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. Bob44

    The GOP has not only been playing fast and loose with our troops, but with health care reform. What a bunch of hypocritical windbags!

    December 18, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  2. Tony T

    Do the Dems mention the 1500 pork projects stuffed into the bill in the ad? Do they mention the extension of unemployment benefits stuffed in there? How about the several hundred billion stuffed in there for the doctor fix that should be in the healthcare bill, but can't be or they could lie that it is deficit neutral? Do they mention that if they were writing secret bills behind closed doors that they plan to jam thru before anyone reads it? No? Didn't think so, they are so stupid it is embarrassing. Put the labor Dept of Defense on it and then run an ad with lies in it. Typical loony left misinformation. CNN you think you should have pointed all that out and not wait for informed citizen's to do it for you?

    December 18, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  3. southern cousin

    Naturally, being democrats, they are lying, deceiving and otherwise not being honest with the American people. 2010 elections will wipe these people out of Congress and hopefully f"ederal prosecutors will send them to jail. They are all followers of the liar in chief, and we will be rid of that joke in 2012

    December 18, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. paytonmarx

    And this is why we have websites our there like Dearpolitician.org. Thank GOD!

    December 18, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. New Yorker

    The Democrats are clueless when it comes to running the country.
    To even suggest that they support the troops more than Republicans is absurd and anyone who has a sense of truth knows this.

    December 18, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  6. Lynn

    In all my years, I have never been called regarding a poll. Just who are the people the GOP claims are the majority of the people. Certainly not me or my husband.

    December 18, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  7. Milton

    While I do not condone the political manuvering of this ad, the Republicans are politically grandstanding right now on the health care debate. I would not say that they don't support the troops, but if there as any politician, Republican or Democrat, who is using their vote on these bills to "send a message to the other side of the aisle," then shame on them. We don't need representation like this.
    As a 20-year old college student with self-employed real estate parents who cannot afford health care, I think I speak for everyone in my situation when I say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Deliver for the tax-paying middle class and stop this political grandstanding!

    December 18, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  8. tonyt

    The GOP and There Death Panels, What A Bunch Of Block Heads!

    December 18, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  9. louise

    Give um hell Democrats....... They, the grand ole obstructionists party need to be held accountable, 98th filibuster this year is REPREHENSIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wake up America

    December 18, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  10. pitter43

    Try sending through two stand alone bills. See if that helps get the troops what they need. Liberal/democrats are the ones not supporting the troops. They hate the military and always will. There's no trick underhanded enough for them.

    December 18, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  11. LIE_berman

    McCain never really was on the troops side anyway. Republicans say the words but use them as pawns in their political conquests. Thanks for Obama and the real patriots for getting them funded ...

    December 18, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  12. cgillette369

    sounds rather stupid and a waste of donors money.

    December 18, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  13. NotFooledTX

    "Playing politics with the critical funding that our troops need now is political theater of the worst kind." – Sen. John Cornyn, [Press Release, 4/26/07]

    "We have plenty of time and plenty of opportunity to have political debates... but it’s just unconscionable to me to tie the hands of the very troops that we all say we support." – Sen. John Cornyn, [Transcript, Senate Republican News Briefing, 4/10/07]

    "Every day we don’t fund our troops is a day their ability to fight this war is weakened." – Sen. Mitch McConnell, [Press Release, 3/31/07]

    "No way to treat the troops, and it is entirely inconsistent with [Senators’] expressions of support for the troops." – Sen. Mitch McConnell, [Congressional Record, 10/4/07]

    "I don't understand this attitude of, ‘We can play with; we can risk the lives of these troops by waiting until the last possible minute to get the funding to them." – Sen. Jon Kyl, [FOX News Transcript, 4/10/07]

    "Our obligation to those troops must transcend politics." – Sen. Jon Kyl, [Press Release, 11/8/07

    Pathetic hypocrits.

    December 18, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  14. Carl Justus

    The republicans will anything they think is necessary to keep their pockets being filled to the top with corporation money regardless of what is good for the troops in harms way or if 45 millions Americans are without health care.

    As long as the K street lobbyists keep filling the republicans pockets and sending them on exotic trips around the world on vacation they will do as the lobbyists say.

    December 18, 2009 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  15. Gentwelve

    All members of the US Congress with more than 2 years of service will, in 2010 through 2012 be romoved from office. You don't care about tihs country only about the lobbiest that give you money. You are all a disgrace!!!!

    December 18, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  16. david torres

    With Respect
    Don't vote for Health Reform; it is not reform!! It is your power struggle at our expense. I am wondering how history will look at this! Back room secrets, threats, and pay-offs (mary Landrui and Ben Nelson)
    r/

    December 18, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  17. unemployed by Obama and now a TPN member

    The bull from the non wearing flag pin DNC is pretty bad when they turn there backs on our troops the turn their backs on our country. Impeach Obama and vote out all the democratic traitors of America.

    December 18, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  18. Stu

    I think it begs the question of why is a troop funding and healthcare reform option together in the same bill?

    December 18, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  19. Beverly in NC

    It's time for Americans to rise up and publically renounce the anti-American attitudes of the Republican Party. They have done NOTHING for American this entire year but sit on the sidelines and hurl nasty personal attacks, criticize everything President Obama has done to restore our country, spread hate speech, encourage violence, and support racist lunatic groups who hold issueless rallies while carrying loaded weapons.

    They play political games with out very lives and vote No on everything to be 100% obstructionists on any progressive programs to help the American people.

    Republicans are traitors to America and show they care nothing about the People of this nation or even the People who elected these negative, ignorant members of Congress.

    It's time to call out individual Republicans for their lies, nastiness, and anti-American stances. It's time to call them out for taking bribes to destroy healthcare reform, new energy programs, job creation, wage increases, and regulation of the evil banking industry.

    It's time to vote all these do-nothing liars out of Congress in 2010 and put in intelligent leaders who will work for the People and listen to what we need and want to better our lives.

    December 18, 2009 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  20. Change

    Health Insurance Reform is for poor people not for Stockholders.

    War is for Stockholders and poor people pay with their lives

    December 18, 2009 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  21. Willy Brown

    Keep it up republicans. The democrats are in melt down. They will be tossed out onm 2010 and they can't stop it.

    December 18, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  22. kathy

    Do the republicants think the american people are stupid!!!! We get it and it is all about politics as usual!! Thank goodness for the qwomen who were able to stand up to the idiot men in the GOP and get the work of the people done. Please vote out those terrible men! Sign me RN and for patient rights not the health insurance giants.

    December 18, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  23. Dan, TX

    First of all, Democrats have cheated and got several seats into the senate through backdoor. Democrat party is with such loons. Begich from Alaska, Al Franken from MN and Burris from IL are not supposed to be in the senate. Democrats got 60 seats in the senate by these cheats. Begich should have withdrawn when he got the news that Sen Stephens was innocent. For that matter even Barack Obama does not deserve to be in the white house. He can have 50-60 czars but that does not give him experience to govern. We need experienced President.

    December 18, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  24. Clark

    There is a very easy fix to the problem.

    STOP playing games with legislative bills ... and vote on one bill and one topic at a time .... QUIT putting unrelated bills and topics into other bills as amendments.

    OH yeah ... but then even you wouldn't be able to hide behind your vote for a popular bill when asked why you voted for or against an amendment.

    Some of your constituents are stupid .... we just can't figure out how you convince the people of your state to vote for you time and time again.

    December 18, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  25. peter vaguely

    The Republican Party is morally and intellectually bankrupt. They will do and say anything to benefit themselves and their corporate puppeteers

    December 18, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
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