Dems launch 'Accountability August'
August 4th, 2011
03:17 PM ET
7 years ago

Dems launch 'Accountability August'

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched a new ad and fundraising campaign Thursday targeting 44 House Republicans over their party's stance on Medicare and raising the debt ceiling.

The efforts, titled "Accountability August," are the latest steps taken as part of the committee's "Drive for 25" campaign to win control of the House in 2012.

Radio ads will run in House districts during August that the DCCC deem vulnerable in the next election. Congress adjourned this week after passing legislation to raise the debt ceiling that drew fire on both sides of the aisle.

"Congressman ______ voted to end Medicare forcing seniors to pay more to protect tax breaks for Big Oil and millionaires," the ad says. "Tell ____ stop choosing millionaires over seniors."

The ramped up campaign efforts, including billboards, door-to-door canvassing, phone banks and automated calls, will criticize 44 Republicans over their votes in support of House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan's plan that included changes to Medicare and the refusal of House Republicans to consider increasing taxes on the wealthy as part of an agreement to raise the U.S. borrowing limit.

DCCC Chairman Rep. Steve Israel said Republicans "will have to explain to their constituents why they voted to end Medicare three times and raise seniors' health care costs."

"House Republicans' priorities are clear – they have repeatedly chosen Millionaires and Big Oil over Medicare and voters are holding them accountable for it," Israel, D-New York, said in a statement.

Paul Lindsay, Communications Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said Democrats are ignoring "the economic crisis they helped create."

"House Democrats can't talk about their agenda that is destroying jobs, so they are relegated to repeating the same pathetic demagoguery to distract from their plan to bankrupt Medicare," Lindsay said. "It's a worn out page from their political playbook that ignores the economic crisis they helped create."

Filed under: 2012 • DCCC • Debt • Deficit
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  1. Anonymous

    Democrats, you are calling for accountability August. You are accountable for what you have not done in the first two years when you had both House & Senate Control. You target is 2012 and it clearly shows that you are working for "yourself' and not for the Millions of People that you promised that you will bring so called Change in their life. In a way, you did bring change, you made it worse for them. No Jobs, No improvement in economy.

    August 4, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. ConservaFASCISTS/ConservaTERRORISTS

    It's a worn out page from their political playbook that ignores the economic crisis they helped create."
    Complete nonsense. Republicans were on a drunken spending spree for the last decade and now all of a sudden they've been deficit hawks? Give me a break. The financial terrorist Abu Musab Lindsay doesn't even believe that bs himself.

    August 4, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. Gee

    If this is "Accountability August", how about holding the DCCC accountable for advertising LIES on TV?? None of the plans that were voted on "ended" medicare, they only changed eligability dates and such for future people and trimmed it here and there. They DID NOT eliminate medicare....if these ads were run by private citizens, they could be sued for slander.....

    August 4, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. Biggge

    With the Dow down 400 points where are the idoits who were saying let the US default...The US markets would have crashed..The House of Rep. GOP, just want to say thanks for sinking us, you and your Tea Party should be proud, U all really showed us....

    August 4, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. DOS

    I would rather you were all voted out, every last one of you who contributed to this dysfunction starting 10 years ago. It's both a Republican and Democratic problem, not an either or... and it will be us the middle class who will foot the bill and weather the storm.

    August 4, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. masgap

    "The economic crisis they helped create" what a bunch of nonsense. It was the Republicans with their two unpaid for wars, the unpaid Bush tax cuts and deregulation that was the cause of all of this. Plus their insistence of politics of "no" over the common good. Divided governtment no more. Vote out the Republicans especially the tea baggers.

    August 4, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. Jane

    Landslide, Democrats in 2012! Obama is the "Man" protecting the poor and elderly,and our Childrens Education! Teaparty = Financial Terror! Vote no! Get rid of the Teaparty!!!!

    August 4, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    I think anyone in the Tea Party Caucus is vulnerable. They lied to us. They promised "jobs, jobs, jobs." Instead, they have delivered "sobs, sobs, sobs." to hundreds and thousands in the working middle class.

    August 4, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. phoenix86

    Democrats sill have nothing to offer but talking points. Americans grow tired.

    August 4, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. nitty1964

    I doubt the average American voter (mainly those who vote Republican) realize that if you are not a multi-million dollar company or in the top 2% in personal weath your voice will not be heard. Your concerns will fall on deaf ears. Time and time again they have proven they only want to stop planned parenthood, stop abortions, curb union rights, and keep the ultra rich ultra rich. Those middle class republican voters I wonder what they are thinking when they go to the polls? Now I'll be the first to admit Democrats have fallen short on a few things but if we put more republicans in office the middle class will disappear for good and we'll be the nation of haves and have nots.

    August 4, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. Mike kerns

    I think I have found a new energy source that can replace our dependence on imported oil. It's called the gas that passes through the right wing media and every conservative politicians mouth the only negative is it's a dirty unclean fuel

    August 4, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Why would anyone want a job in Washington when $175,000/yr is nothing compared to what they make in their own profession? Answer is, LOBBYIST pay millions and the Tea Baggers will get their handout while talking about fixing government. LOL

    August 4, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. Let's get rational now

    Each party slings arrows at each other instead of getting together and solving problems. That is what drug the debt ceiling idiocy out until the last possible day and it's going to happen again and again. These idiots left town without solving the FAA mess. Instead of demanding accountability from each other why don't they just do their jobs?

    August 4, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. L4Legend

    I have already taken note and WILL not support the rethugs anytime soon.

    August 4, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. U. S. A.

    Democrats will control Congress after the 2012 elections. The country has had enough of Republicans controlling Congress this year, and the year is not yet over. It will get much worse before it gets better.

    August 4, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. harvey 60

    why don't you run an ad showing 15% of Americans needing food stamps to survive, then show Boehner and McConnell grinning last November when they passed the $700 billion tax break for the rich? how about a commercial featuring poor folks on food stamps juxtaposed with Grover Norquist and his buddies from the Jarvis "Taxpayers" Association driving their luxury automobiles to their palatial homes?

    August 4, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. SecedingfromTexas

    ",,,,,economic crises they helped create"? Do I see a little bit of admittance that the Republicans had a hand in
    creating this crises? They better get a grip on the teas, because they want to create a larger crises that will
    be on their hands.

    August 4, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. Marie MD

    In a way I am sorry (but not really) that we didn't default because that would have opened up everyone's eyes. Grandma and grandpa with no social security check. Thousands of seniors not being able to have medical care. Children going hungry. The country finally flushed down the toilet. That is what the republikans and teabaggers wanted.
    Come 2012 keep voting for these (R) clowns. If you think 500 point drop was bad let's see what the newbies/teatards do next.

    August 4, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. mike

    liberals and socialism will spell the end of our world as we know it. The stock market is proof that this administration cannot achieve financial prosperity. Wall Street hates this administration. 2012 must be the end of Obama or we will follow in Greece's path. God help us...

    August 4, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Dal From California

    Paul Lindsay, What happened to the surplus that was left in the 2000. From 2000 to 2008 we had all those stupid calls for wars and job losses galore. Your party got into the house in 2012 on the platform to create JOBS, yet your party did not pass or even generate a single BILL to CREATE JOBS. All your party has been doing is making calls and prediction that the current president should only be ONE term president. IF that is the case then certainly you and your party need to GROW UP and start to think for the betterment of the AMERICA as one country.

    August 4, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Terrorist Democrats will also be held accountable in 2012 for their refusal to curtail spending and borrowing. 2010 was just the warmup.

    August 4, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. doug

    Democrats and accountability in the same sentence, that's the funniest thing I have ever heard. You can't find a single Democrat in America who doesn't fully believe in the ends justifying the means, it is the same of every National Socialist supporter throughout history.

    August 4, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. The Elephant in the Room


    Thanks for the 500 point loss in the Dow. In the past 2.5 years Obama had rebuilt my 401K until you yahoos started grandstanding about the debt ceiling.

    Please don't try to deflect your culpability. Yyou GOPTP'er's are always talking about how the "business community" doesn't like uncertainty. Why then did you IDIOTS go introduce UNNECESSARY uncertainty as to whether or not the United States would default? Why did you introduce the UNCERTAINTY that the economy might lose signifcant GDP from a disruption as a result of a crisis that REPUBLICANS maufactured? Why did you prolong, for 8 months, what had previously been, for EVERY other President, a simple vote on a 1 sentence bill?

    In the words of McConnell, your Republicans, "ransomed the hostage" to get these spending cuts before voting to raise the debt ceiling. Well, we see what that has done for us, don't we?

    August 4, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. Linda

    Dang, these Democrats sure have got a lot of nerve always downing the Republicans, always passing the buck, always blaming someone else. Hey idiot Democrats, you all are the ones who created this mess, wasting taxpayers money and spending like our money grows on trees. You might better shut-up and get to work and help solve the problems instead of creating more, in other words, DO YOUR JOBS.

    August 4, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. Ancient Texan

    Have these clowns looked at the huge deficits they've run up lately, or the temperment of the Dow, Or the results of the 2010 elections? I don't think the general public has been fooled by the liberal/socialist agenda we've been subjected to the last three years.

    August 4, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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