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. michaelam

    I can only say this: Becareful for what you wish for! In my city, stimulus funds are starting to pour into the Police Department. Several officers will either keep their job or be rehired because of job loss. Well, the county sherrifs received nothing and they are cutting deputies left and right.

    Many residents who live in the unicorporated area of my city vote GOP and are represented by members of the Party of No (regard, concern, fill in the blank). Now, they are whining and crying because they lost a very valuable resource: Police Protection!

    If you choose to not be a part of the solution, then sorry, you will be left out!

    July 29, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. J.P.

    Yes, when you're very quickly sinking in the polls on nearly EVERY possible polling metric (other than "Obama is a nice person"), go to the ol' reliable Democrat stand-by excuse:

    "George Bush"

    July 29, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. Hugo

    It should continue to read, and we have continued most of those policies as many were actually good practice. Please someone post one policy that Obama has brought to the table that does not take someone's earnings and give them to someone else or expand government control into every aspect of your daily life. Why are we still in Afghanistan? The DNC is a bigger joke than the RNC, they have no clue how to do anything constructive other than tax and spend. I must admit they are masters of the propaganda machine and supreme experts of personal attacks. I nominate Ted Kennedy for Obama's new limo driver!

    July 29, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. felicia

    Good for the dems, the repigs have screwed us around long enough.

    July 29, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Mich

    At least they are on the side of the republic ,and their not Socialist that try to break the constitution every chance they get like OBAMA.

    July 29, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. S M R

    'They supported the Bush policies' will crush the GOP in 2010,2012,2016 and 2020. Our Great Country will need time to recover from the one/two punch of the Bush/Cheney Administration and we will never forget.

    July 29, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. Steve

    The only thing those road signs do is remind me how much money is being wasted from the stimulus bill. Those signs cost $300 apiece! This strategy will backfire just like the Rush Limbaugh strategy backfired. The Dems proclaimed Rush the leader of the GOP, and all that happened is he gained listeners & earned more $!

    July 29, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. Frank

    The economy is already turning around, and thankfully the Democrats have only spent roughly 10% of the $787B. Please immediately cancel the spending on the rest! It is not needed!

    July 29, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. Sick -n- Tired

    I for one am getting pretty fed up with the fact that our country is crumbling and all the Republicans and Democrats seem to want to do is focus on having one big popularity contest! I've said it before and I'll say it again, at no other time in history has there been a greater need to give Washington one big collective enema than now! This whole thing makes me sick!

    July 29, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. Jenn, Philadelphia

    Will the DNC also target Dodd, Conrad and Frank, 3 members of Congress who also helped "break it" requiring a stimulus package in the first place. Please, the hypocrisy of the Democrats is mind-boggling. They supported the Bush policies by their silence and allowing everything he wanted to get done. Fix your own house before trying to blow down some one else's.

    July 29, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. Bridgette

    Bush blamed Clinton for everything. That is what the next President's do. And whomever comes in after Obama will blame him for everything. The bottom line is this I don't see how thinking adults can't atleast listen to the dialog on health care reform and for an opinion after you have all the facts. Instead of letting over paid rich men tell you what your opinion is. The reality of it is whether the politician is a democrat or republican they have excellent government sponsored health care. If nothing else the health care plan that they have from what I hear it is an excellent plan. And Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, Dobbs, Matthews, Olberman and all the rest of them are millinaires so I am sure they are provided with the same kind of health plan that the politicians have. Yet we have citizens who have know health care and no plans to have it in the near future actually fighting against something that would benefit them. That is what I would call insanity.

    Step back for a second and really think about what your fighting against. You are fighting against yourself.

    July 29, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. Rob

    Yes, let's look at the Bush policies:

    – Rebounding after the worst attack ever on American civilians. I know all you kooks out there want to go hinting that there was a conspiracy, but there wasn't. Bush did a way better job than Obama could ever try to do if given the same situation. In fact, Obama would have probably apologized to the terrorists.
    – Economic recovery. Yes, Clinton left us with a recession in 2000 (dot com bust anyone?). Add the attacks of 9/11 into that, and did Bush think the best thing to do was spend over a TRILLION dollars on unneccessary things and tax the money makers? Nope, he knew how to handle things.

    I could go on but the facts are clear. Bush KNEW how to handle things. Obama HASN'T A CLUE!! I'd rather be associated to Bush than Obama.

    And before you get into it, things didn't start to go bad until the DEMS took over Congress. Nice try, no dice.

    July 29, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. Peter

    Boehner, Cantor, and Kyl are all morons. McConnell atleast has some sense, but he won't use it.

    July 29, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. Robert

    Take a look at the DJIA over the last year. It's not a coincidence that it was in a freefall until the same week the Stimulus was passed and has been slowly climbing out of the gutter ever since. It's back up to higher than it was when Obama took office, over 9000, even though he came in when 3000 was looking realistic by the end of summer. The savings in lost jobs, lost tax revenue, lost income, and lost value of the dollar have already made the stimulus a solid investment.

    July 29, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. TBA

    The RNC assisted Bush to destory the economy and now they blame Obama? Can you say cowards loser liars? The 2 wars on 2 fronts thanks to George Walker Bush, Dick "Darth Vader" Cheny and the RNC.

    July 29, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. yuri

    Those morons need more attacks, but their response will be so predictable that even robots and zombies will be gasped with surprise.

    July 29, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. Nevada Joe

    Republicans are ALL SMOKE AND MIRRORS....BUSH put all of us down the tubes and he is hiding out uner a rock in Dallas or South America.

    CNN probbably wont print this...

    July 29, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  18. inat

    typical DNC 'Blame Bush' tactics.... you know, one day you take some responsibility. Oh wait... here we go... DNC = The party of NOT MY FAULT!

    July 29, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. Vince

    So Kyl, McConnell, Boehner, Cantor are "hero's" because they "opposed" the stimulus.....that their states are now benefiting from. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out in the voting booth next year.

    July 29, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. Pickles, Monaca, PA

    Seems to me that a lot of Repugnants have forgotten that our economic free-fall began under Bush II's watch. Too bad for them that most people haven't.

    July 29, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. Eric in VA

    Why is the DNC still campaigning? The Dems can do whatever they want without any Republican votes. If the plan is so great, they should just step up and claim responsibility for it instead of bashing those who voted against it.

    BTW, I thought the days of negative campaigning were over since the Lord Barack, the Most Merciful was inaugurated. Shouldn't we all be singing joyous overtures and holding hands as one?

    July 29, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. B

    The Four Stooges! If ever there was a combination of of Irrelevant people in government , these characters are it. Where were these fools during the last eight years? They were following other idiots word for word in -Bush policies- that about did us all in..

    July 29, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. Big Al C.

    The GOP backed infrastructure for Iraq. But voted NO for americans. The DNC is only telling the truth. The republicans are nothing but a party of NO. Unless you are a Wall St CEO then they will vote yes for you to get another Bonus.

    July 29, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Logan in IA

    Whats sad is the republicans are going to turn around and say that the stimulus isn't "working", which may not be true at all. Yes, the economy is still in a deep recession, and it probably will continue to be for the next several months. However, with signs that the slow recovery is ensuing, it's hard for republicans to make a claim that the stimulus is not working. Also, what would have happened to the economy if state budgets went into deep red, major corporations all went belly up, and unemployment then would have skyrocketed past 15%.

    July 29, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. rob c

    Good, now everyone can see those who want to thwart Obama in everything he tries. They are not trying to save money they are trying to get power back. Everyone can see that when it comes to everyday folks the gop doesn't care. If it has to do with cutting taxes for the rich and going to war(be it legit or fabricated) the gop says yes. When it has to do with investing in the US or making things more sustainable for average people they say no. Those same individuals will in the end try to take the credit for things when they get better. The stocks are already steadily gaining ground, its only a matter of time before jobs pick back up too. Be patient folks and don't let the gop sucker us again(exp. Iraq war, patriot act, deregulation, writing off Katrina victims, and here's the killer Cheney response of so when asked what he has to say since the American people don't agree with their tactics). Wake up America the gop is all about profits and power not the people.

    July 29, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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