July 20th, 2010
08:55 AM ET
12 years ago

New Dem video: Back to the future for GOP?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/20/art.dncwebad.0720.dnc.jpg caption ="The Democratic National Committee is out Tuesday with a new web ad."] Washington (CNN) - Trying to capitalize on comments made by a top congressional Republican, the Democratic National Committee released a new web video Tuesday that says that the GOP wants to return the country to the agenda of former President George W. Bush.

The video uses a snippet of sound from Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, who Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press said, "We need to go back to the exact same agenda that is empowering the free enterprise system rather than diminishing it."

In the web video, Sessions is seen and heard saying "we need to go back to the exact same agenda," which is then followed by a narrator adding, "The exact same agenda that cost eight million Americans their jobs."

Sessions' clip is then repeated, with the narrator saying, "The exact same agenda that put big oil, insurance companies and Wall Street ahead of main street."

That's followed by Session's again saying, "The exact same agenda," followed by the narrator adding "championed by George W. Bush."

The video ends with the narrator saying, "With no new ideas the Republicans are going," followed Sessions again saying "back to the exact same agenda," with the narrator picking up again with "that America can't afford."

The DNC's video has been posted on YouTube and the DNC says they'll have a formal release later Tuesday morning. The video appears to be part of a move by the party to try and make November's midterm elections a choice for voters between the polices of President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats or what they consider the failed policies of former President George W. Bush and congressional Republicans. The Republicans hope to make this election a referendum on what they consider the bad polices enacted the past year and a half by Obama and congressional Democrats

In his interview on "Meet the Press," Sessions never specifically said the words "Bush agenda." But elsewhere in the interview the NRCC chairman said "people had jobs when Republicans were not only in charge but George Bush was there.

Republicans argue that the Democrats strategy will backfire.

"Democrats are desperate to talk about anything other than their binge spending agenda that has resulted in nearly 10 percent unemployment and sky rocketing debt. As we saw in Virginia, New Jersey
and Massachusetts, voters want solutions that will fix our economy not tired old arguments from elections past," Republican National Committee spokeswoman Katie Wright told CNN.

Wright is referring to last year's gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey and this January's special Senate election in Massachusetts to fill the seat of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. All three contests, the only statewide elections held since the 2008 elections, were won by Republicans and in each case it resulted in a pickup for the GOP.

So, has time healed old wounds and allowed the public to now, a year and a half after he left office look back at Bush kindly?

Apparently not. According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted in January, his favorable rating among Americans stood at 43 percent, with 54 percent seeing him in an unfavorable light. The numbers were an improvement from when he left office but still nothing to brag about.

And an ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted in April indicated that nearly six in ten said the former president was more to blame for the current state of the economy, with just one in four putting the blame on Obama.

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soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. Rosslaw

    Although tough to encapsulate in a sound bite, the real news is that neither Sessions nor Sen. Kyle, two leading Republicans, could answer David Gregory's repeated questions about what the Republicans agenda included if they took over the House in mid-term elections. Gregory literally asked Sessions four times and could only get right-wing pablum in response to the point Gregory dismissed Sessions and tried to get an answer from Kyle, again without success. Klyle later could not answer how the Republicans would pay for their planned extension of the Bush tax cuts (boy, those really worked well) even though the Repubs oppose umemployment extensions unless they are paid for. The Repubs are really, truly clueless and simply hoping for a major domestic terrorist attack to benefit from politically rather than actually planning to accomplish anything real on this planet.

    July 20, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. X

    GOP agenda = Oligarchy and financial ruin

    July 20, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. JP

    Its a joke to here the democrats talk about jobs. So what is Obama's latest stupid idea, lets give the trial lawyers a 1.6 billion dollar tax break. Do a search on "trial lawyers 1.6 billion" When you subsidize something you get more of it. Do we need more lawsuits. More lawsuits = job destrustion. Take more money from taxpayers and give it to the trial lawyers great idea Obama.

    July 20, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. Bill, Bloomington Il

    Which is where we are right now. Nothing has changed unless you look at the unemployment rate.

    July 20, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. Jill Ting

    Why should this comment be drawing fire – it certainly is truer than true.

    July 20, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. Ancient Texan

    In a short period of time, President Bush will be viewed much more favorably than Obama. President Truman had a very low approval rating when he left office, but in time the people understood what a great job he did in an extremely difficult time.

    July 20, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  7. mike chino hills

    The Bush administration was a disaster, financially & culturally. Countries Hate Us....... The USA has to start worrying about itself, and extending Aid to poor countries. Violence will only bring on more Violence.

    July 20, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. Dustin

    The sad thing about this ad is that it is true. What is anything that the Republican party has put forward in the last two years that has been a new idea? Wasn't it McCain who claimed the "fundamentals of our economy are strong" just before the market collapsed and we almost entered a second great depresion? The problem is that the Republican party represents the status quo that has kept the top 1% in power, and they will fight to maintain that until they die.

    July 20, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. jim

    " ... voters want solutions that will fix our economy ..."

    very very true. the republicans have been silent as far as ideas or plans for solutions. they've been unwilling to work together and have only behaved in an obstructionist manner. if they expect to be taken seriously, they'll have to begin acting like they want to actually DO something.

    July 20, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  10. PTNY

    I LOVE IT! Great ad...great campaign !

    July 20, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. musician

    If the Republicans get control again we can all look forward to the rich getting richer, the poor getting poorer, the middle class shrinking and the debt skyrocketing. There has not been a Republican Administration since Reagan that didn`t accomplish these things.

    July 20, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  12. j williamson

    What was the combined approval rating of Bush/Cheney when they left office – something like +9 with a margin of plus/minus 3, wasn't it? And they want to go back to THAT? I'm sure the thought gladdens many hearts over at Halliburton. Mr. Sessions should give his head a big shake.

    July 20, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. ForReal

    I can't speak for Virginia and Massachusetts, but ask New Jersey residents how they feel now about the choice they made...

    July 20, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  14. James M. Holmes

    That's right America – voting for the GOP will result in the same failed policies that got us here in the first place!

    It was under the GOP that we lost 8 million jobs – before Obama even took office and those "tax cuts" that the GOP love so much – did not result in ONE NET job created during Bush's two terms.

    Everyone is frustrated that the recovery seems to be slow, but make no mistake – we are in a recovery and putting the GOP back in charge of ANYTHING would destroy that! Haven't they done enough damage already?

    July 20, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  15. Tom in Delaware

    Dems are so desperate to get the eyes off of what they've done....nothing's going to help you come November...buh-bye Dems.

    July 20, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. Carol Auburndale, Fl

    We have been through the Regan "Trickle Down Economics and the Bush agenda where we gave all the wealthy a huge tax break. Well, guess what? That crap doesn't work. Nothing trickled down either time. No jobs were created by this so, NO THANKS!! We will try another way for awhile. I want the tax cuts Bush put into effect to expire. All the years I worked I had to pay on all my income and the wealthy can start paying theirs too. The tax cuts for the wealthy have helped cause this deficit.

    July 20, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  17. t22

    Nice job to try to run against Bush, but the fact is in two years and 4 of congressional control, the Dems have turned this country away from the things that made it successful. The Dems can run against past prosperity, but anyone who has actually held a private sector job won't buy it.

    July 20, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  18. Ferret out the BS

    Ha, the truth comes out, lets keep screwing the American People in favor of big corporate America.

    July 20, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  19. Jack

    This is exactly how voters should think about this. Bush and his cronies (republican congress) got us into this mess. Obama (despite the party of "no") has done an amazing job turning it around.

    Imagine if McCain/Palin or more republicans had the reins. Credit would have seized up, over 20% unemployment and no guaranteed health care.

    July 20, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  20. Marty, FL

    No wonder the lowest number of people (only 26%) would somehow choose the GOP on the economy. Katie Wright hypocritically refuses to admit that Republicans (Rubio, Sessions, McConnell, etc.) are using the "tired old arguments from elections past,"

    The GOP wants push for the same old tax cuts for the rich & deregulation that attributed to catastrophic job losses overseas & debt. Those are not solutions; that's the same disastrous economic nonsense from Bush. No thanks.

    July 20, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  21. gt

    this ad is correct,,, but .. what we have now is worse than the past,,,,ugh !!

    July 20, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  22. Howard

    The truth always hurts when it's an embarrassing truth. One of the great mysteries of American politics is why so many average American voters throw their lot in with the Republican party when the average Republican office holder has no real concern for the economic situation of the average American.

    July 20, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  23. Gary

    Brilliant ad. People need to be reminded in plain language. Nearly all the problems today were the result of Bush policies. Tax cuts for the rich, two wars based on lies and fear not paid for, etc. ETC.

    July 20, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  24. MAhole

    Not even God himself will be able to help us if we go back to the same old agenda of "the shrub"........

    The GOP doesn't have a clue – other than to make the rich folk richer and the working man his slave.

    I sure hope the electorate in this country has some sense in November – and also in 2012...........

    July 20, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  25. Tomasz

    The repugs should quit trying to shift the blame for the recession away from them and there time again failed supply side policies. They should just admit they failed and try to come up with some answers that actually address the problems we face.

    July 20, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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