February 24th, 2010
02:15 PM ET
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DNC charges GOP hypocrisy in Web video

 The DNC is out with a new Web video attacking Republicans who took stimulus funding.
The DNC is out with a new Web video attacking Republicans who took stimulus funding.

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee released a Web video Wednesday calling some Republicans "Highway Hypocrites."

The video is part of a concerted effort by Democrats to highlight Republicans who voted against the bill while then promoting Stimulus funds in their districts.

The latest itineration targets Rep. Mike Castle of Delaware and Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas.

The video also takes a swipe at Minnesota Gov. and potential 2012 hopeful Tim Pawlenty – who is not a member of Congress and did not vote against the funds but has criticized the bill.

Stimulus funds have become a favorite source of political fodder for both the RNC and DNC, who both released videos on the topic last week.

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  1. ss

    Surprise, Surprise...Democrats or Republicans considered hypocrites. I expect that of both.

    February 24, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. chris l

    Liberals are Radical Anti Americans who should all be put in cages and dumped off somewhere in the middle east. At least there they will be surrounded by people who share their hatred of The United States. The American Al Queda Liberal Party and Al Queda of Afghanistan and Pakistan should all team up. Maybe we could get rid of all of them with one shot from a predator drone. The world would be a much better place.

    February 24, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Brandon

    Where were the GOP = Tea Party = Republicans during the Bush years. Why were they sitting on the sidelines and not saying a single word when this mess was being created? NOW, they want to cry and moan that we have a President willing to do something. Teabaggers, go back to bed.

    February 24, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. Michael from Ventura

    It's about time these hypocrites were called out on this- the American people need to know that their rhetoric doesn't match their actions when the money comes to their States. Some even try to take the credit for it after voting NO- Let em have it guys!!

    February 24, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. Nancy

    Tim Pawlenty – smells dirty to be a governor or senator. He needs to do his homework before he speaks to the public. Micheal Steele is bad at that also.

    February 24, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Johnny DC

    How stupid does the DNCC think we are?

    Question 1: Do you think it is in America's best interest to pass this Stimulus legislation?

    Question 2: Given that the legislation has passed, and that your constituents have spent tax money on it, is it in your constituent's best interests to accept the money and use it in your state, or to deny the money just to prove a point?

    The DNCC would like you to pretend that the phrase "Given that the legislation has passed". It's a disgraceful and misleading tactic, the kind of tactic they claim on GOP members use.

    Shame on the DNCC.

    February 24, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. dale

    Normal Republican politics, blame everyone else for that which you do. The scary part is that some folks buy into their garbage.

    February 24, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. Johnny DC

    How stupid does the DNCC think we are?

    Question 1: Do you think it is in America's best interest to pass this Stimulus legislation?

    Question 2: Given that the legislation has passed, and that your constituents have spent tax money on it, is it in your constituent's best interests to accept the money and use it in your state, or to deny the money just to prove a point?

    The DNCC would like to pretend that the phrase "Given that the legislation has passed" was omitted from the second question. It's a disgraceful and misleading tactic, the kind of tactic they claim on GOP members use.

    Shame on the DNCC.

    February 24, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Bob in Pa

    You know, heres the thing. Even if you are against the bill, but your state will be responsible for paying back the money anyway, then yes we are going to take it.

    February 24, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Duck Fallas

    Again, democrats doing a poor job of exposing the right wing retards for the obstructionist liars that they are. Call these morons out before you lose everything.

    February 24, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Charge.this DNC's olive branch

    DNC charges the GOP for this and that...hypocrisy, party of no....

    So, DNC we ask "have you invited behind your closed doors anyone else but Democracts to debate and formulate any bipartisan bill ?"

    """"'Stop whining and start saying yes to the GOP so both parties are
    on the yes side ie the people side.....get it ! """""""""""""""""""""""""

    February 24, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Mike in MN

    Democrats can all Republicans hypocrites all they want.
    A majority of voters can still see the stimulus failed and are still asking where the hell the jobs are.

    February 24, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. Steve (the real one)

    The truth is the GOP has no monopoly on hypocrisy! This is like a thief calling a thief a thief!

