August 28th, 2010
03:41 PM ET
12 years ago

DSCC blasts senior Republican for bailout vote

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" The DSCC is out Saturday with a new attack ad against Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt."](Updated at 8:40 p.m. ET)

(CNN) - The Democratic Senatorial campaign committee is out Saturday with a new attack ad that paints senior Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt as a symbol of Washington insider politics and condemns the Senate candidate for voting for the federal government's massive bailout of the financial industry in 2008.

"A culture of corruption and special interests where Missouri gets left behind," the DSCC's ad says. "And, when our economy collapsed, Washington is where Roy Blunt took the lead and voted for the $700 billion Wall Street bailout."

The bill passed largely due to the support of Democrats - 172 of them voted for the bailout package. It passed the House in October 2008 with 263 votes and with members of both parties split on the issue.

The 30-second television ad calls Blunt "one of Congress' most corrupt politicians," a reference to the unflattering designation bestowed upon him in 2005 and 2006 by the advocacy group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

Blunt, a seven-term congressman who held a leadership role in the House GOP caucus until last year, is running for Senate against Democratic Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. Both candidates are vying to succeed Republican Sen. Kit Bond, who is not running for re-election this year. The race is one of the few where the Democrats have a chance to pick up a GOP-held seat.

Blunt's campaign spokesman issued a statement Saturday night that accused the DSCC of hypocrisy.

"Robin Carnahan is so desperate to hold on to her family dynasty of three generations of Washington politicians that she will say and do anything," Blunt campaign spokesman Rich Chrismer said. "Robin Carnahan has repeatedly stated her belief that the 2008 emergency economic package was 'absolutely' necessary to prevent a worse economic disaster. Now Robin Carnahan's liberal Washington allies are attacking Roy Blunt for a vote Carnahan said was 'absolutely' necessary."

The statement refers to a 9-second audio clip that Blunt's campaign put online of Carnahan saying "Absolutely, absolutely" to a woman who suggests that if "the bailout hadn't happened, there could've been a worse financial problem."

Carnahan's campaign spokesman, Linden Zakula, told CNN that saying "Absolutely" was the equivalent of saying "Mmhmm" as somebody speaks, and said that Carnahan stated her opposition to the bailout moments after the 9-second clip ends. Zakula pointed to a number of news articles in which Carnahan clearly states that she would have voted against the bailout legislation.

According to a recent Mason-Dixon poll conducted July 19-21 for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and KMOV-TV, Blunt leads Carnahan by a 48-42 point margin, with 10 percent undecided. The survey's sampling error was plus or minus four percentage points.

(Updated Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET with Carnahan reaction)

Filed under: 2010 • DSCC • issues • Missouri • Roy Blunt
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. DB TX

    American will not buy into this ad. cultural of corruption and lie exist in democratic party today.

    August 28, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. Bill

    Why does CNN hate the GOP so much?

    August 28, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. George

    I personally don't think it's a sin that anyone voted for the bailouts, but for the Democratic Party to criticize Blunt for doing so is very hypocritical. I'm the liberal to end all liberals and I think it is absurd for my party to be engaged in this argument. Democrats and a few Republicans voted for the bailout to keep the lid on calamity, not to spend, spend, spend, as every one of the haters would say.

    August 28, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. Dan, TX

    This makes no sense. Why would democrats criticize Blunt for something democrats say was necessary and voted for themselves. This story is missing something. I don't trust journalists, they are corporate tools, no better than the politicians.

    August 28, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. Dan, TX

    How much did Beck pay himself for his appearance?

    August 28, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. B. Bear

    Shockingly, a recent poll indicated only 34% of respondents knew that TARP was the product of a Republican administration. Having read the post here, I understand why.

    August 28, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. Kirsten

    So I love how a Republican is getting the blame for a bill that 172 Democrats passed. Really now?

