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

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. ConservaFASCISTS

    These pledges are a buch of hogwash. They're not worth the paper they're written on.

    July 11, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. rs

    Grover Norquist is the scourge of modern society. All of the Republicans in the Arizona Legislature chose to sign his anti-tax pledge- instead of doing what is best for the citizens of Arizona.

    What YOU need to do is to consider a pledge of your own- NOT VOTING for any candidate that signs Norquist's self-serving "pledge", or who supports the Millionaires-only Club for Growth.

    July 11, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. Sniffit

    Interesting. Snakes are ALL spine. Keep that in mind.

    July 11, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. Ed

    I will vote for the first person who has enough guts to make sure that before we borrow anymore money we have to have a balanced budget that is required by law. We sure can't keep spending money we don't have without going to jail that's what would happen to the voters if they did.

    Must have a budget for travel and a reason besides photo ops. I am tired of all the billions and billions of dollars in wasteful spending.

    Take SS out of the general fund (thanks to Gore casting the tie breaker) and stop saying it's an entitlement I put money into that fund for my retirement not for the people that didn't put anything in.

    Stop letting the miniorty control the majority.

    Stop all the crap and do what the majority of the people want no more spending, balance the budget, and term limits just to start with.

    July 11, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. logic in LA

    The ad asks for a spine- I'm asking for a brain. We need to increase the debt ceiling for now, We need to consider spending cuts now and most of all, we need to raise taxes to pay our bills- NOW! How about about a new phrase: Raise, Cut, Logic?
    All the cuts in the world will not eliminate the debt until taxes are back at a reasonable level.

    July 11, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    what the ad SHOULD say is stand pat, keep backing the upper 1 to 2%, the major coporations and subsidies to big oil and pay NO attention to the majority of Americans that want you to do just the opposite. Remember the average American really doesn't know what's good for them. That's why we need Republicans running the nation to TELL them what's good for them. Oh yeah, and KEEP bashing Obama!

    July 11, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. Sniffit

    GOP's slogan for 2012: SIEG HEIL!

    July 11, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Cardog

    Ed..I can tell that you are coming from the right and most likely is definitely not a President Obama supporter, but based on what you said, I have to agree with you for the most part. You did leave out one important thing in your comment. While we as a nation must slow down or stop the spending, we also MUST raise taxes to generate revenue. The Teapublican party must initiate jobs bills or at least cooperate with the President on getting people back to work. Those on the right need to stop this gamesmanship of insuring the job situation along with the economy remains bad, in order to regain the Senate and the White House. You are playing with people's lives in the name of politics.

    July 11, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. gt

    spine... how about vision haave everyone to pull together to get this country going again...

    July 11, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    Obama wants a 4 trillion reduction. The Man from Tan wants 2 trillion. So just who is interested in reducing the debt now??

    July 11, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. A weary Independent

    If you combine the losers pictured, they would not make a pimple on a real person's behind. They cannot even take yes for an answer. They have no spine whatever!

    July 11, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    The political parties have both become dictators, with neither giving any ground to the other.

    July 11, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. kyle

    A Fake ad that will start running on a Fake network, go figure!

    July 11, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. Four and The Door

    logic in LA
    ... We need to consider spending cuts now and most of all, we need to raise taxes to pay our bills- NOW!
    I'm sur ethe federal government will be glad to take your donation for the general fund when you write your check. Oh, but you think you are talking about other people's money? Really?

    July 11, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. acura2010

    Yeah, the same "spine" that put the U.S.A. in this deficit mess. None of this "spine stooges" stood up and denounce Bush/Cheney on increasing deficit and unpaid wars!

    July 11, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. GI Joe

    Cantor is just waiting for the Weeper to stumble so HE can be the Dictator of the House.

    July 11, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. GI Joe

    I never voted for Grover Norquist ---– did YOU?

    July 11, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  18. Tim

    Spine is just another word for uncompromising. It's too bad, because America's brilliance resides in our ability to compromise. These guys make me sick.

    July 11, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  19. Ernie

    It's about time someone is seeing the same thing I'm seeing, The Repubicians got there "second chance" in 2010 but nothing is happening. The one who has to show the most "spine" in Speaker John Boehner. There are three bullies, Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi. Snce Jim DeMnt is the "kingpin" I don't see him throwing his hat into the ring t be President. He seems to be talking and not showing any action. If Obama gets his way on the "Debt Ceiing", Speaker John Boehner should "resigh" as "Speaker of the House", Mitch McConnel should resign from the Seanate or not seek another term, Eric Cantor also should resign. Then elect someone who has "spine" and "back bone" and isn't afraid of Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. It's time to give the bullies a bolldy nose.

    July 11, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. Eye of Newt

    I'm switching parties. I feel embarrassed to be a republican. I don't necessarily agree with the Democrats, but I think its disgusting to hold the country hostage so that someone 100x wealthier than me can get even more wealthy on my back.

    Show some spine? Show some decency.

    July 11, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Publius Novus

    "Cut, cap & balance." Sounds like a new cult. A lot like an old cult, too.

    July 11, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Ed wrote:
    Stop all the crap and do what the majority of the people want no more spending, balance the budget, and term limits just to start with.
    You would be surprised to discover that most Liberals agree with you. Everything was running smoothly with a budget surplus until the GOP Congress, led by a GOP White House, upset the apple cart and drove it into the ditch.
    Now, those same politicians are blaming the people trying to pull the cart out of the ditch for it being there in the first place.
    Understand this, we are on the fiscal road laid out by GWB. His last year, FY2009, had a $1.5T deficit. Obam'a first year, FY2010, had the same deficit. FY2011 is being written by the House GOP with a similar deficit. Who's to blame? One group wants to change paths, and the other does not.

    July 11, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  23. al in memphis

    This is sooooo funny. Now that the rich have been given tax breaks for last 15 years and the public has bailed out Wall Street and the banks, it time for us to put our attention towards getting the working man/woman to help pay for the national debt.
    The rich entitlement programs for Halliburton and Exxon has stuffed billions into the pockets of executives. The social entitlement programs have given billions to the poor to put back into the economy – unless you think the poor invest their money in overseas business.

    July 11, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  24. Dave Harris

    Can you imagine any of these guys taking on bin Laden, having the guts to do something risky that might backfire catestrophically? They can't even stand up to the lunatic element in their own party, the nut jobs who want to destroy the country because we elected a black man. If they had any guts they'd just tell the old people that we just can't afford to take care of them anymore and they're just going to have to die off and stop bothering us. If they had any decency, they'd give up the pensions and "free" medical care that they denounce as "socialism" for the rest of us. What a bunch of losers.

    July 11, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. Sniffit

    "Show some spine? Show some decency."

    THIS x 1,000.

    July 11, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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