August 27th, 2010
04:13 PM ET
4 years ago

Democrats highlight Bush, 'extremism' in House battle






Washington (CNN) - Bush-loving extremists.

That, in simplified form, was the label hung on Republicans Friday by the Democrat charged with spearheading his party's 2010 House election campaign.

Saddled with a sagging economy and lower presidential approval ratings, Democratic Congressional Campaign Chairman Chris Van Hollen laid out his party's apparent plan of attack for the looming midterm elections.

Addressing reporters, Van Hollen cast this fall's campaign as less a referendum on President Barack Obama and more a choice between much-needed change and a return to the policies of former President George W. Bush and a Republican Party increasingly under the sway of extreme Tea Party activists.

"I can assure you that despite the Washington summer political chatter, reports of the House Democrats' demise are greatly exaggerated," he declared.

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Filed under: 2010 • Chris Van Hollen • Democrats • George W. Bush
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  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans like to talk about Reagan like he was president before President Obama like Americans will forget. Won't work Republicans, own it, George W. Bush was the previous president that left this mess and not Reagan.

    August 27, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. terry,va

    The dumbocraps have been in charge of congress for 4 years. When did the housing bubble, financial problems with the banks etc. happen? Two years after the dumbocraps were in charge. What have we done since the crap hit the fan in late 2008? More dumbocrap policies. Obummie and his band of fools need kicked to the curb!!!

    August 27, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Marcus

    terry,va – You've been saying this since forever, and whenever someone says 'show us proofs of his innocence' you either gets mute or comes with something easily debunkable. Reagan spent his two terms blaming Carter for the economic status quo of the country for that matter (and he was right in part). The effects of the crisis caused by the 'tax cuts' + 'subprime crisis' will not disappear so easily, so... yes if they want to remember the average American that Bush has some 'credit' for the current economic crisis, why would they not use FACTS for that?

    August 27, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. Democracy NOT = free market capitalism

    Socialism is always bantered about but what type of socialism is worse?.... Socialized corporate welfare, for example, $40 Billion per year is given as subsidies to the oil companies along with Billions more subsidizing other 'companies'......................
    Or, socialized pensions, or socialized health care, or bank bailouts.........
    If republicans can STOP socialized corporate welfare, I would go along with less liberal welfare and possibly vote republicans again after 10 years. .................
    But, going back to the policies of President Bush that have failed, i see no reason to take the republicans as seriously ready to govern our nation at this critical time.

    August 27, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. Hammerer

    The dems have been a complete failure.
    Their only hope is to get the media to sell more snake oil! It worked one time so why not try again.

    August 27, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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