July 29th, 2009
12:49 PM ET
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New DNC ads target GOP congressional leadership over stimulus

The DNC is out with a new ad campaign that targets Republican congressional leaders.
The DNC is out with a new ad campaign that targets Republican congressional leaders.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee is again taking aim at top Republicans in Congress over their lack of support for the president's $787 billion stimulus bill, as the image war over the success of the stimulus continues to escalate.

In "Broke It," a 30-second TV spot, Sens. John Kyl of Arizona and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Reps. John Boehner of Ohio and Eric Cantor of Virginia are taken to task for opposing the Democratic stimulus plan.

"They supported the Bush policies that sank our economy into recession," an announcer says in the TV ad. "They broke it. Now they refuse to fix it."

The DNC offensive also includes radio spots targeted at Kyl, McConnell, Boehner, Cantor - all top GOP congressional leaders who have been regular targets of Democratic ads this summer attacking them over their opposition to the stimulus. Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, who chairs the House Republican Conference, is also being slammed in a radio spot.

Entitled "No Thanks," each radio ad highlights projects funded by the stimulus bill in each Republican's state or district.

"So when you see that sign that says 'this project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act' you can say no thanks to Eric Cantor," the Virginia version of the radio ad says.

"Broke It," will air nationally on cable and in the District of Columbia area, the DNC said Wednesday in a statement announcing the new ad campaign.

The "No Thanks" radio ads will air in Phoenix, Arizona; Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky; Dayton, Ohio; Richmond, Virginia; and Indianapolis, Indiana, according to the DNC.

As Republicans stepped up references to President Obama's stimulus package as a failure this summer, the DNC has painted opponents of the plan as foes of economic recovery, hitting critics with a string of ads, statements and grassroots pressure. Vice President Joe Biden has been making appearances at stimulus-funded projects in the lawmakers' home states as the spots hit the airwaves, visiting Ohio as a Web ad hitting Boehner debuted, and Virginia as the Cantor-critical spot was released.

The DNC has also launched attacks on much lesser-known GOP critics of the stimulus policy in key battlegrounds like Ohio and Florida.

The GOP heavyweights have fired back at Biden. "We are told Vice President Biden is in Virginia this afternoon to highlight stimulus progress, but he, along with the Obama administration, will hear from my fellow citizens that spending money does not necessarily equal success for the stimulus program," Cantor told reporters on a conference call as Biden visited a stimulus project in Richmond earlier this month. "….A stimulus bill should have an immediate economic impact and create real, long-term jobs, and this stimulus bill has clearly not created jobs or fixed our economy."


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soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. Parkett Lovelace

    The four targeted republicans were right. The government has gotten too deep into too many areas of the economy and our personal lives. At some point, the republicans will have to correct all this craziness the democraps are spitting out on the citizens of the US.

    July 29, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. cool rock

    That's good. They need to hit back at the RNC for their false smears and lies. No one but ignorant folks believe anyone in the RNC.

    July 29, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Respect

    Over 800 billion dollars to foreign countries – Good & patriotic to the republican party.

    Over 800 billion dollars to Americans – Bad, un-American, waste of taxpayer dollars, insult to our children as so on from the republican party.

    How much money have we borrrowed to lend to Israel, Georgia, Kuwait, Africa, Europe, South America, South Korea, and so on and so forth? When will republicans complain about that tax burden on our children. Does anybody realize we finance the entire Israel & Libyan economy?

    July 29, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. Kevin in Ohio

    Blame Bush, Blame Bush, Blame Bush. That is all we will ever hear from these so called "enlightened" liberals. THEY have had control of Congress since 2006, THEY have the filibuster proof majoruty in the Senate, THEY have the Presidency, and THEY have the House. It is so true to form for liberals to not take one ounce of responsibilty or accountability, while spending and taxing us to oblivion.

    July 29, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. Scott, Tucson

    Just how is that stimulus money working out for you??

    And just how and why did health care became the top issue facing this nation? I thought it was the recession and unemployment that needed to be fixed first.

    July 29, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. See what you're doing

    People need to stop and really take a look at whats happening. Things would have been the same if the past 8 years were under a Democratic president and we just elected a Republican president. Both parties are to blame for the recession and the slow recovery. Term limits, loss of pay and perks will weed the rotten ones from the barrell and honest, hard working people can get in there and do what is right for the country.

    July 29, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. David

    I don't give a rat's you-know-what which president it is, both of these "stimulus" bills were pure theft. I do not support any leader that voted for either of them.

    July 29, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. rosslaw

    Listening to Republicans on how to balance a budget or stimulate an economy is like having former Republican Congressman Mark "the molester" Foley babysit your kids-just not real smart.

    That news about the largest increase in new home sales, as well as the first increase in new home prices in three years must have been utterly depressing to the party of "No ideas". You guys are really going to have to do something more than hope that Osama bin Ladin commits a terrorist act in the United States and "embarrasses" President Obama.

