April 28th, 2008
04:08 PM ET
10 years ago

Dean on possibility of RNC lawsuit: 'Let them do it'

Dean said the DNC is pressing forward with its ad buy.

Dean said the DNC is pressing forward with its ad buy.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Republican National Committee said Monday it is asking cable networks not to air what they described as a “maliciously false” ad about John McCain from the Democratic National Committee – and accused Democrats of illegally coordinating efforts with the party’s presidential candidates.

The RNC said the ad was in legal violation because its content was misleading. Asked about the prospect of legal action from Republicans in a conference call late Monday afternoon, DNC Chairman Howard Dean responded: “Let them do it.”

The 30-second spot, slated to run on CNN and on MSNBC, highlights McCain’s comment that it would be acceptable if U.S. troops remained in Iraq for 100 years. McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, was talking about a peace-keeping mission, not active conflict.

"This is a complaint about the facts that are being misrepresented in this ad," said RNC general counsel Sean Cairncross. "Based on this being a deliberate falsehood. We are saying to the stations, 'You have an obligation.'

The complaint did not alter CNN's original plans. “We have received the letter from the RNC. We plan on airing the ad beginning tomorrow,” the network said in a statement released Monday afternoon.

On a conference call this afternoon, RNC officials accused the DNC of working in concert with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, because they met and used many of the same consultants. The GOP officials, though, refused to pledge not to run similar ads against the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Willy

    Dean has managed to bring down the donkey party., priceless....

    April 28, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. Steve

    Of couse you do plan on running the add. Your liberal bent is well known.

    April 28, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. Stacy Clarks

    The Republicans are the biggest WIMPS and CHILDISH losers in this world!!



    DEMOCRATS IN 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. Grif

    I Hope they, GOP. Hang Him Out to Dry!! So Much Mud, he is Incased in. He'll need a Hammer an Chisel, to break out..

    April 28, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  5. McCain Is Not Sane

    Let them try. I heard McCain say 100 years, and then he tried to clean up his act. Let all McCain and Bush younger generations go over and fight, and leave the rest of America, the sane ones alone.

    April 28, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  6. Ken

    Aren't our troops currently on a peace keeping mission? The actual war part of this Iraq fiasco has been "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" for a long time now according to our own president. So what's the issue over McCain's statement? He wants our troops to keep doing what they are currently doing for another 100 years.....unless the RNC would like to debate the meaning of "is". Pathetic WHINERS!!! Especially after letting the likes of Rove infest our political discourse.

    Beyond that, what a bunch of hypocritical [R] crybabies. They say there are too many lawyers, there is too much litigation....they even run their politicians and raise money on those themes. But who are those furry-legged creatures that are the first to run to the lawyers at any sign of loosing arguments/elections (think 2000)? It takes a real dimwit and a huge dose of lack of self-respect to snuggle up to the [R]s these days!

    April 28, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  7. Towhappy

    Is this the same RNC that promotes these slanderous ads against the dems even now as the compains go on? Is this the same RNC that is credited with " the CARL ROVE PLAYBOOK" and started the consception of bias and mis-informed tv and radio ads against its foes???

    This is priceless! Also shows the power in mentioning a very unpopular war in the name of the RNC. They just let us know that the war in IRAQI can't be sold to the american public and they know it!

    April 28, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  8. Daniel

    Oh really?


    You dirty liar....

    what a hypocrite.


    April 28, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  9. I love MCCAIN

    So when they used the swift boat thing last year is now not appropriate. You like Karl Rove, you used his tactics...now that it is being used against you, you are now complaining.

    YOu all know that Republican will use Jerimiah wright against OBAMA( even though he never said or endorsed the comments) you will cry about something your candidate said.

    Republican, my advice to win this election is to tell your candidate to..

    SHUT UP! and stop talking. That is the only way he can win.

    April 28, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. Rebecca

    Chairman Dean, I have said it many times, and will say it again....you are an absolute GODSEND to the Democratic Party!!! We are so very lucky to have your leadership!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. JCB

    Dean needs to resign. He has made a hash of the whole democratic electoral process. Instead of calling for a candidate to resign before the convention - Dean should resign before the convention. So should Kennedy and Pelosi and Kerry and Richardson.

