House Republicans hit back in budget PR battle
April 26th, 2011
12:27 PM ET
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House Republicans hit back in budget PR battle

(CNN)–The latest volley between Democrats and Republicans as they try to gain the public relations momentum in the battle of the budget comes from the House Republicans. On Tuesday the National Republican Congressional Committee, responsible for electing Republicans to the House, went up with a campaign aimed at 13 Democratic incumbents.

The committee, launching a similar effort to its Democratic counterpart, is launching radio ads, robocalls and other measures to try to put pressure on the Democrats.

The back and forth comes over the proposed House budget, pushed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), that passed earlier this month. The plan would cut the nation's debt by dramatically reforming Medicare and Medicaid as well as cutting taxes. Democrats have been hitting the GOP saying that proposal would kill those programs while Republicans argue major changes are needed to keep them growing.

"The federal government is $14 trillion in debt. And what did Congressman [insert name of Congressman] do to cut spending? Drum roll please." The drum rolls and ends with a thump– at which point the announcer in the NRCC ad states: "That's it, nothing. In one day [insert name of Congressman] refused to vote for any of the budget proposals that would cut spending or reduce the deficit. Five separate plans."

Among those targeted in the GOP campaign are: Reps. Jason Altimire (Pennsylvania); John Barrow (Georgia); Dan Boren (Oklahoma) Jim Costa (California); Ben Chandler (Kentucky); Peter DeFazio (Oregon); Joe Donnelly (Indiana); Larry Kissell (North Carolina); Jim Matheson (Utah); Mike McIntyre (North Carolina); Mike Ross (Arkansas); Kurt Schrader (Oregon); Heath Shuler (North Carolina).

Many of those members belong to the "Blue Dog Coalition," a largely fiscally conservative group of House Dems who are more conservative than others in their party.

Several Republican-leaning groups have also weighed in promoting the Ryan budget while several Democratic organizations have launched media campaigns warning of the dangers of that proposal aimed specifically at vulnerable House freshmen.


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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. johnRJ08

    Any Republican who supports the Ryan "Path to Prosperity" is going to be finding his own path out of public office in the next election.

    April 26, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Good ad! Continue to point out how fiscally irresponsible the Democrats are, as well as their "leader", I mean campaigner-in-chief, Barak Hussein Obama. Continue to hammer them on their insane spending and debt run up with no end in sight. The avergae American understands this simply cannot continue.

    April 26, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. SayWhat

    The GOP has seriously miscalculated the mood of America. You can't drop the ball on what you were elected for (jobs, the economy) and then spend your time on idealogical issues such as killing NPR and birth control and trying to kill Medicare and not have to pay the price. There are many more have nots than haves and they are going to stand up and say "Send the GOP Packing in 2012."

    April 26, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    What about the debt limit? They voted on a budget for 2010-11. Supposedly, an agreement was reached. And now some conservatives announce that they want more cuts on the 2010-11 budget before they will vote to raise the debt limit. Many are saying that they will not raise the limit under any circumstance.

    Some might call this political hardball. I call a spade, a spade. This is called reneging on compromise.

    April 26, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. sonny chapman

    Tax cuts, less govt. relations. a "muscular" foreign policy & America will become a Garden of Eden...unless you're Middle Class.

    April 26, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. Publius Novus

    The House Republicans made a clear statement of where they stand on this country. They want to dismantle Medicare and provide (I have trouble believing this) more, yes more, tax breaks to upper-income taxpayers. At the same time they suggest broad and deep cuts in the federal budge. Even TEA party types should be able to understand this.

    April 26, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    The GOP has seriously miscalculated the mood of America. You can't drop the ball on what you were elected for (jobs, the economy) and then spend your time on idealogical issues such as killing NPR and birth control and trying to kill Medicare and not have to pay the price. There are many more have nots than haves and they are going to stand up and say "Send the GOP Packing in 2012."
    ==================================================================================================
    You need to really get a clue. 2010 election results were a direct order from the American people to the Republican Party to STOP THE DEMOCRATS from destroying this country with their insane spending and massive new government healthcare entitlement. Democrats were voted OUT OF OFFICE in record numbers.

