Liberal Group Tells Obama Not to ‘Cave’ on Tax Cuts, Using Words of Obama

By Maya

Dec 2, 2010 2:39pm

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee announced this week that it would run a TV ad urging President Obama not to “cave” on his promise to let the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans expire. The ad, to run on cable in Washington DC and in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, uses the words of then-candidate Obama saying he would “allow the temporary Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans to expire,” a pledge he made on May 29, 2007 in Iowa City.

The ad then uses the September words of House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, when the incoming Speaker told CBS “if the only option I have is to vote for some of those tax reductions, I'll vote for them…If the only option I have is to vote for those at $250,000 and below, of course I'm going to do that.” 

Urges the PCCC: “If President Obama dares Republicans to oppose him, he will win….Tell President Obama:  Keep Your Promise. Fight, Don’t Cave, On Tax Cuts.”


PCCC’s director, Adam Green, called “spectacular,” the $50,000 his group raised from 3,000 people to run the ad thus far.

It should be noted, of course, that House Democrats are doing exactly what PCCC wants Senate Democrats to do: only offer a vote on extending the Bush tax cuts for the middle class, and letting those for taxpayers who make over $200,000 a year/$250,000 for a family to expire, and Boehner today called the move “chicken crap.”

"The election was one month ago,” Boehner said. “We're 23 months from the next election and the games have already started to set up the next election."

-Jake Tapper

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