June 26th, 2009
01:27 PM ET
12 years ago

DCCC targets GOP reps over troop funding votes

(CNN) - It's an Independence Day ad campaign with a familiar ring: the spots criticize members of Congress who opposed a supplemental spending bill for "voting against funding for [the] troops."

For the past few cycles, the GOP used similar district-specific ads to blast vulnerable Democrats over opposition to former President Bush's war funding bills.

But there's a new session, a new president, and a new sponsor for the spots: the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which is releasing 60-second radio ads that take aim at seven Republican incumbents for their votes last week against President Obama's request for additional resources to fund operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The targets include: Reps. Ken Calvert and Dan Lungren of California, Charlie Dent and Jim Gerlach of Pennsylvania, Mike McCaul of Texas, Joe Wilson of South Carolina and Lee Terry of Nebraska.

On Friday, the DCCC released audio of the version running in Terry's district.

"Around here, we recognize Independence Day with parades, picnics ... maybe a few fireworks," says the narrator.

"But July Fourth is about more than that. It's about remembering those who fought for our freedoms. And those still fighting today.

"Congressman Lee Terry used to understand that. When George Bush asked, Congressman Terry voted to fully fund our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. And last year he said, quote: 'We must give our military every resource it needs.'

"Seems like Congressman Terry is playing politics now. Last month Congressman Terry voted AGAINST funding for those same troops. It's true - vote number 348. You can look it up."

"Call Lee Terry. Ask him why he voted against our troops. Ask him what changed."

The ads are slated to run for a week beginning July 1, and will be accompanied by a campaign featuring phone calls, robo-calls and e-mails.

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Chris - Denver

    Why oh why do these Republicans hate America so much that they would cut our soldiers loose in the middle of a war without the funding they so desparately need to come back home alive? Shame on the Republicans for wanting the terrorists to win and wanting our brave heroes to die in the desert!

    June 26, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. LIZ

    Republicans support our troops but not the closing of Gitmo–as the Pres to take that out

    June 26, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. Valerie, Raleigh

    It is sad to say but the Republicans will do anything and everything to vote against President Obama, even voting against funds for the troops. They gave the incompetent Bush administration, who took us into this disasterous war of choice, a blank check and if a Democrat voted against Bush's funding, they were "Not supporting the troops."
    Now, in the office of the presidency, sits an intelligent, clear-thinking man working hard to correct the many problems created by Bush. I have little respect for the Republicans but, if they would work with the president to help clean up the messes he inherited, I might one day again vote Republican. Sadly , I never see that happening.

    June 26, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. CNN is on the way out the back door

    The real question is what else was attatched to the bill, as normal CNN doesn't tell the whole story........

    June 26, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Teleprompter of the U.S.A.

    And Obama threatened to Veto is because it had extra spending in it he didn't want. Jeebus, Dems sure can be hypocritical.

    June 26, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Skip, a black man

    How sad are the Dem`s.....they make me want to through up!

    June 26, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. William

    Politics does tend to get in the way of avowed core beliefs. Or maybe it is a woman in Argentina.

    June 26, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. jack

    Can we create an immigration office for California. One that will keep Dan Lungren from reentering the state.

    June 26, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. JSRagman

    What a shock! I hope this add runs in all of the states currently full of in-breds. Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas (just to name a few).

    June 26, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. Tulsa

    lol... silly Republicans.... like YOUR guys didn't treat the troop funding bill like a christmas tree.
    Hypocrites. Never vote for your ilk again. You betcha.

    June 26, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. cjr

    this is a truly bitter board – sorry folks obama won – it's a new day in america – and you are not part of it. your day is over!


    June 26, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. Neilz

    A vote against the funding increase is not a vote against the troops. It's a vote against the politicians and elite officer corps who have lost all respect for the troops they command. It is a vote against The Bush Doctrine of preventive war. A doctrine of never ending continuous conflict with no clear concept of victory. Americans would be best advised to bring this Doctrine to an end before 2010. That's when Obama will run out of soldiers. That's when he'll come for your children.

    June 26, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. Denna

    See my Republicans 'friends'. What goes around comes around. If it is at all possible you @sses, try to think about something besides your own political careers. Bush got us sucked into this mess so we have to keep funding the troops until we can get them home safely.

    And J.P. you should choke on your coffee. Being a flower child, which I was, did not mean that we didn't care about the troops. We hated the war that dragged on for years. We hated the way that we could not plan our lives because of that d@mned war. God Bless the troops, our troops, now and for always. And may someday we learn to live without war. Yeah, you got it, I'm a peacenik too! We did not express ourselves the way we should, but at least we were passionate about something.

    June 26, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. Tatianna

    While an Illinois Senator, Obama voted against every war bill to fund our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a presidential candidate, Obama voted in support of war bills to fund our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obviously, politics was the explanatory factor. Has dem congress stated a exit date in Iraq war bill that Obama must agree with or else he will not get war funds. In 2006, Dems took control of congress and tried micromanaging Iraq war via war fund bills. They made stipulations that Bush must agree to (exit date) or risk not having Iraq war funds. Hmm, I totally forgot, that was then and this is now.

    June 26, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. Skip, a black man

    Wow ,this really tells you who is posting....CNN please tell the whole story! You Dems dont even know what was attached! Please finish high school before you post!

    June 26, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. Tatianna

    It would take political courage for Obama to declare victory in a war he claimed was lost.

    June 26, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. Glennis

    My guess is that they were voting against the garbage attached to the bill.....like the billions to the IMF. I object strenously to handing any more money over to them. The Dems can spin it anyway they want to but they insisted on adding unnecessary, irrelevant items to the bill. Shame on THEM. And shame on both parties for making it a common practice to slip in their pet agenda items and then pretend they're blameless when there are objections to the legislation.

    June 26, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  18. HJA

    awaitingliberalizationbyCNN June 26th, 2009 1:58 pm ET
    Why can't these libs tell people why these congressman are voting against the pork laden bill which goes to support unions and ACORN more than the troops. Democrats are such liars.

    Uh, do you read the news or just look at the pictures.

    June 26, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  19. johnnie

    cnn is joke

    June 26, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  20. Denna

    @Tatianna June 26th, 2009 5:16 pm ET - It would take political courage for Obama to declare victory in a war he claimed was lost.

    Sweetheart, we cannot win this war. When people choose to strap bombs to their own bodies to make a point, they can't be reasoned with or controlled. The entire middle east is run by the their religious leaders (witness Iran), so it is impossible to defeat these people. They will die for their clerics. We should have never gone there anyway. We have to get over thinking we can control other nations. What we need to do is learn to accept and live with them as long as they are not a threat to us or our allies. The last war we fought that was winnable was WWII. We were in the right all the way and we won.

    June 26, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
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