July 22nd, 2009
08:38 PM ET
5 years ago

DeMint fires back at 'false' DNC ad

DeMint is firing back at a DNC ad.
DeMint is firing back at a DNC ad.

(CNN) – Sen. Jim DeMint sharply responded to a Democratic National Committee ad Wednesday that criticized the South Carolina Republican for stating that defeating President Obama's health care plan "will be his Waterloo."

The ad states, "Sen. Jim DeMint is playing politics with our health care, putting the special interests in Washington ahead of South Carolina families and businesses. The only plan Jim DeMint supports is no plan at all."

DeMint said the ad was full of "false personal attacks."

"It's disappointing that President Obama has lowered the discourse of this important debate with false personal attacks," he said in a statement. "Beyond the fact that the President's accusations are patently false, it is disturbing that he and his team would respond to a policy debate with political attack ads."

Full statement after the jump:

"It's disappointing that President Obama has lowered the discourse of this important debate with false personal attacks," said Senator DeMint. "Beyond the fact that the President's accusations are patently false, it is disturbing that he and his team would respond to a policy debate with political attack ads. The American people deserve a real debate of ideas, which is why I've offered major health care reforms every year that I've been in the Senate.

"These false personal attacks are exactly the tactics the President promised to change. I strongly encourage the President to live up to his campaign promises and work honestly with me and other Republicans to make health care affordable and accessible for every American," said Senator DeMint.


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  1. Michael

    Did he or did he not say this would be his Waterloo? And since when does Obama tell the DNC what ads to make. Obviously DeMint wants to make this a fight between him and the President. These Republicans are out for blood, not America.

    July 23, 2009 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  2. GaryB

    To clarify... Jim DeMint has raked in nearly a half million dollars from the insurance and healthcare industries, so it's certainly possible that he could be putting the interests of lobbyists above those of Joe taxpayer. And he is the one that encouraged fellow Republicans to "turn healthcare into Obama's waterloo"... to use healthcare to "break Obama". That certainly seems to be putting politics above the good of the country. That's not unusual for a politician (of either party), by it does make DeMint's outrage ring a little hollow.

    July 23, 2009 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  3. Eugene

    Just apologize, dude. It was a very stupid thing to say, and it has helped the President, so in that sense a big thank you from the Administration should be coming your way regardless.

    July 23, 2009 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  4. James A.

    Does anyone believe for a second that this man is sincere?

    Speaking of Waterloo, where is a guillotine when you need one?

    July 23, 2009 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  5. MARK DANA

    A false, personal attack would claim DeMint's nose is where his ear ought to be. DeMint just wants Obama to be replaced by a Loyal Bushie. Maybe Jeb is up for run?

    July 23, 2009 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  6. Alan

    Come senator, if you think you are going to get a fair shake from the media you are nuts. The mainstream media has too much invested in Obama for them to stand back and see him fail.

    Remember who put this guy in office. He can't do any wrong, even when he is wrong.

    July 23, 2009 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  7. Dachcafe

    Sounds like Sen. DeMint should have chosen his words more carefully. What's the rule, "to kick butt you have to bring butt." In other words, the good senator from South Carolina should have anticipated that when he threw a punch at this President, this President would punch back. Ouch! I guess with one South Carolina politician out of the presidential picture, the good senator had hoped to fill the void. Oh well, with a name like DeMint, he can always open up a candy store. But I would advise him not to stock jawbreakers!

    July 23, 2009 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  8. Grace

    I think DeMint's statement is his own Waterloo.

    July 23, 2009 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  9. Crock

    it's obvious who threw the first stone senator...don't pretend your highest priority is now the people of America...you are a hypocrite...

    July 23, 2009 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  10. Kimberly

    he said it, its been played on air, hes a liar! What the ??? Is he in lala land or what? He said it would be Obamas waterloo, and you can you tube it

    July 23, 2009 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  11. Arpit Dave

    sorry congressman, you started it.

    July 23, 2009 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  12. Mike M

    Jim,
    Why do you seem surprised? Obama has continually demonstrated that he is both a liar and a faker.

    July 23, 2009 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  13. Tim

    "The only plan Jim DeMint supports is no plan at all."

    Sounds like fairly accurate statement to me.

    I'd also include names like de facto republican chair, Limbaugh, and his underlings, Steele, McConnell and Boehner, along with the rest of the republican party.

    July 23, 2009 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  14. Victory

    Come on Demint, u said it, so man up for once! But of course he didn't by being a wuss like most of these Repugs.

    July 23, 2009 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
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