Liberal group uses Obama's words against him
December 9th, 2010
01:33 PM ET
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Liberal group uses Obama's words against him

Washington (CNN) - A very vocal liberal critic of the White House says it is putting out a second television ad slamming President Barack Obama for caving in on the tax cut deal he made with congressional Republicans.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee announced Thursday that its going up with an ad that uses then-candidate Barack Obama's words from two and a half years ago against the president for now striking a deal that would extend Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

The PCCC, in an e-mail Thursday to supporters, said "President Obama did not force a single Republican in Congress to feel political pain back home for being on the wrong side of the tax cuts issue. And now he's asking us to accept a raw deal."

The ad, which the PCCC says will run on national cable TV in the nation's capital and on broadcast and cable TV in the Indianapolis and Evansville markets in Indiana, comes as many congressional Democrats are fighting back against the deal, which also allows for unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed to continue for another year.

Like their first ad, the new PCCC commercial uses a clip from the 2008 presidential campaign, from then-Sen. Barack Obama speaking on April 22nd of that year in Indiana (which is why the ad's running in Indiana).

While he was battling then-Sen. Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination at the time, in his speech, Obama attacked Sen. John McCain, who at the time was the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

"So he's promising four more years of tax cuts for CEO's. Tax cuts that he once voted against because he said they offended his conscience. Well they may have stopped offending John McCain's conscience somewhere along the road to the White House. But George Bush's economic policies still offend my conscience and they still offend yours," says Obama, in the speech.

At the start of the commercial, as the president speaks, the words "Obama promised change" appear in the ad, which ends with the words "If Obama won't fight for his promise, Congress needs to."

The PCCC e-mail to what it says are 675,000 supporters also asks for financial donations to allow the group to continue running the new commercial into next week.

Obama narrowly won Indiana, the first Democrat to carry the state in a presidential election in more than four decades. But in last months' midterm elections, the GOP won back an open Senate seat held by the Democrats and captured two House seats held by the Democrats.

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Gaylon Barrow THE UNBIASED THRUTH!

    Impeach this unpatriotic dog now.

    December 9, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. CTinDC

    Ok.. I am officially angered by the liberals.. and I AM a liberal. This is ridiculous.

    December 9, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. JohnM

    We keep hearing from the ultra-radicals from left and right telling us what all is wrong but they never even attempt to come up with solutions only problems. Exercising common sense is a concept completely foriegn to both.

    December 9, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. Whatever

    Oh we hear the babies crying?!?!?! I did not get my way?!?! He is the President of the United States who happens to be a Democrat by political title. Just to debunk a myth – – he is NOT just the President of Black Americans, Liberals or the PCCC. GET OVER YOURSELVES!!!!!!!!!

    December 9, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. Forrest Bradford

    O'Bama did the unthinkable to me.. He actually lost my respect and my vote! How dare he prop up the nation's confidence only to slam it down by acting like a Bush.

    Oh Beautiful for Corporates sake to screw the middle class
    Our congress bought by CEOs who fly in corporate jets
    America, America Greed sheds its grace on thee
    And screw the class that made us great
    From sea to shining sea

    December 9, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. B

    Unfortunately the President – showed his hand- to the Republicans early on with his naive belief that they would somehow co-operate.. The Republicans said openly that their # 1 goal is to " make him a -one term President- and they on on track to just that.

    I am afraid that we have another Jimmy Carter situation, smart guy, NO Balls, pardon the term!
    So much for all of the rhetoric during the campaign ...

    December 9, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. once upon a horse

    why aren't the wealthy coming out in droves to defend President Obama on keeping their tax cuts? Don't hold your breath on it. That would be like expecting FoxNews or Sarah Palin to either do a postive story on him or post something nice about him on her FaceBook page. Sorry Mr. President even though you did something that they LIKE, they are STILL all against you.

    December 9, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. Take America Back from the Libs

    Here is the "Real Issue"........
    1. Democrats have a problem and that problem is LIBERALS; (like when the guy who found the freezing snake...."if I pick you up and help you, do you promise me you won't bite me'.....and then after promising he would not bite him, the snake did....why....Because He is a Snake1)
    2. Liberals consist of less than 20% in number in this nation.....Conservatives mor than double that w/40 plus %.
    3. Liberals know they will never have another opportunity as they did w/their buddy Obambi
    4. It is da ja voo with the Liberals....IE: Clinton

    Bottom line: to coin a phrase by Obambi: 'there was an election and we won and your side lost".....You LIbs just need to GET OVER IT!

    December 9, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. Democrats Class Warfare - Destroying the economy and country

    I just LOVE IT when Progressives feed on other Progressives! It's a contest to see who can be the looniest of the looniest lefty! If you're not a tenth degree black belt looney leftist then you must be against them. THESE are the WACK JOBS that have been, and want to continue running the country!!!! Any wonder why everything is going down the crapper???

    December 9, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. concerned liberal

    It is simple – Obama repeatedly promised not to extend rich tax breaks. He broke his promise. After all the blah blah blah – broken promise.

    Kept tax breaks, no action overturning DADT, kept Guantanamo, kept assassination squads, ..... what was the Big Change again?

    December 9, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. stufit

    I might contribute just to these liberal idiots bring down the master deceiver. I am sure the words Obozo used so freely to knock McCain and the Republicans sent a twinge up and down Chris Matthews leg and made all the dope addicted, welfare frauds in this country his people, but then comes the reality of actually governing. This is what happens when a pretty face using pretty words runs smack dab in to the real world. Keep going demcorats, help us make sure this inept, incompetent, lying, corrupt, union toady is a one term president.

    December 9, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. NC

    Give it a break and stop the class warfare. Would you rather the majority of Americans are hurt just to spite a few. We will always have different economic groups just give it a rest.

    December 9, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. Expat American

    From Day One, the Republican Party of Genocide has had one single agenda and one alone – that is the failure of the President.
    Liberal Groups understand this, or should have already understood this.
    The rest of the world understands that the Republicans stand for nothing except failing while in power and attacking while they are not.

    December 9, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Politics is about facing reality AND adjusting.
    Perhaps had the Democrats, as a whole,acted a lot sooner on this issue that was fast approaching, their backs wouldn't have been up against the eleventh-hour wall.
    As such, the Democraps have issues staying on the same page, finding their UNIFIED voice, acting on issues, and communicating same to the electorate.
    Look, I too wanted to fight the Rethugs even if that meant having my taxes go up and the unemployed go without at Christmastime (May God forgive me AND the RethugliKKKLans), so thank God for the President. The man had to re-evaluate his position on this subject based on CURRENT conditions and all that was at stake with the Rethugs obstruction.
    He made a TOUGH decision that he admitted was against his purist sentiments, but ultimately he was there to benefit the nation NOT empty, and useless posturing.
    He's not the first politician to have to adjust; stop measuring him by a different yardstick.

    December 9, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. stormerF

    Time for some one to bring back words of promise ,lies and inuendos, all said for one agenda get elected by lying to the people.

    December 9, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. kyle

    When the GOP held the unemployed hostage, Obama had no choice but to extend the Bush tax cuts, If he had stuck to his guns we would be talking about how he let the unemployed down.

    December 9, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. janedoe

    They should've voted and been very stern about getting everyone they knew to vote. He did his job by telling us to vote and we didn't do it. So take or leave it. I'm so sick of everyone thinking this man can do all things by himself. I finally understand what my Dad was trying to tell me when I was younger about the people whom control everything. They have always set things up so we the poor can fail and continue to fail. That's why Palin and all the others in Fox and the whole Republican party won't allow the President to do anything. If it helps the people on the bottom it's inhumane to them.

    December 9, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. jim

    can't wait for DC to become ash

    December 9, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. frets

    It's time for barry to go. He has lied too many times. My grandson can negotiate for new toys better than this failure. Now the white house and summers has adopted the repub terrorist strategy of selling FEAR about economic doom to get barry's way. Since the architect of the economic failure is on his way out why would anyone in their right mind listen to this guy anyway. Obama is out in 2012 and we will have a new candidate.

    December 9, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    Just further proof that Obama is not the radical, socialist, Marxist and every other kind of IST the right wing is imploring America to believe. He is pissing off libs and conservatives, which means he must be doing something right.

    December 9, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. Fair is Fair

    I kind of feel sorry for Obama – getting eaten alive by the rabid far-left.

    Nah... he had it coming. I'm going to go make some popcorn and enjoy watching the democrat party implode.

    December 9, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Expat American

    I support the President. However, unlike many, I already knew that he had a tough, seemingly impossible hill to climb in putting forth his agenda while standing up to the Republican Party of Genocide; whose only policy was to do all that they could to obstruct and cause President Obama’s downfall. I will continue to support the President, because I know that he will need to keep working hard to appease as best he can the GOP interests of supporting white millionaires and stepping on the throats of middle class America – even the throats of poor Whites who believed the Republican racial and religious bigoted rhetoric of the last presidential election cycle.

    The rest of the world continues to hate Republicans in 2010.

    December 9, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. Mad man

    I wonder how long before the liberal left begins to attack Obama's citizenship...Seeing as the original citizenship question was raised by Philadelphia Democrat Phil Berg supporting Hillary Clinton's primary run I always find it humorous to read the tard posts blasting the GOP and Tea Party conspirators...kind of like blaming two wars on the GOP when the Congress passed the declaration of war (both sides) and T'Sah from Virginia, it would be nice for you to understand and investigate the difference between a certificate of live birth issued in Hawaii and a certified birth certificate. The State of Hawaii issued live birth certificates to children born outside of the United States to parents of American citizenry, but alas the legal complexity and subjective use of our laws is now the cancer that eats us all from the inside out. peace

    December 9, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  24. LegendRx

    Sometimes Collateral damage is necessary to achieve the end goal. Obama have to stand strong and accept his leadership with the realization that you can't just keep putting a bandage on the same cut that clearly need stitches. It they want to let unemployment benefit expire, so be it. Fight the good fight for the long term result. Kick butt and take no prisoners. Democrats are weak and republicans are spoiled selfish trolls who would auction off their mother, wives and children for a penny on a dollar.

    December 9, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. Tim

    How about running it on Gitmo. Or enhanced interogation methods. Or uniting the country and forgetting about red and blue states. Or about reducing the cost of healthcare. And on, and on, and on.

    December 9, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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