DNC Wants You To Want Obama’s Jobs Plan

Two similar versions of the above ad playing in the Denver market now, full statement from the Democratic National Committee’s Brad Woodhouse after the jump:

“The most important thing we can do right now is set aside politics and put creating jobs and putting more money in the pockets of middle class Americans and small business owners ahead of an election which is still 14 months away. The President has a plan to create jobs and help middle class Americans get ahead and this effort is intended to communicate that plan to the American people and for Americans to communicate their support for his plan to their representatives in Washington. There is simply no time to waste.”

It’s an interesting message, reminding voters that the elections are in fact not right around the corner–even though it seems like electoral politics haven’t taken a break since the last election. A clever bank shot off of voter cynicism? If so, defense for the GOP could depend on the tentative and strange (spelled poll-driven) bipartisan spirit in Congress amounting to something constructive. President Barack Obama’s should-be uncontroversial “American Jobs Act” is a real test of pragmatism versus ideology–one way Republicans could gain the upper hand is by working with the President; thereby proving him, and a growing chorus of Americans convinced that the current majority in Congress is incapable of governing, wrong.

And if they don’t, the DNC will have an ad for that too.

DNC Announces New Effort to Raise Awareness, Allow People to Communicate Their Support for the American Jobs Act

Effort Includes Substantial Investment in Television and Online Ads, Website

To watch the Television Ads, Click Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…


Online Ads, Click Here: “Tomorrow,” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…

“Relief,” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…

Website, Click Here: www.americanjobsact.com

Washington, DC-Today, the Democratic National Committee announced a new comprehensive effort to engage the American people in the important task of getting Congress to pass President Obama’s American Jobs Act to get more Americans back to work and put more money in the pockets of middle class Americans and small businesses. The effort includes television ads, online ads, and a website called www.americanjobsact.com.  

The television ads, entitled “14 Months,” will begin airing tomorrow and will be the first round of ads in an effort that will last several weeks. The ads will run in Denver, Colorado; Tampa and Orlando, Florida; Des Moines, Iowa; Las Vegas , Nevada; Manchester, New Hampshire; Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina; Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio; Norfolk, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia; and Washington, DC. The online ads, a 30 second ad named “Tomorrow” and a 15 second ad named “Relief,” will be placed on a variety of publishers and networks, including facebook, YouTube, Hulu, Pandora, Huffington Post, Local News placements, and networks. The website, www.americanjobsact.com, is a place people can go to learn more about the American Jobs Act, sign a petition in support of the Act, and help people call their Members of Congress asking them to vote for the legislation.

There are two versions of the television ad running in equal rotation in each market, one that includes several points from the President’s plan on screen and one that does not. The ads are running in heavy rotation on both cable and broadcast stations, including local news agencies, in each market.

After the DNC announced this new effort in support of the American Jobs Act, Democratic National Committee Communications Director Brad Woodhouse released the following statement:

“The most important thing we can do right now is set aside politics and put creating jobs and putting more money in the pockets of middle class Americans and small business owners ahead of an election which is still 14 months away. The President has a plan to create jobs and help middle class Americans get ahead and this effort is intended to communicate that plan to the American people and for Americans to communicate their support for his plan to their representatives in Washington. There is simply no time to waste.”


22 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. ArapaGOP says:

    What you’ve failed to understand is why Republicans have resisted the agenda of this president. It’s not obstructionism, it is a fundamental difference in philosophy between conservatives and liberals.

    The current bill may be the least offensive of Obama’s proposals, but it is still government solutions to America’s problems. If Republicans support it there will be amendments, and it will be reluctant. It also will never pass unless the president offers serious deficit reduction next week (my prediction, he won’t).

    • BlueCat says:

      and don’t you find it odd that your  conservatives find tax cuts are always the answer to everything, probably including cancer, except when they are directed to workers through cuts in their payroll taxes.  

      Somehow more money in workers pockets would not be good for the economy but more money for corporations sitting on trillions in profit without creating any jobs, supposedly for fear of having to pay a few more bucks in taxes, is just what the economy needs to produce the jobs that no amount in tax cuts has tempted them to produce so far.  

      Yeah, that’s a fundamental difference. Dems don’t think that policies that help only the wealthiest, screw the middle and lower income workers and don’t produce jobs are good for the economy.  Conservative Republicans do.  

      Not so much a difference in philosophy as a difference in ideology.  The conservative ideology has no interest in improving the economy for anyone but a tiny elite.  Dems think things weren’t so bad before the Bush era when everyone was doing well, including the poor downtrodden rich and between reasonable tax rates and broad prosperity the deficit disappeared almost over night.

      Actually it isn’t even an ideological difference.  I’ve got mine, screw you isn’t a philosophy or and ideology.  It’s just naked amoral greed. And it is what is responsible for the Great Recession and failure to recover.  That and Dem cowardice.

      • Libertad says:

        There is no polling on Obama’s Job Plan, even if there were it’s irrelevant because this purported legislation has yet to develop within the eyes of the public.

        It’s like polling whether or not you like and support life, food, a paycheck and fresh air ….

        The problem Obama has is that his policies to date have detracted from the US employment picture. That is, he has killed jobs versus strengthening America. If he rolled back the damage hes done, he might get some traction. But everyone knows the only real impact of Obamacare is the acceleration of the cost curve that is pricingmore and more people out of healthcare.

        • Car 31 says:

          life, food, a paycheck and fresh air = Obama’s job bill.

          death, starvation, poverty and smog = Republicans

        • BlueCat says:

          but to the general Democratic positions on the economy. Polls definitely show public preference leaning toward Democratic policies as opposed to Republican ones.

          Polls show the majority prefer that the Bush tax cuts be allowed to sunset for the highest brackets, for instance.  They show, in fact, that the majority believes  increased tax revenue should be part of a long term plan, not just cuts in spending.  

          They show  the majority believe that it is more important to preserve social security and medicare benefits than to preserve the tax breaks for the highest earners. The general public also  polls in favor of the payroll tax cut for workers.

          Those preferences are more in sync with Democratic, not Republican, positions which is what I claimed to be the case. Maybe you should brush up on your reading comprehension before going off half cocked?

          As for Obama’s plan, it is more in line with what the polling shows the public prefers than the Republican nothing but tax and spending cuts option to the extent that it incorporates more of the majority peferences. It is also considered a step in the right direction, though probably not a large enough one, by a wide variety of economists.

          It is very difficult to find any economists who believe we can get out of our present economic doldrums by putting the immediate emphasis on severe spending cuts.

        • Sir Robin says:

          Over the last five years – ExxonMobile, Chevron, Shell, and BP made $546 billion in profits yet laid off more than 11,000 American workers. So the question is why are we giving these oil barons tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer-paid corporate welfare?  

    • gertie97 says:

      They refuse to cut defense. They refuse to close tax loopholes. They refuse to raise any revenue at all.

      Until they do so, they’re not serious.

      Since you, like your GOP talking-point colleagues, enjoy comparing government budget to families, then explain this one to me.

      The economy craters. One of the two adults in the household loses his/her job. The family cuts back expenses to the bone. The unemployed person tries and tries but can’t find work. Income is the problem.

      Under the current GOP scenario, the family would react not by increasing income, but by DECREASING income even more by having the person with a job cut back on his/her hours.

      Republicans want only more tax cuts, thereby decreasing income. So deficit reduction is NOT their priority. Lowering taxes by as much as possible is the priority, so the rich get richer and the well-off approach rich, and having millions of Americans out of work is helping beautifully since they aren’t paying income tax.

      All the GOP is serious about is winning the next election, the country, the economy and our citizens be damned.

      • Libertad says:

        Your right the GOP is focused on winning next years elections, that is why they have promoted and passed common ence solutions.

        Why won’t the Democrat Senate act on the legislation passed by the GOP House?

        Why is the Obama administration killing jobs via the false proxies that run departments such as the NLRB?

        • gertie97 says:

          The legislation the House has passed does nothing about the deficit. Not. One. Thing.

          • Ellie says:

            Tad’s not interested, however, in factoids.  He prefers being the provocateur.  

          • Diogenesdemar says:

            The Republicans don’t give a flying backword #^&!ing @%$^ about the deficit — never have, never will.

            From The Republican Dictionary:  “Deficit” — 1. a hoop we make Democratic Presidents jump through; 2. a cudgel for beating Democratic Presidents about the head; 3. something Ronald Reagan taught us doesn’t matter (whenever we’re in charge); 4. something we can run up to the benefit of our overlords.

            Hell, if the Republicans ever did anything to reduce the deficit, they wouldn’t have as much deficit to use against Democrats.  

    • Sir Robin says:

      Cheney to Treasury: “Deficits don’t matter”

      Former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill was told “deficits don’t matter” when he warned of a looming fiscal crisis.

      O’Neill, fired in a shakeup of Bush’s economic team in December 2002, raised objections to a new round of tax cuts and said the president balked at his more aggressive plan to combat corporate crime after a string of accounting scandals because of opposition from “the corporate crowd,” a key constituency.

      O’Neill said he tried to warn Vice President Dick Cheney that growing budget deficits-expected to top $500 billion this fiscal year alone-posed a threat to the economy. Cheney cut him off. “You know, Paul, Reagan proved deficits don’t matter,” he said, according to excerpts. Cheney continued: “We won the midterms (congressional elections). This is our due.” A month later, Cheney told the Treasury secretary he was fired.

      Source: Adam Entous, Reuters, on AOL News Jan 11, 2004

    • RedGreen says:

      What a load of horseshit. Stimulus spending was a Republican mainstay during the Bush administration when the country was in far less dire economic straits. Do you really not know that, or are you simply trying to rewrite history?

      • Sir Robin says:

        We need to understand what’s under the bullshit.

        The Republican Party (I’ve said this for years Ralphie)is a cart load of lying, thieving, power addicted ignoramuses. Their aim is having it all and controlling it all.

        Yes, they control TV, the broader press (i.e., the message)and even political blogs (are you listening guvs?).

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    Republican “cooperation” has officially ended:

    Brendan Buck, spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio, said the White House plan was not showing a “bipartisan spirit.”

    Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia, the House majority leader, said: “I sure hope that the president is not suggesting that we pay for his proposals with a massive tax increase at the end of 2012 on job creators.” If Mr. Obama’s bill resembled the 2009 stimulus plan, he said, “I don’t believe that our members are going to be interested in pursuing that; I certainly am not.”


  3. ProgressiveCowgirl says:

    Genuinely wanting the Republican/FC argument on this:

    Why are fiscal conservatives opposed to raising minimum wages as a long term economic stimulus, but in favor of tax cuts as a long term economic stimulus? If both put extra money in workers’ take-home paychecks, wouldn’t both be effective? Is it just the argument that the government is not a responsible spender and should reduce tax collections? Or do FCs feel that minimum wage earners are not best equipped to stimulate the economy by earning more?

    I’m not trying to poke you guys, I promise. I just realized reading this thread that I’ve never really seen a Republican make a scholarly, economic science based argument on that particular issue, and I’m sure I’m not the first to make the comparison.

  4. ArapaGOP says:

    Despite the ad’s simplicity, it appears to violate House ethics rules that prohibit members of Congress from using footage of floor or committee proceedings for political purposes.

    House Rule 5, clause 2(c)(1) says that “Broadcast coverage and recordings of House floor proceedings may not be used for any political purpose…” Additionally, House Rule 11, clause 4(b) says that “radio and television tapes and film of any coverage of House committee proceedings may not be use, or made available for use, as partisan political campaign material to promote or oppose the candidacy of any person for public office.”

    Normally House ethics rules aren’t a problem for the DNC. But since April of this year, a member of Congress, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz of Florida, has chaired the national committee. Some say that the House ethics rule applies to the DNC ad for the simple reason that Wasserman-Schultz is chair.

    “At the end of the day, it’s up to the Ethics Committee to decide,” Sean Spicer, Communications Director of the Republican National Committee (RNC), told The Daily Caller.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/09

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