House Republicans hit back in budget PR battle
April 26th, 2011
12:27 PM ET
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House Republicans hit back in budget PR battle

(CNN)–The latest volley between Democrats and Republicans as they try to gain the public relations momentum in the battle of the budget comes from the House Republicans. On Tuesday the National Republican Congressional Committee, responsible for electing Republicans to the House, went up with a campaign aimed at 13 Democratic incumbents.

The committee, launching a similar effort to its Democratic counterpart, is launching radio ads, robocalls and other measures to try to put pressure on the Democrats.

The back and forth comes over the proposed House budget, pushed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), that passed earlier this month. The plan would cut the nation's debt by dramatically reforming Medicare and Medicaid as well as cutting taxes. Democrats have been hitting the GOP saying that proposal would kill those programs while Republicans argue major changes are needed to keep them growing.

"The federal government is $14 trillion in debt. And what did Congressman [insert name of Congressman] do to cut spending? Drum roll please." The drum rolls and ends with a thump– at which point the announcer in the NRCC ad states: "That's it, nothing. In one day [insert name of Congressman] refused to vote for any of the budget proposals that would cut spending or reduce the deficit. Five separate plans."

Among those targeted in the GOP campaign are: Reps. Jason Altimire (Pennsylvania); John Barrow (Georgia); Dan Boren (Oklahoma) Jim Costa (California); Ben Chandler (Kentucky); Peter DeFazio (Oregon); Joe Donnelly (Indiana); Larry Kissell (North Carolina); Jim Matheson (Utah); Mike McIntyre (North Carolina); Mike Ross (Arkansas); Kurt Schrader (Oregon); Heath Shuler (North Carolina).

Many of those members belong to the "Blue Dog Coalition," a largely fiscally conservative group of House Dems who are more conservative than others in their party.

Several Republican-leaning groups have also weighed in promoting the Ryan budget while several Democratic organizations have launched media campaigns warning of the dangers of that proposal aimed specifically at vulnerable House freshmen.

Filed under: Budget • NRCC
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  1. Ryan NC

    The guy that goes under "The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE – The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends" is the typical example of what is wrong with the present US society. Individualistic and self-centered, as long as the problem doesn't touch them directly who cares. Well, guess what? If there are hundreds of thousands of people that work directly for the government and millions that work for companies that get contracts from the government. You might feel safe and cozy with your private company salary or your self-owned business, but sooner or later these cuts will impact every single one of us even you Mr. "The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE – The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends
    " That is, unless you are a fat cat with foreign accounts to store your bonuses and your tax breaks money! The Republicans campaigned on jobs but are delivering very divisive ideologies. Can you immagone what the Republicans would have said if the Democrats were to propose 500,000,000 USD spending on a lawyer to defend poor people (like has been done by Mr. Boehner for DOMA)?

    April 26, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. sick of republicans.....made a mistake voting for them this time...never again

    .....hmm so republicans expect me to vote for a party that is ready to take away my insurance and use that money to give it to their rich buddies who somehow cant live off of multi-million dollar salaries?....NO THANKS....i voted for them in 2010 yet i made a mistake- ill admit it....and i hope to rectify that mistake by voting solidly for democrats in 2012

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 26, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. rs

    The Republican/Tea Party made a gianormis mistake. Period.
    The got elected witht he "Jobs" mantra- and did nothing on that.
    Their "path to prosperity" was only for the very wealthy and will ADD $6 trillion to the deficit-so much for fiscal reality.
    They want to use the "we're broke" line to pass a radically social agenda- ending Social Security and medicare- essentially sticking it to the other 98% of Americans.
    AND NOW, they want a new war in Libya.
    Sorry, go away.

    April 26, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. don

    I am no longer a Republikan! Its like I woke up and smelled the Odor of Racism that is strong in gop and tea? When they said and did Racial things in the past 1and 1/2 years,that really "Turned me off!!!! Their attempts at Killing Medicare and Medicaid was the last "Straw for me!! Calling Medicare an "Intitlement" was complete Lunacy!!! I payed into social security for 30 years, its my "Money" Not Yours? Obama2012

    April 26, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. gt

    who do you trust......neither one.....america is like the roman empire ...on the way down....

    April 26, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. WiliamTeller

    This American economy is not about Black folks..
    It's about all LEGAL AMERICAN CITIZENS..
    POTUS Obama and the Congress have failed the American People... They were too busy building golden parachutes for Wall Street, Car manufactures and ACORNS around the country.
    WHICH would have given all Legal American citizens a possible job.
    The POTUS and Congress failed to concentrate on US Businesses that continued to outsource from other countries and not stop the outgrowth which took away US Jobs.
    POTUS Obama and Congress failed to control the US Budget to create income flow and not using the US Credit Cards... If the US government brings in 2. 5 Trillion That should be our budget or less.
    POTUS Obama and Congress Failed to bring in extra income to US by Raising Tariff for imports which would force US Companies to build US Manufacturing in the US. Raising Tariff and using it to pay off the Deficit.
    POTUS Obama and Congress failed to do away with the TAX loopholes which US Businesses and Citizens have relied on.. An across the board tax in individuals Rich and poor of 15 percent, business tax at 25 Percent.
    POTUS Obama wasted hundreds of Billions on nothing but his clients and supporters.
    A failed POTUS and Congress.. A National Threat to our nation. He and his leaders know this and want this to happen..
    "Truth knows no lies, truth only knows truth." Dgon
    -+- -+-

    April 26, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig."

    I have to take umbrage with that. That's way too kind for Ryan's plan. It's more like when you spray Glade after a good grunty and all you end up with is the fresh scent of turdblossoms.

    April 26, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    You can't unring a bell -– or take back the votes to kill Medicare for our children and grand-children. Talk about leaving them debt? How about millions a year each for insurance? IDIOTS

    April 26, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. rusty155

    Any Republican that voted for Paul Ryan PLAN cut there on throat. And that mean all you Republican, so say good by IN 2012. Paul Ryan most likely won't win In his State of Wisconsin.

    April 26, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    The smallest governments (relatively speaking) on this planet oversee the most unstable and/or oppressed societies, on this entire planet. Power is concentrated in the hands of a few, and so is the wealth. Sound familiar?

    April 26, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. ConservaFascists -aka- Mammon

    Republicans want to end Medicare! They've been against Medicare since it's inception. Now all of a sudden they want to "preserve" and "protect" Medicare? Yeah right. They want to private everything! Republicans=Fascists

    April 26, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. JMR49

    Hit back? They can't stand behind it so it's talking points attack ads time? Fact is they screwed the pooch, media comes out declaring Ryan is heroic for putting this POS out...House repubs think they are on a roll and vote to pass it, then find out at home they blew it. Nothing left for "RNC Campaign Strategy 2012" other than seeing how many jobs they can CUT between now and the next presidential elections.

    April 26, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. Realistic

    I enjoy when republicans call out democrats for being fiscally irresponsible. When in the Reagan era( if care about facts) *In January 1981, when Reagan declared the federal budget to be "out of control," the deficit had reached almost $74 billion, the federal debt $930 billion. Within two years, the deficit was $208 billion. The debt by 1988 totaled $2.6 trillion. In those eight years, the United States moved from being the world’s largest international creditor to the largest debtor nation.* And lets not even talk about former president Bush and what he did to the nations debt. So when republicans chime in about debts, remind them of the *Reagan deficits and the Bush Deficits* and watch them go back to their usless talking points. The truth is this, republicans use the trickle up policies with tax payers money and democrats use common sense in fiscal policies. Republicans want a nation of nobels where wealth only goes and democrats wants opportunity for all. Simple choice for 2012 unless you are into nobility and you think you are one.

    April 26, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. NVa Native

    CNN (Corporate News Network) is trying to shape this into a PR battle for the Repubs benefit is a shallow attempt at legitimacy.
    It's clearly a battle of two ideologies.
    The GOP wants our corporations to control our country.
    The Dems want our government to control our country.
    So it boils down to who do you want or trust controling our country – big business or elected officials?

    Ryan's plan that turns over our medical care when we reach retirement age to a profit driven business. And we all know there is no profit in insurring old people, so how will they make it profitable – maybe that is the real question we should be asking the GOP?

    April 26, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. Ray E. (Georgia)

    It is always easy for some to live on other people's money. But that gravy train is fast coming to an end. Who do you think pays the bills? Somwone else? Better get a clue. All those Entitlements? Broke. Out of money. There is nothing but tons of Red Ink in all those Accounts. You think the 1030's were bad? Well none of you were there but you will be soon. Don't believe me? Look at Employment. Look at Food Prices. Look at the 14.5 trillion dollar debt. Look at Gas Prices. Have fun.

    April 26, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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