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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  1. Peter T

    Session's comments were unfortunate. We need to move beyond the years of G W Buch whose policies clearly didn't work.

    July 20, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. vegage

    What is in this ad is absolutely true. If you hear the republican narrative it lights up that they have not learned any lessons of what they caused during the 8 years they were in power. They still believe that the best way to govern this country is by supporting big banks, big business, big corporations, tax cuts for the rich, etc., policies that only benefit the upscale people. They do not admit that was exactly what brought this country to it's knees and also caused and all out debacle. Definitely they have learned nothing and they want to go back to those laissez faire policies that almost destroyed this country.

    July 20, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. A. Goodwin

    The other thing that GOPers have also been saying is that we need to get back to TAX CUTS (for the rich) – as they say it will SAVE us $$ in the end. If anyone watched Rachel Maddow last night – it was great. She had this clip of George Bush No. 1 saying tax cuts (for the rich) is like VODOO politics. LMAO. Seems as if maybe Bush No. 2 – and thos who believe this BS – should have listened to the man instead of putting us into a recession.

    July 20, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  4. Walsh

    Democrats think if they repeat any lie enough it becomes true. There are truths and that is Bush overspent and Obama has tripled the Bush spending in 18 months. In the WSJ today it states we have lost 2 million jobs in 18 months and climbed to 9.5% unemployment. This is just a willful distraction from the failure of Obama and Democratic led Congress since October of 2006 when they took over. They have killed consumer confidence.

    July 20, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Well I remember when things we said out of continence the media would report this and correct it. Nowadays it is the media who makes things mistakes more than anyone else. So where does a person get honest news? Where does a person get a report of the news without the editorializing?
    Walter Cronkite would simply say " that’s the way it is", not that the way I think it should be.

    July 20, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. Bob

    Pass the Pepto-Bismol.
    If I hear one more Democrat say "Put MAIN STREET before WALL STREET I'm gonna throw up!
    I guess when you can't think of anything else to say you just keep repeating the same 'ol

    July 20, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. DAW NC

    good idea lets go back, only lets change the history to what we wish it had been rather than the facts, another spin by the party of NO.

    July 20, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. Gary

    If the Dems run against Bush trhey will lose. This election is about Jobs, Deficits, terrible healthcare reform, taxes and other issues. This ad looks silly and will not help the Dems.

    July 20, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. Ed L

    You mean Bush the WAR CRIMINAL??? The Bush who bankrupted the country?

    You mean Bush the Torture President?\

    You mean Bush the LIAR?

    July 20, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. Hogwash

    Typical politicians - taking words out of context.

    Enough already – fix the economy, do your job.

    July 20, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. RAG

    Let's see. The Obama Budget has been in effect for what, 3 quarters? What have we seen. A return to a growing economy. And a continuing reduction in unemployment. Pretty good start at fixing 8 years of Bush suicide economics. I give him an "A".

    July 20, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Democrats alway play dirty

    Led by their eloquent but inexperienced leader – the President, the Democrats always use dirty tricks, slander, arrogance, and reverse racism to score political points.

    Obama's recent slamming of the GOP for holding up a $33 billion dollar unemployment bill is classic. All Obama has to do to gain GOP support for this bill is act responsibly and take just $33 billion out of a $3 trillion budget to pay for it - In other words, Lead Mr President, Show us more than deficit spending - The arrogance of Obama and the Democrats is matched by their twisted sense of history and their unwillingnes and inability to shoulder responsibility to govern prudently. Blaiming Bush for deficits while Obama passes bill after bill of unfunded deficit spending is arrogant and misguided logic that Americans are not buying into. As he tells Americans to vacation in the Gulf, Obama jets off in the other direction to Maine; while continuing to blame Bush for the economy and deficit, Obama spends like a drubken sailor. Americans now see through this eloquent speaking empty man for what he is - incompetent to lead

    July 20, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. Linda

    Let's see, during the Bush years, who was head of Fannie and Freddie and wanted everyone to be homeowners whether their income supported a loan or not? Barney Frank- a Democrat. Who was Chair and head of banking and finance regulations? Chris Dodd-a Democrat. Who controlled Congress from 2006 forward? Democrats. Who relaxed and de-regulated Wall St. rules in 1999? Bill Clinton-a Democrat. They said it took 5 years for the masterminds of 9/11 to form their attack – who was in the White House – Bill Clinton, a Democrat. Bush was in office 7 months. Has appeasement, apologies and bowing gotten us more respect in the world? Are we safer than we were under George W. Bush? Did we suffer anymore attacks under Bush? Neither party has all the answers, nor are perfect. Hope we can find a strong leader who can pull us together as Americans first. We will need each other more than ever in the coming 5 years.

    July 20, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. Matt A

    Horrible political advertisement. They're proposing such a red herring argument. To me they're saying, "Yeah your angry with us and tired of what we're doing, but remember how it was with Bush?" Remember how bad it was then, you should just settle for us.

    July 20, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. JPX

    "we need to go back to the exact same agenda," (eyes rolling). You mean, go back to policies that keep us embroiled in a unnecessary war while decimating our economy?

    July 20, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. Larry

    Republicans wanting to go back to Dubya's days, the moron who got us into this mess? This is old news.

    The Republican party is corrupt. Vote them out in November.

    July 20, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. Johnny

    Republicans the truth hurts. This is your agenda more of the Bush policies,more of the left over,stale,inept and destructive policies that destroyed America. Now you want to run from the policies you supported for 8 long years under your leader Bush. You reap what you sow. The chickens are coming home to roost. You can run but you cannot hide. You are shameless.....Ameican people have woken up and they do not want to return to BUSH part 2.......

    July 20, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  18. dcook140

    The lack of comments on this board reflects CNN's readership. Had this been an advertisement produced by the Republicans, this board would have been filled with comments. Guess it shows the basic truth about liberals.. they are ok with distortions of truth when the distortions favor them, but when they favor their opponents, look out.

    So much for inclusiveness, and all the other prattle displayed on these boards. Why don't you folks get together and form a coffeenewdemocratnewprogressive movement to combat the Tea Party?
    As far as the ABC poll, I wouldn't believe a ABC poll if it said that most folks thought the sun was coming up in the East. With all the pro-Obama, anti Republican press out there, I am suprised that 1 in 4 put the blame on Obama.. you guys must improve this number. How big is the UI bill? How many pages?

    July 20, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  19. doug

    Thanks to Barney Frank and Chris Dodd for the housing market crash.

    The rest of our problems are the fault of the DEMOCRAT CONGRESS.

    Check out the unemployment rate before they took over in 2007, and what it is now. Thanks lib libs!!!

    July 20, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. carlos

    these repugnants are sooooooo oblivious about the conditions in this beautiful land that they will go back to screwing them again, and they will....just look at the family values guy gingrich,if not a screwball, WHAT??????

    July 20, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  21. Michael

    This is nothing but the truth. The ad only restores the words left out by the GOP! Their only agenda is more profits for the rich until the system is depleted, then squeeze a little more. As for the American people, well, they are mostly just peasants anyway; they don't really count. Let them go back to their shanties and eat cake.
    GOP = traitors to the American spirit.

    July 20, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. Econ. major John

    Is anyone really surprised about this being the GOP agenda, really? No new ideas, just the same old broken "reduce taxes" for the wealthy philosophy? "Trickle down" is a proven failure, yet they want us to try it again? I think not; wise up folks. Yes, we'll need to pay to get things back on track; get over it....nothing's free.

    July 20, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. Naqib

    1994 to 2006...

    Some of the greatest growth in US history... Republican Congress

    2006... Dems win... All gone in 4 years

    July 20, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  24. USN

    YES YES I want to go back PLEASE ,200 billion deficit . 14,000 dow. 4.5% unemployment , A home with a value , Privet buisnesses run by owners ,not the GOV. Take me back PLEASE

    July 20, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  25. thor

    And how would this be any different than Obama taking us back to the failed policies of THE CARTER Presidency which is kinda like what we have today.Anyone remember the miserary index???

    July 20, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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