September 8th, 2010
02:13 PM ET
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RNC video uses Democrats to attack Obama

The RNC released a video highlighting Democratic candidates who are distancing themselves from President Obama in campaign ads.
The RNC released a video highlighting Democratic candidates who are distancing themselves from President Obama in campaign ads.

Washington (CNN) - A new Republican Party video highlights Democratic lawmakers facing tough re-elections this year who are distancing themselves from the White House.

The video, which went up Wednesday on the Republican National Committee's website, GOP.com, and on YouTube, starts with a video clip of President Barack Obama saying "if I said the sky is blue, they'd say no."

In the comments, the president was referring to Republicans who outright oppose his policies, but with the words "That's right. They do" and the donkey symbol that represents the Democratic Party, the video suggests that some Democrats also oppose the president.

The video then includes clips of campaign commercials from Rep. Walter Minnick of Idaho, Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin of South Dakota, Rep. Frank Kratovil of Maryland, Rep. Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania, Rep. Bobby Bright of Alabama, and Rep. Joe Donnelly of Indiana. In each clip, the Democratic lawmakers highlight their opposition to Obama administration policies, such as bailouts of Wall Street, some major banks, and the big auto companies, health care reform, the federal stimulus, the budget, and energy legislation.

The video ends by asking: "With policies this bad, who can blame them?"

All five Democrats represent moderate to conservative districts and all face challenging re-elections in November's midterm elections.

"We've always been a big tent. That's one of the strengths of our party. It can create some challenges at times, but overall we don't want to be the party that throws folks over the side because they run an ad they don't like or cast a vote that we don't like," Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Tuesday on the Situation Room.

But Kaine did concede that he might not be as helpful to candidates that weren't towing the party line.

"You won't be surprised, Wolf, to know that I tend to be a little more helpful to those who are energetically and enthusiastically telling about the good things their party has done," added Kaine.


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  1. Sophist_Pure

    CNN has become so biased against the President I can hardly believe it. All the sudden Obama is attacking the GOP? You have to be kidding me! The GOP has done nothing but attack everything Obama has done. I don't agree with everything he has done, but come on, the man is trying! Honestly, I would like to hear one comment where anything Obama has done has directly hurt anyone? Our public has become the most ignorant herd!!!! On one hand you complain that Obama is taking over healthcare and industry...blah...blah...blah....then you talk out the other side of your mouth and say he's responsible for the economy. Can't have it both ways people. What about the wasted trillions in the desert, all spent based on very specific lies made by your beloved Bush. WHERE"S the tribunal on that!!!! SPECIAL INVESTIGATION over an intern, but not even an investigation for two irresponsible wars??? COME ON PEOPLE!!!! Particularly considering the personal gain benefitted from these same criminal acts. WAKE UP AMERICA...Stop watching CNN...they should go back to reporting the news instead of reading their viewer's emails and pushing their poll numbers. CUT the editorializing and report the news without normative judgments attached. I used to admire CNN when it was a newscast. Now its an MTV reality Gameshow, as if our leaders were the contestants. NOW PUBLISH THIS EMAIL CNN!!! Be objective – that's all I demand.

    September 8, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. obama victim

    ok left wing crazies......rip away at the Repubs all you want...but they are going to wipe the floor with the dumbs, er,,dems, in Nov

    September 8, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. gt

    the only ones that want obama are the ones who are loosing so bad it dont make a difference... america has found out the king has no clothes....

    September 8, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. db

    They can run, but they cannot hide.

    September 8, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Von Bismark

    The GOP has awoken a sleeping giants!

    September 8, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. Incompetants in High Places

    Anybody with any sense at all should be opposed to this administration and congress for what they are doing to this country. Replace em all. Most irresponsible, incompetent bunch ever seen in office.

    September 8, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Rick from Oregon

    How could they oppose Obama bailing out Wall Street, when it was BUSH who put the $700 billion TARP program into place?

    September 8, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. normajean

    With things the way they are in this country right now, any Democrat that publicly turns against the president just might find himself on the" outside ,looking in' when the votes are all counted. WE NEED THE ENTIRE PARTYS HELP TO BRING THIS ADMINISTRATION AND OUR COUNTRY BACK TO A WORKABLE CONDITION. TWENTY TWO MONTHS, WHICH OUR PRESIDENT HAS HAD IS NOWHERE NEAR ENOUGH TIME TO CLEAN UP THE MESS LEFT BY THE REPUBS.IF YOU CAN'T HANG IN THERE AND HELP...YOU'RE IN THE WRONG PARTY. IT'S THE REPUBS WHO DON'T EVER HELP.WHO THOUGHT WE'D EVER BE A ONE PARTY SYSTEM? WE ARE RIGHT NOW!!!!

    September 8, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. John

    An, Republicans. They're dumb enough to think that no one can figure it out. Of course, their base, can't.

    September 8, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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