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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soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. ViewFromTheRight

    Those who control the money, control the masses.
    Those who control the guns, control the masses.

    The liberal democrats are working feverishly to take wealth and guns from the American people.

    July 29, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. Bedtime for Obonzo

    These guys are heros. And I'd like to know exactly when the current Administration will accept responsibility for economy. Probably only once things turn around, which would have occurred anyway without blowing $787 billion.

    July 29, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. susie

    The Democrats have been in charged of Congress since 2006, so stop blaming everythin on Bush.

    July 29, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Robrob

    "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?"

    The economy tanked almost 24 months ago. Obama has been in officer about 6 months. You do the math.

    July 29, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. Paul

    Go talk to Barney Frank about the recession. He was the one against a 3rd party regulator of Fanny and Freddie. Of course, he was dating the head of one ot them, no conflict of interest there though.

    July 29, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. Mary Lou Hamm

    Can you imagine the money Palin would waste? but since she will never be elected to anything ever again, we dont have to imagine


    July 29, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Angus McDugan

    Enlightened Voter: How about getting your head out of the past and other places. Let the great country focus on the solutions we need and not the blame that distracts from progress. If it takes blaming before we can move forward then sure why not, but now let's move forward. It is the blame game you play "Enlightened Voter" that cripples America.

    July 29, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. BILL, WI

    To all of you elected Dems. Do not dwell in the past! That is an extremely retarded knee jerk reaction for supposedly educated and forward thinking officials to make.

    July 29, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. matt m

    Its funny that republicans had no problem blaming Clinton fo the economy, terrorism, ect. for 8 years, yet they cry and scream about Obama blaming Bush for the economy (that bush obviously left him) a few months into his term. More jobs were lost in the last 3 month under Bush than the first 3 under Obama. Obama (and the stimulus) made it better, thats just fact. Sorry

    July 29, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. Terry from Texas

    The Democrats do not control the Senate or the House. There are a number of Democrats who are Conservatives. They are Democrats only because, like Arlen Spector, they have a better chance of being elected as Democrats.

    However, they are Conservatives, which means they want to prevent the nation from solving any of its problems. It is the status quo which made the rich richer and has gutted the middle class. Wealthy people are paying Conservatives a lot of money to make the Obama Administration fail.

    July 29, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    "They broke it. Now they refuse to fix it" . . .

    The truth hurts, eh, GOPers?

    July 29, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. Jade

    The battered housing market is stabilizing
    U.S. home prices rose in May for the first time in three years
    Economic growth may be poised to resume
    Stock is up above 9,000 and seems to stay that way
    Iraq troops is coming home
    Unemployment has not change (but with stimulus money that is now on the work, thing should look a bit brighter, cross my finger)

    What will happen to GOP’s future, if Obama manages to bring back the economy growth along with health care reforms within 4 years of his presidency?

    July 29, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. Lynne

    Bushes" stimulous package was a bust.....why don't the republicans and the pundits ever bring that up??

    July 29, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    Luckily we the majority voted to "Save America" last November. I can't even begin to imagine where we would be today had McCain won.

    July 29, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Chris - Seattle

    The GOP conservative dipsticks are out in force today, how y'all doin? I can't wait to see if we turn a bad situation good with the efforts of this administration, because I'll be all over these blogs smushin pie in your face. Here's a thought! I stopped drinking the Obama kool-aid, not because I hate him like y'all, but because I want to see results before I get to spewin "mission accomplished"! If we could only get folk to put down the hater-ade, we might be able to get something done collectively! The ants are laughing their little butts off at us, because here we are suppose to smarter than those little guys, but the things they can do collectively overnight we take decades to do, hmmm, somethnig wrong with that picture???

    July 29, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. Kevin B

    GWB and team purposely drove the economy into the ditch, to ham string any following administration in efforts to ever get corporate profiteers and the wealthy from ever having to contribute to America's well being in any way.

    GWB and team should be tried for politcal malpractice and derilection of thier duty to the american public.

    July 29, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. Fla.

    Too many of these Republicans are the biggest hypocrites ever, destroying my old GOP into the Party of No credibility.

    July 29, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. kishen c.rao

    we know, these GOP, no ad is needed....Bush created this biggest mess...this these guys never talk...how idiotic....the logic is ...

    July 29, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. Kevin B

    The GOP has been over taken by haters, religious zealots and the willfully ignorant. If they think name calling and fear mongering are going to work to thier advantage in '10 and '12 they are truly delusional.

    Over 50 percent of the voters are just too well informed to fall for the GOP divide and conquer techniques any longer.

    July 29, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. Working Class American

    Good! Glad to see the DNC dragging these hypocrites out from under their rocks into the light for all to see!

    July 29, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. Kevin B

    The GOP has been over taken by haters, religious zealots and the willfully ignorant. If they think name calling and fear mongering are going to work to thier advantage in '10 and '12 they are truly delusional.

    Over 50 percent of the voters are just too well informed to fall for the GOP divide and conquer techniques any longer.

    The GOP needs to come up with a new gimmick, the old one is transparant and anti-american and everyone knows it.

    July 29, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  22. mtv

    Good I hope the DNC keeps it in the GOP Face that the GOP broke AMERICA

    July 29, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. Accountant Guy

    Just like Republicans to not want to fix what they broke. They distroyed our economy and took the lives of innocent american soldiers, while that moron Bush and his cronies were in power. I have faith that since we now have smart people running our country, that we will be able to fix what the Patheticans broke!!

    July 29, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    These 4 also supported the Bush/Cheney agenda of LIES that saw our money go to Iraq and Halliburton

    July 29, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. Cynthia

    Good! I hope they all become like Sarah Palin private citizens!

    July 29, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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