DNC Releases Web Ad Highlighting Mitch McConnell and the Party of No

See the Video, Called “No Budget,” Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1nDS5Sdop8


Washington, DC – The Democratic National Committee today released a new web ad called “No Budget” that highlights Senator Mitch McConnell’s confirmation yesterday that Senate Republicans will not offer an alternative to the President’s budget. During an appearance on ABC’s This Week, Senator McConnell confirmed that the Republicans will offer nothing but a series of amendments during the upcoming budget debate.


The DNC’s new web ad “No Budget” links clips from Senator McConnell’s interview with previous comments from House Republican Leader John Boehner and Republican Whip Eric Cantor. This weekend, Representative Boehner told the New York Times that his party’s lawmakers don’t have to offer any plans and, in fact, “ought to get the idea out of their minds that they are legislators.” During the debate over the President's jobs and economic recovery plan earlier this year, Representative Cantor told the Washington Post the Republican approach to the Obama plan was “just saying no.”


To watch “No Budget,” click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1nDS5Sdop8.


“President Obama has shown responsible and steady leadership, offering a plan to get America’s priorities in order and create jobs. Senator McConnell and other RepublicanLeaders should not be surprised being labeled the ‘Party of No’ as they continue to offer only criticisms instead of solutions,” said Democratic National Committee Communications Director Brad Woodhouse. “Republicans in Congress have an obligation to either support the President’s budget or present their own plan to create jobs, fix our schools, reform our health care system, and make America energy independent.”





OPENING GRAPHIC: Party of No with audio clips of Cantor, Boehner and McConnell saying the word “no.”


McCONNELL: “We are going to offer a number of amendments to the Democratic proposal.” [ABC This Week, 3/15/09]


Q: “But no comprehensive budget?” [ABC This Week, 3/15/09]


GRAPHIC: GOP Strategy is “Just Saying No.” – Rep. Eric Cantor [Washington Post, 2/9/09: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/08/AR2009020802344.html]


Q: “But shouldn’t you have a comprehensive approach that lays out the trade-offs? If you just have rifle-shot amendments, you don’t have to make all the trade-offs that you have to make in an overall budget.” [ABC This Week, 3/15/09]


GRAPHIC: “We are no Longer Legislators” – Rep. John Boehner [Slate, 2/26/09]


MCCONNELL: “Well, we’re just sort of getting down in the weeds here about procedure.” [ABC This Week, 3/15/09]


GRAPHIC: Republican Lawmakers “Ought to Get the Idea Out of their Minds That They are Legislators.” – Rep. Boehner [New York Times, 3/14/09: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/14/us/politics/14budget.html?_r=2&ref=to&pagewanted=print]


CLOSING GRAPHIC: Republicans: The Party Of No Budget... Plan... Ideas

Republicans: The Party of No