February 17th, 2010
01:10 PM ET
5 years ago

DNC, RNC videos clash on stimulus

The RNC released a new web video Wednesday.
The RNC released a new web video Wednesday.

Washington (CNN) – The Democratic National Committee and its Republican counterpart released dueling web videos on Wednesday, the one-year anniversary of the passage of the stimulus bill.

Both videos focus on the massive spending measure - but present wildly different views on its impact.

The DNC video, entitled "GOP: Recovery Act Hypocrites," blasts Republicans who sought stimulus funds in their districts after voting against the bill. The video specifically targets the GOP House leadership, including Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia.

"Almost every single Republican in Congress voted no on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but despite that opposition nearly 90 Republicans sought recovery funds for their own district or bragged about the recovery funds they brought home," the ad's narrator says. "Republicans don't want to acknowledge that the Recovery Act has created jobs, many of them in their own districts."

(Read a statement from Sen. McConnell and the DNC after the jump)

The DNC video also targets Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia

Meanwhile, the RNC video focuses almost primarily on President Obama, taking him to task for "big spending and broken promises."

"A year ago Barack Obama promised jobs ... but his plan has failed to deliver," a narrator says in the RNC video.

"Democrats might be breaking out the champagne to celebrate the stimulus's one-year anniversary, but Americans are still losing their jobs, while being saddled with debt to pay for Obama's binge spending and broken promises," the video says.

UPDATE: A spokesman for Sen. Mitch McConnell disputed the DNC's claim in the video that McConnell had praised a stimulus-funded project in his home state.

At issue is the Bluegrass Army Depot, a massive clean-up project that will take years to complete. The site did receive some stimulus funding, but McConnell's office contends he was quoted out of context and has only praised the larger project. "Even the most basic homework could inform the DNC research team that Senator McConnell has worked tirelessly on the Bluegrass Army Depot since his first days in office twenty-five years ago and he'll work tirelessly on it long after they're gone," McConnell spokesman John Ashbrook said in an e-mail to CNN.

The DNC stood by the video in a statement to CNN and added, "If Senator McConnell is sincere in saying that his praise was meant for a separate earmark and not recovery dollars, we look forward to the event he has at the Bluegrass Army Depot where he condemns the nearly $6 million in Recovery Act investments that are creating jobs there. We'll send a camera."


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  1. ttbala

    Hey you hatefull Repubs, shut the hell up, because if you really were worried about Americas future you wouldn't have let your stupid president bring us to this, if you were halfway as smart as any average person, you would have stood up and yellet at G.W. to stop his wild ways, of burning our money, so now you have no respect left and no leg to stand on, every word that comes out of you is hypocricy.

    February 17, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. NFL1

    America gives George W. 8 years to combat terrorists and it STILL is not done, while the economy goes into the toilet...but Obama has ONE year in which to bring the economy back from the bring, despite opposition on everything from Rebublicans and everyone is questioning why it hasn't been fixed in ONE year??
    GET REAL, there's already been more accomplished in one year than Bush did over 8, so let's give it a couple years to one term at least. We are finally going in the right direction – UP (economy beginning, view of America and Americans around the world, etc.) If the companies would hire some workers, and not expect the same profit margins they got under Bush, and bankers would loan funds (even those with good credit can't redo home loans or get business loans) we'd be able to move forward out of this TOGETHER.

    February 17, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Greg Pottstown PA

    The republicans that went looking for stimulus funds did what was best for the people they represent. For example, If PA takes $0 form the stimulus bill the PA taxpayers will still have to pay taxes to pay it back. So why would they not take funds from the stimulus if the people they represent have to pay for the stimulus anyway?

    February 17, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Obama promised jobs

    Unemployment is going up,6 people for each job.Do not see the change he promised.Dems are 1 and done.Empty promises,no results.

    February 17, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. mike

    lets just keep throwing enough crap against the wall and sooner or
    later something is going to stick that is the republican solution and
    remember one thing they never voted on anything unless it took
    care of the rich just look at who voted against minimum wage and did
    the economy fall apart because of it

    February 17, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. Chris

    Did anyone really believe the RNC was going to say anything positive about the Stimulus package?

    February 17, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Jeff

    I seem to remember that when he took over, we were loosing around 500000 jobs a month. Now that number is a percent or so of that. That's pretty flipping amazing for such a short time although you wouldn't know it from the whiners.

    February 17, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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