Campaign 2010

Mar 19, 2013

VIDEO: 2012 Was Just The Beginning

By: Jesse Ferguson, DCCC Deputy Executive Director and Communications Director

As House Republicans prepare to pass the Republican (Ryan) budget this week, we thought it would be a useful reminder of what happened when they did the same thing in 2012:  Voters sent 16 of their colleagues home – thanks to their relentless support of this out-of-touch radical budget instead of solutions for the middle class.

So, here’s a highlight reel of the greatest hits that led to those defeats – every single one focused on the wrong priorities of the Republican budget, every single one aimed directly at vulnerable Republicans, all 16 of them successful.

This is just a taste of what’s to come. The issue of the this budget is only going to be more potent in 2014 – when the election is a referendum on this Tea Party Republican Congress.

Americans want real, balanced and fair budget solutions. Unfortunately, House Republicans will vote this week for Ryan’s budget - which would end the Medicare guarantee for seniors and replace it with a voucher that costs seniors more. At the same time, they'll lower the top income tax rate from 39.6 percent to 25 percent – providing a $200,000 tax cut for millionaires and potentially raising taxes $2,000 on the middle class.

In fact, Republican Leader Eric Cantor’s SuperPAC just released polling that warns Republicans against exactly this kind of budget. Politico reported that Cantor’s group “warns conservatives against adopting an all-spending cuts, all-the-time message,” and that the group’s poll showed “less than half [of respondents] are enthusiastic about changing the system immediately in order to balance the budget over a decade.” And the new Republican National Committee report warns that the Republican Party is seen as the party of ‘stuffy old men’ – the same people whose taxes they’re cutting.

Political expert Larry Sabato and others have identified the severe political threat this budget poses for House Republicans again this year. Said Sabato: “Ryan must be doing this because he really believes in it…There’s certainly no political explanation for it that makes sense. His budget is a field day for Democrats.”

But his budget is a tragedy for hardworking Americans – and that’s why we’ll try to stop it at every turn.

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