Speaker John Boehner didn’t get his way on shutting down health care reform,” the ad’s narrator says. “So, he’s shut down the government and hurt the economy.”
House Majority PAC, a group that backs Democratic candidates,released the ad on Friday.
“Speaker Boehner didn’t get his way and so, like a child, he threw a Tea Party-inspired temper tantrum and shut down the federal government,” Andy Stone, the group’s communications director, said in a statement.
The new ad is one of many campaigns launched by groups on both sides of the aisle in recent days to fault Democrats or Republicans for the government shutdown.
House Republicans have been trying to attach anti-Obamacare provisions to a spending bill that funds the government, but Senate Democrats refuse to take up anything except a bill with no strings attached. The White House has also threatened to veto any bill that tries to change Obamacare.
Boehner grew agitated Friday morning over a Wall Street Journal article that quoted a senior administration official as saying, “we are winning” and “it doesn’t really matter to us” how long the shutdown lasts “because what matters is the end result.”
Throwing down the newspaper on the podium at a press conference, Boehner said: “This isn’t some damn game!”
“The American people don’t want their government shut down and neither do I,” he continued. “All we are asking for is to sit down and to have a discussion and to bring fairness – re-open the government and bring fairness to the American people under Obamacare. It is as simple as that, and it all has to begin with a simple discussion.”
Political Ad: John Boehner and the GOP Temper Tantrum
Published on Oct 4, 2013
An ad produced by HouseMajorityPac compares John Boehner and the GOP to a child throwing a temper tantrum. Video: HouseMajorityPac
We ALL are ONE!! We ALL fight the fight!!
We ALL feel the effects of the SHUTDOWN!!