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. Monrob

    I guess the truth does hurt!

    July 20, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. haren

    NO specific on spending cut, How we can trust republican?
    Data is right in front of us for all Republican presidents and democrats on deficit.
    Reagan deficit +189%
    Bush senior deficit +55%
    Bush junior deficit +89%
    And for democrats
    Carter +42%
    Clinton +36%
    republican are again pushing this voodoo economics, telling us that tax cut to rich pay by itself and we don't have to balance with spending cut.
    To my Fox news viewer on this tickers watch Rachel Maddow web site.

    July 20, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. Jaywing

    Just tellin' it like it is.

    July 20, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. Dennis

    Same idiotic Republican thinking will not work.It did not work then.It will not work now!

    July 20, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. Paul from Phoenix

    Dem strategy is simple:

    We have no idea how to fix any problems, in fact, our "solutions" have made things worse. In order to keep power, lets blame Bush!

    This is pathetic. Nobody forced Obama to run, he knew what he was getting into. Stop blaming others for everything.

    Mr. President, your stimulus package failed, not George Bush's. Your healthcare plan numbers were fabrications and lies, not George Bush's. Your hand-picked General McCrystal had to be fired, not George Bush's. Your Afghanistan Strategy is failing, not George Bush's. You inflamed racial tensions with the Harvard professor/cop comments, not George Bush. You did a pathetic job with the gulf oil crisis, not George Bush. Your government has failed to capitalize on the largest congressional mandate in generations, not George Bush. You just passed new financial reform legislation that will accomplish nothing except higher fees to consumers, not George Bush.

    July 20, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. sara

    I really dislike ads like this – I don't care what party. It really makes me want to NOT vote. Don't tell me what the other guy didn't do. Tell me what you are going to do and how you are going to get there. Show me, don't tell me. We already know where we have been, I want to know where we are going and what your plan is and how you are going to get us there.

    July 20, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. Steve in North Carolina

    When are the Dems going to quit running against Bush? He's not running for anything. If he was I'd vote for him over this clown we have in the White House now!

    July 20, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. david

    liberals are the enemy of america not osama...you can reason with osama you can't reason with a liberal....the only good liberal is a dead one

    July 20, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. shawn

    If the GOP wants to run on returning to the Bush era, bring it on! GW Bush was the worst president in the history of our republic and Americans vastly prefer Obama and Democratic policies.

    July 20, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. Chipster

    George W. Bush Council of Economic Advisors (Feb. 2004)
    "When a good or service is produced more cheaply abroad, it makes more sense to import it than to make or provide it domestically," the president's economic report stated in a chapter on trade."

    "....outsourcing is just a new way of doing international trade. More things are tradable than were tradable in the past and that's a good thing."

    "Bush Supports Shift of Jobs Overseas" – Los Angeles Times headline, February 10, 2004

    Can there be any doubt about whose interest the GOP serves?

    July 20, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Clint, Wa.

    Whats the matter, does the truth hurt?

    July 20, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. Jason

    If the shoe fits Republicants, wear it proudly. Those comments and the comments made by McCain while he was running for president, saying he was a Reagan "foot soldier" are the reasons America can't afford the GOP aka Goofy Old Party.

    They want to live in a time of make believe!

    July 20, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. Julie

    The democrats want to blame the republicans for the bad ecomomy, spending, whatever. Let's look at a little history: since 1945 the democrats have contolled the Senate and the House of Representatives for 50 years. The republicans for 11 years. Democratic control ran from 1945-1947, 1949-1953, 1955-1979, 1987-1995, 2007-2010. The republicans 1947-1949, 1995-1999 2003-2007. (from 2001-2003 the democrats controlled the Senate and the Republicans the House. This was due to the fact a republican Veermont senator turned independent and aligned his votes with the democrats).
    To blame the republicans for all the failures is not a true statement. The senate has 100 members; the house of representatives 453. During the years when congress was split between both parties 1953-1955, 1981-1987 the democrats controlled the house and the republicans the senate. 2001-2003 are the only years the republicans contolled the house. The math does not add up if they have been in control of the house and senate for over 50 years how good of a job do you think they have been doing?? Makes me laugh to play the blame game.

