Major unions launch new ad campaign aimed at Republicans
February 28th, 2013
07:00 AM ET
5 years ago

Major unions launch new ad campaign aimed at Republicans

Washington (CNN) – With the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts about to take effect, several major unions are launching a new ad campaign aimed at putting the blame on some leading congressional Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

They say there will be major problems if the cuts are not stopped.

The ads, tailored to each member, ask: "How will you be remembered ... serving honorably or for inflicting pain on millions just to protect tax loopholes for corporations and the richest few?"

The spots paint a dire picture of what may happen and try to shame members.

"By refusing to budge, you and Republican leaders have guaranteed reckless, automatic cuts that will devastate our troops, first responders, students, educators, families, seniors, and could destroy a million American jobs," the ads say.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the National Education Association (NEA) launched the six-figure ad campaign.

The effort not only singles out McConnell, but also Reps. Gary Miller and Jeff Denham of California, Bob Gibbs of Ohio, Daniel Webster of Florida, Tom Latham of Iowa and Dan Benishek of Michigan.

The ad, called "Remembered" will run in Washington, Cleveland, Los Angles, Sacramento, Orlando, Des Moines, and Traverse City, Michigan.

"These ads will let the public know that Republican leaders are responsible for failing to stop reckless automatic cuts that will hurt families and our economy. Approximately one million Americans could lose their jobs because congressional leaders refuse to close corporate tax loopholes – is that the legacy that these members of Congress want?" Peter Colavito, the SEIU director of government relations, said.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Filed under: Budget • Deficit
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Name lynn

    The republicans have ads wow, now is the ads saying how stupid they are or does the ads says wow the republicans dont tell obama what to do, or is the ads saying the republicans have control over obama.

    February 28, 2013 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    The march of the dictators continues to try to take over America.

    The Democratic Party socialists, threaten the demise of America itself, in their continuing effort to seize power and establish a dictatorship in America.

    February 28, 2013 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  3. John

    If they're lucky, this crop will not be remembered at all.

    February 28, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  4. T

    .......The T/P led GOP is failing themselves and all of America. The formula they used to try and attract voters to the GOP has backfired completely. What the GOP has today, is all they will get, AND, the GOP is literally dying off. Protecting the WEALTHY AND CORPORATIONS while pandering to the lowest portions of humanity has lost. They just dont know it yet.
    .......The DEMs that are at least MORE centrist and represents the majority of voters nationally is attracting more voters daily.
    .......This above formula does NOT need a college degree to figure out. As long as the GOP attracts and panders to the racists, low information voters, backward thinkers, science deniers, social misfits, and the UBER RICH............they will lose ground to the DEMs..........

    February 28, 2013 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  5. MrBeenThere

    What for it........................ let the whining began............ how dare you use the same dirty politics and attack using the same tactics we've used against you Dem's for years................ that's so un-American and fear mongering.

    February 28, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    "We have to protect the Job Creators."
    "We want to broaden the base and lower tax rates so that we can be competitive."
    "I am not concerned out the poor." "I am not concerned about the 47%"
    "We have become a society of makers and takers."

    Read the tea leaves, folks. They are carving out an aristocratic plutocracy and economic apartheid.

    February 28, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  7. Jeff O'Dette

    There is only one solution. VOTE THEM OUT!!!!!!!!!!

    February 28, 2013 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  8. rs

    "....and the voice of the turtle was heard across the land..." Mitch McConnell? He'll be remembered for declaring war on the first Black President of the United States " We will make him a one-term President..". I suppose that is appropriate given his home state, but also typifies the growing anti-Americanism in the GOP. He'll be remembered for be against everything but the rich, Grover Norquist and the NRA.

    February 28, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  9. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Well, the first congressman to ever tell a president on his first day in office,we are going to make you a one term president .the begining of four years of obstruction by the gop to hold back are economic and jobs programs for the victims of the gop failed economy under bush ,this mummy look a like should be in jail .

    February 28, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    McConnell will be remembered as the head obstructionists and the man who thought he can make our President a one-term President.#failure

    February 28, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  11. Ancient Texan

    Obama goofed and it is getting embarrassing, so time to call in the troops...the Unions.

    February 28, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  12. Just a thought

    Own it ReThugs! These guys are hiding from their own ideology...gutless and shameless

    February 28, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |