Priebus Calls Ad Blaming Ebola on GOP Cuts 'Desperation' from 'Idiotic Group'

The chairman of the Republican National Committee called a new ad blaming the spread of Ebola on GOP budget cuts to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “desperation” as midterms near.


The minute-long ad comes from the Agenda Project, which in 2011 released an ad showing a grandma being pushed off a cliff in response to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) Path to Prosperity.

“It was the president that actually has been telling the CDC, get this, to work on bike paths and get some of the walkways under control. I don’t know how that all relates to the CDC, but this is what the president’s directive was to the CDC, was to work on bike paths, while their budget was going up,” Chairman Reince Priebus told Fox this morning.

“So obviously, this is just desperation on the part of this idiotic group that also, as you — as you note, did the ad of Paul Ryan throwing granny off the cliff. I mean, it is a — an earned media-type hit.”

Priebus said the group is “obviously they’re walking this dangerous path of trying to point out blame on Ebola when, in fact, if you look at the president’s record on anything, as you know, from ISIS to the Secret Service, to the CDC, to Syria, to the border, I mean, you name it, for whatever reason, every single thing the administration, as well as these Democrats running for office touches, you know, it’s not turning to gold, I can tell you that.”


“It’s turning to something else,” he added.

Agenda Project spokeswoman Erica Payne told Talking Points Memo that the ad would first air in a “low six-figure buy in Kentucky,” where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is in a battle with Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

“The others states are being decided now,” Payne said.


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