    July 20, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. works for me

    "The exact same agenda that cost eight million Americans their jobs."
    And a trillion dollars of our tax money, countless lives, etc, etc

    We need to move ahead... not back to the entitlement minded, greedy wealthy society of gotta have it now, gotta be mine... mine... mine!

    July 20, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. DOG1

    Once more the Repubs will be saying "Stop blaming Bush". What people have to realize it's not a matter of "blaming", it's a matter of seeing what the cause of the problem was so we can avoid it now and in the future. THE CAUSE WAS BUSH AND THE SAME REPUBLICAN AGENDA THAT THEY WANT TO BRING BACK. If the Republicans had any new and better ideas they would be worth listening to, but so far there is no evidence of that. They talk about the Democrats "binge spending agenda", yeah well, where did the surplus go that they were left with when Bush took over. And now the Democrats have to spend to try to repair the Republicans damage.
    Please learn from History!

    July 20, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. RG

    It's a shame that this all the Democrats have, to say that Republicans suck. The Democratic party has lost their way, who knows what they stand for anymore. The Republicans truly represent the wealthy, shouldn't the Democrats step up for the middle class? Democrats have become wishy-washy, having trouble passing bills with a majority! I await the beginning of a new 3rd party, but the Tea PArty, it has too narrow a focus, and no solutions.

    July 20, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. marlene

    Rep. Pete Sessions made comments on "Meet the Press", Sunday that reflects the view of the GObP leadership. It's just that he said it outloud and on tape. The GObP's elected officials have been trying to stop, stall, kill, repeal and lie about the economic agenda to get America back on track. If the American voter wants to go back to the "status quo" where the wealthy get more and the middle american's barely get by, then they will vote for the GObP candidate and Corporate America – big banks, big insurance companies, big oil, etc., and tax cuts for the wealthy.

    July 20, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. snow

    FACE IT, no one has screwed up like nobummer and the demorat congress.

    July 20, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. Roscoe Chait

    The article doesn't mention that Bush II was responsible for the greatest shift of wealth from the the middle class to the wealthy in the history of this planet. Bush effectively destroyed the middle class in this country and threw the poor further into poverty while the rich got richer.

    July 20, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. JAB

    The Republicans are advocating just more of the same policies that got us into the present conditions. They were spending like there was no tomorrow and really have no high ground to stand on.

    July 20, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. Liz the First

    This ad needs to be shown in every household in the country!!! it's time the Dems really started hitting back hard at the party and totally misguided ideology that nearly destroyed this country. i'm so sick of people complaining that Bush is being blamed for everything. that's called HISTORY, folks. and for the reality-challenged, here's the definition of History. it's what happened! it's not what you want to have happened or what you think should've happened or what you believe happened. it's what happened! bush and his stupid, evil administration caused the majority of the problems Obama is dealing with now and fixing over the protests of the very folks who helped create the problems. people who say Obama isn't doing enough don't understand how long it takes and what's involved in getting things done in DC. he's been more effective and gotten more good things done for the American people than most recent presidents. Blaming Obama for not fixing the mess that took 8 years to make is like blaming the fireman for not being able to put out a 5-alarm fire in ten minutes. if we turn control of the congress back to the republicans, we'll be signing this country's death warrant. it really is that simple, people!!!

    July 20, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. Anonymous

    it's the same tactics used by Republicans. politics has become so disgusting, I am almost ready to ask for a monarchy in this country. At least something would get done

    July 20, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  23. jenn, philadelphia

    At some point the Democrats are going to have to stop running against George Bush and run on ideas and their records.

    July 20, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  24. justleftofconservative

    It's not a return to Bush's agenda, but worse a "No Agenda"

    July 20, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  25. PalmReader

    Stubborn is as stubborn does, GOPers. Back to the future is NOT where I want our country to go.

    It has been a very long time since the GOPers in Congress have had an original thought not bought and paid for by Rush, Hannity, Beck, Rove, et. al.

    Ronald Regan increased the deficit by 189%. George W. Bush increased the deficit by 89%, each leading to a major recession.

    Fiscal responsibility, GOPers? I think not.

    July 20, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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