First on CNN: RNC wants Democrats to 'admit' spending problem
March 6th, 2013
07:19 AM ET
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First on CNN: RNC wants Democrats to 'admit' spending problem

(CNN) - As the GOP controlled House gets ready to vote on a measure that will continue funding the government, the Republican National Committee is releasing a new web video that claims Democrats are blind to the country's "spending problem."

The 50-second web video highlights footage of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa and Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana all making a point that flies in the face of a Republican rallying-cry.

"It is almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem," Pelosi can be seen saying in the video. Her comments came from a television interview last month with Fox News.

"Does the country have a spending problem? The country has a 'paying-for' problem. We haven't paid for what we've bought," Hoyer says in an interview with CNBC, which also took place in February.

"I want to disagree with those who say we have a spending problem," Harkin says in other footage from Capitol Hill.

The video concludes with text on the screen: "The first step to fixing a problem is to admit you have one."

The RNC spliced together the clips shortly after Congress failed to pass a deficit-reduction package to avert the forced spending cuts that went into effect last Friday.

While President Barack Obama and Democrats want to increase taxes–mainly by closing loopholes for the wealthy–as a way to help balance the budget, Republicans argue the deficit needs to be tackled through spending cuts, not more revenue.

"Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Congressional Democrats simply do not believe that we have a spending problem," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. "Every day families across this country are forced to watch their spending and live within their means. There's no reason that shouldn't be the case in Washington."

Labeling Obama the undisputed 'Debt King," Priebus points to the government's $6 trillion increase in the federal debt since 2009. "Obama and his Democratic buddies in Congress are clearly not serious about our nation's economic problems."

The president, however, placed blame on Republicans last week for failing to avoid the automatic cuts, known in Washington as the sequester. Obama argued that he is open to more spending cuts, including a look at entitlement reform, but said Republicans refused to give any space for tax revenue.

"Let's be clear. None of this is necessary. It's happening because of a choice that Republicans in Congress have made. They've allowed these cuts to happen because they refuse to budge on closing a single wasteful loophole to help reduce the deficit," he said Friday in the White House press briefing room.

Meanwhile, the Democratic National Committee launched a new website Tuesday that's aimed to highlight what they call the "GOPSequester." The website features numerous links that direct readers to articles on the negative impact of the spending cuts on the economy.

"When they chose not to come to the table and stop the sequester, Republicans in Congress put tax breaks for the rich over middle-class families," the website states.

On Monday, House Republicans unveiled their funding bill that keeps federal agencies afloat through the end of September and attempts to remove the specter of a government shutdown. The GOP bill doesn't replace the forced spending cuts, but lessens the pain for the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

- CNN's Ashley Killough, Paul Steinhauser, Dana Bash and Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.

Filed under: Budget • President Obama • RNC
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. fiftyfive55

    I'm afraid that the democrats will give the white house back to the republicans if Obama raises taxes again instead of living within our means.

    March 6, 2013 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Spending problem on WARS? Pakistan aide to 20 billion dollars a year? Or Tax Evsions? Shipping money to Swiss? Which one?

    March 6, 2013 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    The Democrats have always had a spending problem.......which is evident in every single administration headed by the Democrats, since FDR. There is nothing new here. It is simply WORSE than ever before.

    March 6, 2013 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  4. John Y

    Budget deficits are only an issue to Republicans when a Democrat is President. Remember VP Cheney saying deficits don't matter just a few short years ago???

    March 6, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  5. Gimmemore

    I want whatever the GOP are smoking – it must be really good if you can warp reality THAT much!!

    March 6, 2013 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  6. Marie MD

    And as a liberal I want the rnc to explain trying to buy an election, taking rights from women, Blacks, minorities, gays, veterans, seniors, the poor, poor children, the disabled, gerrymandering districts to win unwinable elections and simply why do they hate anyone not a man, old and white?

    March 6, 2013 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  7. AW

    So... the smallest annual budget growth since Eisenhower is a spending problem?

