March 13th, 2009
03:45 PM ET
11 years ago

DNC rolls out 'Party of No' clock

The DNC is calling Republicans the 'Party of No.'

The DNC is calling Republicans the 'Party of No.'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Democrats are not letting up in what has been a constant stream criticism in recent weeks of Republicans as obstructionist at a time of national economic crisis.

The Democratic National Committee rolled out a new Web site Friday that features the party’s “Party of No” clock. The clock spotlights the amount of time that has passed since the release of President Obama’s 2010 budget blueprint – all time the DNC argues that Republicans have spent offering only criticism of rather than alternatives to the White House’s budgetary plan.

“Instead of petty politics and empty obstructionism, Republicans in Congress should either support the President’s budget or present their own plan to create jobs, fix our schools, reform our health care system, and make America energy independent,” DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse said in the statement.

In the nearly eight weeks since Obama’s inauguration, as the new administration and congressional Democrats have pushed through a $787 billion stimulus package and a $410 spending bill to fund the federal government’s operations, Republican congressional leaders have stressed fiscal restraint and accused Democrats of spending money the government does not have and should not be borrowing.

Republican congressional leaders stressed the same themes Friday responding to the DNC's "Party of No" clock.

"If Democrats want to highlight the plan Republicans designed and gave to the President that said no to government waste, no to tax increases, no to saddling every child in America with $70,000 of debt, and yes to creating small business jobs, we applaud them for getting our message out," Brad Dayspring, spokesman for House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia said in a statement emailed to CNN.

“If I had to defend the President’s budget, which is being eviscerated by both parties because it spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much, I’d probably waste time on fictitious claims like this too,” Antonia Ferrier, spokeswoman for House Minority Leader John Boehner told CNN.

Updated 3:45 p.m. with response from Rep. Boehner

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soundoff (148 Responses)
  1. go away mongers -Ventura CA

    Glad to see it- and am getting one for my desktop! They need to get over themselves!

    March 13, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Frank, Las Vegas

    Great! The GOP should be called out. They offer nothing to the country except No. And at the same time they wonder why they lost in the elections. They're going to loose even more in 2010.

    March 13, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Bill, Bloominton IL

    The democrats next project will be a book called "Crash and Burn". The saga of spending billions of dollars without knowing the outcome.

    March 13, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Todd

    UM, I'm sorry, but didn't the Dems and Libs win??? Isn't it YOUR parties job to fix all these things?? That's what the promises were!!! Well, most of them were lies, not promises, but you know what I mean.

    Also, for all of the whining, complaining, moaning, and crying that was heard for the last 8 years, you Libs can listen to a few months of it!!! Thank goodness it will only for 4 years – Obammy is making sure that his lack of experience will keep the Dems out of the Oval Office for some time!

    March 13, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. jaye

    The republicans ARE a party of obstructionist....and they're being generously helped by the media.
    These people are ruining America.

    March 13, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Joy

    New name –NOPARTY.-Just say No every time.
    Goofy party. Obstruction party. Party with no fresh ideas. Criticizing party that is all they do.
    DNC should make some money out of these Clocks.

    March 13, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. thomas

    "Republican congressional leaders have stressed fiscal restraint and accused Democrats of spending money the government does not have and should not be borrowing."
    It appears that the Republicans are recommending that the government raise taxes to clean up the mess Bush created. How else are we going to pay for reconstruction if the government stops borrowing? It's a great thought though.

    March 13, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. Mel

    All the Republicans keep doing is critizing without offering any solutions of their own. Obviously the status quo isn't a solution even though they keep spouting it.

    The DNC is actually amusing me with this behavior.

    March 13, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Regular People

    The RNC isn't going to have a solution or any other thought in their head until Rush tells them one.

    March 13, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Jared

    Common sense needs to be restored here. Who out of any of us can sustain living on credit. The answer is no one. You are slaves to the creditor. China the biggest foreign creditor to the United States, called on Washington to see that its response to the global slowdown does not damage the value of Chinese holdings. They are worried about forever-rising deficits, which may devalue Treasuries by pushing interest rates higher. Inside China there has been a lot of debate about whether they should continue to buy Treasuries.
    If China is scared about our debt why shouldn't our leaders? Hence the Republicans. So please don't discount their point of view!

    March 13, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. Andi

    won't be long before GOP lovin' posters will be crying about Dems behavior. Turnabout is fair play. Just a little good-natured ribbing....

    March 13, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. Scott, Tucson

    And I guess that means the dems are the YES party. Yes to higher cross the board taxes, and new ideals how to create even more taxes/fees in the works that will effect everyone.

    March 13, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. jjr

    Here is a fresh idea from a republican. Take all this time and money that is being spent on bashing republicans and donate it to a charity, to people who need help. How about doing something constructive with it?

    March 13, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Texas Doc

    How many Republicans does it take to change a light bulb? None, they know they can't do anything right and so they let the Democrats do it, and then compain that its to bright in here. Idiots.

    March 13, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Mark

    Are we supposed to let Pelosi and Obama bankrupt the country by saying yes to everything? The liberal media at its finest!

    March 13, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Gordon Shumway

    How about requiring drug urine tests for welfare recipients? Seems appropriate to me since I was always tested on a random basis and I was earning the money to pay these folks. I'd suspect it would save a bunch of money right off the bat and would morally and effectively counteract Obama's wealth redistribution plan that's being forced on us.

    March 13, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. bigbone9


    March 13, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. Former Republican

    Hey Todd, it was the Neo-cons who created this mess. Shouldn't they help fix it? Wake up!!

    March 13, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. worriedmom

    So I guess DNC has nothing better to do than put their time and efforts into billboards on Rush and now Party of No. I am glad they are saying No to some of this stuff that Obama is trying to push through. After all it is our Money
    Lets Put Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Dodd and Frank heads on a poster and call it the Party of BLOW. They are blowing our money away!! How childish the DNC has become. Little children on playground because someone called them a name.

    March 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. Tony M, columbus, OH

    The republican party oversaw a huge expansion of govt for eight years and though they may not have created the problems they were content to watch from the congressional sidelines as things spun out of control. I can't say the president's idea is a good one or bad one, but i do know that it is the ONLY one. The GOP will not come up with a plan because they don't know what to do and they won't cosign the president's plan...unless it works. if it works then they will all line up and bask in the glory if it fails they can distance themselves. Fiscal responsibilty is an idea, not a plan and an idea that they are content to ignore when they have the purse strings.

    March 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. Mark

    Watch for the next elections. The people saying yes to the Obama/Pelosi waste social spending will be the party of out!

    Even my liberal friends are getting disgusted with this joke administration!

    March 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. Former Republican

    It's the same three Republicans that I keep hearing No from.

    March 13, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. frank, nc

    I have a better name for the republican party or at least its slogan

    "NO WE CANT"

    March 13, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Raymond

    Wow – what an inspiration!! What leadership by the democrats!!

    1) A billboard mocking a conservative radio personality
    2) A clock mocking the republican party

    I guess Obama and the democrats find dissenting voices unacceptable and worthy of ridicule. Also, it's noteworthy to see how democrats seem to think were not in any economic crisis – as they're wasting $$ on these juvenile antics.

    March 13, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. Mike

    I am a dem and i am saying NO to all this crazy spending too!

    March 13, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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