July 20th, 2010
08:55 AM ET
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New Dem video: Back to the future for GOP?

The Democratic National Committee is out Tuesday with a new web ad.
The Democratic National Committee is out Tuesday with a new web ad.

Washington (CNN) - Trying to capitalize on comments made by a top congressional Republican, the Democratic National Committee released a new web video Tuesday that says that the GOP wants to return the country to the agenda of former President George W. Bush.

The video uses a snippet of sound from Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, who Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press said, "We need to go back to the exact same agenda that is empowering the free enterprise system rather than diminishing it."

In the web video, Sessions is seen and heard saying "we need to go back to the exact same agenda," which is then followed by a narrator adding, "The exact same agenda that cost eight million Americans their jobs."

Sessions' clip is then repeated, with the narrator saying, "The exact same agenda that put big oil, insurance companies and Wall Street ahead of main street."

That's followed by Session's again saying, "The exact same agenda," followed by the narrator adding "championed by George W. Bush."

The video ends with the narrator saying, "With no new ideas the Republicans are going," followed Sessions again saying "back to the exact same agenda," with the narrator picking up again with "that America can't afford."

The DNC's video has been posted on YouTube and the DNC says they'll have a formal release later Tuesday morning. The video appears to be part of a move by the party to try and make November's midterm elections a choice for voters between the polices of President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats or what they consider the failed policies of former President George W. Bush and congressional Republicans. The Republicans hope to make this election a referendum on what they consider the bad polices enacted the past year and a half by Obama and congressional Democrats

In his interview on "Meet the Press," Sessions never specifically said the words "Bush agenda." But elsewhere in the interview the NRCC chairman said "people had jobs when Republicans were not only in charge but George Bush was there.

Republicans argue that the Democrats strategy will backfire.

"Democrats are desperate to talk about anything other than their binge spending agenda that has resulted in nearly 10 percent unemployment and sky rocketing debt. As we saw in Virginia, New Jersey
and Massachusetts, voters want solutions that will fix our economy not tired old arguments from elections past," Republican National Committee spokeswoman Katie Wright told CNN.

Wright is referring to last year's gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey and this January's special Senate election in Massachusetts to fill the seat of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. All three contests, the only statewide elections held since the 2008 elections, were won by Republicans and in each case it resulted in a pickup for the GOP.

So, has time healed old wounds and allowed the public to now, a year and a half after he left office look back at Bush kindly?

Apparently not. According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted in January, his favorable rating among Americans stood at 43 percent, with 54 percent seeing him in an unfavorable light. The numbers were an improvement from when he left office but still nothing to brag about.

And an ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted in April indicated that nearly six in ten said the former president was more to blame for the current state of the economy, with just one in four putting the blame on Obama.

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soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. opalka

    YAAAYYYY!
    The Dems are finally playing by the same rules the Repub's use.
    How do ya like it, boys?? What?.....that sounds like whining!

    July 20, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. Patrick

    I'd take Bush's policies over Obama's policies 10 out of 10 times

    July 20, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. Dean

    It is amazing that not one liberal will ever admit that the actions of Clinton (everyone gets a house even if they can't afford it And the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act) did more to harm this country economically than Bush ever did.

    Guess it is easier to just say "it's Bush's fault".

    July 20, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. Emerson

    Let's see the GOP bluff their way out of this one. It will take more than the Republican dirty tricks machine to get voters off the scent of which party is against the people of this country.

    July 20, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  5. Really

    OOOOOO... George Bush. I am scared. Why doesnt the video add that if we vote for the Democrates, we will have run away spending and governement intervention and control of our lives in every aspect.

    July 20, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. Bob in PA

    America does not forget it has been Democratic control of the purse strings since 2002. Try to spin it anyway you want, we know who the guilty congressional spenders are.

    July 20, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. mike

    I can see why companies love the republican party they have these idiots on a leash and it is short they will do anything to protect the
    companies interest even if they make themselves look like complete fools the republican party have solutions but they are not going to tell
    voter because it means main street is going to pay the price that means cutting benefits remember wall street benefits from you so they already
    have it

    July 20, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. Al in Texas

    Pete Sessions and John Cornyn looked totally lost on "Meet the Press" this past Sunday. They had nothing new to offer when asked what they would do if Repbulicans win back Congress and/or the presidency. Cornyn had the look of fear as if he had just realized his parking meter had expired and there's no way he can leave the broadcast.

    July 20, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. chuck T

    That agenda and hoping that the United States falls apart under President Obama’s watch is all that they have. Why anyone would ever vote Republican is beyond me

    July 20, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  10. DB TX

    Let see how many democrats runs on Obama's policy and win the election.

    July 20, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  11. JOhn

    The most damaging thing you can do to the Republicans is get them to talk outside of the bully pullpit or outside the right wing bubble. They have nothing but potlics to offer the country. They cannot and will not debate the issues without a call screener. They can rebrand themseves as "Conservatives" or "Tea Baggers" but all they have is to prey on the emotions and patriotism of the least infomed. Do not keep betting on the stupidity of the American people, they are seeing past Faux news propoganda and right wing talking points. America is better than today's GOP give them credit for.

    July 20, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. drill baby drill

    Excellent! What's the problem?

    July 20, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. Donovan

    Forget that ... Shrub was the second worst US President of all time ... second only to Reagan!!!

    July 20, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. stuart

    Congressmen Sessions is an idiot and out of touch with the voters. If that's the way he feels, he deserves to lose the elections. I still can't believe this country voted Bush "W" into office of president twice. Shame on us! Oh, that's right, Carl Rove used gay marriage as a tool in the second election to divert the Americans attention from Bush's failure record.

    July 20, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  15. Trae

    And this is the "change" in Washington politics that Obama promised?
    Dirty politics as usual.

    July 20, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  16. zack

    What a deceitful ad. That isn’t what the man said at all. I know taking snippets of someone’s comments was common place from people like Spike Lee and Michael Moore, but now the DNC…. Disgraceful!

    July 20, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  17. scott

    Americans do have short memories, but all the current problems are a result of Republican policies, spending, wars, and lack of rule of law enforcement. Every time they think things are bad now, they remember who(m) is responsible. They (GOP) started the fires, and now they complain Democrats are using too much water to put them out. GOP rule = fiscal disaster

    July 20, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. Jeff

    Here is news for the GOP: The "free enterprise system" is exactly what is diminishing the "free enterprise system". It was/is destroying itself....

    July 20, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  19. Jack

    Once again, the Democrats completely fail to grasp how to capitalize on this. "The exact same agenda" was NEVER intended to advance free enterprise – it was an agenda that advanced the agenda of a few giant players. The Republican agenda of the past 30 years has been completely antithetical to free enterprise, and it has been very effectively sold to somnambulent Americans as a free enterprise agenda.

    We need to expose all these monsters in Congress as the lying, fraud-promoting, nation-destroying, hypocritical parasites they are.

    July 20, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  20. Jeff from Chicago

    The exact same agenda that had unemployment under 7.5%
    The exact same agenda that was not increasing the deficit by over a trillion dollars in one year.
    The exact same agenda that did not divide the country more than any other president since the civil war.
    The exact same agenda that pushed for people to work instead of take handouts from the government.
    The exact same agenda that gave business and people the ability to keep their hard work earnings instead of take it away to "spread the wealth".
    The exact same agenda that encouraged people to strive to do better rather than strive for more handouts.

    Not necessarily the Bush agenda, but the American agenda, not the Obama "handout agenda".

    July 20, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem with the free enterprise system is that it assumes incorrectly that everyone will follow the rules and play nice. This is clearly not the case. I would hope that people understand that it is the fact that most corporations don't care about what they do outside of making money.

    July 20, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. Shawn

    Isn't it still too early to whitewash history?

    July 20, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. Clownboy in Austin

    Another Texas scumbag,owned and operated by big oil,natural gas,and the swordmakers,that all have their world HQs here.This is where they circle their wagons to takeover our country.

    July 20, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  24. STEVE RAYMOND

    Just shows how dumb the democRATS are...............

    they think Bush is still running for office..............

    Go back to Bush days?...........Carte days any better?

    When will this congress and administration take responsibility for anything and stop the blam game............never

    Hey Dems, lead, follow, or get out of the way.............

    ask mr VP Joey about that one..........

    dopes..................

    Bush IS NOT running for office................what dont they get?

    July 20, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  25. hayden zeke

    Same with Reagan. He left America a shambles but Republicans continue to deify him.

    July 20, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
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