September 20th, 2010
10:08 AM ET
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White House official denies Tea Party-focused ad campaign


 A White House official is denying a report that claims the Obama administration considered a Tea-Party focused ad campaign. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images/File)

Washington (CNN) - A top White House official sharply denied a report that claims President Obama's political advisers are weighing a national television advertising campaign that would portray the Republican Party as dominated by Tea Party activists.

The article, published online in the New York Times on Sunday, says strategists are looking to capitalize on the inner-GOP sniping that has increased with the Tea Party's recent primary wins.

The tension was on full display over the weekend, with Delaware Senate primary winner Christine O'Donnell backing out of scheduled talk show appearances, and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski accusing the Tea Party Express of infusing money and lies into her Republican primary to swing it against her.

The White House official says it "is simply not true" that such an ad campaign is under consideration. Such a move would be controversial because it would further nationalize the midterm elections, a risky strategy for Democrats given the shaky economy that has already put them on the defense.

A second Democratic official involved in Congressional campaigns backed up the White House account that while some strategists may be speculating about the merits of such an ad campaign, such a move has not gotten heavy consideration by top party officials.

The Democratic official added that Congressional leaders would much prefer that the Democratic National Committee and other entities pour their resources into ads in key individual races tailored to issues impacting pivotal Congressional districts instead of a national ad campaign.

The DNC has committed to spending $50 million to help Democratic candidates running in the midterm elections. Obama is expected to headline a DNC fundraiser in Philadelphia on Monday.

This Democratic official said lawmakers in tough races are particularly concerned about an approximate $11.5 million pouring into individual races in the final weeks from independent groups affiliated with Republicans.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been distancing themselves from Washington in their ad campaigns. Republicans have used Obama in hundreds of ads this year, trying to tie their Democratic opponents to the president.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Bill from GA

    How about a campaign about their achievements:

    Raising the GDP from MINUS 6.8% to positive growth, in spite of the party of no blocking much of their effort.

    Going from loosing over 750,000 jobs per month to positive private sector jobs growth, in spite of the party of no blocking much of their effort.

    How bout that. Barry.

    September 20, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Bill from GA

    And Hey, use some nice pictures (graphs) so the idiots can understand!

    September 20, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. Jason

    Republicans are fighting with the Tea Party and Tea Party candidates are hurting the Republicans chances of a majority in November. So who do these parties try to put the blame on? Democrats!

    September 20, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. dont care what you Demoncrates say

    I think we should focus on that welfare free living money spending wife that lives in the white house, free rent, free vacations, free food, free clothes, make her get a job, she is nothing but another welfare recipent. Another waste who doesnt want to work but lives on the white mans tax dollars, get a job michele.

    September 20, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
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