July 29th, 2009
12:49 PM ET
12 years ago

New DNC ads target GOP congressional leadership over stimulus

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee is again taking aim at top Republicans in Congress over their lack of support for the president's $787 billion stimulus bill, as the image war over the success of the stimulus continues to escalate.

In "Broke It," a 30-second TV spot, Sens. John Kyl of Arizona and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Reps. John Boehner of Ohio and Eric Cantor of Virginia are taken to task for opposing the Democratic stimulus plan.

"They supported the Bush policies that sank our economy into recession," an announcer says in the TV ad. "They broke it. Now they refuse to fix it."

The DNC offensive also includes radio spots targeted at Kyl, McConnell, Boehner, Cantor - all top GOP congressional leaders who have been regular targets of Democratic ads this summer attacking them over their opposition to the stimulus. Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, who chairs the House Republican Conference, is also being slammed in a radio spot.

Entitled "No Thanks," each radio ad highlights projects funded by the stimulus bill in each Republican's state or district.

"So when you see that sign that says 'this project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act' you can say no thanks to Eric Cantor," the Virginia version of the radio ad says.

"Broke It," will air nationally on cable and in the District of Columbia area, the DNC said Wednesday in a statement announcing the new ad campaign.

The "No Thanks" radio ads will air in Phoenix, Arizona; Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky; Dayton, Ohio; Richmond, Virginia; and Indianapolis, Indiana, according to the DNC.

As Republicans stepped up references to President Obama's stimulus package as a failure this summer, the DNC has painted opponents of the plan as foes of economic recovery, hitting critics with a string of ads, statements and grassroots pressure. Vice President Joe Biden has been making appearances at stimulus-funded projects in the lawmakers' home states as the spots hit the airwaves, visiting Ohio as a Web ad hitting Boehner debuted, and Virginia as the Cantor-critical spot was released.

The DNC has also launched attacks on much lesser-known GOP critics of the stimulus policy in key battlegrounds like Ohio and Florida.

The GOP heavyweights have fired back at Biden. "We are told Vice President Biden is in Virginia this afternoon to highlight stimulus progress, but he, along with the Obama administration, will hear from my fellow citizens that spending money does not necessarily equal success for the stimulus program," Cantor told reporters on a conference call as Biden visited a stimulus project in Richmond earlier this month. "….A stimulus bill should have an immediate economic impact and create real, long-term jobs, and this stimulus bill has clearly not created jobs or fixed our economy."


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  1. Save America

    The DNC is as BIG A LIAR as obama.

    July 29, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. Enlightened Voter

    There would have been no need for a stimulus if the republicans and bush had not bankrupted this country with a war based on a LIE!

    July 29, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. tom

    the dems blaming the economy on Bush is as ridiculous as global warming; wonder when barack will start taking some responsibility for his stupid words and stupid actions? or when will the Dem's stop invoking the name Bush to get people's minds of barack and on to some one else? Washington is lame as are the Dems.

    July 29, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. Candy West Virginia

    The rnc could care less about this country or the people in it, they only care about you if yur rich that is why they opposed the stimulus because if your not bailing out the banks they are against it.

    July 29, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Enlightened Voter

    tom – the recession started over 24 months ago during bush's term. Who should we blame then if not bush who started the war based on a lie?? WHat about deregulation? Stop listening to lush limpaugh and faux news and live in the real world.

    July 29, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Peggy - TX

    A bit slow to respond to the WAR the GOP is enganged in, but a good start by the DNC.

    July 29, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Brandon

    I didn't realize the economy got stimulated...when'd that happen?

    July 29, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Paul from Phoenix

    Dems have control of the House, a filibuster proof Senate, and the White House. They have nobody to blame but themselves. If they can't get legislation passed, then they are the most incompetent bunch of morons ever.

    THE DNC needs to get out of the past. Bush is gone. The GOP lost control in 2006. THey better start living in the present or they will lose heavily in 2010.

    July 29, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Peggy - TX

    A bit slow to respond to the WAR the GOP is engaged in, but a good start by the DNC

    July 29, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. Obama Victim

    DNC comes out against people who want to save money........interesting strategy??

    July 29, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. a loyal member of the party of "no" (ie. No to blindly following and not thinking for myself)

    Hooray for Kyl, McConnell, Boehner, Cantor, They are my hero's and have my support and my contributions.

    Thanks for thinking! Sorry that thinking has become only a trait of the Party of No. Maybe 2010, but definately 2012.

    Thank you again!!!!!!

    July 29, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. You have the votes

    You have the votes, but still choose to blame the republicans. Wake up America!

    July 29, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. Chucklestx

    6 months to fix an economy that was wrecked over nearly a decade is silly. The GOP claims to be pro-biz but doesn't seem to understand that a damaged home sometimes requires a second mortgage to rebuild and then recoup value.

    July 29, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. BOB THE BUSINESS OWNER

    I love it! Republicans lost and they think they are right? God Bless America. It must suck to be a republican right now!

    July 29, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. Sharon, Illinois

    People who blame Obama for the status of our economy know nothing about economics. Economies don't get in trouble over night and conversely don't improve overnight. It took years of mismanagement and abuse to get here. We won't see the results of Obama's efforts for at least a year, maybe longer. I do believe it is proper to hold Bush's administration accountable for where we are. He had 8 years to muck it up.

    July 29, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. Wake Up

    So, Democrats are bragging about 10% unemployment, a sky-rocketing debt and billions of dollars wasted?
    Obama and his buds have a little too much hubris....Americans aren't that dumb to believe this garbage, are?
    Obama is the worst President in a century. He is trying to ruin the country. He is Hugo Chavez Jr!

    July 29, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. Dave in Illinois

    More of the same, "The sky is falling and it's all the [blank]'s fault." All you have to do is replace the blank with the latest scapegoat (Bush, Republicans, Blue Dogs, banks, business, insurance companies, etc.) who refuses to blindly accept the promise of Obama's speeches which are not are at odds with what the Democratic Congress is doing.

    July 29, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I can't wait to vote Cantor out. And he can take his goons along with him.

    July 29, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  19. Wake Up

    hey "enlightend voter"–get a job. Govt. isn't supposed to support you. The stimulus MADE THINGS WORSE! Excerbated deficit, wasted billions and didn't do crap. If you are in favor of Marxism...move.

    July 29, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  20. bozo the obama

    the Chancellor is acting stupidly.

    July 29, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Obama=Trickle up Poverty

    What a crock of crap. All Democrats know how to do is point fingers. The recession started under the Democratic controlled congress if you want to get technical about it. Under Barney Franks refusual to get control over Fannie and Freddie.

    The country went to crap when the Democrats took control with the 2006 elections.

    July 29, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  22. Ryan Indy

    I will take the BUSH policies ( which lead to 52 straight months of economic growth more than any president in history) over what Obama is trying to sell right now. The democrats want to re-write history so bad and lie to the american public on how BAD it was under Bush. So if that was bad Dems what do you call this? Almost 10% unemployment, lost 5.2%GDP last quarter and the world Community thinks we are a JOKE. Democrats always want to say nobody in the world liked us under Bush but they sure did RESPECT us. You dems can try to rewrite history in regards to Bush and his policies but intelligent Americans Know the TRUTH.......

    July 29, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. Aaron

    The final package of the healthcare reform proposal must include the Public Option as well as private insurance coverage. Competition of these coverage programs will lower and contain healthcare costs over time. Furthermore, employers must be required to provide healthcare insurance to their employees or pay into the public insurance system. I would propose that if individuals do not enroll in either a private or public plan, they will be automatically enrolled in the public plan.

    July 29, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. Dave in Illinois

    More of the same, "The sky is falling and it's all the [blank]'s fault." All you have to do is replace the blank with the latest scapegoat (Bush, Republicans, Blue Dogs, banks, business, insurance companies, etc.) who refuses to blindly accept the promise of Obama's speeches which are at odds with what the Democratic Congress is doing.

    July 29, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. Wayne

    The rnc will be proud if they can destroy the country. Should be a bounty on them.

    July 29, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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