The Democratic National Committee launched a new web video over the weekend meant to portray the GOP as a party committed to driving regressive policies.
Pulling clips from some of the biggest speeches at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the video shows leading Republicans arguing for such things as abolishing the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency, repealing the health care law, and pushing for the privatization of Social Security.
In one of the DNC's first official forays into the forthcoming campaign, their video argues that the messages given in the speeches by top conservatives and potential 2012 candidates such as Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) don't work toward the GOP's stated goal of addressing jobs and the economy.
The video then contrasts these snippets with footage of some top-talking Democrats, including President Barack Obama during his State of the Union address, discussing plans to stimulate job growth and domestic production, promising to "do big things."
In an email that DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse provided to The Hill, he claimed that the differing tones proved that Democrats wanted to "win the future," while Republicans were set on taking the country back to the past.
"While President Obama and Democrats are fighting to win the future by out-educating, out-innovating and out-building the rest of the world, the Republican Party on the other hand, as evidenced by its luminaries who spoke at CPAC and what they had to say there, wants to re-fight past battles and have no ideas for creating jobs or making America more globally competitive," Woodhouse said.