January 25th, 2010
02:01 PM ET
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First on the Ticker: GOP sets sights on powerful Budget chairman

Washington (CNN) – National Republicans will begin airing a new 30 second commercial this week in Rep. John Spratt's congressional district, criticizing the South Carolina Democrat for his role as House Budget Committee chairman.

The National Republican Congressional Committee is airing the political ad with the hope of pressuring Spratt to choose retirement over running for a 15th term to the House.

There are rumors that Spratt, who was first elected in 1982, is contemplating leaving office in November. Spratt has a history of being a very strong incumbent. In 2008, he won re-election by a 62 percent to 37 percent margin in a district where John McCain defeated Barack Obama by a 53 percent to 46 percent spread. But this year, Congressional Republicans are touting Mick Mulvaney, a GOP state senator, as a candidate who can potentially knock off the powerful chairman.

In addition to the NRCC's weeklong cable buy, the House GOP campaign arm is sending out an e-mail blast to its entire supporter list this afternoon asking them to donate money to keep the ad on the air. Third party interest groups often use this fundraising technique to encourage their supporters to help fund political commercials.

Full text of ad after the jump:

The press called it "the most fiscally irresponsible budget in the history of the federal government."

And John Spratt wrote it. Spratt is Nancy Pelosi's budget chairman….and the Spratt budget has a trillion dollar deficit.

And Spratt's the architect of legislation Democrats may use to ram through a government takeover of health care.

Call John Spratt. Tell him to represent South Carolina…and NOT Nancy Pelosi.

The National Republican Congressional Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising.

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Filed under: 2010 • NRCC • South Carolina
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. JP

    Haiti's population are bulldozing bodies to mass graves. Children are wailing in the streets for the parents. Now's the perfect time to play politics. America has lost all of its morals and traditions.

    January 25, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Dutch the Great

    The NRCC and the rest of the republican party are only focused on one thing and that is regaining control in Congress. That's all well and good, but I haven't heard any of their solutions on how they are going to fix the mess they created. All I hear is a bunch of criticism of democrats. I guess that's a good thing because at least I know which party is putting forth new ideas and not the same stale economic policies which got us into this mess in the first place. NO is an unacceptable answer to the American people. And I will keep that word in mind when I go to the ballot box in November....

    Republican in the H.R. – NO!!!
    Republican in the Senate – NO!!!
    Republican POTUS – OH HELL NO!!!!

    January 25, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. Barbara Independent in NY

    By all means, let's only elect Republicans in South Carolina. Let's not have any diversity in a state that in most categories, health, education, etc., ranks behind most of the other 49 states as well as some third world countries. If I had any relatives in South Carolina, I'd advise them to move.

    January 25, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Four and The Door

    It is difficult to imagine anything more damaging for a resume' than to be Nancy Pelosi's House Budget Committee chairman. Let's see,

    1. General Motor's Vice President of Quality?
    2. Bernie Madoff's Chief Internal Auditor?
    3. Kate Moss's personal chef?

    January 25, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "But this year, Congressional Republicans are touting Mick Mulvaney, a GOP state senator, as a candidate who can potentially knock off the powerful chairman."

    Ummm, so why try to convince him to retire? GOP double-speak is knee deep and rising.

    January 25, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Angus McDugan

    Let's talk corporate profits shall we? Who here wants corporations to not profit?

    THINK ABOUT IT FIRST!!!!! It might be a trick question...

    January 25, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Please someone tell me ONE thing the Republican Party is in favor of?

    January 25, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Ronald E Miller

    the people of s.c. need to elect someone to help them not to keep taking them backwards that state is behind in everything except crime.thier elected officials do nothing fr them except make tnem look bad.

    January 25, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Personal responsibility, please.

    If Spratt was on the Budgetary Committee, he needs to go.

    (Over the past 3 years, the democrats in Congress have really done a poor job messing up the economy. Bush and Obama could have vetoed their spending, but didn't).

    January 25, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. vwrtb

    republicans ruined this country...

    January 25, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    This is good, but they need to also set their sites on Charlie Rangel who has now been being investigated by Nancy Pelosi for not paying his taxes. The investigation has been going on since October of 2008. Speaker Botox, just don't say nothing about. She is scared of him.

    January 25, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I guess these Republicans will ignore what was done as they held both houses of Congress from 2000 to 2006. What did they do? They spent like there was no tomorrow. Apparently they forget what they did only a few years before.

    January 25, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. Tom from VA

    And this is just the beginning of many more now that the Repubs have corporations for endless funneling of campaign funds thanks to the wonderful Supreme Court. I'm sure they're salivating over the opportunities to push their crap on the uneducated and gullible among us.

    January 25, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. Ben in Texas

    And we have to wonder what foreigner is funneling donations through a corporation to the NRCC to defeat Rep. Spratt, thanks to the Extreme Court decision of last week. We will never know, from now on, which foreign nationals are promoting which stealth candidates with totally legal, and totally un-democratic, campaign contributions.

    No matter how you twist this, Repugnants, the blame is squarely on Bush-appointed, activist, traitorous Extreme Court "justices".

    Free speech, indeed.

    January 25, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Jane/Seattle

    Leaders? We have NONE! They all just run for the Money and then make us pay for their largesse!

    January 25, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. Hammerer

    He should stay and run again. I'm sure Obama would campaign for him. Obama has been helpful in getting others elected.
    As he has told Dems up for election this fall that he will be the difference in elections in 2010.
    The difference that he has made so far is about like his "hope and change" that he promised, just not what voters expected or wanted.

    January 25, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. Wayne

    You know, if the Republicans would put as much time and effort into running the government as they do running for office, we would probably be in better shape.

    January 25, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  18. Clint

    I wonder if their criticism is based on the fact that he is not embarrassing South Carolina and the country enough, like GOPers DeMint, Wilson, Bauer and Sanford. Don't let ruth get in the way of your propaganda GOP. Country before party, right?

    January 25, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. Edna

    I thought Republicans were voted into office to work. All they do is buy ads and attack Democrats. Do some viable work for the American people and maybe we will give you some credit for something. You are a bunch of do-nothings and I have no respect for you.

    January 25, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    I sure opr someone sends that representative Fox from NC packing. You know – the 66 year old woman that says we're gonna have death panels.

    Either that, or line her, Bachmann, Palin up for the first death panel - ha ha ha ha ha

    January 25, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. mary

    Here is a new idea... What would happen if we put someone in Bernankes job that cares about creating jobs? How about freezing walstreet right where its at today until these CEO's put people back to work. People have jobs, people spend money, the economy recovers. Novel idea.

    January 25, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. WENDELL

    Yet another Obama failure. The man needs to get some balls. I'm not talking basketball either.

    January 25, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. gt

    get rid of them all and start over.....

    January 25, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. Only republicans can destroy the middle class

    The GOP really needs to represent Americans and not corporations. Tell the GOP they do not work for the health insurance industry.

    January 25, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. T'SAH from Virginia

    This is ALL that is left of the Republican Party – "...criticizing the South Carolina Democrat for his role as House Budget Committee chairman..."

    "CRITICIZING" – no solutions.... I am so anxious to see what MR. BROWN does when he gets to Washington and all other RepubliCAN'Ts!!! More of the SAME and NO Solutions!!

    January 25, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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