    August 28, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. Jim in Idaho

    Roy Blount....the man so fond of calling the French cowards when they refused to support our invasion and making jokes about them. The same Roy Blount who, like so many of the front-line Republican leadership, managed to either avoided the draft and Vietnam service, or who somehow just couldn't find it in themselves to volunteer, get their pretty little hands dirty, and fight for the country they claim they "love"

    Corrupt? Don't know. Hypocricital? Absolutely. Cowardly? C'est il.

    August 28, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  9. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Drive I-70. You can tell when you hit Missouri. And you can thank the GOP for that.

    August 28, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. the real ib

    With Dodd; Franks and Rangel the DSCC calling a republican the most corrupt is really funny. Hyprocrites.

    August 28, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. harold

    And Mr. Blunt likes his own Health Insurance.. but cares NOT that anyone else in the USA has Health Insurance... His gold plated retirement and Health Insurance from the USA government.. So now he wants to repeal Medicare..Social Security privatize it.. and Repeal the new Health Insurance LAW which protects people from Insurance companies from cancelling their policy... He wants to be a USA senator?..WHY?

    August 28, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. JonDie

    The entire GOP platform is to deliberately throw our country into anarchy so that corporations can completely take over. Glen "KKK" Beck and the Tea Party are just one aspect of the plan to sow anarchy.

    August 28, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  13. TruthSayer

    Republicans LOVE Wall Street

    August 28, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. hobart

    Well, here's a Democrat that I hope loses her election.

    August 28, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  15. NotALemmin

    Barrack Obama ALSO voted YES on that bill!

    August 28, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  16. dwighthuth

    With a name like Blunt no wonder he always looks stoned and out of his mind.

    August 28, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  17. Bob(Illinois)

    This seems like a stupid thing for the DSCC to do!

    August 28, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  18. jazz92

    I want to thank the Senators and Representives who voted for the bailout. Without the bailout we would have been in a deep depression. They saved our economy from sprialinng down. I know their all are taking the hits. They were responsbile people to help Americans save their jobs. I understand that the TEA Party is trying to take all of Repubicans and Democrats down take voted for it . They had the courage enough to do the right thing. I thanks them. I know some may not agree but if nothing had been done our unemployment rate would have been 20+ or more.

    August 28, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  19. ConstitutionalPatriot

    Hypocrites!! Where do the Democrats get off criticizing someone for supporting a bill advanced by a congress completely controlled by the Democrats? Democrats and liberals have no moral scruples or honor. They have betrayed America and chipped away at the bedrock of our freedoms consistenly for the past century. Guess what the GOP is only marginally better, but what do you expect when they are really one and the same, two separate wings of one beast that is an out of control federal government! Support liberty candidates and once again let us bind down the government with the chains of our Constitution! And in 2012 Ron Paul or none at all!

    August 28, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  20. Rush Goebbels

    Missouri really knows how to grow turnips and carnival barkers,like Roy Blunt and Rush Limbaugh.Check that drinking water for show me over and over and still getting the same results.

    August 28, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  21. Chipster

    Republicans and Baggers criticize the Democrats for the bailouts. They seem to suffer short term memory loss since it was George W. Bush who signed the TARP and auto industry bailouts in Oct and Dec 2008, respectively!

    Besides all the criticism, they seem to have little else. They offer no serious suggestions other than continuing the tax cuts for the wealthy and more deregulation. Those are the policies that brought us to the brink of Depression. They want to dismantle Social Security and Medicare. That's a fact. Yet, they have nothing to say when asked what we will do with the elderly who have their pensions raided after all the deregulation or those who have no resources to save for retirement.

    Trickle down just means piss on the poorest among us and they call themselves Christians!

    August 28, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  22. Dave

    "Culture of corruption" doesn't even begin to describe them. They worship the lie.

    August 28, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  23. Keith in Austin

    Are you kidding me? The utter gall of the Democrat Party pointing their greasy fingers regarding frivilous spending is apalling! The DSCC are nothing more than lying scumbags and fortunately, clear-minded voters know it!

    August 28, 2010 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |