Rejoining the battle over President Obama's $3.6 trillion budget, Democrats are stressing another line of attack -- that Republican foes, besides not offering a real alternative, are being hypocrites.
In a new web video, the Democratic National Committee says that while the two top House Republicans -- John Boehner of Ohio and Eric Cantor of Virginia -- are accusing Obama and the Democrats of so much deficit spending that it threatens to bankrupt the country, they both voted for President Bush's budgets that vastly increased the national debt.
“Over eight years, Republicans nearly doubled the national debt,” it says on screen. “John Boehner and Eric Cantor were with Bush every step of the way. Now, Washington Republicans want you to forget what they did.”
"From the Party of No to the Party of Hypocrites?" the video ends.
Responded Antonia Ferrier, a spokesperson for Boehner: "We missed the part of the video where they defend their massive, fiscally-irresponsible budget that will double the debt in five years and triple it in 10. When the President's Budget Director concedes they are raising the deficit to unsustainable levels, I guess they have to do everything they can to blame everyone else."
"As we close in on President Obama's first 100 days, I would ask Virginia's Governor Tim Kaine if his partisan attack ads and disinformation campaigns are a calculated rejection of the President's attempts to change Washington,” added Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for Cantor.
Before leaving on their Easter recess early this month, the House and Senate each passed different versions of the spending blueprint that largely preserved Obama's priorities on healthcare, education, and energy. The leaders of the Democratic-controlled chambers are expected today to name members of a conference committee that will iron out a compromise version.
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