    July 29, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Edna

    I have entered several blogs which have never been posted. I am attempting one more time. I don't kow who you people are out there who are so disrespectful of our President, but if you don't care for him, too bad. We had to put up with Bush for eight years and we did it. So, now shut up and deal with the Democrats and what they are doing. President Obama has been in office only six months. Whether you think it is enough time or not is irrelevant. It is not. The economy will turn around just because there are a few of you out there who are rooting against our President. He is one of the smartest men and no matter how many names you call him, that will not change that. I am thankful that he has a backbone and stands up for the American people. The Republican party is a complete joke and so are the illiterates who follow them. Not only will the stimulus work and help people get back on their feet, but we will get a health reform bill passed which will do what President Obama envisions for the American people. Rant and rave all you want but do it for the next eight years, because that is what you are in for.

    July 29, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. here we go

    agree with "enlightened voter' couldn't have said it better.

    July 29, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. RealityKing

    Meanwhile...., out here in the real world, 3.4 million Americans have lost their job since the democrats passed their $787 BILLION spendilous package.

    July 29, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. JOE BLOGGS

    Why is anyone surprised?! Repugnants are easy to predict and understand. They are governed by greed and support any policy that enriches the wealthy (tax cuts for the wealthy, subsides and protections for pharmaceutical companies, big oil, banks and health insurance companies – all of which donate huge amounts of money to Repugnants)
    Bush's policies all increased the wealth of the already wealthy and decimated the poor and middle class. Repugnants had no problems running up massive deficits to enrich their buddies. Besides, this had the added bonus of creating deficits that ensured social programs would be hurt ( a win-win for Repugnants). Once one understands that everything the repugnant party does is governed by greed, it is easy to understand their actions and starements!

    July 29, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. JRAE

    Partisan politics aside...I'm shaking my mother-finger at the congress on both sides of the aisle and telling them all to stop playing games, politics, and one-up-manship with the health of the citizens of this country. Get to work and get it done!

    July 29, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. chuck

    Way to go, DNC! A bit late to attack those Republican rascals who did nothing during the Cheney/Bush administration to prevent them from taking most of us down the recession path.

    My big questions: Why have the Republicans, who were in power during the last eight years never sensed that we had a major health care problem in the good ole USA? Why did they never realize that 47 million Americans had no health insurance coverage and 14,000 Americans, every day, are losing their coverage?

    REPUBLICANS HAVE A LOT TO ANSWER BESIDES SAY "NO'" TO EVERYTHING PRESIDENT OBAMA IS TRYING TO FIX AND UNDO WHAT HAS BEEN DONE THE LAST EIGHT YEARS.

    July 29, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. suresh

    Why DNC has waited so long to respond. It may be too late to reverse the damage done by GOP negative attacks.

    July 29, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. CF

    About time the Dems fight back at the GOP for their fearmongering, lies, slander, and misinformation. But this isnt enough. Dems need to strike HARDER and MORE OFTEN!

    July 29, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. Dennis

    The so-called stimulus plan was nothing more than political payback to Obama campaign contributors. It should never have been allowed by Congress. The Free Market mechanism should have been allowed to work without the tampering. The rest of this stuff is smoke and mirrors–people trying to cover their 'stupidly' butts.

    July 29, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. GOP lover boy hater

    For those GOP fans on here who pretend that Bush didn't cause 98% of what is wrong with the economy.......give OBAMA a chance!!!!!

    How many of us could take such criticism at our jobs with just six months performance?

    Only your basic GOP fans can use math like the GOP leaders and come up with all this smoke and mirrors.

    Get a clue......what happened did not happen overnight and it will take a while for it to work. Where was your outrage GOP when Bush and his gang were running around spending money like a drunken sailor????? HYPOCRITES!!!

    July 29, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. judasgoat

    there you go......... yes yes yes . because the repubs and talk radio have just about flipped the script on this admin and sheveled all the blame for what has happenned for the last 8 yrs the dems way. even going back to the bush/cheney yrs. at the dr.s office i had to walk a republican through the yrs and say HEY this man is not responsible for all this mess. and i walked him back though time. and he had to concede. the repubs want to sweep the ills and the downfall of the economy all on obama. the truth will always stand. and fox news ala michelle malkin who was on the today show. them people and talk radio are getting desperate. mrs malkin calling the prez a racist . i fell out my chair laughing, it was so bizare it was hilarious is this what they will STOOP to. and its a good thang that ROBERT GIBBS wouldn't even diginify their ignorance w/ a comment.

    July 29, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. joe magarzatz

    FDR used the phrase "Martin, Barton and Fish" to great effect.

    President Obams needs to use "McConnell, Boehner and Cantor" in the same way.

    July 29, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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