    Why should Clinton resign, Obama doesn't have a lock on the election. There is no comparison between Clinton's support and Hucklebee's delegate count. The Democratic party should follow the democratic process to the end - or I will vote Republican.

    April 28, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  12. jo

    i'm for clinton,mccain said we would be in iraq for hundred years,not in war,just like germany ,korea to name a few countries we are still in and always will be,get over it people if you're not with military when they need us most,then stay out of their fight,,our people in uniform don't need to hear how their on country is telling them that what they have spent tour after tour trying to help another country have the same freedom we have here in this country,,and most spend theie waking hours complaining about the job they are doing in iraq,,,i've been there done that,if you haven't then please be quiet for five minutes and just talk to the soldiers that have been there,and are still there

    April 28, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  13. Vito

    Wow, the RNC is now against taking things out of context in political ads? That's wonderful! That would be a major shift for them from the past 30 years. Oh wait, what's this?

    "The GOP officials, though, refused to pledge not to run similar ads against the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee."

    Ah, I see. That rule only applies to Democrats apparently.

    In that case, game on Chairman Dean. It's about time the Dems had someone who would stand up to the Republican machine. That's why they hate him so much and have tried to destroy him to no avail as he racks up victories around the country (unlike Chairman McAuliffe who I think presided over more losses than any DNC Chair in recent memory).

    April 28, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  14. Jorge UU Boosh



    April 28, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  15. vivacious

    I say, "what goes around, comes around." Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. The RNC didn't think anything about running the negative ad against Obama's former pastor, than why should the DNC not run the ad against John McCain?

    April 28, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  16. James

    Why won't DNC run the ad? The American people needs to know the truth. We do not need a bush third term.

    April 28, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  17. CarolJ

    What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. If the Republicans (and the media) are going to take Rev. Wright's comments completely out of context and try to blow the Ayers relationship (which is hardly a relationship) completely out of proportion, then let's go ahead and quote John McCain at exactly what he did say.

    April 28, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. Josh

    I find the Republican complaining over this ad pretty funny. It shows the question and the answer. What do they want, the post-answer attempt to spin? What a bunch of conservative crybabies.

    Also, Willy, Dean's harmed the Democrats? Um, he took over right after we lost in 2004 (both Congressional races and of course Bush-Kerry), and we immediately proceeded to win both Houses of Congress. As for the Presidency, the Republicans did pick their strongest candidate by swallowing hard and accepting his stances on the environment and immigration, so that one could be tough. Still, the party's in much better shape now than when he took over in 2005.

    April 28, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  19. mitch from ark.

    republican and democratic elitists,are grasping for every they can get,trying to stop the obama movement.history is being made and the american people are taking back their country,from the lying politicians of the past.

    April 28, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. Sherry Graves

    What's good for the goose is good for the gander! lol!
    Obama 08!

    April 28, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  21. Neal

    Yes, Dean has really brought down the party by standing up to bullying by the RNC. I'm sure all the wingnuts would prefer that he cave to their ridiculous demands, but the fact that he won't is one reason why you are about to see another dem wave election in November (no matter who the presidential nominee is).

    April 28, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  22. Sean Sharkey

    Oh boy...Nothing is worse than a whiny Republican. Their attack ads are notorious and they complain when the Democrats take a page from their play book? Give me a break. I hope the American people see past the Republican party's BS and vote Democratic in November.

    April 28, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  23. Venus

    And so – let's get it on!

    The real fight is under way!

    Go Obama!

    April 28, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  24. Elizabeth

    As of today, at least 44 soldiers have been killed in Iraq during April, 2008. How many soldiers were killed in Germany after WWII officially ended? It's ridiculous for Sen. McCain to hold out "peace-keeping" mission terms when speaking about Iraq. The question has always been: how long are we going to stay there under conditions like those that currently exist? McCain's answer is "indefinitely," just like Bush's. The Democratic Party has every right - even an obligation - to make this clear to the American people.

    April 28, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  25. For the good of democratic party

    For the good of democratic party, the Committee should fire Dean very soon. He is no good and doesn't know what is he doing.

    April 28, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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