If you thought it was way too early for the start of the air war of attack ads in the 2012 presidential race, you would be wrong.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is hitting back against a new TV spot that its Republican counterpart says its airing in on cable and broadcast in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire.
The GOP acknowledges those states went for the Democratic presidential nominees in both the 2004 and 2008 elections, but believes the protracted economic pain going in the nation opens up new possibilities.
The ad is actually the second in recent days out of the Republican National Committee (RNC), part of a month-long “Change Direction” economic messaging campaign highlighting what it calls President Obama’s failed economic leadership.
THE AD CAN BE VIEWED HERE:
Democrats did not let the Republican attack go unanswered.
In a statement, the DNC notes that the RNC “is deep in debt and has enjoyed, at best, mediocre fundraising” this year.
“No one should be surprised that a Republican Party run by a Chairman who just this week said it would ‘not be the end of the world’ if the nation were to default on its debt for the first time would rather run negative ads than work to find solutions to get our fiscal house in order and create jobs,” says DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse. “While the President continues to fight to clean up a mess that was years in the making, the Republican Party and its candidates for president are playing politics with our economy and are fighting to protect the very budget-busting tax breaks and loopholes for oil companies, corporate jet owners, the wealthy and Wall Street that got us in to the current mess. Americans want solutions – and other than negative attacks and working to end Medicare and revive the failed policies of the last decade that nearly sank our economy – Republicans aren’t offering any.”
The DNC also offers a point-by-point rebuttal of the Republican ad, noting that Obama signed into law legislation that will help make the economy work better for middle class families. He signed credit card legislation that stopped credit card companies from unfairly raising rates. He signed Wall Street reform that protects consumers and reigns in some of the worst abuses that led to the 2008 financial meltdown. He signed student loan reform legislation that helps make college more affordable for students. And he signed health reform that extends coverage to 32 million more Americans.
The DNC also notes that the 2009 economic stimulus, known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, cut taxes for 95 percent Of taxpayers, including low-income earners.
Further, although job-creation has slowed in recent months, the U.S. economy has created 2.2 million private-sector jobs over the past 16 months.
Scott Nance is the editor and publisher of the news site The Washington Current. He has covered Congress and the federal government for more than a decade.