December 18th, 2009
06:27 PM ET
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First on the Ticker: DNC ad: GOP 'playing politics with our troops'

A new DNC ad accuses the GOP of playing politics with troop funding.
A new DNC ad accuses the GOP of playing politics with troop funding.

(CNN) – For years, Democrats who voted against President Bush's defense budgets had to contend with Republican ads that accused them of failing to support the troops. Now the Democratic National Committee is releasing a new ad hurling the same politically toxic charge at the GOP.

"How far are Republicans willing to go to protect the insurance industry and block health reform?" asks the narrator in the 30-second spot. "Far enough to deny funding and equipment for our troops in harm's way.

"Republicans are so desperate to block health reform and protect their special interest friends that they delayed funding for our men and women in uniform. Then they voted against it. Tell Republicans to stop playing politics with health care. And to stop playing politics with our troops."

An effort by Senate Republicans to filibuster the defense appropriations bill to stall action on President Obama's health care plan failed Friday, when three GOP senators - Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas - voted with Democrats to end debate and vote on the measure.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee immediately slammed Chuck Grassley, David Vitter and Richard Burr – all senators up for re-election in 2010 – over the vote, accusing the lawmaker of "put(ting) partisan politics above funding our troops…"

The new ad will run on cable nationally and in Washington, D.C. starting Monday.

Update: National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Brian Walsh said the ad showed Democrats were "desperate to shift attention away from the higher taxes and cuts to Medicare which fund their politically toxic health care bill."

"Poll after poll shows that the majority of American people not only don’t support it, but that they are prepared to hold the Democrats accountable for it in next year’s election," he said Friday. "However, if they are seriously seeking a debate over which party has been more committed to supporting our troops over the years, then by all means let’s have that debate.  We would welcome it.”


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  1. Liberla wingnut

    Umm I don't think republicans are the reason for the unpopularity of this garbage bill.

    December 18, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. Mad American

    This is absurd, the Democrat's wasteful Health Bill should be seperate from troop funding. This is nothing more than a ploy to force Republicans to vote for Obama's and the Dem's HUGE Health Bill. Make the Troop Funding a seperate vote and make it today and every Republican will vote for it. The Democrats will once again stab our troops in the back and vote against funding. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, representative of every Democrat in this country. Every vote for a Democrat is a vote for Pelosi and Reid.

    December 18, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. S Callahan God help America!

    From my citizen standpoint...I think the DNC may see this backfire...my first question is WHY WOULD YOU PUT THE DEFENSE BILL funding for our troops in with the HEALTH CARE Bill that was so vunerable to begin with????.....very poor decision....

    December 18, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  4. katiec

    The party of NOthing is doing anything and everything they can to destroy the survial of us and our country.
    To threaten to fillibuster funds for our troops, and, for all republicans in the House to vote against Finance Reform proves to the American people that they have absolutely lost all integrity and honor.
    They will not and have never hesitated to sacrifice the American people in their support of big business. Their goal to destroy our
    president, consequently our country, party first mentallity and
    political games leads them down the road to becoming our
    countries most dangerous domestic terrorists.

    December 18, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  5. Jinx

    The Repubs need to stop stalling on healthcare reform. Since when do they care about the middle class. Let me guess, when the middle class decided to start to vote in this past election. Repubs had the last 8 years to get it right and they failed so its the Democrats turn. I never use to get into this political mess until I realized how much the Bush years wrecked our country. No one talks about how much repubs spent during their two terms. Did the country already forget the first stimuls that Bush administration dumped in to wall street prior to Obama administration. Thought so.

    December 18, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. GOP 2010

    Oh please-Obama stalled for months before deciding to even send the troops. This campaign ad will backfire on the Dems.

    December 18, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  7. Brimamassie

    Please stop lying on the patriotic Republicans.

    December 18, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  8. timz

    Not a big fan of the Democrats, but when they're right, they're right.

    December 18, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  9. Indy

    In these economic times it should be illegal for any party to pay for advertising. This is a complete waste of money that could be used for much better causes. There should be a freeze on all political ads, people can use the web sites for information or ask questions when they need info. These ads prove nothing but a waste of good money that could go towars food for the hungry

    December 18, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  10. Gary

    The GOP is stands for nothing and complains about everything. They have become big crybabies. They are scared about everything and won't work with the Democrats for the good of the American people. What a sorry bunch!

    December 18, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    These coward Republicans that voted 100% with GWB helped run this country into war and financial disaster and now they want to play games with our troops in harms way. They don't care about anyone but themselves and they are money grubbing corrupt theives and deserve to be in Gitmo. Don't play games with our troops.

    December 18, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    Not related, but I noticed Inhofe and his buddies and their "secret" person turned out to be Inhofe taking the flight to Copenhagan and back - ALONE (unless his secret buddy is his imaginary friend) and he spent a total of 3 hours on he ground there.

    What an anal cavity.

    December 18, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  13. Spencer

    And so what was the Democrat effort to put in a hate-crime legislation rider on the appropriations bill? That wasn't politics? Shameless hypocrites.

    December 18, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  14. malclave

    Maybe the Democrats should limit the military spending bill to military spending.

    Yeah, I know, stupid idea. To liberals, the main purpose of spending bills si to laudner money to their supporters.

    December 18, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. John D.

    More Democratic Bull because they are not going to get what they want. This bill needs to die and they know it but refuse to say last rights. We the people want real BI-PARTISAN reform. It really is no wonder this will not pass as you Dumb ASS liberals have LIED about it every step of they way. You know and we know. What is really so disgusting about this is that you are bullying your own people so OBOZO doesn't loose face. He would not be in this situation if he had not LIED.

    December 18, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  16. all the news that is fit to omit

    That's why the gutless coward Democrats tied the two bills together, JUST TO PLAY POLITICS, NOTHING ELSE.

    Guess what sheep, the TROOPS will vote overwhelmingly for the REPUBLICANS as they always do and this VETERAN knows what party cares about me and it IS NOT THE DUMOCRATS.

    "UH, UH, UH, UH I took a long time to make this decision but I shove everything UH, Uh, UH else down your throats, but I am going to send troops to Afghanistan and ANNOUNCE EXACTLY when you will be leaving as I am the commander in chief and no more than people that have actually uh, uh, uh served as I am the annointed coward in chief".

    December 18, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  17. Biased

    Democrats are sounding the most juvenile I have ever heard them. They have a majority of 60 and don't even need republicans to show up to pass anything and everything they want. Too bad they can't get their own act together. They have done nothing but play the blame game for the past year. Did democrats still add the raising the debt ceiling to the military funding bill? Maybe if they got their own act going they wouldn't have had to leave the military funding to the last minute but then nothing seems important to them except buying votes in order to pass a bill that no one knows what is in it just so Obama can go down in the history books again. They have given up everything they said they were fighting for and everyone will be left with what could have been passed in about 2 weeks months ago. Democrats are looking more and more foolish by the day.

    December 18, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  18. Same Old Same Old

    It is really pathetic that one party runs on a platform of change but when they come to office, nothing new happens. Once again, the control of the government changed hands in the last major election, 2008, sort of the counter direction of the change when Clinton was president. Yet, nothing new happens. No real change occurs in politics, just changes of the party in control.

    Do you get sick and tired of this seemingly endless cycle of party change – no real change – party change – no real change...... that we have endured for decades.

    Isn't time to end this crap !

    December 18, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  19. Mark

    Hypocrites. Why did the Dems lump military spending with healthcare? To force the Repubs to vote for it. It didn't work. How pathetic to point fingers at the Republicans. The majority of Americans DO NOT want healtcare reform that will break the bank.

    December 18, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  20. Dee

    The party oF no needs to lose to the Tea Party members.T hey have no fear of a group that can leave theur group with a few,

    December 18, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  21. George Sales

    Does this surprise anyone? Mitch McConnell, ( our embarrassment as the senate minority leader from Kentucky) would filibuster his dying mother if it meant protecting his insurance industry buddies. He has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the insurance industry. His primary goal is two fold. Stop health care reform (at any cost) and embarrass President Obama by denying him his chief campaign promise of health care reform. He knows that if health care reform fails, it could destroy the Dems in 2010 and 2012. This man is partisan to the bone and ruthless. Last Sunday he told a bold face lie on television, stating that he "didn't know a single Kentuckian who supported health care reform." He's chosen not to hear us. His only "town hall meeting", if you can call it that, was with the Western Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. He completely ignores his constituents in Louisville (the states largest and best educated demographic) because we carried the entire Democratic ticket including his opponent in the 2008 election. Also, this weasel, like so many other Viet Nam era Rethug Hawks (Bush, Chaney) got a health deferment and went to law school rather than serve. So it doesn't surprise me that he would resort to stalling a defense appropriations bill to impede health care reform. I am a Viet Nam veteran.

    December 18, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  22. m smith

    It is about time the DNC got with the program. Repos have been running their ads. WE had to put up with them calling us unpatriotic becaused we questioned the need to invade Iraq. But it is ok for them to deny funding for troops. Sorry they never have been for the good of the people either with this or health care. This is exactly why I support the DNC and so should all dem. the repos are spending a fortune to talk trash and kill any bill for health care presented. Grass root democrates need to support the party .

    December 18, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  23. Tony in Maine

    This isn't exactly news. The Party of No is fighting to maintain its cashflow from AHIP. Chinless Mitch would sell his kids if it meant defeat of the health bill.

    December 18, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  24. Clarence Conner

    Hmmm....Democrats hold 59 seats, including 2 independents and Republicans hold 41 seats. Only 60 votes are needed to pass a bill, so only one Republican crossover is needed. I believe Senators Olympia Snow (R-ME) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have suggested they would be crossing over, providing ` more than what is needed to pass the Senate bill, so how can they say Republicans are the hold up. Perhaps, it's people within their own part, like Ben Nelson (D-NE) who know voting for it is political suicide, as this legislation is not what the majority of the American people want as evident by the tense town hall meetings that took place across the US this past summer. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Michael Enzi (R-WY) were for it, until they were engaged during their town hall meetings and learned what the American people really don't want.

    So now, why does the media perpetuate the Democratic claim that Republicans are holding up health care? Why not make mention of the facts that they only need 1 vote and there are 2 likely crossovers coming from the Republican side which constitues a hold up from within the Democrat party? Is it just careless or lazy journalism or is there an ulterior motive? In my lifetime, it seems there has been a blatant attempt by the media to promote a left leaning agenda, e.g. global warming, rather than objective, unbiased reporting. It's almost as if the media, as a whole, has this misconception that the American people are all morons and can be fooled by anything. I, for one, am getting sick of it. Until the media gets their act together, lawyers are in better standing, in my opinion.

    December 18, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  25. Jack

    The GOP is putting our troops in danger because of their greedy politics – this is in my opinion is treason!

    December 18, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
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