisis? please!

    July 8, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. wagon

    The stimulus was a farce and most everyone knows it. It was predominantly social programs and low-impact work projects. Obama and the dems are going to get called out on the contents of the stimulus package as the recession continues and folks are going to see what a load of garbage it was.

    Funny, we believe in 'trickle-down' spending and growth if it's coming from the government side, but we don't believe that cutting taxes works – if you're a democrat, that is.

    July 8, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. Art

    Some of the stimulas money should have been givin to the American people. Pay down bills and c.c. debt, any left over to spend around. 70% of the economy is the general public, do you follow me?

    July 8, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    No one can really know what needs to be done with something like this until it is over. I would have hoped that this wouldn't have happened, but it did. We must move on and do what we can. To say the stimulus is a failure is unfair because it hasn't all gone out the door.

    July 8, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. Torch

    Good, stick it Obama and Biden.

    Talk about lack of ideas.......the only thing Obama knows how to do is spend and tax. And millions of Americans are finally realizing what a pair of communists now run the country.

    Let's just say this: If Obama says something is a crisis, then it's the exact opposite. Because they are using crisis in order to expand the federal govt.

    It's all part of the plan, but now people are starting to catch on. Too bad the mindset around the last election was:

    "lets elect the 2 most Liberal members of the Senate, because we hate Bush"

    July 8, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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