July 4th, 2010
08:53 AM ET
13 years ago

DNC ad targets Boehner and Barton

Washington (CNN) – The Democratic National Committee is rolling out a new television commercial that criticizes two Republicans – one for his comments on the Gulf oil spill and the other for his recent comments about Capitol Hill's response to the financial crisis that began in late 2008.

The ad hits House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, over his comments last week to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, where he said the financial regulatory overhaul favored by Democrats amounted to "killing an ant with a nuclear weapon."

The ad's narrator retorts: "An ant? Eight million jobs lost and Boehner still sides with Wall Street."

The other Republican criticized in the ad is Texas Rep. Joe Barton – who endured weeks of criticism after he apologized to BP over the $20 billion account to pay damages claims that the company created at the request of President Barack Obama.

The 30-second spot will start airing Tuesday on cable stations.

Filed under: BP • DNC • Financial Reform • Joe Barton • John Boehner • Wall Street
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. anthony

    I am beginning to feel sorry for Steele. It is not as if he is the only Republican leader saying dumb things. In today's GOP, it is almost like a job requirement.

    July 4, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  2. Sarah, the baby seal basher

    Beady-eyed Barton is now the smallest scumbag in Texas and tanboy is Ohios dumbest clown wannabe.

    July 4, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. Hendrik

    I just hope and pray (yes, liberals do pray), that the American people finally recognize the standard Republican playbook. Please, please do not make the same mistake we made in 1994, 2000, and 2004. Even though our brain tells us to vote against the Republican scoundrels, our heart just keeps listening to the negativity they constantly spew.

    July 4, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  4. Jim

    The real question here is whether these are just stupid statements or whether they reflect the Republican agenda. I think its a reflection of the things they would do if they were running things again. They don't believe in regulations and they love to give tax breaks to rich people and corporations.

    July 4, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  5. Don't blame me, I didn't vote for them

    These two (Barton and Boehner) were elected by the people in their region, which means the citizens in those parts of our country think as they do. One look at the corporations residing in these two's constituencies should tell Americans which companies to stop supporting.

    As for Steele, he's proof that tokenism is alive and well, and the time has come to throw him under the bus. This was planned long ago, to appease and retain the white supremacist base of the Republican Party, to try and keep them from defecting to the Tea Party. How could Steele not see this? His eyes were clouded with greed for the power of the position. Truly a tragic situation all around.

    July 4, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  6. Hugo

    Hmmm, let's see how they spin this one. Boehner's comment related to sweeping banking and financial reform that gives the Federal Government sweeping unlimited control over companies private monies, when all that is truly needed is enforcement of our existing laws and possibly some tweaking of the existing regulatory rules. At the same time, the very mortgage banking Institutions that were the primary root of our failed system is exempted from these rules. Yes, spin it libtards and they will come, I think he hit the bulls eye. Barton on the other hand, saw the Fed shaking down BP for 20 Billion in a PR move to cover their ass for failing to do their job both on the regulatory end of deep drilling and on response to an environmental disaster.


    July 4, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. GI Joe

    Want to go to war with Iran while still battling Afganistan and Iraq?

    Want total deregulation so Oil Companies, Insurance Companies and Wall Street can pillage more of our resources and money?

    Want to give more wealthy people tax breaks and have nothing "trickle-down" again?

    Vote Republican

    July 4, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |


    Excuses, excuse, excuses and now accusations. When are the immoral Democrats going to step up to the plate and take charge of their on misdealings. Of course George didn't do well. But then he is not President any more. Nor are the Republicans in charge of congress the Democrats are. I know you don't have an American leading you but even that is no excuse. Congress can override stupidity. That is if your bunch wasn't eat up with it yourself. Now you are a year and half into your administration and the economy has gone to Hell. The Wars are going south because of the non-support they are getting from the Muslim. Let's not even mention the border. That is a lost cause unless the other border states do what Arizona did and that is to take charge themselves. Come Nov then we need to take charge in getting rid of the crap from the White House. AMEN BROTHER.

    July 4, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. new-idjit-on-the BLOCK

    I'm from Nigeria.
    I know a crooked politician when I see one.
    Boehner is em...
    Let's just say he isn't a straight politician. Fake tan et al....
    Mitch McConnell is another ....

    July 4, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. Willy Brown

    DNC operate by Little Timmy Kaine Barry’s boot licker and a failure as a governor of Virginia. Every time Timmy does something like this he loses more elections.

    July 4, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. snow

    The demorat party is the one thinking the economy problem is an ant, because they just keep throwing money away. When they run out of money they receive from taxes and then they just keep borrowing from China, then here comes tax increases to give them more money to throw away.

    July 4, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. diridi

    Listen, John Boehner is a biggest menace, and GOP is full of thugs, that messed the entire the nation...Reagan, the first, Bush the Second...so on so forth....thanks....
    pres. obama needs to pass this nation's need, Financial reform, energy and climate reform and immigration reform....do not listen to Derivative lobby, Entitlement Lobby from senators...I think we need to pass senate term limit too....old thugs can not mess nor can they rule for ever....ok...these are must...writer is a very highly educated one....not a college dropout...ok, care for USA!!!

    July 4, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. Adalbert

    Finally the American people can see how incompetent the republican leaders are.

    July 4, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. katiec

    The republicans undying love and support for Wall St, their goal to destroy our president regardless of consequencs, win at any cost by sacrificing the American people are as irresponsible, hypocritical as any politician can get.
    The financial crisis destroyed the lives of millions of people. And, now, they are denying help for these people by stopping an extension to the unemployment they created.
    How can anyone support these politicians who so openingly have total disregard for the American people?? Politicians who think our almost total destruction deserves the comparison to an ant?? That we should not hold their BP responsible for the oil spill??
    Americans, wake up. The republicans have totally lost their way and are willing to sacrifice us and our country for their personal gains, goals. We cannot allow their continuous destruction.
    The definition of terrorists are those out to detroy a country by any means possible. Does this remind you of anyone??

    July 4, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |