February 23rd, 2010
12:44 PM ET
4 years ago

GOP group targets Blue Dogs with salvo of ads

Washington (CNN) – A independent Republican group planning to spend $20 million during the 2010 election cycle will bombard Blue Dog Democrats with three days of radio ads beginning Wednesday.

The National Republican Trust PAC, which spent $7 million during the 2008 presidential race and was the third largest independent expenditure campaign that year, will air 50 radio ads on Washington talk radio station WMAL over the next three days urging moderate and conservative Democrats not to side with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the midterms approach.

The ads were timed to coincide with President Obama's televised health care summit with congressional leaders on Thursday.

"Hey, Blue Dog Democrat," a female narrator says in the ad. "You've been fibbing to the people who voted you into office, telling them you represent their interests while you consistently vote for Nancy Pelosi's far left San Francisco agenda of reckless spending, big government control and catastrophic deficits."

Scott Wheeler, the NRT PAC's executive director, told CNN that conservative Democrats are out of touch with the mood of the country and should be held accountable in November if they voted in favor of health care reform or cap-and-trade legislation. Wheeler said certain lawmakers will be targeted with ads in their specific districts as Election Day approaches.

"The whole idea is to point out that these people claim they are an independent voice even when they aren't," Wheeler said. "They cling to that Blue Dog label that show how independent they are."

UPDATE: Kristen Hawn, a spokeswoman for the Blue Dog coalition, called the PAC "just another Washington-based special interest playing politics as usual."

"For 15 years the Blue Dogs have consistently worked on both sides of the aisle to advance commonsense policies on behalf of their constituents and the country," Hawn told CNN in an e-mail. "In fact, they have consistently worked to reduce the deficit under both Republican and Democratic administrations.  This is nothing more than a false attack meant for political gain.”‬

Read the full script of the ad after the jump:

Hey, Blue Dog Democrat Radio Ad Script:

Hey, Blue Dog Democrat ... You've been fibbing to the people who voted you into office, telling them you represent their interests while you consistently vote for Nancy Pelosi's far left San Francisco agenda of reckless spending, big government control and catastrophic deficits.

Check your score, Blue Dog, at "Pelosi Index dot com". You'll want to know, because soon, all your voters will.

This ad paid for by National Republican Trust PAC, GOP Trust PAC dot com. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Publico

    "A independent Republican group"? I wonder who that could be. Get ready for another round of GOP SWIFTBOATING and dirty tricks. Here's a unique idea – how about spending some time and a few bucks on trying to figure out how the GOP can do something to positively impact the lives of people in this country, starting by acting in a responsible manner in the legislative process in Congress.

    February 23, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. james Miller

    Sounds like THEY need to" walk the walk" BEFORE they "talk the talk" !!!!!!

    February 23, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    GOP you want to know whose been fibbing to you? How about Palin and now her daughter Bristol taking the GOP as their backdrop for launching their own personal career. It's never been about the GOP or the American people, you've all been had by the Palin clan. LOL

    February 23, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. ran

    Yes we need to replace every "blue dog" withe either a true Democrat or Independent. Blue dog is code for fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republican.

    So teabaggers go after them and we the people will vote in a true Democrat or Independent in 2010/2012. We are not going to reward a single Republican a win.

    February 23, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. JT the college freshman from MO

