Dem web video takes aim at CPAC
February 14th, 2011
08:26 AM ET
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Dem web video takes aim at CPAC

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee is out with a new web video Monday that takes aim at several of the positions advocated last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the high-profile gathering that serves as an early proving ground for GOP presidential hopefuls.

The 90-second video called "Past Versus Future" highlights positions as abolishing the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency, repealing the health care law, and allowing people to opt out of social security. It then transitions to Democrats – including President Obama – advocating for innovation, education initiatives and job creation.

"While President Obama and Democrats are fighting to win the future by out-educating, out-innovating and out-building the rest of the world, the Republican Party on the other hand, as evidenced by its luminaries who spoke at CPAC and what they had to say there, wants to re-fight past battles and have no ideas for creating jobs or making America more globally competitive," said DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. ReFascistican/ConservaFascists

    If the Democrats can hammer the message that these morons on the right are all about greed and not for the safety and concerns of the people, then they should have no problem winning in 2012. So far it's been a month and some change and I haven't seen any job solutions offered by the ConservaFascists. They're just saying talking points that are assinine. "There is uncertainty among business." That's a bunch of BS, especially after they got to keep their tax cuts.

    February 14, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Who needs ideas and hope and optimism when you have fear, ignorance, and hatred? The private sector has been sitting on over a trillion dollars worth of capital: where is the GOP plan for to unleash that capital? What are you going to do to get unemployment down, or will you leave us all twisting in the wind, hoping we will all vote for you our of sheer desperation? You promised to lead us, to be " adults": act like it, and do something that does not involve worshipping the Koch Brothers.

    February 14, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  3. annie s

    I think the video should have been more hard hitting, but the truth remains – conservatives are always on the wrong side of history. If we follow their path, America will never be able to compete in the 21st century

    February 14, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  4. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "It then transitions to Democrats – including President Obama – advocating for innovation, education initiatives and job creation."

    Or, in other words, it becomes a work of fiction and pro-big-government propaganda?

    The Democrats don't innovate, they raise taxes. No matter what the problem is, their solution is to raises taxes. It may be a complicated, round-about, way of raising taxes, like the infamous "cap and trade" foolishness, but, one way or another it always involves transferring private wealth and private income to the government.

    There's no such thing as government-devised "education initiative." For the most part, what the federal Department of Education does is discourage initiative. It says to the states "Do as your told–or else." And what the DoE demands of the states is just about always an abject failure. No Child Left Behind–how has that worked out? The federal Department of Education was created thirty years ago and the standing of American students, compared to students from around the world, has been dropping ever since.

    And "job creation?" Surely they jest. The only jobs Democrats create are government union jobs, which are, for the most part, a form of welfare that working Americans with real jobs are forced to subsidise–and then go on subsidising forever to finance the insane pension benefits government drones get.

    February 14, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  5. Name king

    I was thinking that you dems was going to sit on your butts, and Allow these repugs to do what they do best, lie to the American people and scare them into believing they are the best remedy. These repugs just lesson to their lobbyist and don't give a dam about the American people nor the eviromental health. They just want fewer and fewer people make money and to he'll with the middle class, I am not even going to mention the poor because they are no where to be seen on the repugs radar. Amazingly the repugs can't do no wrong in the eyes of the poor whites.

    February 14, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  6. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    Ok now why is anyone surprised that the republican party looks to the past instead of the future? Look at their field of candidates for 2012: Santorum, Newt, Palin, Ron Paul, Romney every single one is a throw back and had no chances of winning in the past, hell some of them were thrown out on their ear. As far as policy goes: when is the public going to wake up and see they have no new policy and haven't since Reagan and even that wasn't really new, it was greed wrapped within a new term "trickle down". For god's sake they can't even agree that they are on the side of the Democracy they have been trying to force down the throats of the world. If there is anything that should wake the American People up it is the stance they have taken on Egypt. They really didn't want that Country to have a true Democracy, they wanted them to have a puppet regime so they could control it.............Now tell me how that is any different than the Reagan and the Bush's not, but still there are those who will vote for them......(shakes head).

    February 14, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  7. A. Goodwin

    The sad part is that there is a lot of highly uneducated people in this country that actually BELIEVE what the GOP is saying. And worse – the GOP wants nothing more than to make sure that there are MORE uneducated people who will follow them like sheep. The Department of Education, among other things, provids funding to all states for educaiton. Its budget: a measily 63.7 billion. I say measily because remember – those rich American's could get their 700 billion bonus check – but NOOOOO....schools get the chopping block? And yes, schools would have to close without federal funding. Pell Grants would be gone...headstart would be gone...Title I would be gone. This is REALLY what the GOP wants to focus on? The Dumbing down of America. Frankly, if you've got Rand Paul heading this initiative up – maybe we should run. Rand Paul is BAD for America – BAD for our kids – BAD for people who are minorities....

    February 14, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  8. Ancient Texan

    Looks to me like the CPAC list is the right agencies to go after. The DNC retort is merely more of the same from the Obama administration; spend, spend, and then spend some more until we're prosperous again.

    February 14, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  9. Darth Vadik, CA

    I wish conservatives would opt out of Social Security, that way they don't get a dime of it in the future. It will be easy to spot excatly in 20-30 years, as they will be the ones buying dog food for themselves.

    February 14, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. T'sah from Virginia

    And all I saw coming out of CPAC was –

    P – PALTER – Nothing concrete, just trifling rhetoric!!
    A – ADHOCRACY – lacking structure – it’s only about “beating President Obama in 2012”
    C – CRAZY – constant paraphrasing – no one had a mind of their OWN!!

    February 14, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  11. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Sounds like the republicants want to do away with anything that does not involve defense. I would be willing to go to Vegas and bet my life that within a few short months they will be proposing to sell the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National parks off to the highest bidder to balance the budget.

    February 14, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  12. Kevin

    I agree 100% with this video. I watched CPAC this past weekend and it was a joke. The GOP want to take our country back in time. I haven't heard not one single "New" idea. It's really sad, as an independent voter there is just no way I can see myself voting conservative and I'm not the only independent voter out there.

    February 14, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. Charles

    what a country! How on Earth would a mentally stable person advocate for the abolishing of the department of education? Of course, only in America!

    February 14, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. james simmons

    In less you understand the beginning you'll never understand the end.

    February 14, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Cosmo

    Abolish the Department of Education? Of course, then it will be easier for people like the Koch brothers to control the masses. Abolish EPA? Does anyone remember Lake Erie being almost irresibly polluted or the Cayahoga River on fire?
    CPAC and its members hsould be ashamed of themselves for even voicing such idiocy. How can you pawn yourselves off as patriotic while all you are is selfish?

    February 14, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Cincinnatian

    how much did the national debt increase under W Bush and a republican congress? how can the GOP blame Obama for the mess they created? if you fire the CEO for running the business into the ground, you don't hire a new CEO and proceed to blame the new leader for all of the problems from the past. you give the new CEO a chance to prove himself and turn things around. the GOP drove our economy into a ditch, refuses to take any responsibility, and obstructs every attempt of the new CEO to restore our country's prosperity. The solution: FIRE THE REPUBLICANS.

    priority #1 needs to be economic recovery, period. the GOP's sudden concern for the debt is superficial, hypocritical, and disingenuous.

    February 14, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |