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. tee

    What was the plan? Give some details. Can I buy a clue?

    March 13, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. Taa Taa

    RJ and republicans are laughable. Create the mess and turn around and point the finger at the next guy in line... Totally stupid of the republican party. DEMOCRATS

    March 13, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Taa Taa


    March 13, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Jon

    Bill, that would be a real impressive feat. 20 GOP senators after the next election. I don't suppose that it escaped your attention that the GOP currently has 41 senators, and only 19 are up for re-election in 2010? Would it surprise you to learn that most of those are in states McCain carried? A little fact checking before your polemics, please.

    March 13, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. Taa Taa

    Republican's motto: "JUST SAY NO"

    March 13, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Matt

    I prefer the party of No ten times more then the party of "Gimme what you got because I want it and don't want to work for it"

    March 13, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. JDC

    Anyone opposing SOCIALISM stands proud.

    March 13, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. GOP Victim

    All the GOPers had no problem voting when "W" ran up huge debts what a bunch of liars and hypocrites.

    March 13, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. tee

    Can i buy one of these clocks?

    March 13, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. educated

    The GOP doubled our debt. How can you guys say anything about wasting money. When we were in good shape we shouldn't run deficits. The fact that repugnicans have no accountability, makes you look that much worse.

    March 13, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. rob

    @ RJ in NYC

    Great post, and we really can't trust any of them. I wish CNN would put a bit of context in this article. Even before 9/11 the Dems were fighting Bush on everything. They wanted him to "FAIL" see James Carville. But of course if its a Democrat its considered being the loyal oposition and principled disagreement. Its all very silly and predictable but the part thats concerning is that CNN and other liberal MSM rarely call the Dems on it.

    March 13, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. Running out of time in TX

    This statement is to DP, I use to feel the same way you felt until I lost my job, healthcare and home. I am now unemployed during a time in our country when things are crucial. I am now running out of money, unemployment and time. And I live in a state where we have a govenor who's not paying much attention to the needs of the people in his state (Texas). Business are closing, people are continuing to loose their jobs. ........NOW until it hits home, you'll never be able to understand. Just pray you don't loose your job, I would hate to see you fend for yourself. By the way, I get up and look for a job on a daily basis.

    March 13, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. ken

    Funny because 6-8 years ago, the Democrats were the party of no.

    March 13, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. And it grows and grows.....

    So since the GOP doubled our debt, then it is okay for the Dems to triple it? Yeah that seems very EDUCATED!!

    We are spending a billion dollars every hour, a billion dollars we don't have!

    March 13, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. That Other Jerry

    It's the job of an opposition party to oppose. That being said, opposition needs to be relevant. Go back and read your Churchill, people. He led the opposition party for most of his career, but his opposition always had a point. And when the time came for him to be proven right and his talents were needed, he was ready. The GOP is too busy trying to force Mitt Romney down our throats to worry about being relevant. It's time for Republicans to stop whining and get their heads on straight. Rush, Hannity, and Coulter are sideline commentator/entertainers, not the voice of the party. Steele could lead the party back into relevance if you'd stop undermining him and making him into your token minority. And if we'd wanted Romney for president, we've have voted for him. Send him packing. Or else go ahead and volunteer for the Obama re-election team.

    March 13, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. Jon

    Here's what I want to know. Why is it all the Dems on this thread complain about the GOP increasing debt, then complain that the GOP won't sign off on increasing more debt? If you want to complain that the GOP increased the debt, you can't reflexively complain when they don't want to increase it more. If you think increasing the debt is a good thing, by all means bash the GOP for not signing off on this. If it's a bad thing to increase the debt, you're only conveying a double standard to hold them to this kind of account.

    March 13, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. Sue

    Tthere is "NO" difference between the omnibus spending bill of 1993 and this one – so what's the big deal Repubs?

    March 13, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Sue

    There is "NO" difference between Clinton's omnibus spending bill of 1993 and this one. They voted no then, and voted no now... the party of "NO."

    March 13, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Marquis

    At least this president is investing in America. America needs a facelift new schools, infrastructure, energy independence and healthcare reform. They will attribute to the rebirth of this nation. What's so mindblogging, these people don't want to be a part of the rebuilding of this nation. I don't kno what country there livin in but I kno people who are struggling and a nation that is also struggling. and to offer 'no' solution. Shame on the Republicans.

    March 13, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. RLE

    phoenix86, your comment is incorrect; the repubs had stated they would vote no although the president was planning on meeting with them (they said no prior to the meeting and after the meeting); they didn't have any ideas then and they don't have any now; their plan was tax cuts which is what Bush said and lately they are saying stop the government from spending which would see us into a depression. The problem with the economy right now is demand; people aren't buying products. One reason is they are out of work therefore they can't afford to spend; the other reason is they are afaraid to spend money due to fear of losing their job. Therefore the only way to move the economy is for the gov to spend money and create jobs.

    March 13, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. Theresa

    You guys should have submitted that plan to President Bush back when you were all telling us that the problems realy weren't all that bad and that this was NOT a resession. Whatever...

    March 13, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. DP

    @Running out of time in TX – I see your point. But, the issue with our country is the debt and personal responsibility. Our country would not be in this shape if we had spent responsibly. (I agree we should not be involved in two wars at once) Unemployment insurance would still be sufficient enough to pay for the unemployed had we all lived within our means. Look at the issue with your current governor. The money is being rejected because the Fed is forcing the states to keep the mandates active after the Federal funding is gone leaving the states on the hook for increased funding.

    March 13, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. johnny

    @ Jon March 13th, 2009 4:07 pm ET

    It's the KIND of spending that's different. I don't know why you're all so dense. Spending money investing in our country and our people, is VERY different from what's gone on the past 8 years.

    March 13, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. Teenage Moderate from WI

    This is politics people. I personally think the DNC is acting very childish right now.

    But this is how politics is run in our country. Just because theyre sticking to their ideology does not make them the 'Party of No.' That's like saying that anyone in the country who doesn't agree with Obama's choices is rooting for the country to fail -it's just false.

    When I voted for Obama, I thought I was voting for something more. I guess I was wrong.

    March 13, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. Charlie in Maine

    They have chosen therole of pot-hole on the road to economic recovery. So let it be written so let it be done.

    March 13, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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