May 11th, 2009
08:15 AM ET
14 years ago

DNC keeps up attacks on Cheney, Gingrich, McCain

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The DNC is out with a new Web ad."]WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Democratic National Committee criticized the Republican Party in a new Web video released Sunday evening for having former Vice President Dick Cheney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Sen. John McCain serve as the GOP’s national spokesmen.

The 38-second clip, posted on YouTube, opens with the statement: “Meet the New GOP Sunday Show Guests” stripped across the screen before it shows the three Republicans being introduced on the Sunday morning talk shows. The videos closing line: “The New GOP. Same As The Old GOP.”

The DNC’s criticism is not new as Democrats are trying to exploit the fact that Republicans are engaged in some real soul searching as they consider how to rebuild the party in time for the 2010 midterm elections and beyond.

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  1. Felly

    Dick Cheney makes me sick. After 8 dark years, he now considers himself the Grand Obsolete Party mouthpiece. If he is that good, why didn't he run for the office of the presidency after his puppert George Bush stepped down.

    May 11, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. sarahinfla

    These guy's are a dying breed, who refuse to die with there hate filled racist rhetoric . Dick Cheney wants a fight with anyone that will give him a soapbox to stand on. The bottom line is are we safer. I remember during the Bush years being told if we fight them in Iraq we want have to fight them here, so are we safer?

    This is my question if great intelligence was gleaned from torture why do we not have Bin Laden? If Cheney felt there actions were justified why does he have to speak out himself... History and facts will prove him right.
    He wants to lead us to the manufactured pieces of information he has placed for a scenerio like this... Don't you think he would have tried to be ready for this as Senator Obama was looking like he would win the presidency... Come on gang.

    May 11, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. liberalismisasickness

    What is really interesting is the fact that many of the folks that voted for Obama are conservatives. When it becomes clear to them that Obama is not the moderate he protrayed they will soon turn.

    Powell needed to do some damage controll as he tarnished himself durring the Iraq war and now he wants to play on the winning team. Good for you, but if you support big Federal Government you are not a Republican anyway.

    How can you argue that McCain is not moderate????

    May 11, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. Jackie in Dallas

    Chris in Charleston SC

    They aren't debating the 2012 Presidential election, they are talking about the 2010 election when several Senatorial and House seats will be up for grabs. What the ad is doing is questioning the validity of having three of the Angry Old Men of the GOP being instrumental in the selection of candidates for that election. While it is true any legal candidate can run, to get campaign funds and support, you need the Party bigwigs.

    Considering the lack of viable Presidential candidates, it may take the full nearly four years for the GOP to actually find a candidate for 2012 - surely even the most ignorant of them wouldn't think that Sarah Palin has a serious shot. Oh, yeah, she can get a crowd excited...about lynching, about "real Americans", etc. but she still lacks any understanding of national policies, international politics, or the economy. Not to mention, she needs remedial schooling in civics, geography, and elocution.

    May 11, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Gus The Willie

    The GOP has reduced itself to the status of the Keystone Cops. and don't see them coming out of the wilderness with the likes of the Three Stooges (Cheney, Gingrich, and McCain). King George sure made a mess of things, and now the reminence of the party are scrambling to regroup. One thing I can say is Palin is no Moses, and for those still delusional with King George, get over the "we were right all along attitude". Limbaugh is really a has been, and too bad, many who follow his thoughts are riding along on the paddy wagon of the Keystone Cops.

    May 11, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. Patricia

    I liked the one where it says something like You could have a million dollars a year from the time christ was born to Bush and you would still not have spend the money Obama has spent in less then a hundred days....Now that there says alot about how Obama is spending our tax dollars...

    May 11, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Peter E

    Exactly what is the purpose of these attack ads? Other than keep these people from going into obscurity and irrelevance where they really belong?

    May 11, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. Democrats running scared

    The Democrats have become the dirty tricks attack dog party - made up of mad grumpy rabid dogs who would fight and do anything over a piece of meat. It is really disappointing to see the Democrats implode this way under the administration of our first black President, who unfortunately, is becoming more of a divisive and polarizing president than even Bush. How sad for the Dems. And how disappoint it must be for Obama, especially where it is now very unlikely he will get a second term with the mess he has created for us.

    May 11, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |

    I find it very amusing that we didn't hear a peep out of Cheney during his 8 years and now he is running his mouth off, can't he run for president? Maybe that is his goal. This guy will throw anyone under the bus even a 4 star general who served our country and McCain a War prisioner shouldn't be throwing stones at Powell either. Voting for Obama didn't not mean he left the party, Cheney forgets there we a lot of registered Repubs who voted for President Obama. I believe people voted for the person and not a party, those days are over. Former, key word former Vice President so just go on his ranch and enjoy the millions of dollars he sucked out of normal citizens and wallo in his oil and the money he made from Haliburton.

    May 11, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. U gotta be kidding

    Dave C – I am not a Dem or repug but if you are going to state facts state the truth. Bush spent 350 billion of TARP. The big spender Obama spent the 350 billion then he doubled down with the stimulus and said worst case unemployment would hit 8% WRONG. and then the Fed said last week the TAX BREAKS was keeping the economy going and unemployment would hit 10%. and the news love the new upbet "new unemployment claims lowered last week" thet just didn't mention the that know one is gatting a job.....the same with the CAR COMPANYS bush gave some and obama gave the rest so just wait more is to come. so Bush dug a little hole and Obama is digging a 6 foot hole soon the economy will be DOA and China won't lend us anymore money because they don't trust him.

    May 11, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Whatever Is Politically Expedient

    Why is Dick Cheney even relevant at this point? I mean really. Does he even matter? I think he just wants some attention......Maybe he's thinking of running in 2012 with Rush as his partner. An absolute assurity that the Republicans are doomed.

    May 11, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Yolanda

    Meet the three stooges!

    May 11, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Ghost

    What is it about people named Mike around here?

    Anyway, I gotta tell you, I get more entertainment reading these conservatives posts than I do from Comedy Central. Please, continue to entertain me. I know, let's dicuss the list of up and coming possible leaders. I see the GOP is going Hollywood now. maybe Jim Carrey is available.

    May 11, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. Whatever Is Politically Expedient

    @ Democrats Running Scared. I think you mean the Republicans don't you? That scenario sounds more like them. As a matter of fact, is that you Dick Cheney?

    May 11, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. Lexie

    Since "Chicken Cheney" crawled out of his 911 bunker, he's full of advice. What a moron.

    May 11, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. Zaley

    The GOP consists of disgruntled,grey haired old men who still think their royalty.

    May 11, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Ghost

    Yes, we know. Obama is spending too much. Well, what kinda spending di Bush do when you throw in the cost of those two wars he conveinently left out of the budget?

    May 11, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. Larry

    Nancy Pelosi ,Harry Reid ,Obama and a few more months--that is all that is required to put the Republicans in power,and save our Nation from Socialism.

    May 11, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Joan , Ontario

    Dick Cheney is the gift that keeps on giving for the Democratic party. The more he, Limbaugh and Gingrich keep talking, the better the Democrats look.

    May 11, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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