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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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Barney

    Too little, too late – this indecision has cost every republican a major number of voters.

    It's time for real change – no more lying subpoena-dodgers in DC. Period.

    October 2, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. joe kiloz

    V O T E,,,,,,,,,,O U T,,,,,,,,,,,,,E V E R Y,,,,,,,,I N C U M B E N T

    October 2, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Meka


    October 2, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  4. adampeart

    This fool is gone! I'm voting these morons out! 80% of America DOESN'T want this bailout bill, and our so-called reps. are completely disregarding the voice of the people. Get your hay forks people!

    October 2, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. Rodger

    Congradulations to Congressman Jim Marshall. He is putting Country First!!! Too bad John McCain doesn't even know what that means!

    October 2, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  6. chris

    Wish we would spend $10 billion monthly on our economy vs a "dumb" war!

    I understand his vote and would do the same... it sucks to be in his position =(

    October 2, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  7. MLG

    I hate to say it, but we need to get rid of all of these idiots and start over. They are more worried about getting elected than they are about what is right for the country or what the people really want.

    Like the old saying goes, out of sight, out of mind. They have lost sight of us and we no longer matter.

    October 2, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. Ian

    I thought they were supposed to represent us.

    October 2, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. Janine

    Good Move Jim Marshall. I think all our representatives not just Obama and McCain should explain to their constituents why they came to their decision. It may help to calm some of the resistance.

    October 2, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  10. ZILCHO

    R E P L A C E,,,,,,,,,,I N C U M B E N T S,,,,,,,,,W I T H,,,,,,,,, M E M B E R S ,,,

    O F,,,,,,,,,T H E,,,,,,,,,,,,O P P O S I T E,,,,,,,,,,,,,P A RT Y

    October 2, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  11. Cantaford

    To the ordinary voter on the street, everything looks like Bush's fault.
    However to the informed voter events that happened in 1977 and mostly in 1999 is what have created this disaster. It just popped it's ugly head now.

    Unless these regulations are not amended it will be only a matter of time before the politicians are robbing the taxpayers piggy banks again.

    It is amazing how much money Fannie and Freddie gave to Obama and how much money he got from ACORN.

    I feel if we do bail out fannie and freddie there should be no political contributios and none to Acorn.

    I find it amazing on how the media is trying to destroy Palin. Could it be that they are all afraid if she gets into Washington we will see some heads roll. She did promise to clean up the corruption on Capital Hill. And so did McCain.

    McCain/Palin 08

    October 2, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. Redder is Better

    Now is the time for a Glorious November Revolution. Help Obama beat back McLame and the old boys capitalist running dogs network.

    There is no way a CEO or lawyer should be earning more than a cop or nurse.

    Here in Michigan, we have too many guns and not enough jobs. Let's kick out the CEOs and stockholders, take their factories, and put ourselves to work, America.

    It is time to give democratic socialism a try. http://www. dsusa.org.

    October 2, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  13. Scott L

    Just like Obama, this guy will lose in November.

    October 2, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  14. Stephanie, RI

    He won't be the last Congressman explaining himself. Americans are angry.


    October 2, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  15. MikeH

    Oh no, it's a story that isn't about Sara Palin!

    What are you doing CNN!?

    You're supposed to go back into All-Sarah-Palin-All-The-Time mode if your gonna try to get those McCain poll numbers back up within striking distance of a Diebold fix.

    October 2, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  16. Connie, FL

    And Bush is just going to crawl back to Crawford. He'll have a grand time playing golf and working on his presidential library.

    Anyone who pays him a speaking fee is a nut.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 2, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  17. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    I am getting sick and tired of the bad interviews with Sarah Palin. It seems that Katie is liquid toxic.

    I actually never did like Katie and now like her even less, and I will boycott her as well as the view and Oprah. I hope and pray the moderator tonight is fair and balanced.

    Why do they release a short shot each and every day? I hope this little plan of the liberal press backfires.

    Of course, Sarah sets herself up and seems confused at times in her responses, I would like to see a little better response, but oh well.

    Where are the gaffs by Biden and Obama? I'm sure there are a few
    noteworthy. And where are they hiding Mrs. Obama. Isn't she a piece of work. Obama is putting here in the cellar.

    October 2, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  18. Ian

    So the problem is under regulation (caused by government), and over printing of dollars (caused by government and banks). So the solution is for the government to print a ton of money and give it to the banks? I don't follow the logic.

    October 2, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  19. j. williams

    Wake up dumbocrats...he got special permission from Nancy Bimbo to vote against the bill so she can blame the republicans instead of barney and todd,

    October 2, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  20. Audra, MS

    Someday the Bush girls will want to re-write their father's legacy, but it won't matter. We know the truth, we've lived through this hell for 8 years.

    To all the Repubs who voted twice for this nutcase, how's it working for you?

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 2, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |

    Thanks for stealing $2,000 out of the pocket of every man, woman, and child..

    October 2, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  22. Sam

    Why didn't anyone stand up to the pork that was added? So much for Change in politics. As long as there are only two parties, we'll just have the same mess. The only difference is that the majority will change every 8 yrs. or so. How can these leaders look themselves in the mirror?

    October 2, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  23. Ian

    Does no one find it frightening that the proposal went from THREE pages to over FOUR HUNDRED pages???!!! This may have started out as a good intention, but there's no way you'll convince me that's still the case.

    October 2, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  24. Ian

    Taxation without representation.

    October 2, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  25. Ian

    Google fractional reserve banking and you'll see why we are in this mess. We haven't had a balanced budget since going off the gold standard.

    October 2, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
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