April 23rd, 2009
09:43 AM ET
13 years ago

Dems put new heat on congressional Republicans

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/23/art.youtube.cnn.jpg caption="A new ad paints Republicans as 'the party of no.'"](CNN) - One of America's largest labor unions is teaming up with a prominent liberal interest group to target congressional Republicans' economic polices, calling the GOP the "party of no" in a new national ad buy coming only days before President Obama's first 100 days comes to a close.

In the new television commercial called "Timeline," the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and Americans United portray target Republicans over opposition to Obama's stimulus package, the expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, and legislation seeking to allow women to sue for equal pay for equal work.

"There have always been those who said NO to progress. But in times of crisis, Americans have never taken NO for an answer," an announcer says in the 30 second spot.

The groups say the ad, described as a "mid five-figure buy," will begin airing Friday nationally for five days on MSBC and on all the cable news stations in the Washington, DC area.

The TV spot comes the same day the Democratic National Committee is launching a Web ad that declares, "After 100 days, the Republican approach is 'just say no.'"

This new DNC web video is the latest in a series that portray Republicans in Congress as a party devoid of new ideas.

Republicans disagree, and state that in saying no to President Obama and the Democrats in Congress, they are trying to save American taxpayers money and are attempting to rein in what they consider out of control government spending.

So what do Americans think?

Fifty-eight percent of those questioned in a recent CNN/Opinion Research Coporation national poll said that President Obama had a clear plan for solving the country's economic problems. That was more than double the 24 percent who felt Republicans had a clear prescription for fixing the country's economic mess. Three out of four polled said the GOP didn't have a clear plan.

The same survey also suggests that 62 percent felt President Obama is doing enough to cooperate with the other party, while only 37 percent thought Republicans were doing enough to reach out to the other side.

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  1. FAYE, NV

    Sure the Repugs was I guess saving money when not monitoring these big companies who now has seen us financial failure.
    Housing, Banks, The Big Four, etc,... These companies paying themselves big bucks and robbing the poor.

    When Bush was spending I suppose that was okay. The Repugs hates Obama and all of them wants him to fail so they can point a finger.

    April 23, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Robin

    AP in Illinois April 23rd, 2009 11:04 am ET

    Agreed, I did not say Bush had positive ratings. But isn't Obama supposed to be better?

    With all the hype, one would expect him to be in 80s at least. I

    nstead he is on a massive witch hunt which is making us look weak. Spin it how you want, but be prepared for the consequences.

    April 23, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. Dave NYC

    It's an effective message, America voted for "Change" and the Republicans party is only saying "No," without offering anything new of their own!

    April 23, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. The Other Michael in Houston

    Some of you have us Obama supportors mistaken as idiots. Most of us do not support a bailout but what is the alternative? The GOP got us into this spending frenzy and it looks like we will have to spend our way out of it. The problem that we have with the "NO" party which the GOP has become is that the GOP says no to everything the Dems want to do but the GOP is not giving us any alternatives. Nothing wrong with standing up for what you believe in but there is something wrong with not having any plan or clue to get us out of this mess. At least the Dems are trying to do something, which is better than what the GOP is doing which is nothing. So what you GOP types look like is a bunch of cry baby sore losers. If the GOP wants the respect of the majority, then come up with a COMPREHENSIVE plan to get us out of this mess that your former leader put us in, present it to the American people, then we will start respecting the GOP party as a legitimate party, instead of looking at you as right wing bible thumping obstructionist.

    April 23, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. John, Rochester MN

    Greg Pottstown, Pa. April 23rd, 2009 10:50 am ET
    He helped get it passed didn't he. True or false, Bush helped swing republican votes to back a democratic interest?
    By your logic lack of funding is the presidents fault when it was the house and the senate that kept trying to use it as a vessel to pass legislation that the president had already told them he would veto. Your spin of why there was a lack of funds in meaningless.

    Can you answer the question or not? I will repeat it.
    What legislation has Obama asked the republicans to wright? What conservative interests or Ideals has Obama put the White House behind?
    If you can't answer that then the fact is that Bush was more a uniter than Obama has been so far.
    Oh, so since it's been a whole three months and he hasn't asked a specific Rep for a specific bill, that means he's less of a uniter than Bush? That's a laugh. 8 years we had to endure, and when does he finally dust off the veto stamp? When the Dems take over Congress. Yeah, that's a uniter, all right.
    You say my spin is meaningless. Interesting. I believe that supporting something means more than saying it's good. If he doesn't fund it, then it's not going to work no matter how good an idea it is. That makes his endorsement meaningless.
    I also find it interesting that you consider education to be a Dem interest. True that, the more education somebody gets, the more likely they are to turn away from the GOP.

    April 23, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. gary

    I'm not a Republican (I vote 50/50 for each side) but I say:

    NO more borrowing
    NO more deficit spending
    NO more earmarks
    NO more pet projects
    NO more promising free stuff to people to get re-elected
    NO more tax increases

    Can't Republicans and Democrats sit down and work out a budget that estimates our revenue under our current tax system and live within that budget. The economy will recover. We really have to start saying NO. Sometimes we'll find a really good program that we all like, but we can't afford and so we have to say NO.

    NO is not a bad word.

    April 23, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. Hopeful Optimist

    I agree with EJinTacoma. Although I would love to 'pile on' while the Repubs are down, I know that idiocy comes and goes in cycles in this great union of ours, and they undoubtedly will have their way one day. Its just inevitable; we have lapses in good judgement here in the good ol' USofA.

    April 23, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. Stephanie in yreka

    You know everyone is making some good points. We are in trouble and there is no quick solution. But we need to accept our own part in this current situation. How many of us have debt that we can't afford or took on more than we could handle but took no action to help ourselves. How many of us just had to get that new car because our current one was already one year old. (I can atleast say I did'nt do that)How many people are using one credit card to payoff another instead of getting our bad assets under control. ( I put mine in consoladation when I had to stop working because To continue working would have been equivalent to paying someone else to raise my kids plus some of my husbands check as well.) Yes they allow us to claim a daycare tax credit but that does not help us right now. Try covering dentist bills on 28,000 a year with union benifits one root canal and crown can break the bank. Its hard to save when you live paycheck to paycheck.

    April 23, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. John, Rochester MN

    Greg Pottstown, Pa. April 23rd, 2009 11:13 am ET
    I was wrong. Bush did not veto that new spending. I was think of the war spending bill.
    You said that bush did not fund it.
    In 2001 the USA spent 42 billion on NCLB. That number increased to 54 billion by 2008. So tell me why you say he did not fund it. 54 billion a year and you say he didn't fund it. Were you misinformed by your talking heads or do you just have no idea of what you are talking about. Bottom line is that bush reached out more.
    Unlike most right-wingers, I don't get my information from the talking heads. Nonetheless, just because something is funded to some degree doesn't mean it's funded to make it work. I don't have the numbers in front of me, but I do recall that the funding necessary to make No Child work effectively was quite a bit more than he was willing to put into it. Sure, under-funding isn't the same as not funding, but the end result is essentially the same.

    April 23, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. wtobias

    i work hard every week and id like to keep my money. so far the what ever the government has tried to run has been nothing short of a disaster. and the programs only really benefit federal employees that's what this commercial is about the unions wanting more union workers. no one here can name one government program that's that is is cost effective or has been a success ever. ssi, medicare ,Medicaid, ect your pet will have better heathlcare then there so called low cost healthcare cheep does not mean better you are not going to get the same care as a government employee your not getting the same retirement or any of the things they get. what you get is keeping them employed they will dangle the carrot and you will jump for it no thanks i say no

    April 23, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Former Army

    As far as the union bashing goes, I don’t want to see anyone lose their job or benefits. I think what a lot of “white-collar” people are feeling, is that as college degreed people, the unions have made way more than those of us who had to pay thousands of are own dollars in tuition just to make less. And for years we have been paying our insurance premiums. I am a licensed design professional and my union friends make substantially more than most engineers or architects, let alone school teachers. Of course there is some bitterness when they strike to obtain more benefits or complain about taking concessions. The majority of “white-collar” workers are not CEO’s. In fact there are very few CEO’s compared to the average worker, union or non-union. They are not aware of just how much they make compared to non-union professionals.

    April 23, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. Sniffit

    @ Robin, who said "His approval ratings are in the 60s. Not through the roof. In school, that is a D"

    I'd be careful with this line of reasoning: Take a good look at your precious GOP's ratings.

    April 23, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Mississippi Mike

    So this is what reaching across the aisle means: publicly advertised smear campaigns. Well, not that's what I call classy!

    April 23, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. BJ

    If the unions say it is so, then it must be so...NOT

    The unions are what is bringing down the auto industry. Did anyone else notice that if the plants do get shut down for 9 weeks, the union members will still get all their pay? Whatever unemployment does not pay, the automakers are required to make up the difference.

    Sure wish I could get a nine week paid vacation...

    April 23, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. DT

    Hopefully people will vote Dem from now on and boot these idiots outta office...tired of this party and their same ol bull...

    April 23, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. Anonymous

    @Jay – your messiah Nobama, has doubled that spending IN ONLY 100 DAYS!!! Wake up!

    April 23, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. Ghost

    For the longest, I've wondered if and when the dems would strike back. All this complaining of the dems continuing to campaign is silly. They have been getting blasted for the past few years. And with the most blatant set of lies, misconceptions, exhaggerations and fabrications. Like someone else said, they probably didn't think the people would fall for it. But they surely did. With any and every repub going on any media cricuit they can find, including high school newspapers, dems needed to fire off some shots. If for no other reason than to explain their side. So the repubs need to quit this arguement. Amoung others.

    April 23, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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