Washington (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee and its Republican counterpart released dueling web videos on Wednesday, the one-year anniversary of the passage of the stimulus bill.
Both videos focus on the massive spending measure - but present wildly different views on its impact.
The DNC video, entitled "GOP: Recovery Act Hypocrites," blasts Republicans who sought stimulus funds in their districts after voting against the bill. The video specifically targets the GOP House leadership, including Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia.
"Almost every single Republican in Congress voted no on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but despite that opposition nearly 90 Republicans sought recovery funds for their own district or bragged about the recovery funds they brought home," the ad's narrator says. "Republicans don't want to acknowledge that the Recovery Act has created jobs, many of them in their own districts."
(Read a statement from Sen. McConnell and the DNC after the jump)
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Republicans will release a new Web video Wednesday morning that features several Democrats voicing conflicting statements on whether a "public option" is needed for health care reform.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee is seeking to exploit differences within the Democratic Party over how best to reform the nation's health care system just hours before President Obama is scheduled to deliver a nationally televised address on the issue.
Watch the NRSC video here.
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WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Family Research Council is launching a television ad attacking a public health insurance option as a plan that will shortchange seniors and increase access to abortion, as social and religious conservatives ramp up a pushback against President Obama's health care reform package.
The group said it plans to buy air time in five states with moderate Democratic senators, most of whom are considered possible swing votes on health care: Pennsylvania (Arlen Specter and pro-life Bob Casey), Arkansas (Blanche Lincoln), Alaska (Mark Begich), Louisiana (Mary Landrieu), and Nebraska (Ben Nelson).
In the ad, an elderly couple is shown sitting at their kitchen table. "And to think that Planned Parenthood is included in the government-run health care plan and spending tax dollars on abortions," a man says to his wife. "They won't pay for our surgery, but we are forced to pay for our abortions."
(CNN) - Health Care for America Now and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, who favor President Obama's plan to overhaul the nation's health care system, are switching their focus from potential congressional swing votes to staunch opponents, announcing a half-million dollar ad buy Thursday that targets some key GOP critics of the legislation.
"Republicans intent on killing reform for political gain need to be held accountable for their actions," said Richard Kirsch, Health Care for America Now's national campaign director.
The spots - updated versions of the group's election-year "Fighter" ad featuring a cancer survivor - will run for the next five days in areas represented by Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander and seven Republican congressmen, including David Camp of Michigan, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Dave Reichert of Washington, Mark Souder of Indiana, Pat Tiberi of Ohio, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia, and John Shadegg of Arizona, who introduced a GOP health insurance reform bill last week that HCAN says would make it easier for companies to deny coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions.
Last week, HCAN and AFSCME made another six-figure buy aimed at half a dozen Democratic members of Congress and two senators whose support for the final version of the health care reform bill is in question.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, once again has some high-powered help in his 2010 re-election bid.
Dodd began airing a new television ad Sunday that features his long time friend, Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Massachusetts.
"Quality health care as a fundamental right has been the cause of my life," Kennedy says in the 30-second TV spot. "And Chris Dodd has been my closest ally in this fight."
Kennedy adds that "I believe that with Chris Dodd's leadership, our families will finally have accessible, affordable health care."
The Connecticut Democrat has already aired an ad featuring President Obama praising his work on credit card reform legislation.
The Kennedy ad is running state-wide on broadcast and cable outlets Dodd campaign manager Jay Howser told CNN. Howser said the campaign is spending at least $100,000 for the ad that is scheduled to run for at least a week.
Kennedy, who is battling brain cancer, is the chairman of one of the congressional committees charged with crafting the Democrats' health care reform bill. Dodd has taken a leading role in championing the legislation in Kennedy's absence.
Public polling now indicates that Dodd faces a difficult re-election in 2010.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Republicans have launched a coordinated public relations blitz against 17 congressional Democrats that seeks to tie them to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her accusations that the CIA misled Congress about the interrogation of terror suspects.
Specifically, the multi-faceted campaign targets these Democrats with television or radio ads, or a pre-recorded telephone message to constituents' homes, that criticizes the members of Congress for voting against initiating an investigation into when Pelosi learned about the use of waterboarding.