    The American people know and understand that THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT CREATE JOBS!!! Unless you're talking wasteful, overhead government jobs. BUSINESSSES CREATE JOBS. They only create jobs given the right conditions and a prosperous economy. The Democrats spent the last 2-4 years ATTACKING business and creating a horrendous business climate in this country.

    If people want to continue killing our econmoy, then elect Democrats and we can all be on welfare very quickly.

    April 26, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. DENNA

    You know what Rethugs? Why don't you produce some meaningful legislation and provide some help in getting America back to work. If we could just get people back to work, the deficit would take care of itself. More people working = more taxpayers. And all of you conservatives, please stop saying that people don't want to work and that liberals love the welfare state, etc. While these comments may make you feel superior to liberals, the are not helpful. If you want to help, why don't you write to your assorted reps and get on them about creating jobs. Seriously, if you want to help, get on your hired (elected) guns and make them produce some jobs. Otherwise, just turn off your computers and go back to bed. Thanks for listening!

    April 26, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Can someone offer a sensible explanation as to how a Personal tax cut creates jobs?
    A business tax cut makes much more economic sense than a Personal tax cut.

    Dogmatic ideologues need not respond.
    (my explanation is a simple one. multi-billion dollar S-Corporations)
    I guess I am looking for someone to explain "Trickle Down Economics", which is not the same as Supply Side. Please do not propose that it is. Supply Side is a business tax cut. Trickle Down is a personal tax cut.

    April 26, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    LOL...and we didn't see this coming? It's the same as their nonsense about Dems wanting to give viagra to sex offenders in the ACA. It's simple: Propose blatantly poisoned nonsense masquerading as something legitimate and then claim that the people who had the 1 IQ point necessary to see beyond the thin veil and vote against it...that they don't want to do whatever legitimate thing the masquerade was all about. Shenanigans.

    Proof? The whole thing is theater to the GOP. Instead of Ryan's idiotic plan, they almost voted for a far more conservative, budget-obliterating bill proposed by the RSC because they were all running around in their masquerade party dresses voting for it, figuring that the Dems would take responsibility for saving them from themselves and vote it down for them. But ooooh how the GOPers scrambled to find the Representatives within their own ranks to literally change their votes in order to vote down the RSC plan when the Dems called their bluff and all voted "present." Outplayed, outmatched, out of touch, out of time. Scamble little GOPers, scramble.

    April 26, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Even TEA party types should be able to understand this."

    Apparently, algebra functions differently south of the Mason-Dixon line.

    April 26, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. Little Billy

    Re: "The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends"

    And the great Republican Corporate Welfare Society thrives! No taxes for Corporations! No social programs for the less advantaged. It's a simple balance sheet problem!

    April 26, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. Positive

    The Republicans can try to spin this anyway they want – we all know the truth. The almost unanimously voted to destroy Medicare for my generation turning the money over to insurance CEOs and leaving me without any meaningful healthcare. At the same time, they voted to give more tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans.

    Spin, spin, spin – We know the truth!

    April 26, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. Little Billy

    Re: "The Democrats spent the last 2-4 years ATTACKING business and creating a horrendous business climate in this country."

    Ah yes, that's why the DOW is on a record streak (back above 12,000), CEO bonuses are at record levels, Ford is posting it's biggest profits since 1998, GM is paying back all of its debt to the Feds, and GE paid no taxes despite billions in US revenue in 2010. Sounds like "a horrendous business climate" to me!

    April 26, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. Mikey

    @ Day of reckoning – It seems it is you who needs to get a clue. You are obviously so far to the right that the center looks like the left to you. Yes, the Dems did get beat up in the last election, partly for health care, partly due to misconceptions about health care reform, but moreso because the unemployment rate was 9.8%.

    The best cure for a general desire for Conservative governance is the actuality of conservative governance. The public wanted more fiscal responsibility and adjustment to, not repeal of, health care reform. The did not vote to end collective bargaining, to make war on pubic employees, especially teacher, police, and firefighters, to give more massive tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations, to remove of public protections from corporate misbehavior, to cripple or take away social security and medicare, to make war on the poor, or to push an extreme right wing social agenda. If you believe so, it us you who is completely clueless.

    April 26, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. lgny

    On jobs, the Republicans have tried to play it both ways. When it's government spending, their mantra is: "THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT CREATE JOBS!" When the unemployment rate does not decrease as rapidly as we all wish, their mantra is that the "Democrats have failed to create jobs."

    April 26, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. Kim

    " The plan would cut the nation's debt by dramatically reforming Medicare and Medicaid as well as cutting taxes. "

    It would also add trillions to the deficit and end Medicare as we know it, lower tax rates for the top 2% and increase them for working class people.

    You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig.

    April 26, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Positive

    The GOP has shown their destructive plan with their Tea Party led Path to Prosperity (for the few, like insurance CEOs who will get the Medicare dollars and the top 2% earners, drastic decline for the rest of us). Why would anyone vote for anymore of them so they could actually get the power to put this mess into law.?!?!??!?

    Obama 2012

    April 26, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. diridi

    what hit back??/ Tell to these conservative idiots in 21st century's high tech era. Paul Ryan's budget vehimently supported by GOP thugs cut "Medicare" Cut the taxes on "Wealthy". Doesn't this represent Idiot and demised thug Ronald Reagan's Trickle Down economy???? CNN are you brainless, without thinking with full of cow donge in the brain, why don't you stress on these....can't you watch CNBC, Becky Quick, clearly said, your so called rich "Exon" did not pay a dime in taxes in USA, but paid 15 million dollars of taxes to overseas, why, because if they do not pay, they will kick Exon....So is GE did not pay any taxes.....catch...put them in peril....Go Obama 2012!!!!only white conservative idiots, and uneducated do not like Obama...that's it...period...here my vote for Obama.....i am not polled...either...god bless him, and the USA!!!

    April 26, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. Ken, AZ

    Here we go again; "cut taxes for the rich and they will create jobs". The Trickle Down Theory will not work and has never worked. Why would any business create more jobs to produce more goods and services when there is no one to sell them to? There has to be a demand for goods and services before jobs are created and that demand will not exist without a viable middle class.

    April 26, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Bill

    Hey Day of Reckoning – you seem to convieniently omit the fact that the huge tax breaks and incentives were given to US corporations, by Bush and the republicans. This resulted in millions of jobs going overseas that will never return. We have created a middle class in countries where none existed at the peril of own middle class. Also, you fail to mention the unregulated mortgage lending environment that led to the recession and subsequent housing crisis – again a product of f
    failed republican economic policies. And by the way, writing in all caps is something one would expect from a fifth grader. Grow up.

    April 26, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. kylefromohio

    @ the Day of Financial

    41% of the population voting during Mid-terms is not a mandate; We want the Congress to start working on creating Jobs; call it what you want but the President tasks is to veto or sign bills presented to him/her from Congress; so your angrier should be directed congress. and how wrong can you be "THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT CREATE JOBS!!" I guess you still ride on dirt roads, have no need for Police and/or firemen; No need for any service that is provide for the common good of all citizen; and for sure no need for Congress, The US Armed Forces, and etc ......... Cause you must be BAD to the BONES.

    April 26, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Both Democrats and Republicans have their extreme wings. Right now, the more moderate wing is calling the shots for the Democrats, and the hard right is calling the shots for the Republicans.

    Which of those groups, (moderate Democrats or rightist Republicans) do you feel is more willing to compromise? Which is more willing to keep promises and agreements? Which is more willing to make the hard choices in making across the board cuts (yes we do to this, stop whining)? Which is better able to effect a cure for some or all of our economic woes?

    Which do you trust the most? Hmm?

    April 26, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. Will

    Seniorshave finally learn what the word OUCH in the GOP &Paul Ryan's Medicare vOUCHer Plan means. If Seniors vote for the GOP again, then you can say bye bye to Social Security.

    April 26, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. sf

    all these idiot right wingers talking about how much Obama's is spending...well he's spending to fix YOURS AND BUSHES MISTAKES! and we cannot replenish our government purse without taxing, and i have had enough of NOT TAXING THE RICH! you people on the right need serious psychological help! you're getting screwed on your knees, eyes wide opened and you don't even realize it!

    OBAMA 2012!!!!

    April 26, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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