    March 6, 2013 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  8. eddieb

    OH you mean like the spending on wars that we can not afford that kind of spending. or the breaks that big companys get in taxs loop holes. I paid into my SS I want it just the why it is. shut up admit you are for the rich and not the poor GOP

    March 6, 2013 08:07 am at 8:07 am |

    The only problem the Democrats have is the Tea-Republican Party. Notice that most of these cuts fall on people of color the elderly and children. I don't see the Republicans pet projects facing the axe.

    March 6, 2013 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  10. MrBeenThere

    We are spending less than we ever have, the GOP refuse to think that they may have cut revenue so much it's killing us, they won't even entertain that the cost of everything goes up not down . And try and play down that Business and the Rich are making obscene record profits......... it's funny the people keep telling them we don't mind paying taxes for what they (GOP) want to call entitlements, but they they hold themselves above what the Majority wants, they believe they are the true saviours..............

    March 6, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Yes, the government has a spending problem. Republicans need to practice what they preach and acknowledge that their party caused the spending problem and the trillion dollar annual deficits, which continues to drive up the national debt.

    Under the Bush administration, the number of government workers doubled right along with annual spending. To make matters worse, they cut taxes to unsustainable levels that put the nation's economy on such thin ice that an ordinary recession cycle could snowball into a near depression.

    Remember, folks.. Republicans always promise "economic growth" and "prospertiy". Have you ever heard them actually promise jobs? The only time they've done so was in 2010, and they reneged on that promise. You need to ask yourselves just whose "economic growth and prosperity" are they actually talking about. Not the middle class, that's for sure.

    March 6, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  12. Pedron

    If there is spending problem so do obstruction problem and whose the loser? Of course the entire Nation .

    March 6, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  13. quinLee

    Citizens, we don’t need no stinkin education, healthcare, roads, bridges, regulation, etc. We just need a military. Fund the military, fund the military, f#%k the rest....until I need it.

    March 6, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  14. James Bond

    As soon as repubs admit we have a military spending problem, as in hundred million dollar no bid contracts to haliburton, to name one, why is ths not an issue, oh thats right,only they get to payback contributers. theese people are insane, what would they know about sacrifice? please!

    March 6, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  15. Sasha

    As soon as the Republicans admit theirs and that there also exists revenue problems, climate change, et al.

    March 6, 2013 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  16. James Bond

    Half a billion dollar planes, that cant fly, lets order more then right, as soon as they sound anything but crazy, ill listen, they have a real problem telling the whole story, campaign past is evident of that, just lie and smile

    March 6, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  17. Dale

    It is true. The Dems do have a spending problem.
    And so do the Republicans. Pot, meet kettle.

    March 6, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  18. James Bond

    Never mind the two ten year wars, tthey were free, hundred million dollar contracts, that is why your children were sent to die, profits for the rich, have no boundries, so when they try to act like they care, its almost comical, they want you to believe it had no bearing or burden, all for money, they knew there was no threat, lied to you, thousands killed, all because of lies, they truly disgust me,vote them out while you can, your next vote may be your last, instead of changing their ideaology,they would rather control who gets to vote, sudan anyone, dont laugh, big money is being spent, and they will do anything to hold onto power, ANYTHING

    March 6, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  19. Just a thought

    Hey Dems., tell the GOP/Redumblicans everybody realizes they don't know squat about the U.S. Economy except how to destroy it. The only Redumblican that wasn't an abject failure as president was Ronald Ray-gun and he raised taxes to avoid destroying the economy. We should not be surprised by the continued idiocy of the party of the stupid.

    March 6, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  20. James Bond

    Repeat anything, your kids are merely cannon fodder, do you hear the drums of war, this is why hagel was hung up, he was not going to write blank checks for military contactors, unreal, what lenghts they will go to for money, still cant forget the mitt romney jeep ad, even after ceo's came out on camera, in no uncertain terms said it was an outright lie, just kept runnning it, they dont care what the real truth is, only what i want you to believe the truth is, get them out!!!

    March 6, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |