House Democrats use super committee failure in campaign calls
November 30th, 2011
10:42 AM ET
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House Democrats use super committee failure in campaign calls

(CNN) - Democrats looking to capitalize on voter anger at Congress began targeting Republican incumbents in the House of Representatives Wednesday, saying they were responsible for the failure of the bipartisan super committee to reach a deal cutting the country's federal debt.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching robotic calls to voters in 30 GOP-held House districts, saying: "The super committee failed because Republicans insisted on extending the Bush tax breaks for millionaires and refusing to include a jobs proposal – while ending the Medicare guarantee."

The effort is part of the "Drive for 25," a bid by the DCCC to regain the majority in the House by winning vulnerable Republican seats in the 2012 election. The effort launched Wednesday goes after Republicans in 16 states, including five in Florida and four in Illinois.

In a statement, the chairman of the DCCC said the super committee's failure lay squarely on Republicans who refused to compromise on raising taxes.

"The Super Committee debate in Washington unmasked Republicans' real priorities – more tax breaks for billionaires and Big Oil at the expense of the Medicare guarantee for seniors and creating jobs for the middle class," said Rep. Steve Israel, the DCCC chairman. "Republicans want seniors who depend on a Medicare guarantee to be the first to sacrifice while billionaires wouldn't have to sacrifice a penny. House Republicans are going to face a chilly reception from voters for trying to defend the indefensible."

While not mentioned in the robotic phone calls, a release announcing the effort notes that all the members being targeted have signed a pledge, sponsored by the conservative group Americans for Tax Reform, promising not to raise taxes. In the aftermath of the super committee's failure, many Democrats pointed to the pledge as a reason for the panel's failure.

In addition to the robotic calls, the effort includes live telephone calls, online advertising and a center where voters can send letters to newspapers.

Responding to the phone call campaign, the National Republican Congressional Committee said it was Democrats who would be held responsible for failures in Congress.

"Democrats are the only party in Washington who cut $500 billion from Medicare to pay for their government healthcare takeover," NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay said. "No matter how hard they try, they will never be able to escape the wrath of voters on this issue or on their job-killing agenda that has made a bad economy even worse."


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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Jill-IN

    The Republican DO NOTHING Congress fails to put anything on the floor for an up or down vote related to improving the economy, the Jobs Bill, or anything to do with helping the American people .... UNLESS they are the very very rich. That is what they are all about – love the very rich. AND, as Mitch McConnell has said, they will do everything they can to deter and stop the President from being our President – so that he is in office only one term. They have set themselves above the person we the people elected to be our President. They think, and act, as if they are the president. What do they care about our country and the people – not much!

    November 30, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. Dean

    Including funding for a jobs proposal is part of cutting excessive spending? Dems, you can't continue to borrow more money to get out of debt.

    November 30, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. Sandy

    I like how Democrats are fighting back! Obama 2012

    November 30, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Sniffit

    ""Republicans want seniors who depend on a Medicare guarantee to be the first to sacrifice while billionaires wouldn't have to sacrifice a penny. "

    100% true. If you have a problem with that, then cite facts and evidence to prove it's not true. EVERY position the GOPers/Teatrolls have taken in the past 3 years supports that statement.

    ""Democrats are the only party in Washington who cut $500 billion from Medicare to pay for their government healthcare takeover," "

    100% not true. First, it's not cuts, so it's a blatant lie to call it such. Second, the Ryan Pathology of Plutocracy budget that the House GOPers passed with a partisan vote contained the same $500B in attempts to garner projected savings, so this talking point the GOPers like to blabber is just completely disingenuous.

    November 30, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. clark1g

    and the democrats didn't insist on anything? right? like a bunch of playground children complaining about what the other guy did or didn't do ... not a single leader in the group .... and not much integrity in any of you politicians.

    November 30, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. Ed

    Its not hard to see the truth and the GOP will pay for it.

    November 30, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. Aaron

    I love the last line of the article. "They (Democrats) will never be able to escape the wrath of voters on this issue or on their job-killing agenda that has made a bad economy even worse"
    Let us not forget who put that economy in the bad state that it was. G W Bush and the Republican congress of 2000, 2002, and 2004.

    November 30, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. 4158

    why? there where an equal amount of democrats and republicans in that committee so as i see it democrats failed an its stupid to think they could be using this for there campaign affords Obama and the democrats dont have the answer. its not more wars and its not more spending.

    November 30, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Dixie AZ

    Congress has "borrowed" from the SS fund for years. Those IOU's are still outstanding. Now it's easier for those borrowers to do away with a program that the people paid for and depend on.

    November 30, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. stevie

    That`s hillarious, considering that Democrats bear 50% of responsibility for failure of the so called supercomittee, which even obama siad was dumed to fail. Spin, spin, spin!!

    November 30, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. Mad Republican

    Well frankly if the Democrats would admit to scoffing at the Republican's plan to increase revenue by over 300 billion dollars which on the whole is exactly what they wanted then I might consider the Democrats a bunch of honest people, but instead they lie, lie and block any progress whatsoever!!!!!

    November 30, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. MTATL67

    The failure of this committee that was formed in large part because of the "No to Everything" Policy that was laid out by Sen. McConnell and bloomed into a full obstructionist crusade because of Congressional Republicans refusal to compromise. This was a huge political mistake for the Republicans. They under estimated the American people and our tolerance for their excuses and blame game. They could have saved themselves if they could have come up with legislation that actually would of helped to improve….anything but they didn’t. The Republicans will lose control of the House and seats in the Senate, Mass. being one of them….be warned the majority of us do not like extremism in either party.

    November 30, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Of course, the GOP can use the exact same strategy–the supercommittee failed because Democrats refused to commit to reducing spending.

    There are more Democratic incumbents in the House than Republican ones–if "voter anger" results in kicking out every incumbent and replacing them all from people from the other party, it will result in a Republican majority in the House. The Dems obviously haven't thought this through–American voters are mad at everyone in Congress, not just those of one party or another.

    November 30, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. Robert Jay

    Amen to MTATL67!! Extremeism and partisan politics cannot and will not be accepted!

    November 30, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    stevie

    That`s hillarious, considering that Democrats bear 50% of responsibility for failure of the so called supercomittee, which even obama siad was dumed to fail. Spin, spin, spin!!
    ------------
    You ignore the fact that Republicans bear "50% responsibility" and were the ones who wrote 100% of the legislation. You ignore the fact that super-committee was a GOP proposal to take the adminstration out of the negotiation process, especially after Cantor walked on Biden and Boehner walked on Obama. The GOP can make you forget, but the rest of us won't.

    November 30, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. Roger

    Time to take 9% Boehner and his wrecking crew out of office. cannot wait to vote.

    November 30, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. rs

    Whilke it is high time that the members of the two parties grow up and work together as proagmatic adults, I don't see this as possible as long as the GOP/TP keep doing these side deals with Grover Norquist, the Koch Bros., or ALEC. It is time they get called out on their duplicity- Who do they work for?

    November 30, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    "NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay said. "No matter how hard they try, they will never be able to escape the wrath of voters on this issue or on their job-killing agenda that has made a bad economy even worse."

    Never in my lifetime have I seen the Grand Old Party so out of touch with reality. No doubt it started with the GW Bush Administration - run by Karl Rove and Dick Cheney - and morphed itself into an almost dictatorship of "think what we tell you to think" with the help of Corporate Media allowing one GOP talking point after another to be aired without facts or truth. At any rate, this new Grand Old Party is beyond contempt. It really is.

    November 30, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "Well frankly if the Democrats would admit to scoffing at the Republican's plan to increase revenue by over 300 billion dollars which on the whole is exactly what they wanted then I might consider the Democrats a bunch of honest people, but instead they lie, lie and block any progress whatsoever!!!!!"

    The GOP's plan to "increase revenue by over 300 billion" was a superficial farce that demanded that the Bush tax cuts, the largest contributing factor to the national debt and deficit and the massive redistribution of wealth to the already wealthy that has taken place over the past decade, be made permanent...when they were and always have been PROMISED to be temporary. Thus, it would have done nothing to solve any of the budgetary and economic problems we are facing and would, in fact, have made permanent the single biggest cause underlying all of it. It also would only "increased revenue'" in a nominal, accounting-trick manner and would not have resulted in any real, measurable increases in revenue. Do your homework. The GOP's characterization of its blatantly disingenuous offer has been thoroughly debunked all over the internet by experts who looked at the actual math.

    November 30, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. Fair is Fair

    @ Henry Miller –

    I'm having a hard time understanding "There are more Democratic incumbents in the House than Republican ones"... if that were so, how could there be a republican majority? Otherwise, I think you're spot on again.

    November 30, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "if "voter anger" results in kicking out every incumbent and replacing them all from people from the other party, it will result in a Republican majority in the House. The Dems obviously haven't thought this through–American voters are mad at everyone in Congress, not just those of one party or another."

    Looking prospectively at the election lists, that is certainly an apt explanation of precisely what the GOP's strategery has been all along and why they've been willing to do even more damage to their own approval ratings in Congress than they've done to the Dems' approval ratings all in hopes of winning the phyrric victory of making the 'Murkin public so angry at everyone in Congress that they just take the "throw the bums out" attitude and mindlessly vote against whoever is an incumbent rather than looking at the candidates' stated policy positions. Of course, Dems can still run a Dem against said incumbent...

    November 30, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Let us not forget who put that economy in the bad state that it was."

    Or the FACT that by every single objective quantifiable measure, Obama and the Dems actually made the economy better. Better but still not quite there, but objective evidence, facts, math, numbers, historical record, etc., still puts the lie to the GOPers claiming that they made it worse. It's true though that it's hard to get credit for "I prevented it from breaking even worse" when the only thing that will console and inconsolable, largely underinformed/misinformed, angry public is "I done fixed everything like magic...lickity split"

    November 30, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |