Campaign 2010

May 28, 2008

DCCC Steps up Campaign to Highlight Republicansí Double Speak on Supporting Our Troops & Veterans

The DCCC announced today the second phase of its campaign to highlight House Republicans’ hypocrisy in claiming to support our troops and veterans, but then playing politics with funding them.  Retired General Wesley Clark has recorded automated calls on Republicans’ votes against the GI Bill.  The DCCC also released a web video highlighting Republicans’ hypocrisy. 

Last week, the DCCC launched the first phase of the campaign against Republicans’ hypocrisy, running radio ads against 10 Republicans.

“Unfortunately, Republicans’ votes in Congress before Memorial Day did not match their rhetoric to our troops and veterans,” said Jennifer Crider, Communications Director at the DCCC. “This new phase of our campaign will hold Republicans accountable for their double speak and playing politics with the bill to fund our troops and veterans.  Our troops don’t have the luxury of abandoning the battlefield like the Republicans did by voting against the new GI Bill for the 21st century. America’s troops and veterans deserve better.”


General Wesley  Clark recorded automated phone calls to run in following four districts:


  • John Boehner (OH-08), Minority Leader
  • Steve Chabot (OH-01)
  • Randy Kuhl (NY-29)
  • John Shadegg (AZ-03)


Automated calls will also run in Mark Kirk’s (IL-10) district.


The web video can be seen at


Last week, the DCCC announced that radio ads would air during drive time this week in the following districts: John Boehner (OH-08), Minority Leader; Adam Putnam (FL-12), Republican Conference Chairman; John Shadegg (AZ-03); Steve Chabot (OH-01); Tom Feeney (FL-24); Randy Kuhl (NY-29); Mark Kirk (IL-10); and Lincoln Diaz-Balart (FL-21), Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18).


The text of the phone calls running against John Boehner (OH-08), Steve Chabot (OH-01), Randy Kuhl (NY-29), and John Shadegg (AZ-03) follows:


Hi, this is General Wes Clark, calling on behalf of the DCCC. 


Congressman Steve Chabot had the opportunity to stand up for our veterans.


Instead he voted against expanding the GI bill for the first time since World War II to provide a free college education for veterans.


That’s leaving our veterans behind.


Call Steve Chabot at 513-684-2723 and tell him to stand up for our troops and our veterans.


Paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee


The text of the phone calls running against Mark Kirk (IL-10) follows:


Hi. I’m calling on behalf of the DCCC. 


Republicans have promised to fund our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, but when Congressman Mark Kirk had a chance to vote for this funding, he did nothing. 


Our troops need Congressman Kirk to stand up for them.


Call Mark Kirk at 847-940-0202 and tell him to stand up for our troops and our veterans.


Paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (202) 863-1500. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.


NOTE: no automated calls are running in Florida due to the 90 day pre-primary window.