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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  1. Joshua Ludd

    Awwww... did someone point out how the GOP wants to go right back to the same old tax everyone but the wealthy and spend, but only in ways that don't benefit the majority of the nation that Bush pursued... just like his daddy persued.. and just like Reagan pursued? I'm sure if we give trickle down voodoo economics another 30 years it will eventually start to work... and if it doesn't, we can always just blame Bill Clinton.

    July 20, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. Tony

    I have to say Republicans are idiots if they actually believe that people had jobs while Bush was President and Republicans had power. The fact is that people who had jobs were losing them at the rate of 750,000 per month up until President Obama stepped in. Although we lost a net 125,000 jobs in June, we had 5 consecutive months of no job losses prior to that and we'd have even more if Republicans weren't obstructing progress trying to be passed by the Democrats. It is the Republicans that are keeping this country from moving forward. They want the economy to continue to suffer so that they can benefit in November. They are UnAmerican, selfish, evil people who only care about one thing and that's getting elected. They could care less about those of us who are suffering financially right now while they line their pockets with millions. And I'm not letting Democrats off the hook either because there are plenty of them lining their pockets as well.

    July 20, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "The exact same agenda" the GOP needs to go back to is that of Reagan, not that of Bush-with a few tweaks.

    July 20, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. K

    They absolutely do want to go back to that agenda of No regulations and wall street making their own rules. Watch the BP hearings. It will give you all the answers you need. Follow the money trail. It runs right to the republican sewage plant. We the people lose. Not the greedy politicians who line their pockets and could care less about their constituents. If your honest, really honest, you weren't that well off during the Bush administration. It was all downhill from the beginning.

    July 20, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. GI Joe

    GObP - NO.

    You won't get my vote again - EVER - your lies have been shown too many times.

    Kiss my butt GObP.

    July 20, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. Amazed

    Perfect. The current President can't point to anything positive ha has accomplished so they go back to blaming Bush. Let me be the first to say if you disagree with this ad campaign you must be a racist.....

    July 20, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Billy, NYC

    Some Americans are very forgetful. Recent poll shows that only 34% of the Americans acknowledge that BUSH Administration is the one that bailed out the BIG BANKS in fall 2008.

    How many people remember how much tax cut did BUSH give to the RICH twice in his two terms? And, who will pay for the tax cut for the RICH? How many jobs were out sourcing to China and other countries during the BUSH Administration? What did they do to stop the job loss? NONE!

    This is the same BUSH economic agenda GOP is trying to fool ALL of US.

    July 20, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Bob

    Oh please. Democrats strategy is a failure so they go back to blaming Bush. Unemployment has skyrocketed under Obama. Taxes have skyrocketed under Obama. Government hass skyrocketed under Obama. When excatly is a President a President and the buck stops here? Trillions of dollars in debt now. The Dems have controlled congress since 2006. How exactly is it Bush's fault?

    July 20, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Darth Vadik, CA

    Actually, has anyone heard of anything new Republicans will do if they take over??? NOT ONE IDEA or ANSWER, NOT ONE...

    They literally have no agenda except to say NO to everything Obama has tried to do, and one thing Republicans seem to overlook is that the satisfaction of people with the Republicans in Congress is around 10 points below than the satisfaction with Democrats...

    ...and if the people are p-off at the Democrats, what do you think they think about Republicans, LOL, but keep dreaming you Conservatives...

    July 20, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. JB

    GWB/Republicans took over in 2000 with a $5 trillion USA Deficit.
    GWB/Republicans Left with a $10 Trillion USA Deficit. That is a FACT. FAILED Republican Policies – Tax Breaks for the Rich – No Unemployment benifits for the Middle Class. Bait & Switch – Republican tactics.

    July 20, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. Big Ed

    This tool came across like a fool on t.v., no ideas, all talking points. No suprises from the party of "NO"!

    July 20, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. Bob

    typical lies by DNC

    July 20, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Kevin

    PNAC. The Carlyle Group. Thank you media for not ever talking about these. Nah, the views of a group being elected don't matter. Essays written on a formal website don't matter, HEY let's talk about the President's dog! We will get more viewers! Thanks for killing some of my friends media.

    July 20, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. scott p.

    The GOP are always up to the same tricks. The GOP is Bush. Destroy the unions and working class. Transfer all the money to the aristocracy ie the bank executives. Then terminate all social programs and send keep more money for the rich. Get us into as many wars as possible and pick on mexicans. Motivate their base by waving bibles and shotguns around and then talk about socialist liberals. Total garbage.

    July 20, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. Florida Joe

    That's right Repubs.
    God forbid anyone remind us who drove this car into the ditch, squandered the surplus he was left, got us into 2 wars and funded them off budget so they wouldn't hit the deficit numbers, gave tax cuts to the rich (unfunded), medicare part D (unfunded)...Oh no don't say anything bad about Bush.........GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!!!

    July 20, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. Riley

    The dems are so clueless! Keep on blaming...you sound like a child.

    July 20, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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