It is the first time the National Republican Congressional Committee, the campaign arm of the congressional GOP, has bought a TV ad using Pelosi's comments about the CIA. Late last week, the Republican National Committee posted a Web video comparing the House speaker to the James Bond character Pussy Galore. The RNC video has since been removed from its Web site and You Tube.
(Updated after the jump with Democratic response)
WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Democratic National Committee launching a new television ad in anticipation of President Obama's 100th day in office.
The new ad, titled "Foundation for Change," focuses on some of Obama's legislative accomplishments during his young administration and highlights the president's three primary domestic policy agenda items – energy, health care, and education.
The 60-second spot spotlights the passage of Obama's $787 stimulus bill along with legislation that expanded funding for children's health insurance and a bill that made it easier to sue for pay discrimination.
The ad also features footage from Obama's address to a joint session of Congress soon after his swearing-in, where he laid out his ambitious domestic policy agenda, and made the case for pursuing it even as the country struggled to jumpstart a deeply recessionary economy. The ad calls Obama's domestic agenda "a bold plan for the future."
"Foundation for Change" will air on cable Tuesday and Wednesday nationally and in the Washington, D.C. area, according to the DNC.
Wednesday will mark Obama's 100th day in office. The president is scheduled to hold a primetime press conference on that day.
(CNN) - Five months after Election Day, the Democratic National Committee has a message for Republican Norm Coleman.
“Enough is enough,” a female voice says in a new DNC radio ad that is set to begin airing in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
The release of the ad comes one day after a three-judge court in Minnesota ruled against Coleman in his post-election contest. Coleman filed a lawsuit in an effort to close a narrow lead Democrat Al Franken held after a recount in their razor-thin race Senate race. Coleman’s lawyer said Tuesday that the Republican plans to appeal the ruling to the state’s highest court.
The DNC ad encourages radio listeners to call Coleman – even providing his phone number - and tell him “to stop putting his political ambition ahead of what is right for Minnesota.”
“Al Franken won the election, the recount and now the legal challenge where his lead actually grew,” Tim Kaine, Democratic National Chairman and governor of Virginia.
“It's time for Norm Coleman to concede and for Al Franken to be sworn in as the next U.S. Senator from Minnesota.”
The new ad will air on news talk radio stations in the Twin Cities metro area, according to the DNC
Listen: 'Enough is enough,' DNC ad says
WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new ad out Friday argues that the Republican leadership in Congress is following Rush Limbaugh’s lead.
Entitled “No,” the 30-second television spot, highlights Republican opposition to the Obama administration’s $787 billion stimulus package.
“So who are Republican leaders listening to?,” an announcer asks before the ad cuts abruptly to footage of conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh saying “I want him [Obama] to fail.”
“No,” is paid for by Americans United for Change and AFSCME, two groups that supported Obama during the general election and who are advocating for his agenda now that he’s in the Oval Office. The ad airs Friday through early next week on national cable and in the Washington area, according to a statement by Americans United for Change announcing the ad.
Limbaugh is set to speak Saturday in Washington at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of conservative activists.
Updated Noon with RNC response: “The Democrats are running a permanent campaign rather than doing the bipartisan work of governing," Republican National Committee spokesman Alex Conant said in an e-mail to CNN. "These ads are part of the Democrats’ larger strategy to do something, anything to try to take the focus of their massive spending binge," Conant added.
(CNN) - It's been less than three weeks, but more than $4 million has already been spent on the airing of campaign commercials in the U.S. Senate runoff election in Georgia, according to new numbers from the Campaign Media Analysis Group.
Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss, will face off against Democrat Jim Martin, a former Georgia lawmaker, in a runoff election on Tuesday December 2, one week from today. The freshman incumbent won a plurality of the vote three weeks ago on Election Day, but Georgia state law calls for the winner to grab 50 percent plus one vote. Due to the inclusion of a third party candidate, Chambliss fell just shy of that threshold, forcing a runoff contest.
According to the numbers from CMAG, Chambliss's campaign and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have spent just over $1.7 million in ad time since the day after the November 4 vote, with Martin's campaign and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spending more than $1.6 million. Outside groups account for the remaining $770,000 in campaign commercial spending. The vast majority of that money was spent by Freedom's Watch, a group that backs Republican candidates.