January 25th, 2010
02:01 PM ET
12 years ago

First on the Ticker: GOP sets sights on powerful Budget chairman

Washington (CNN) - National Republicans will begin airing a new 30 second commercial this week in Rep. John Spratt's congressional district, criticizing the South Carolina Democrat for his role as House Budget Committee chairman.

The National Republican Congressional Committee is airing the political ad with the hope of pressuring Spratt to choose retirement over running for a 15th term to the House.

There are rumors that Spratt, who was first elected in 1982, is contemplating leaving office in November. Spratt has a history of being a very strong incumbent. In 2008, he won re-election by a 62 percent to 37 percent margin in a district where John McCain defeated Barack Obama by a 53 percent to 46 percent spread. But this year, Congressional Republicans are touting Mick Mulvaney, a GOP state senator, as a candidate who can potentially knock off the powerful chairman.

In addition to the NRCC's weeklong cable buy, the House GOP campaign arm is sending out an e-mail blast to its entire supporter list this afternoon asking them to donate money to keep the ad on the air. Third party interest groups often use this fundraising technique to encourage their supporters to help fund political commercials.

Full text of ad after the jump:

The press called it "the most fiscally irresponsible budget in the history of the federal government."

And John Spratt wrote it. Spratt is Nancy Pelosi's budget chairman….and the Spratt budget has a trillion dollar deficit.

And Spratt's the architect of legislation Democrats may use to ram through a government takeover of health care.

Call John Spratt. Tell him to represent South Carolina…and NOT Nancy Pelosi.

The National Republican Congressional Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Steve (the real one)

    Honestly, unless he choices to retire, Spratt will be back! He is a strong voice for his district and especially for the military. And this coming from one who leans right!

    January 25, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |

    GO AHEAD!!

    WE, the people with minds of our own, are TURNING AWAY from POLITICS and looking more towards HELPING our Brothers and Sisters AROUND the WORLD.

    TURN AWAY from all the DIVISIVE Mass Media. Look beyond what you have been programed to believe by the ESTABLISHMENT.

    We need LOVE and COMPASSION in this world......NOT Hate and War.


    January 25, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Well, it is pretty obvious he hasn't handled things well, in the past 3 yrs.

    January 25, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. Mlhall

    I just hope he don't represent Mr. Bauer. Mr. Bauer want all of you poor folk to be put to death like they do wild animal because he do not want to feed you any more. Be very careful what you ask for because it may not be what you want.

    January 25, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Pete

    It bears repeating that during the Bush years, the GOP Congress deliberately left the costs of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars off of the Budgets they passed into law. If the GOP had been honest about their accounting, Bush would have been running trillion dollar deficits as early as 2003. But I guess Americans are content to live with the fiction that multiple wars have no impact on budget deficits.

    January 25, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. JT the Show Me State College Freshman

    I think I have a solution to our economic problem; lets invest in clean energy. Let me explain:
    For all of these investments, we must come up with an investment total; this will come up with an investment sum; that number is 55 trillion dollars. That number is huge; there is no denying that, but if we are to sustain a US clean energy independent economy, that is what we must do if it is to be accomplished. This investment needs to be divided up to a 50 year time span. We must invest 8 trillion in solar over a period of 50 years, 8 trillion in wind over the next 50 years, 14 trillion in geothermal energy over the next 50 years, 7 trillion in hydrogen in the next 50 years, 10 trillion in biomass/ biofuel energy over the next 50 years, 4 trillion in natural gas over the next 50 years, and 2 trillion in nuclear technology in the next 50 years; including 2 trillion in offshore oil in the next 50 years. That can be achieved over time if we make the investments in the correct way through certain amounts each year; that is going to be up to the federal government to decide, but the figures what I put up just above, needs to be accomplished by the fair tax system. Each year, within the 50 years, all of that money invested, will grow on itself; in the end of that 50 years, everyone can withdraw to buy clean energy infrastructure for our economy. That will lead to tens of millions of jobs being created over a period of time here in the US, and the restructuring of our economy will begin. To pay for all of that, I am thinking that implementing a fair tax system is necessary; $1million or more a year pays the most, 500 thousand-1million, 250 thousand-500 thousand, 100 thousand- 250 thousand, 75 thousand-100 thousand, 50 thousand- 75 thousand, 35 thousand- 50 thousand, 10 thousand- 35 thousand, and anyone making less than 10 thousand still pays a tax, but it will be a very obscure, little tax. Fair Tax provides us with more freedom over our lives, less intrusion by the federal government and more money to save for a house, college, and retirement, while still paying for what is needed here. The population in the US after 2060, will be well over 400 million; 55 trillion investment/ 460 million will equal $119,565 for each person to spend or invest on anything that will reform our economy to an clean, renewable energy independent economy. The investments paid by the Fair Tax System will continue from then on according to the population/ income per person of the United States to be withdrawn for a period of one year every 50 years. We could solve our debt problem as well with the Fair Tax System.

    January 25, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. REG in AZ

    To be truly objective one needs to think things trough first and then make the decision. Whenever anyone makes a decision first and then thinks of things to justify that decision, it is called 'rationalizing'. It may not be hard to see the truth but it can simply be hard to get emotions out of the way in order to accept it. If our political loyalty is based on our rationalized decisions, then we really can't trust those choices. It isn't easy with all of the subterfuge being constantly thrown at us, aimed to appeal to our self-interests, our fears, biases, prejudices and emotional preferences, hoping to get us to 'rationalize', but it is totally necessary to negate those deceptive efforts, otherwise we can just end up being co-responsible victims. It is absolutely necessary to recognize the manipulative efforts intended to solicit our emotional responses and to instead be firm in withholding trusting the source. The proof has been clearly demonstrated when the voting majority literally failed in doing just that and we are now paying significantly for it. We can't afford 'more of the same' and it isn't going to get any easier, especially after the Supreme Court's recent decision that has opened the flood gates for Special Interests and the influential, powerful and extremely wealthy to now spend even more extensively to manipulate public opinion. We may not always like the truth but if we now fail to have the discipline to make the real effort to know what it is, then we need not complain when the results are controlled by only the few, greatly impacting our lives, and just giving us subterfuge to rationalize with. Whatever Party leaning we may have it will greatly behoove all of us to utilize some very strong independent thinking, to objectively recognize and reject the deceptive manipulation. The question is, "can we do it?" or are we destined to always emotionally react, being led by their self-serving gross dishonesty, and then be the majority that is taken for granted, used and abused? In my thinking, I can't see us surviving a return to government concentrating on Special Interests and the select few and the money, influence and power they have to throw at manipulating the people just scares me.

    January 25, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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