Liberal group uses Obama's words against him
December 9th, 2010
01:33 PM ET
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Liberal group uses Obama's words against him

Washington (CNN) - A very vocal liberal critic of the White House says it is putting out a second television ad slamming President Barack Obama for caving in on the tax cut deal he made with congressional Republicans.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee announced Thursday that its going up with an ad that uses then-candidate Barack Obama's words from two and a half years ago against the president for now striking a deal that would extend Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

The PCCC, in an e-mail Thursday to supporters, said "President Obama did not force a single Republican in Congress to feel political pain back home for being on the wrong side of the tax cuts issue. And now he's asking us to accept a raw deal."

The ad, which the PCCC says will run on national cable TV in the nation's capital and on broadcast and cable TV in the Indianapolis and Evansville markets in Indiana, comes as many congressional Democrats are fighting back against the deal, which also allows for unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed to continue for another year.

Like their first ad, the new PCCC commercial uses a clip from the 2008 presidential campaign, from then-Sen. Barack Obama speaking on April 22nd of that year in Indiana (which is why the ad's running in Indiana).

While he was battling then-Sen. Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination at the time, in his speech, Obama attacked Sen. John McCain, who at the time was the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

"So he's promising four more years of tax cuts for CEO's. Tax cuts that he once voted against because he said they offended his conscience. Well they may have stopped offending John McCain's conscience somewhere along the road to the White House. But George Bush's economic policies still offend my conscience and they still offend yours," says Obama, in the speech.

At the start of the commercial, as the president speaks, the words "Obama promised change" appear in the ad, which ends with the words "If Obama won't fight for his promise, Congress needs to."

The PCCC e-mail to what it says are 675,000 supporters also asks for financial donations to allow the group to continue running the new commercial into next week.

Obama narrowly won Indiana, the first Democrat to carry the state in a presidential election in more than four decades. But in last months' midterm elections, the GOP won back an open Senate seat held by the Democrats and captured two House seats held by the Democrats.

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Dave

    The left wing liberals are not any better than the right wing conservatives. They wouldn't know compromise if it hits them in the face.

    December 9, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Canuck

    Obama is such a disappointment. I wonder why he even wanted to be President, he clearly does not have the will to fight for what he said he believed in, which is so sad because I think that the American people (as least those who voted for him) would be behind him 100%. The man is pathetic.

    December 9, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. gt

    obama....sell out !!!!

    December 9, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. Tim

    Why do the Democrats expect Obama to consult them about the Bush tax cuts? He nor they consulted the Republicans or the American people when it came to healthcare. Reap what you sew.

    December 9, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. Hangar 13

    Cut the President a little slack, he was free to spew all that left-wing mantra as a community organizer or as a Senator. But now he's ACCOUNTABLE for the performance of the economy, and he has to make grown-up decisions using real data, not made-up propaganda. Raising taxes for the very people who create jobs is a stupid idea, he knew it in 2008 and he knows it now; the difference is that he's in a powerful position now, and if it blows up, it's in HIS face.

    December 9, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. Bruce

    They should let him have it - I voted for this guy and made excuses for him and defended him for 20 months, and he's now become nothing but a pain in the b-lls (of which he has none, he's amply demonstrated). The really sad things is that it looks like we're going to be stuck with him till January of 2017.

    December 9, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. usualone

    Most of us wish we would be in that category of those making over $250,000. The Democrats are hurting the middle class and those with less with their action today by depriving the middle class of the tax breaks. We know in reality we all need to bite the bullet, but as the President said, now is not the time. I'm a Democrat and don't like the Republican agenda at all, but there is a time when one has to be practical. Unless they come up with a really weak candidate, I don't see how the Republicans can lose next time. The President had no choice but to compromise this time becaise this issue should have been brought up way before the mid-term election. What are the Democrats going to gain with this action except they are posturing...and that "ain't" gonna help anyone...except the Republicans.

    December 9, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Jayden,FL

    Good.. he deserves it.

    December 9, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I'm speechless. If the tax cuts had to be extended for the wealthy, why couldn't they had been extended for 6 months or a year so we can see what kind of effect they will have on the economy? It baffles me that these cuts are in place for 2 years when they've been proven to fail.

    December 9, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. vette gal

    So, this progressive change committee would rather see millions of people go without unemployment benefits and see the majority (the middle class) taxes raised rather than extend the tax cuts to the rich for 2 additional years. Did it ever occur to these idiots that eveyone can't have it their way. This is what's wrong with our country today....everyone wants their way or nothing at all. What happened to compromiing for the good of the majority? What a selfish country we've become! The republicans held Obama hostage....they wouldn't pass the bill through without giving the rich the tax the dems won't pass the bill through because they're not getting their way. Such an impasse....and such selfishness.

    December 9, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. John Boehner is the dumbest person to become speaker

    It is too bad that the democrats in congress did not realize that every initiative that could have passed the senate in the lame duck are now toast. I hope Rachel Maddow pats herself on the back that there will be no repeal of DADT, that Ed Schultz takes pride in his efforts so we will not see unemployment extended for thirteen months, and Keith Olbermann is proud that there will be not help for the uninsured. Sometimes I think that progressives are regressive. I support the President's efforts at avoiding another deep recession, and it appears the GOP and the extreme left do not really care.

    December 9, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. John Boehner is the dumbest person to become speaker

    The right wing nuts like DeMint and the left wing of the democratic party need to realize that neither group will run our centrst country. Instead of a backbone, both of these groups need a brain.

    December 9, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. DIANA

    I am so disapointed. I cried when he was inaugerated because I thought there was finally a light at the end of the tunnel. I see the tunnel is getting longer and longer.

    He's caving in when there's more Democrats who would support him, I don't want to think what he's going to do when the Republicans are in the House.

    December 9, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Don't you hate it when your promises come back to haunt you. There has to be some awareness of the difference between campaigns and governing reality. I would have preferred a graduated transition into the proper pre-crazy Bush tax cuts.

    December 9, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. Indiana Voter

    Obama now realizes that republicans are right on this issue. Good to see him finally coming around a little, using more common sense rather than listening to the angry irrational left Democrat liberals.

    December 9, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. Peter s

    I told you if you don't go out and vote you will get what you deserve!! the deal is better than nothing because come January 1st the Republicans will be able to push their agenda without much trouble!!. Isn't it some liberal media were running ads informing voters to stay home!! and now you come on whinning, kicking, screaming biting each other!!! welcome!

    December 9, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. CutTax

    Great, I like libs vs. muslims discussion

    December 9, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. Jim

    Hey, we should have gone with the other option... OK, Republicans. No tax cuts at all, no unemployment extension. Yes, I can definitely see how that would help the unemployed. It would be an absolute godsend to them.

    December 9, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  19. Jill American

    Well, they fell for it didn't they? Stupid is as stupid does.

    December 9, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  20. T'sah from Virginia

    NO – people – Remember? President Obama is a SOCIALIST – there is NO WAY the LIBS could be angry with a SOCIALIST and the RepubliCAN’Ts all of a sudden ADORE him!!!!!

    President Obama is getting it from ALL SIDES!! Who is President Obama, really??????????????? HE IS HIMSELF and that is difficult for the Pundits and the critics to get through their heads!! They are always trying to PREDICT what he is and/or WHO he is – and they ALWAYS want him to be like SOMEONE ELSE – like Clinton, or Reagan, or Bush – Carter – What about him being HIMSELF!!! He has his OWN style and years from now, some other President will try to be JUST LIKE HIM!!!!

    I will continue to support our leader – President Obama – and pay no attention to the temporary RIFF RAFF going on!!

    December 9, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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