March 12th, 2010
06:35 PM ET
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Abramoff, DeLay appear in new DNC ad

A new DNC ad airing in Washington targets Republicans on ethics.
A new DNC ad airing in Washington targets Republicans on ethics.

Washington (CNN) - With Democrats like Eric Massa and Charlie Rangel stealing headlines, Republicans want to talk about ethics.

The Democratic National Committee is happy to oblige.

The DNC has launched a new TV ad, airing on cable channels in Washington, D.C., called "GOP: Racked by Scandal." The 30-second spot is a response to an ad launched earlier this week by the Republican National Committee, attacking Democrats over the ethics questions surrounding Massa and Rangel.

The new ad hits back at Republicans, flashing images of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who stepped down in 2005 under a cloud of legal problems.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is presiding over "a caucus racked by scandal," the ad's narrator claims, as viewers are reminded of Louisiana Sen. David Vitter's prostitution scandal and an FBI investigation into Nevada Sen. John Ensign.

"Mitch McConnell and Michael Steele, they have done nothing to hold them accountable," the ad says. "After years of scandal, tell Republicans it's time to clean up their act."

UPDATE: RNC spokesman Doug Heye responded to the new ad.

"At the risk of providing Democrats some advice, the very week the words 'tickle fight' were thrust into the American political lexicon might not be the best time for Democrats to highlight ethics issues," Heye told CNN.


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  1. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    No other party has any credibility in this issue, so regardless of who's right or wrong, is all in the idealism of who's right or wrong. Especially when it comes to public roles, leaders have to showcase their stance of ethics responsibility and accountability. We as the people, have a right to criticize, is according by the law. Just as long is a majority.

    March 12, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. Marc

    Right back at you (R)...
    But honestly, can somebody stop the blame/smear game and get to work on the issues that really matter?

    March 12, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Monster Zero

    Give me a break, the DNC is nothing more than an accomplice to organized crime. I think President Obama has made it real clear what he thinks of White Christian America, wait till you start getting the bill.

    March 12, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Dave

    It was pelosi that said she would clean it all up. Oh by the way the economy was awesome under Bush until Dems controlled congress. Chicago politics are now democratic politics.

    March 12, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. edog

    I think it wold be impossible to know who, in your party, will be unethical. You can't babysit everyone. No party can escape such ethical issues, but the real test, and the real question to determine what a specific party stands for, is how they deal with it. If your a DEM or a REP...how does your party deal with members who are unethical. I think if you ask this question, it is clear the DEM have a little more credibility. Why the hell is Vitter (R) still in the Senate??? The guy broke the law and got a hooker!!!

    Can't believe Republicans want to open up this can of worms....

    March 12, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Vote ALL incumbents out – that way we know we've gotten rid of SOME of the scum this time.

    March 12, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. Mark

    Old news that has already been dealt with. Talk about "Change" or changing the rhetoric in DC. Let's get to the business of American. That means both sides!

    March 12, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. Tommy P

    The economy was terrible under Bush. Stop drinking the repub kool aid and actually learn something for once.

    March 12, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. Minnesota gal

    Since the day Obama took office the republicans have been playing dirty, posting underhanded ads and embellishing incidents trying to make Democrats look bad.

    Well it is about time the Democrats showed some spine and kicked them in the butt. They have more crime, crookedness, corruption and spreaded more lies than ten previous republican administrations. Sock it to em good. And don't let up. Include all the dirty little tricks they pull including the fact that they are trying to undermine the will of the people by obstructing bills and legislation.

    They think the people in this country are dumb enough to fall for their crap, but they aren't. Who wants people like this in government. Ones who think it is ok to lie and cheat and try to stop legislation benefiting the public while standing on their heads to get leglistation to benefit corporations.

    March 12, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. get real

    Right back at ya! Did the GOP really think that this wasn't going to happen when they tried to proft from the Massa incident. Both parties have their corrupt members. What is that saying about people in glass houses?

    March 12, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. Dano

    The list of corrupt Repubs is nearly endless

    March 12, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. Dieter Zerressen

    At least Massa has resigned and is gone. Republicans Ensign, Vitner, and Mark Sanford are still in there and still blowing smoke about family values.

    March 12, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. proud dem in nc

    for "Dave": give me a break "the economy was awesome under Bush". Gezz, what planet were you living on. Bush was given a surplus upon taking office, and doubled the deficit, and left the economy in shreds when he left. Quit listening to the pathetic Faux News channel, the station for the right wing hate mongers.

    March 12, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    Hey 'Monster Racist'

    Don't you have a cross-burning to attend?

    Where is Senator Vitters photo?

    March 12, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. proud dem in nc

    Hate to disagree, Dave, but Bush doubled the deficit and left the economy in shreds when his term was over. What planet were you right wing hate mongers living on.

    March 12, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Marc

    Dave – March 12th, 2010 3:19 pm ET
    'It was pelosi that said she would clean it all up. Oh by the way the economy was awesome under Bush until Dems controlled congress.'

    Do you understand the concept of 'economic bubble'?
    Quick translation; artificially growth and prosperity based on unreal factors. When reality knocks at the door the bubble explodes. Before Bush there was Clinton and the 'dot.com' bubble, Bush had its own bubble to (not) deal with.

    March 12, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. Stacie

    Here's the difference, Massa resigned and Rangel was forced, by his own party, to leave a very important chairmanship. Ensign has suffered no consequences, and Sanford is still in the governor's office. Heck, even the Illinois Democrats kicked Blago out.

    When a political representative fall short of behavior we expect, his own party should handle the discipline first. The GOP isn't doing that. Ensign should have resigned a long time ago, and I don't have to say anything else about Sanford, blech!

    March 12, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. James

    So Dem's want to keep living in the past except when it comes to Geitner, Richardson, Rangel, and Daschale not paying taxes or Rev Wright, Bill Ayers, or ACORN? GROW UP! it's 2010 and Obama and Pelosi have been nothing but socialist extremists hell bent on pushing our Middle Class into extinction. Hope and Change was false. You have the power, think of the American people for a change and not satisfying the dregs that bring our Country into a 3rd World Abyss.

    March 12, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. Paul from Phoenix

    Delay is gone, and Abramoff is in jail. To steal a page from Bill Clinton, Vitter and Ensign were personal scandals about sex.

    Rangle is CHEATING ON HIS TAXES.

    March 12, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. Willy Brown

    Hey dip sticks. Run aganisy Bush that seems to work for you soicalist losers.

    March 12, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. Biased

    Is this juvenile display from the democrats really cleaning up the swamp as Pelosi promised in order to get elected? Looks like democrats are trying to avoid the fact their own swamp is still full and now brimming over. I mean all we have to do is show the senate Leader Reid with a list of his bribes to Senators for Nebraska, Louisiana, Florida, Michigan, Vermont and a few others there as well. Now DNC, shall we discuss all your tax cheats who only pay up when they get appointed to an office and get found out and then they pay? I mean there was just another one the other day....are there no higher up democrats who pay their taxes anymore?

    March 12, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. CAL

    Dave's comment has me laughing my head off. What an idiot "the economy was awesome under bush until the dems controlled congress" stupid what planet are you on? If it wasn't for bush and his republician friends we would not be in this mess. bush ran up the deficet not the democrats, bush got us in this expensive war, bush and his republicians crooks turn the other cheek and let the banks screw us all while they continue to collect their bonus check, please before you blog, do your homework, what a clown.

    March 12, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. mike

    At lease Delay had the sense to step down. Pelosi is to arrogant to even consider it and the lame stream media will keep quiet like it does with anything Democrat.

    March 12, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. ATL Guy

    Sen John Ensign (R) is the gift horse that keeps on giving. As long as he's a senator he'll be the Republican's Massa.

    March 12, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. Bill from GA

    The Repugs are always crying about the Dems: "But you said you wouldn't act like us!!"

    March 12, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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