April 21st, 2009
06:30 AM ET
13 years ago

New Democratic video hits GOP leaders

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/21/art.boehner.cnn.jpg caption="The DNC is out with a Web video hitting GOP leaders."](CNN) – National Democrats will release a new Web video Tuesday criticizing two House Republican leaders who have disparaged President Obama’s budget plan.

The Democratic National Committee accuses House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, of being hypocrites for voting for former President Bush’s budgets, but now publicly opposing Obama’s proposal.

“Over eight years, Republicans nearly doubled the national debt,” reads text that flashes across the screen of the 30-second video. “John Boehner and Eric Cantor were with Bush every step of the way. Now, Washington Republicans want you to forget what they did.”

The video – "Party Of Hypocrites" – uses short sound bites from Boehner and Cantor knocking the Democratic president’s budget and then notes that Boehner voted for nearly $10 trillion in budget spending, and Cantor supported slightly more than $12 trillion during the Bush years.


House Minority Leader John Boehner's spokeswoman and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor's spokesman respond to the DNC video.

"We missed the part of the video where they defend the President’s massive, fiscally-irresponsible budget that will double the debt in five years and triple it in 10. When the President’s Budget Director concedes they are raising the deficit to unsustainable levels, I guess they have to blame everyone else."

- Antonia Ferrier, spokeswoman for House Minority Leader John Boehner


"As we close in on President Obama's first 100 days, I would ask Virginia's Governor Tim Kaine if his partisan attack ads and disinformation campaigns are a calculated rejection of the President's attempts to change Washington.”

- Brad Dayspring, spokesman for House Minority Whip Eric Cantor

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  1. cecil

    Party Of Hypocrites, So True!

    Cut Taxes For The Rich That's All They Know.
    Health Care Cost High – Cut Taxes For The Rich
    Iraq War / Wars- Cut Taxes For The Rich
    High Unemployment – Cut Taxes For The Rich
    Factories Closing – Cut Taxes For The Rich
    Americans losing there Homes – Cut Taxes For The Rich
    Foreign Policy – Cut Taxes For The Rich
    Cut Taxes For The Rich – Cut Taxes For The Rich
    Taxes – Cut Taxes For The Rich
    Oil – Cut Taxes For The Rich
    GOP – Cut Taxes For The Rich
    8 years of Bush – Cut Taxes For The Rich
    recession – Cut Taxes For The Rich
    Climate change – Cut Taxes For The Rich

    April 21, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. Carolyn Sanderson

    The difference between the Republican spending and Obama's budget for the future is the difference between a family buying a swimming pool versus investing money in their son's education.
    Also, it's funny how easily the funds were approved of to rebuild Iraq but people are so reluctant to fund a plan to rebuild and re-invest in our health and education needs here at home.

    April 21, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Ruth -Az

    Please no more of this childish bickering, Give country back to us. My husband could probably do a better job on getting the budget under control. Can't reduce taxes and get us out of this. We gladly pay our taxes as long we see progress. Give me back or our money until you can figure out what to spend it on with our approval.

    April 21, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. HarryA

    Hey, doesn't anybody get it??? The people in this country are fed up with BOTH parties. Bush started the out of control spending and now the Dems are trying to perfect it!! Wake up Washington and stop spending our childrens future for your own political gains!!!

    April 21, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. DannyRay 1950

    Once again, CNN has uncovered the two biggest threats to our free society – Democrats and Republicans.

    April 21, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. andy

    Everyone should know by now. You can not disagree with the chosen one. No matter how stupid the moves are or damaging Obama is to our country, you can not question him. The liberals will go after you.

    April 21, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. rachel

    Are people forgetting that George Bush's budget did not include the cost of war and Obama's does, guess delcaring war on two countries is real expensive hun repbulicans

    April 21, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. LIP

    When you've got them on the ground, you may as well throw in a few kicks, eh DNC.
    The DNC must be a little paranoid about the possibililty that the GOP may be able to get back on their feet.
    So much division is not good for the country. Should the GOP collapse and we have nothing but the DNC, then you would see the DNC divide into conservative (blue dog) and liberals and we would have the same thing we have now. Better that we understand there will always be differences and get on with the business of the people and stop with the negative rhetoric on both sides. We are in a hole folks and need to expend some energy getting out of it.

    April 21, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. T Mckinley

    All of this would have been avoided if the U.S. Supreme court would have allowed the Florida recount to continue. Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Co. are just as responsible for screwing up this country as the Bush administration is.

    If Al Gore would have been President instead of George W. Bush we wouldn't be in this mess right now.

    April 21, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. jpspec

    When will the campaign end? Enough already. It is time to send Alexroid back to Chicago. He did a great job in marketing to get Obama elected. Now, let Obama spend his time being the president rather than a non stop candidate. The country is faced with many serious problem and requires bipartisian support to solve. This never happens during any campaign. Bipartisian support only happens when the campaign is over.

    April 21, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Butch Pridgen

    I agree that a lot of money has been spent by both President Bush & Obama,it is cause for concern.Let's take a look at the spending of both.Mr. Bush invested the majority of taxpayers dollars in the Iraqi People through his support of the Iraq War. The return on that investment? 0!!! President Obama Wants to invest in the American Middle Class and I for one hope he is successful.If investing taxpayer dollars in education,healthcare and housing is seen as wasteful spending,then I fear for the future of our children.Hopefully he will be able to do this after he clean up the mess created by a lack of regulation of our finanial institutions,the criminal bankers and the wall street thiefs. God Bless America

    April 21, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Michigan Joe

    The Republican platform has plummeted to the lowest level in decades. The Bush tax cuts (It cost 2 trillion in lost tax revenues) were the worst idea ever. The IRS code was written with a graduated scale designed so that those with more should pay more than those with modest or average earnings. We give big biz exorbitant tax cuts to maintain labor and production in the US. But that is false. The big corporations, built by the working American people, took their labor out of country. Small business employes 58 percent of all labor here in the US. Lining the pockets of the wealthy and mega business interests have quickly erased both tax revenues and the american labor market. So when the Republicans talk about conservate spending, does that include a non-spending for the American public and just tax benefits for the wealthy and the big business that take our money overseas? We are all tired of the rhetoric about how big biz makes the American dream. It is false and it is wrong. Any American biz that takes it's labor market overseas should be taxed at greater levels and taxed as a foreign enterprise. Banks that shylock should be forced to REBATE any and all abuses. The budget today is necessary to correct the inbalances established in the previous ten years.

    April 21, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. louee

    To all you Obama haters posting here, all I can say is, you have intellectually refused to look at the truth. Bushco ran up a deficit to pay off their buddies (halliburton, etc.) in a protracted war, and didn't even include that cost in his budget. He cut taxes on big oil and others without making any demands on those corporatists that they spend that gift on the future of their country as they developed their business models. Bush's whole presidency was a money grab by the rich and we all know it. And that is only the financial portion of their sins. You people blame Obama because he is spending large sums of money trying to keep our economy in motion after the republicans brought it to its knees. This is sickening. I believe in a two party system, as it is clear the democrats must answer to us as well, but I have no respect for the republican party, or for the people who give them their support by looking the other way.

    April 21, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. Trang

    I must say, it's the Democrats that usually are the 'unfocused', fight among themselves. Fortunately, we have President Obama who remain focused on the issues and not get distracted. Now, it's the Republicans that struggles to find a message that resonates w/ the people. To keep the base, they lose the young, to get the young in, they lose the base ... because to me, the base looks frightening and it scares people again. Obama won the last time not only because he is appealing, but also Sarah Palin scares people away.

    Look, Republicans ... we don't think that Obama is a 'God'. We do see that he uses his time to come up w/ solutions that might help the country. He came to you and asked for your help. You closed the door on him. Your ideas have been tried and it has failed and you have no new ideas. At least, we see Obama is trying ... we don't see you try, and for that, Obama remains popular, and you lose your popularity.

    April 21, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. dennis

    How is everything the republican's fault? Our economy is built on credit. Eventually you have to pay the price, plus interest.

    April 21, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. Bruce

    I support the president, but i dont care for Pelosi/Reed, or Boeher/McConnel. . I think these guys need to retire and let some new blood with new ideas come in. . Republicans already know what the president wants to accomplish, instead of saying "NO", come up with different ideas that will accomplish those ideas, it can't be that hard . . (I already hear it coming "TAX CUTS")

    Yeah the budgets is large. . and the deficits are a problem. .
    But 1 question bush doubled the debt but what did we actually gain or what future returns will we recieve off it? ? ? (insert your answer here)

    There are somethings we need to invest in and things we need to fix. All of things will cost a lot in the short term, but i believe the future returns will be greatly worth it. . we may not see any direct benefit for a least 20 years, but i think its well worth.

    We as americans we don't make anything any more, we import everything. So we need to replace our failing manufacturing sector(that keeps declining) with some new, may Green industry related jobs, like it or not, i think that will be the builder of the middle class in the future.

    April 21, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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