    It seems like that once you think that the election is over, the next one automatically starts heating up; the campaigns get progressively nastier as well and get further away from morality, good judgement, and selflessness. This is not what our founding fathers intended for the United States to be like; I do not mind a two party system, but the degree of partisanship that I am observing is not healthy for the country. I know that to get things accomplished, there has to be debate and some arguing, but the arguing to the point of gridlock and amaroidal partisanship is not healthy for our country's future. We have to improve ourselves in a psychological manner; let me explain. We have to think about how to progress through our own unconscious, preconcious, and conscious. Right now, the majority of us are stuck in our unconscious desires.
    Part of the unconscious is everyone's "id"; everyone's Id thinks in a irrational, illogical, impulsive dimension of personality.
    Part of the preconscious is the Superego: Everyone's super ego at least tries to tell them what is moralistic and right to do with a perfectionist dimension of personality.
    Part of the conscious is everyone's ego: Everyone's ego tries to tell them what is rational and the intelligent way of handleing situations with a mediating dimension of personality.
    Sometimes though our ego, which makes up the conscious part of our mind, sometimes gets the best of us; this is called repression. To some degree, repression occurs in every ego defense mechanism. Common examples are stressful events, failures, embarassments, and the names of disliked people.
    We also often try to rationalize our very actions; rationalization is justifying one's actions or feelings with "socially acceptable" explanations rather than acknowledging one's true motives or desires. In othe words, there are many of us who try to come up with excuses to justify our actions that might please some people, but in the long run, it often backfires on the person or people trying to rationalize their actions.
    What I am trying to say with all of this, is that we have to realize that we have the potential to be a great species; we just have to come to terms that sometimes we have to do what is right even though it might not please everyone. Most great achievements in America often had a lot of dissention to go along with it, and it often took hard work and sacrifice to accomplish such a feat. We eventually came out every time stronger than we entered the problem. Lets take for example clean energy independence. There are always going to be individuals who say that it is impossible for us to recover form this mess; let me inform everyone on some history:
    People told George Washington that he could not establish a nation independent from Britain; he dared to think otherwise, and our nation was independent. People told Abraham Lincoln that our nation would be forever divided, and that there was nothing that he could do; he dared to think otherwise, and our nation came out stronger than ever. People told FDR that our nation would be destroyed by human error; he dared to think otherwise that we could accomplish our better potential, and we got out of the depression stronger than ever.
    People told JFK that sending a man to the moon was impossible, but he dared to think otherwise, and nearly a decade later, we sent a man to the moon. People told MLK Jr. that civil rights for African Americans was impossible, and that he should just quit; he dared to think otherwise, and the Civil Rights Act of 1965 was passed. People told Susan B. Anthony that Women's Rights was a dream; she dared to think otherwise, and women got the right to vote; even get close to the presidency.
    Now people are telling me that America's golden days are over, and that I should give up my effort all together; I am daring to think otherwise, and I know that through hard work and determination, we will achieve the seemingly impossible feat of establishing our place in history once again as the first nation to be clean energy independent. We are a nation of one people; this is not the Liberal States of America or the Conservative States of America, we are and always will be the United States of America.
    If we sum up our own inner human courage to do what is right for our fellow Americans, then, in the long run, America will come out more powerful and prosperous than ever before. I still have hope that we can still do so.

    February 23, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Edwin

    How ironic is that? Wheeler is upset that the "Blue Dogs" OFTEN vote with the mainstream dems. He conveniently forgets to mention that the GOP are ALWAYS voting as a block. They were subject to death threats if they did not (seriously).

    If he wants independent thought, he shouldn't be picking GOP!

    He doesn't want independent thought. He wants everyone to be a conservative. But he knows that argument won't appeal to anyone but staunch conservatives, so he makes up this false argument.

    February 23, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. aware

    Go to the source!

    POTUS is an exceptional performer in the manipulative power plays of obfuscation/Lies! But ultimately he will answer to a higher power! :)

    February 23, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    The Facts on being a Socialist:

    After paying into SS for 42 years I have paid 84,223, my employers paid 84,378.

    After paying into Medicare for 42 years, I have paid 19,928, my employers paid 19,928.

    If I retire at 66 the full payment will last exactly 6 years and 9 months and then I will have exhausted my “paid” amount. After that, I will be a “socialist” living off the backs of others after their “wealth has been redistributed”.

    If I should get ill at 65 then the 40K could be used up in one quick nursing home stay. I am a “socialist” times 2, living off the fruits of others.

    So for all the old tea baggers claiming they “paid” for SS and Medicare, you are moronic liars. You partially paid for it but unless you die within 7 years, then you too are a free-loading “socialist”, except you have the free time to travel the country by bus!

    To all the Reds that want “small government”, should we euthanize those that have exceeded the “paid” amount into both “entitlement“ programs?

    The “compassionate conservative” would respond with YES!

    Who knew the answer to the "christian" WWJD? would be death to all old and infirmed "socialists".

    February 23, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Too True For You

    Let the Swift Boating begin! Republicans have proven over and over again that it doesn't matter if they advertise the truth, as long as they can emotionally appeal to the most ignorant aspects of the uninformed.

    February 23, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. mjm

    This country is center right conservative. That's means conservative Republicans and Democrats. That's what makes us great. What we have now with Obama, Reid and Pelosi are liberals...not democrats. The results speak for themselves....9-10% unemployment and 3-4 trillion in debt in 1 year.....good job libs!

    February 23, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. Proud DEM

    Oh, let the rhetoric begin.....Repukes make me ill

    February 23, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. Pete

    This would be all fine and dandy, but it bears pointing out that no Republican President in 30 years has balanced a single budget. In fact, the largest spikes in the deficit have occurred during the last three GOP Administrations.

    February 23, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. Jimmy James

    It's a very effective message. It's not like the left can run an add like this anywhere except SF or The Peoples Republic of Cambridge. Blue Dogs are sweating. They know they are already running behind. The next few months they can either listen to their districts and possibly save themselves or torch the place on the way out and vote along the lines with Pelosi.

    February 23, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. Ron

    This is ridiculous. Having lost the election, the GOP has done absolutely nothing to help our current administration. Their desire to regain power and control at the expense of the government AND at the expense of the American People is disgusting! The GOP is doing all that it can to submarine everyone and for what? So it can control things again. The GOP did nothing for the people during Bushes administration. It provided for itself and the wealthy, gutted the constitution where it could and now they have the nerve to do this? The GOP is UN-American and as far as I'm concerned, no better than the Taliban. While the GOP hasn't killed anyone, (that we know of), they certainly will seek to strip our rights and laws to benefit themselves because they're the only thing that matters...in their minds.

    February 23, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. Voice Crying In the Wilderness

    This ad sounds so juvenile. How could anyone who calls him/herself an intelligent adult support such a group of petty, infantile individuals?

    February 23, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. the Mick

    Far left healthcare proposal??? What a lie! The proposed legislation is a gift to the insurance companies and pharmaceuticals. If this was far left, insurance companies would not be for it. When is the news media going to take on these liars, both far right and left and set the record straight in no uncertain terms. That is what the public depends on the news media to do.

    February 23, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. Dan

    Though I'm not always in agreement with the stands the Blue Dog Democrat representing the district next to mine takes, I think the Blue Dog Democrats play a vital role in maintaining sanity in this country.

    We can't have just one party which stands for constitutionally limited federal government and for the tenth amendment, and we can't have just one party which feels that people should be able to live in communities which reflect their values and morals. When these things become only talking points for the Republican party, everybody loses- these aren't one party's ideals, they're the foundation of American democracy.

    It's unfortunate that many Democratic politicians spend their energies trying to combat these principles; it's vitally important that people be able to choose between competing groups and ideas on other kinds of issues without sacrificing these ideals. People shouldn't have to give up on constitutionally limited government or the idea that morals matter in society to be able to use their vote to endorse positions differing from those of the national Republican platform on the environment, foreign affairs, domestic programs, etc.

    February 23, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. Russ Benton AR

    I live in a state where McCain/ Palin won by a landslide majority, but both Senators claim to be Democrats. These senators don't even fit the "Blue Dog' bit, they are just Republicans hiding in Democrats clothing, and should be kicked out of the party.

    February 23, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. sonny chapman

    "San Francisco agenda". I've got no pity when all South Carolinian's are lumped together as racists hot air balloons.

    February 23, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. Thomas, Baton Rouge, LA

    I think the blue dogs need to quit being republican lite, and stand up for once. Tell the RNC to bite them.

    February 23, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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