    February 24, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. dora

    Google "Jude Winowski and the Two Santa Clauses". When Republicans are in office they spend and tax cut (your first Santa), and then when inevitably a Democrat gets into office and has to raise taxes and spend money (think: having to buy more eggs to scramble because the cook before you wasted the ones you already had) the Republicans start screaming about spending (the second Santa, the one who gives the Republicans all those opportunities to blame some one else).

    February 24, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    It's "iteration," not "itineration." I was 100% aware that the "news" media killed journalism, but I'm beginning to think that it's also trying to kill educated use of written language. Might not be a bad idea and might not really make a difference. As it is, one side of the issue screeches while the other side grunts and that's about all you can take from the "news" media's contributions to society these days.

    February 24, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Iowa Voter

    Pork is a terrible thing........unless it's your congressman using it for your benefit.

    February 24, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Eileen O'Shea

    I think all these so called birthers/tea party people are all from another planet. They NEED to get ALL their facts straight before running off at the mouth. The really sad fact is that republcans are hitching onto that stupid band wagon and making themselves look worse than they already do. Hey maybe we're on to something here ! Roar on people roar on !

    February 24, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. carol

    Hypocrisy is right. They invented the word. Never heard such a bunch of hypocritical fools in all my life. Yet they keep saying these things with a straight face over and over again. The Republican party really do take the cake. Nothing more than a standing joke is all they are these days.

    February 24, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. j

    The Republican Senators ARE hypocrites and obstructionist, and very likely racist. Are their actions just because the Democrats are in the majority or does it run deeper to bigotry and racism? I think there's at least a bit of bigotry and racism going on. In any case we don't need obstructionist blocking every single bill or appointee that comes up for a vote. Whatever happened to dialogue and compromise?

    February 24, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. Truth Teller

    That's called politics. I don't recall any of the Democrats who railed against the Bush Tax Cuts returning the tax break they received from those cuts back to the government. This is no different. Keep whining Dems

    February 24, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. Doug

    Transparency is essential to a well informed electorate. I suggest that when an individual is on TV, Talk Radio, etc. that the show hosting the event be required to provide information about the so called "expert". As an independent, it holds true for both dems and repubs. If you vote against funds that become available and then petition for the funds, make it loud and clear. If you are supporting a cause, then list on the screen if the cause has provided contributions to the elected official. If the money comes from a PAC, then list if the PAC took money from that same entity. It is time for TRANSPARENCY! The election laws should require full disclosure on where the candidate gets his/her money.

    Also, open primaries where you can vote in either party. Excluding my choice to vote for a candidate that I like because I am not in a party, drives the discussion to the extremes.

    Let us focus on opening up the system versus closing and controlling our electoral processes.

    February 24, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. CR

    Hypocrisy is one of the Republican core values. Bigotry is the other.

    February 24, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  23. America First

    Good!! The DNC should do more of this! The hypocrisy of the GOP is rampant and ridiculous and should be exposed.

    February 24, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  24. Terry from West Texas

    Hypocrisy is the sweetest charge that can be said about Republican Conservatives. I think subversion is more to the point. Republicans are trying to bust the federal government, make it completely unresponsive to citizen needs, and arouse a lot of discontent. They do this not out of any desire to express the truth but simply to get back into power. We know they are not telling the truth because the oppose every action of the Obama Administration for dozens of reasons. One Republican says it's too much; another says it's too little. This Republican says its too weak; that one says it's too strong.

    It's working so far because Democrats seem oddly terrified to criticize the party that is calling Democrats treasonous unAmerican socialist communist vermin. Democrats are so timid that I can't find a word in the thesaurus to describe them. (I can find lots of adjectives for Republicans.)

    LIke it or not, my fellow rational citizens, the current bunch of invertebrate Democrats are those whom we are depending on to rescue the nation from complete destruction by Conservatism.

    I am not optimistic.

    February 24, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  25. Diane

    I agree completely with the Democrats. The Republicans who took the money are hypocrites! I even saw a video of one of them broadly smiling as he handed a check from the stimulus to his constituents–taking credit for it! What nerve!

    February 24, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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