New conservative ad encourages political spine
July 11th, 2011
10:35 AM ET
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New conservative ad encourages political spine

(CNN) - The conservative Club for Growth launched a new ad Monday urging Republicans in Congress to stand firm on the "Cut, Cap, and Balance" pledge that opposes increases to the debt ceiling not accompanied by spending cuts, statutory spending caps and a Balanced Budget Amendment.

The 30-second spot is part of a six figure buy that will start running on Fox News Tuesday, according to a source with knowledge of the ad. The source said the ad will run indefinitely depending on events in Congress.

"President Obama and the Democrats want to raise our debt limit even higher, spending even more," the ad says. "But what will Republicans do? Cave in? Or show some spine?"

The pledge, signed by six Republican presidential candidates and many members of Congress, has become a litmus test for the support of Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, a kingmaker in conservative politics.

Club for Growth is a fiscally conservative organization that endorses and contributes to Republican candidates.

Club president Chris Chocola said his members will "closely watch to see which Members of Congress fight to reform a broken budget process, and which ones make deals that sell out our fiscal future."

"A Balanced Budget Amendment is the strongest possible reform to keep Congress from continuing the endless cycle of more spending, debt and taxes – and Republicans should demand no less as part of any deal," Chocola said in a statement.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Four and the Door:

    Typical GOP, passing the buck and responsibility to someone else. There is no notion of scrifice by those most able to bear it. The GOP glorifies the businessman who destroys others to get there, yet forgets the greatest legacy the Founding Fathers left us: the social contract. They have trivialized it into a series of meaningless pledges and punchlines to get more goodies for those who turn around and ship jobs and wealth overseas, and then attack the people who have devoted themselves to education, to protecting and serving our society as parasites. They not only lack spine, they lack anything that could be regarded as human, and they will tell you they are better than the rest of us with a sneer, a Bible, and a flag.

    July 11, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. Marie MD

    Faus news is going to run these ads? Why am I not surprised? Snakes (sorry snakes) don't have spines like the rest of us. They slithernon the floor or they thorw tantrums and slink ounof important meetings.
    Let's see come elction time if the rethugs will get the votes of their enior ontituents. Then again rethugs don't have muh a brain!

    July 11, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. Fightin' Democrat

    CFG pays Faux for ad time. Faux donates to CFG. Cyclical money-powered, right-wing noise machine? I think so.

    July 11, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. Chas in Iowa

    The pledges are an attempt to isolate any GOP legislator that doesn't fall into line for the goose-step.
    These are the exact people that want to right the ship on the backs of the middle class and the elderly.
    By the way we are getting a little sic of the whole "higher taxes are job killers" stance because we have been shown that the lower taxes for the rich have done absolutely nothing for creating jobs.

    July 11, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    if ANYBODY needs to show some spine it's the Democrats. They always seem to buckle under GOP pressure. Hopefully this time they WON'T cave in because polling shows that the majority of Americans are on their side with this.

    July 11, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. REG in AZ

    It is difficult to understand anyone accepting the Republicans "hard sell" position that advocates not effectively solving the problems and only protecting the interests of the few. It should be clearly seen that "the few" have the power and money to constantly put the propaganda, the con, in front of the American people but their positions should also be obvious for protecting their interests, neglecting to consider the majorities interests and to irresponsibly offer deception aimed to manipulate. Their stubborn and arrogant focus is to return to 'more of the same', Bush-Cheney style, that so greatly benefited them and cost America and the average American greatly. That spells catastrophe for the majority.

    July 11, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. Anthony

    Republicans talk about cutting spending now to spare future generations from a crushing national debt, but when it comes to paying for it Republicans want no part of the pain. They want to cut spending, but not at the expense of their tax cuts. All of the pain must go to the middle class and the poor who actually need Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. They would leave trillions of spending cuts at the negotiating table because they don't want to give up any of their tax cuts. Guess what? The trillions of dollars that are not saved now go into the national debt and generate interest. That is right, future generations get to pay off the uncut trillions when taxes are inevitably raised, but the tax hikes will be bigger because they need to pay for the interest on those trillions too. For all of their talk about dealing with the debt now, Republicans still want to leave tax hikes to future generations. Their new-found religion of fiscal responsibility is all talk. They still value tax cuts over everything else. They are the same party who raised the debt ceiling seven times during the Bush Administration, allowed the national debt to double from 5 trillion to 10 trillion (and that does not include Bush's 2009 budget), and claimed that deficits don't matter.

    July 11, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Anything on Fox News has zero credibility with me. I have realized that it is severely slanted and sometimes is a complete misrepresentation of real news. They should be sued for lying to the American public.

    July 11, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. Lynne

    They are so out of touch with the real world...they only know what their big corporate donors tell them. The don't give a flying fart in space what is happening to the average American. They need to stop being the puppets for big oil and wall street and start working for the PEOPLE that voted for them.

    July 11, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. vet in texas

    taxes should be raised to pay for the tax breaks from 2000-2010, taxes should be raised to pay for medicare part D, taxes should be raised to pay for Iraq, and taxes should be raised to pay for Afghanistan. These things were never paid for. Has nothing to do with redestributing wealth.

    3.9% increase in federal income tax for the top 2% of the country, is definitely necessary to pay for the above items put in place by the republican party from 2000-2006. Any other explanation is nothing but pandering.

    July 11, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. realnard

    The question should be " will the Republican party do what is best for America or will it cave in to the wishes of the conservatives, tea party and right leaning fringe groups"?

    July 11, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. lynn

    Cut and cap as long as it's not theirs. The have's are still sticking it to the have-not's, When we needed more income, we didn't cut groceries or paying bills, we brought in more family income. What an odd idea, make more money or cut one of our kids? No different, that's what the Repubs are suggesting, cut out the middle-class and poor, just toss them over the cliff.

    July 11, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. DA

    It would be real interesting to see where this "Club for Growth" actually gets its money. I bet major corporation are putting a lot of money into it because increasing the debt ceiling has more to do with the talks about increasing taxes and closing loopholes. Which we all know Corporate American is not in favor of doing!!!

    July 11, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. SayWhat

    The only pledge that members of Congress should be adhering to is the Oath of Office as follows:
    "Oath of Office
    I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God."

    Any other oath or pledge should be viewed as counter to what a Member of Congress has sworn to do. It is time that people like Demint are exposed for what they are – enemies of the people of the United States.

    July 11, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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