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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soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. Marty, FL

    James 3:43pm,
    You purport "living in the past" and then hypocritically bring up Bill Ayers from decades ago...hilarious irony, my friend.

    March 12, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. D. Bunker

    Anyone who thinks Rangel's idiocy (and yes, he was wrong, and should resign) is remotely comparable to the systemic corruption involving Abramoff and Delay needs to take a few lessons in perspective. The GOP has consistently outdone the Dems on "big picture" corruption. Just look at which party more often delivers the corporate welfare to its paymasters.

    March 12, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. Marty, FL

    Paul from Pheonix,
    Ensign is under investigation by the FBI for ILLEGAL appropriations to a lobbyist. Vitter's offense was also illegal (not just personal). At least you were willing to recognize Abramoff in jail for his illegal activity.

    March 12, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. Marc

    'all the news that's fit to omit – March 12th, 2010 4:04 pm ET
    Duck Fallas, I could blow up CNN's server by posting all your liberal heroes BEFORE and DURING the Bush years that said Saddam was a threat and Saddam HAD WMD's, ALL YOUR HEROES.'

    Well I can remember Hillary Clinton saying that; and then after she realized that she had received a bogus/fake intel report (or in simple words, that she had been LIED TO) from Bush & Co. in order to get her support for the (then) incoming war; and I remember Mrs. Clinton regretting her foolishness for believe in Bush & Co.
    Like most of the Americans BTW.

    March 12, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. kennywest

    At least Dems step down when their caught

    March 12, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. Marty, FL

    Both sides certainly have their issues–current & past. Neither should start throwing stones in glass houses without expecting repercussions for their own shortcomings.

    Agree with Marc @ 3:11 about focusing on real issues facing our nation.

    March 12, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. kennywest

    Clever Ad

    March 12, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. Gary

    Hey Dave, I hope the New health care package includes amnesia coverage. You sure need iy.

    March 12, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. MJ

    Think about this .. Would you buy a home, sight unseen, because someone said you will like it? Would you marry someone, sight unseen, because someone said they would be good for you? Would you agree, sight unseen, to pass a bill that will affect your health care, your children's, parents, and grandchildren's care, because they say you will like it???

    March 12, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. dennis

    CNN states "Democrats Hit Back"... does it seem our Government is more like the "Godfather" where crime families "hit back", and they always address there devout enemies with "my friend from the Bronx" or in their case "My friend the Congressman from New York". All they need is their guns.

    March 12, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. a little sad

    "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.

    As opposed to "hiking the Appalachian Trail?"

    March 12, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. D. Bunker

    "Too bad Abramoff lobbied democrats, too."

    More money went to the GOP (about 2-1).

    March 12, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. Mike

    The demorats are current ethic investigations and a long list it is . The DNC has to go back years for the RNC.

    March 12, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. John

    For the Republicans to Now talk about ethics-pitiful. They systematically broke every rule and law on the books and out of it-just for their benifits. Party and not country first whatever it takes. They worked(yes actually worked) for the ripping apart of the bill of rights. AND NOW they have the gall to talk about ethics. They all should shut up and resign along with those Demacrates that enabled them,because they didn't stand up for what was right. I'm pissed at both parties because through both their incompotence and criminality we are in the mess we are in. And it continues with no ending.Not until we all decide to vote and reform the system and to police it to make sure it works in an honest and upright way.

    March 12, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. stop the nonsense

    It fair play but both sides show just how seazy politics has become.
    Hiding behind free speech, both parties distort, lie and spread fear.
    The TRUE tragedy with this is- people buy into it.
    It stops when we stop listening.

    March 12, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  16. Scott

    The first test of the new health care package should be to force Senator Harry Reid's wife to use now that she broke her back in a car accident, then let's see how great he thinks it is.

    March 12, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  17. Adelita

    Franky, Land of Lincoln and Willy Brown – where did you two grow up? Obviously English is not a first language for either of you!

    March 12, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  18. Artie

    Tit for tat ! Shows you what kind of fools are running ( ruining ) this country!

    March 12, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  19. wbn

    Yeah, that ad is pretty lame–especially to try and compare to the real scandals in the headlines lately. The libs are like, "Oh, yeah!" Hahahaha.

    March 12, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  20. John Christensen

    I have to admit the Repbulicans are good, if not great, at a few things. First, obstructionism and being the party that stands for NO, and second, perfecting the culture of corruption and scandal. Oh, and lest we forget, they are the party of intolerence, exclusion, racism, protectionism, xenophobia and......well you can see where this is going.

    March 12, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  21. no_longer_dem

    lol, ONCE AGAIN – look backwards and lay blame... I guess that's all you CAN do when you have NO merits of your own on which to run.

    March 12, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  22. terry,va.

    Ancient history fools!!! Anyway, it's all Bush's fault. When are the dumbocraps going to take blame?

    March 12, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Let's be honest here. This is not a republican or a democratic issue, it's a political issue. Politics are conducive to corruption and scandals. People go into politics either to help the people or to make money. Unfortunately, the latter get all the attention from the media.

    March 12, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  24. Independent_me

    And don't forget Senator Ensign who refuses to quit after having an affair with a staff member, giving her husband and sons jobs to keep them quiet, then firing them all when the affair became public!

    They are good at pointing fingers, while ignoring their own sins...

    March 12, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  25. Nestor

    Let's be honest here. This is not a republican issue or a democratic issue. It's a political issue. Politics are conducive to corruption and scandals. People go into politics either to help people or to make money. Unfortunately, the latter get all the attention from the media.

    March 12, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
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