DNC ad takes on House GOP over spending pledge
January 7th, 2011
09:18 AM ET
4 years ago

DNC ad takes on House GOP over spending pledge

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee is firing away at House Republicans for what appears to be a backtracking of a pledge they made during the midterm election campaign.

The DNC is out with a new web video Friday morning that attacks GOP lawmakers for now saying that the $100 billion in spending cuts in the federal budget that they promised to cut is likely out of reach, blaming it on the fiscal calendar among other things. The video uses clips from cable newscasts, including CNN's "John King USA" and "Parker-Spitzer." The video is on YouTube and the DNC website. Democratic officials say they are pushing it on the social networks as well.

At a news conference Thursday, new House Speaker John Boehner defended himself against talk that he is backtracking, but he avoided answering CNN's question about a specific dollar figure on spending cuts.

"On September 24th, we made clear in a pledge that we want to go back to 2008 spending levels. And if we had been able to move on September 24th, we would have been able to go back to 2008 spending levels. But we're halfway through the year. I will say this: We will meet our commitment to the pledge in this calendar year. There's no ifs, ands or buts about it," said Boehner.

CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash and Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report


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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. vic nashville tn

    House Speaker John Boehner worked hard to push G.W.Bush agenda so what we can expect from him same old
    Don’t forget GOP got less than 30% of eligible votes last November
    Very soon voters revoke their probation (their own words)

    January 7, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  2. gt

    wow ... sounds like sour gsrapes... get over it you lost .. its the other sides turn now.... why dont you try to work with each other ,,,,do what the people want...jerks...

    January 7, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  3. Snow

    They said 100 billiion in the first year, well they do not have a full year before the end of the current fiscal year. Why not report on demorats scolding Republicans for reading the Constitution which is the document's liberals hate because it states what they cannot do.

    January 7, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  4. wiredweirdoinSF

    Did the DNC mention anything about the names that Pelosit called hard working, American tax payers. How about that if we pass the stimulus bill (giving the money to corrupt union bosses and left wing nut job organizations) unemployment won't go above 8%? Did they repeat Obozo's promise that Obozocare would not cost us one dime more? Did they mention Charlie Rangel or Maxine Waters? Did they do anything except try to be negative, demeaning and demonizing. No, that is not in the democrat liberal DNA.

    January 7, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    And these idiots want to add $230 billion to the debt by repealing health reform. I think it is time for the baggers to dump the republican party of misfits and morons. Stupidity, thy name is GOP.

    January 7, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  6. Rosslaw

    A Republican pledge to cut 100 billion dollars broken within 48 hours of taking the Speaker's position. A pledge to make the legislative process more open with the right to offer amendments broken re: the rightwing's theatrical legislation to repeal Health Care Reform. The promise to lower the deficit immediately broken with the extension of the upper 2% Bush tax cuts. If anyone is surprised, you haven't been paying attention to the greatest security threat to the United States for the last decade-the Republican party.

    January 7, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I would be ALL OVER every misstep by this new batch of GOTeaP clowns in the House.
    Like stink on feces.
    White on rice.
    Fleas on dogs. You get the picture.

    The DNC needs to stay in their face and be relentless in INFORMING THE PUBLIC of the many gaffes, lies, goofs, and stunts yet to come from these poor excuses for human beings, and even less civic servants which is what the GOP, headed by Boo-Hoo Boehener, is comprised of these days.

    Thr DNC should buy these guys a clown car, so that they can enter the House in the style which they deserve.
    Toot! Toot! Beep Beep!!

    January 7, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. Wes B.

    What a crock!

    "if we had been able to move on September 24th, we would have been able to go back to 2008 spending levels."-are you kidding me? What the crap?!

    January 7, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. Dave

    They's not in power for a week and the Republicans are already back-peddling in their promises. Given their incredible hypocrisy on fiscal matters, this is no surprise. They are going to find out very quickly that there is a big difference between running their big mouths in a campaign and actually having to govern. Tea-tards should make note of this.

    January 7, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    For two years, the democrats should have been pointing out the job killing tactics and obstruction of the republican party. These GOPers are the same idiots who drove our country to the brink of a great depression, and now they think they should be the designated driver for Boner.

    January 7, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. Real Patriots Do MORE than Salute, They educate themselves

    House GOP members are showing an ability to backpedal at a level that elite NFL cornerbacks would envy. You voted for em people, how's that buyer's remorsey thingy workin' out for ya??? (said in best Palin folksy twang).

    GOP same as it ever was.

