First on CNN: DNC targets key Republicans over shutdown
October 8th, 2013
12:32 PM ET
5 years ago

First on CNN: DNC targets key Republicans over shutdown

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee said Tuesday that it was launching a paid media campaign that targets Republican congressional leaders, blaming them for shutting down the federal government and risking a default on the nation's obligations.

The DNC told CNN that it is beginning the first phase of its campaign with robocalls and online ad campaigns utilizing Twitter and Google ads targeting voters in the home states of House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Sens. Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.

"I'm calling from the DNC with a GOP Shutdown Alert. Congressman John Boehner was an architect of the GOP's government shutdown," starts the recorded telephone call to voters in Boehner's Ohio district.

The party committee also says it will run national ads on Facebook and Google to try and engage supporters around the country over the one week old partial shutdown of the federal government.

"We're holding Republicans accountable until they end this manufactured crisis, call a vote to fully fund the government through a clean continuing spending resolution, and allow the nation to pay its bills," Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC chair, said in a statement.

The DNC's GOP counterpart pushed back against the paid media campaign.

"The DNC might want to remember the words of Senator Obama who voted against raising the debt ceiling in 2006 after saying that 'raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure'. Since he took office the national debt has doubled. So instead of playing games, they should demand Senate Democrats allow a vote to open the government and cut spending to avert a debt crisis," Republican National Committee Communications Director Sean Spicer told CNN, in response to the DNC push.

Both political parties have been pointing fingers at each other over the shutdown and the lack of any deal to raise the nation's debt ceiling before an October 17 deadline. New national polling indicates that more people blame or are angry at Republicans than Democrats or President Obama, but the surveys suggest that all sides are taking a hit.

Filed under: DNC • Government Shutdown • John Boehner
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    The House passes a back-pay bill, which is met by a filibuster by Sen. Cornyn, [R], in the Senate. Now you tell me. Which side is playing the games? Which side wants to keep government shut down until their demands are met? Sorry, no negotiating with terrorists. All that they're offering is CR that lasts just a few weeks, and then the they're back looking to extort more. No Can Do.

    October 8, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |

    VOTE the DO Nothing GOP TEA PARTY out!

    October 8, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. smith

    At the moment both parties stink to high heaven. Vote both of them out. They are both corrupt anyway.

    October 8, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. CA Independent

    Rudy, "Sorry, no negotiating with terrorists."
    Another lunatic fringe liberal comment. Where do you go from here to make a more stupid statement? Honestly, I dont think it's possible.

    October 8, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. MichaelName

    Don't vote republican !

    October 8, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. Larry in Houston

    40 years ago there were people that hated Nixon & Ford. Then there were people that hated Carter /Reagan / & both Bushes.....and even hated Clinton at one time, especially Ken Starr & the Newtster.... But nothing like this President is hated. That's truly pathetic.
    Why do I say this ?
    Because Obama has actually "adopted" some policies that originally was started by the republicans, and they absolutely without reservation : Hate it.

    October 8, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    I'm voting AGAINEST ever GOP teaparty garbage of America on the ballot down here in Florida , starting with Scott Rubio radel and any other GOP traitor listed, we haven't for got the lines you caused Scott , trying to rigg the election for your fellow tax cheat and criminal Romney , enjoy your last year in office and the croch brothers millions won't save you, they didn't save Romney , time to dump the GOP garbage of America !!!!!!!!!!

    October 8, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. Winston Smith

    Vote the republican terrorist faction, and the tea party out of office. Clean house in 2014.

    October 8, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. thinking outside the box

    The GOP is nothing more than a drug addict. And their drug of choice is power. They've been in withdrawal for the past 5+ years.

    October 8, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. freedom

    The DNC are cowards and wimps. And they lie. They also play real dirty.

    October 8, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. Chris

    I sure hope folks remember this when it is time to vote again. The (Tea Pugs) need to go away since all the want to do add stupidity

    October 8, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    "The DNC might want to remember the words of Senator Obama who voted against raising the debt ceiling in 2006 after saying that 'raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure'."
    Blah blah blah. There was wreckless spending going on at that time that was NOT being paid for and just going on the government credit card. If you're going to spread misinformation, come with your Fact Checker! The deficit has been cut significantly under President Obama, so your argument is your futile and juvenile.

    October 8, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. Searcher

    They keep saying MORE DAMAGE TO THE REPUBLICANS. That is music to my ears!

    October 8, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    The voters are targeting the Dems.........they have had it, with the dictator!

    October 8, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. A J

    People seem to forget that in 2006 the cost of the Iraqi invasion was off the books and not included in any budget. Remember, Obama included the costs of the invasion into the budget when he took office. If Obama reminded people of the economic mess he inherited when he took office people and why he included the costs of the invasion in the budget, people would have a different opinion.

    October 8, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Proactivity versus a reprisal of the victim role from the Dems.
    At long last.
    Loving it.
    Keep it up.

    October 8, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Keep dreaming, Dick McDaniel... Liar Boehner won't even allow a vote because he knows it would pass.

    October 8, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. Marie MD

    Already done.
    Not that the weeper cares but when 70% of the country, including your own lemmings, are against you it's time to regroup and throw the Canadian and his minions to the wolves, which BTW have better manners and a more structured family group than the teatards.

    October 8, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. Brian

    To all you Republicans: Did you just watch Wolfe's interview with Paul Broun babbling like a baby? GET OVER YOURSELVES. Obama care, like it or not is passed. Why don't you rednecks throw in a clause to outlaw non-white presidents while you are at it. That would make as much sense as the crap house republicans are pulling now. YOU are showing your true colors and you smell. Learn your role as the new minority; you the bigot, the hateful, decietful, greedy, ignorant, self-centered, un-willing deep south republican; You're through. It's over. Carry on.

    October 8, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. Hector Slagg

    Well Suh,
    You can start anytime Booking your own life. So far it looks like a lot of you want the Nanny State, Lock, Stock, and Barrel. So sorry the "Tea Party" is returning your life to you. Scary is it? Sooner or later you have to leave the "Nest". Look at those Osprey's. When the Chicks are full grown, the Parents leave. No kidding. and then those Chicks have to fly or die. Jump in. The water's fine.

    October 8, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. tom l

    How can the DNC run a paid campaign when they don't have any money?

    October 8, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. tom l

    "The deficit has been cut significantly under President Obama, so your argument is your futile and juvenile."

    You do realize there is a difference between "deficit" and "debt", don't you? Oh, and why do you think the deficit has been cut? It's due to the sequester.

    October 8, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. Thomas

    @Rick McDaniel
    The voters are targeting the Dems.........they have had it, with the dictator!


    When you find those WMD's in Iraq , let us know .

    October 8, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. Anonymous citizen 123

    I second the motion by NEVER to vote Republican again

    October 8, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. Gurgyl

    Dictator is Bush. O.k. Quet spewing venom.

    October 8, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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