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