    January 7, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. ThinkAgain

    Are we surprised by this? The Republicans care only about the wealthy: they wouldn't vote to extend unemployment benefits to average Americans until they got their $780 BILLION in tax cuts for their rich cronies – even when they knew it would add to the deficit and folks like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet said is was unwise and unnecessary.

    To all of you people who voted for these Republican yahoos: When are you going to wake up and accept the fact that your party is NOT fiscally responsible, it DOES NOT have any ideas and policies that actually work, and that they are USING YOU to get elected, even though, at the end of the day, they DON'T GIVE A RAT'S BEHIND ABOUT YOU!!!

    January 7, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  13. SayWhat

    A pledge from Boehner and the GOP? The only pledge that they will keep is the one they made to themselves and each other to grab as much power and money as the idoits who voted them in will let them. You can take that one to the bank.

    January 7, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  14. Take America Back From the I.T.T Democrats

    Now there they go again.... everyone knows no one watches CNN....much less Parker and his cell mate.

    January 7, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. Come Across

    Oh yeah? Well, we'll just see about that! And remember, we are keeping track of your Republican records!

    January 7, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. davec.0121

    Surprise ! A politician going back on his pledge! At the time it was made, the pledge of the Republicans to cut $100 billion in discretionary spending was breath-taking in either its cynicism ("they'll swallow it and not ask how") or its fatuousness ("of course we can – we just have to click our heels three times"). Now that they actually have to do it – suddenly it's not really an often-repeated pledge of $100 billion in cuts, it's just a promise to cut some spending, somewhere ,sometime. And they still have not said what they will cut to make even the smaller cuts to pass.
    Also, did anyone also notice how the Republicans are trying to put the blame for their reneging on their pledge onto the Democrats? The Boehner et al. spin is that the $100 billion was based on the higher numbers in the proposed budget, but since that didn't pass, then they don't have to be held to their pledge.

    January 7, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. Katie

    Republicans are and always have been fiscal frauds. They talk a good game, but fail to produce results. Look at the history – reagan double the deficit and raised taxes multiple times – and he's their hero! The bushs also multiplied the debt and deficit. It's all lip service folks. Who was the last really fiscally conservative republican president? Google it, I'll bet the most of you weren't even alive when he served.

    You'd think after 4 years of standing on the sidelines complaining that the least the republican party could have done is have a plan – they've got nothing. After 2 years of complaining about spending they can't name one thing they'll cut. Fiscal frauds.

    How many times must you be fooled before you face reality?

    January 7, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. Name king

    Oooh who didn't know that the repugs are all about talking point and nothing about substance. These folks threw so many fare and mayhem in the economy for the past 2 years i don't know how the hell people spend money to get the economy back on track. These repug couldn't govern if every thing they said was perfect, they would find a way to jack it up.

    January 7, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. Patriots Salute the Flag! Traitors don't!!!

    The problem is what it has been all along. Obama is still there.

    January 7, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. Four and The Door

    What the DNC forgot to mention is that Obama and Harry Reid tried in the last week of the Lame Duck congress to pass a budget for 2011 which included $1.27 trillion in deficit spending. It didn't fly. The Republicans will put a stop to that kind of deficit spending.

    January 7, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  21. Kevin

    I don't see how people are surprised. This is the same party that got us in this mess to begin with. You notice how the GOP rail against the president about balancing a budget, yet during the entire bush administration there was no balanced budget and the new speaker was in office back then. The GOP lied and lied to get back in office, now they have no clue what to do. They just can't be the party of "NO" anymore. The people who got hood winked are starting to see the GOP for who they really are.

    January 7, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  22. Tony FL

    Why even bother commenting? Republicans run on hypocricy and ignorance. They have been exposed numerous times, were caught lying, cheating, stealing, breaking promises and hatemongering. They are still there. I personally believe they are the evil personified.

    January 7, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. GonzoinHouston

    Remember Gingrich's Contract With America? Out of 10 or so points, two actually came up for House votes, and none of it ever became law. This latest stunt will have similar results.

    January 7, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. Monster Zero

    Considering that half of the monies to be saved were already spent when they got there it equates to just more Libtard antagonism for trying to do the right thing. Not to worry Libtards, the cuts are coming, I think a great one would be to start with Obama's salary and expense account, meaning no more Spain vacations, designer dresses, lavish parties etc., then move on to Congress members entitlements, then on to the Spendagon....

    We shall see what the 112th does, there is a reason they are called RepubliCAN's, because they CAN do and saying NO to bad ideas is what they should do!

    January 7, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |