October 3rd, 2008
08:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Vulnerable congressman tries to explain his bailout vote

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/02/art.marshall.cnn.jpg caption="The bailout bill is causing problems for vulnerable congressmen."](CNN) - The House of Representatives has yet to officially pass the economic bailout bill, but one member of Congress is already hitting the airwaves to explain to wary voters why he is supporting it.

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The ad is the first from a member of Congress this cycle to mention the controversial bailout bill, and is a sign of just how politically thorny an issue the legislation is for vulnerable congressmen.

Georgia Rep. Jim Marshall, a Democrat whose re-election bid is among the most competitive House races this election cycle, released a 30-second campaign ad Thursday during which he says, "I don't like this rescue plan any better than you do."

"Warren Buffet calls this financial crisis the worst in the nation’s history," Marshall says in the ad. "I don't like this rescue plan any better than you do, and I'm not interested in bailing out the irresponsible people who dragged us into this credit mess. But I am not going to stand by and let this crisis undermine our economy, and damage the financial future of everyone in America - their jobs, their savings, their dreams."

Marshall is one of the few House Democrats who faces a competitive re-election bid in a year that is clearly favoring his party; his district leans Republican, and like many congressmen his office has been flooded with calls from constituents urging him to vote against the bill.

Evan Tracey of Campaign Media Analysis Group, CNN's consultant on campaign advertising, says Barack Obama and John McCain may want to pay attention to Marshall's strategy.

“This is an effort to get out in front his constituency and explain this tough vote,” he said. “The presidential candidates might want to take a look and replicate this approach."

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  1. Brian

    I'm sorry Molly...when did the dems create the problem? When they were in the minority the past...i dunno....12 years before 2006?

    That's a laugh. How about you blame the president for his vodoo economics? How about the GROSS oversight by regulatory bodies in the government during the Bush Administration? How about the gross oversight to regulate by imposing simple laws that would have made predatory lending illegal by the Republican majority that we had for (let me stress it again) 12 years?

    The Republican party had the majority to "fix" all of the problems the supposed Democrats made, Molly. However, I think you've become blinded by your own ignorance to how governments and majorities in governments work. When you have a slim majority for the past two years with the minority blocking everything you do instead of compromise for once, then perhaps the Democrats could have actually fixed the problems.

    However, your Republicans that held majority for 12 years couldn't do it. I wonder why?

    October 2, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. Latifah

    My Lord...could you imagine if Barry were to win...Nancy Pelosi would be two heart beats away from the presidency!! Frightening. Watch your back Barry – she is pure evil.

    October 2, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  3. ANGEL

    Face it. The world is out of control. Everybody's fighting. It's bad enought not knowing if your loved one will be coming home soon.... Or did you forget about the troops? Wake up people. Can't you see we need to keep it together. People are losing there homes,
    there jobs. Nobody's bailing them out. But then again if you want something you better get it why you can because you never know if it will be here tomorrow. Why don't you let us deside. Were the one's who suffer. I Work everyday just to put food on the table and have a roof over my head. Does anyone really care. Give me a break.

    October 2, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
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