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. Herman LA, CA

    Run the dam ad they are throwing the kitchen sink at Barack while he is trying to be the nice guy.

    April 28, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. Bukky

    The RNC would make there mother out to be a prostitue if it fit there political gain... but this they wanna sue about. And arent the ones always Whinning about the court system anyways.

    I think the DNC should pull a Hillary and toss the ENTIRE HOUSE at McCain... RNC always whats to play Dirty... its time DNC found its Testes

    April 28, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. king from toronto

    what??? but i was watching the same day when he said it.100 years!!!! not this time mc cain.

    April 28, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  4. Jon

    What "deliberate falsehood"? McCain said he was fine with Americans being in Iraq for 100 years. (He also said he'd be okay with a thousand or a million years) He can call it a peace-keeping mission, or a police action, or a Sunday evening fish-fry, if he wants. He's still in favor of Americans getting killed in Iraq until they aren't getting killed there any more. Then, he wants to stay a while.

    Finally, the Dems are showing some backbone. Good on them.

    April 28, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. honkey white guy from cali

    Hey if they are going to sue anyone they should sue John Mc Cain he is the one who said those things out from his own two lips give me a break

    Go Obama 08 Yes We Can

    April 28, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  6. 1voice

    And these are the people whining about Bush lying and misleading them??

    April 28, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  7. Charles from PA

    Just like any bully, the Republican Party goes crying home to mommy when the Democrats actually fight them. Especially since it is the Republicans who have consistently lied in their claims about Democrats while all the Dems have to do is use facts and point out the truth, and the Republicans will complain that it is below the belt.

    April 28, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  8. tanner, ca

    Stacy, he did in fact say those words as written, but they are completely misrepresenting the context in which they were said... sound familiar? Get it? It IS deceptive advertising.

    Btw- All caps doesn't want to make people read your post more. In fact, I usually ignore them personally. Just a bit of friendly advice.

    April 28, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  9. EC

    Well.... Well.... Well.

    How the tables have TURNED. The Republican GOP ran their very nasty and offensive Ads against Sen. Barrack Obama in NC using the Rev. Wright snippets in the Ads and NOW....they're on the other end of the stick and guess what they are crying the blues. Hummm can't take your own medicine huh? Funny that.

    I say to these jerks... let the horses mouth ramble on!! Sen. McCain DID make those statements about the WAR and since the Republican GOP did NOT want to play FAIR in NC when they ran those "nasty" ads against Sen. Obama and his NC supporters just this week, then ALL bets are off!

    Based on their own negligence, the Democratic GOP does NOT owe the Republican GOP any level of courtesy what so ever. These idiots started this game and now their own game is being used on them and they don't like it. What a shame.

    The always say "be careful what you ask for...you may just get it and MORE". I guess the Republican GOP has made an absolute ARSE of themselves. Serves them right.

    April 28, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  10. TerrenceW from NC

    I'm glad he's getting a dose of his own medicine. They took Obama's comments out of context. It's your turn, now. How does it feel to have your words twisted and "sound bit" to make it sound a different way.

    Bottom line: whether its peacetime or wartime over there: our American people have voiced our view on our troops being there. Even if you are talking about having them over there during peacetime (if that were possible over there), then this would still be unacceptable to most of America.

    Play the clip a million times, CNN. Pretend it's the Rev Wright video.

    April 28, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  11. Robert Bauer, Sonoma County, CA

    Oh, puhleeease! The republican party taking the ethical high road? Now the world really is topsy-turvey.

    April 28, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. Charlotte

    The Dems. need to get the election process fixed before the next election. Eliminate caucuses, winner take all, vote all states in a time zone block.

    April 28, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  13. Tom

    Dean is a sleaze and needs to be fired. The ad is totally misleading and should not be run – I'm guessing but I think it's really going to backfire because the whole country already knows the truth about the "100 years" comment. And I'm a independent democrat.

    April 28, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  14. GloriafromPA

    Really? A political ad that's misleading. I thought that was the definition of a political ad. Kind of like the country being misled by this administration for 8 years and it is still allowed to rule. Grow up Republicans. If you don't like misleading politics, set an example before you whine like little children who are not happy with the way things are.

    April 28, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  15. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Let the RNC have John McCain admit "sometimes we say things we don't mean", instead of screaming it's illegal and misleading when McCain did in fact say 100 years in Iraq. Both Hillary and Barack have had to admit to saying things they didn't mean. Republicans need to bone up to the truth.

    April 28, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. I used to be a Democrat

    Howard Dean is a disaster. No wonder Southern states don't vote for Dems anymore...

    April 28, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  17. Ty

    JCB – your statements make no sense. The democratic process will continue and will show that Obama leads in delegates, states won, popular vote etc. Why should they resign? You shouldn't post dumb thoughtless comments here.

    April 28, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  18. Randy - Denver

    jo your ignorance amazes even me! The military DOES need to listen when the people at home tell them what they are doing is wrong that the tours they spent over there were for all the worng reasons, to put it bluntly the miulitary does not work for just the president but for ALL Americans. That said now to comments about the article...

    The RNC wants to ahve ti both ways again in this election they do not want anyone to take a sound bite of their candidate and play it over and over out of context but they feel they have the right to do so to an opponent. The fact of the matter is Mr. McCain DID say he would not care if the military was in Iraq for 100 years or more. That is a fact, to show him saying it is not "maliciously false" It IS, however, Maliciously misleading, much like the snippets eveeryone heard from rev. Wright, taken out of context they sound terrible but if people would bother to look into it they MIGHT understand them. In this case I have to support the RNC, however I would wish they, and their own supporters, would show the same restraint they are asking of the DNC, but since it is not likely that either party will as long as more of the same old same old is running politics in the US stand by for more of these types (this and the NC ad) from the state parties and the national parties, hey it gets voters to hate the opponent whatever the real facts are 9just look at the comments about Mr. Obama and Rev. Wright if you do not believe they work). So how can you ask the parties not to do it? Oh yeah I know by being Mr. Obama and NOT doing it

    April 28, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  19. kim in portland, oregon

    who asked you, you miserable, bloated criminal?

    obama shoud be giving YOU advice on what it takes to get your soul back from beelzebub and become HUMAN again!!!

    if we want advice from an immoral, win-at-no-costs US-citizens-and-constitution-be-dammed, we'd ask rush or cheney or penn or hagge... see, there's this way of living your life where you do things with INTEGRITY and WITHOUT CHEATING, you repubs should look into it, it's really a much more fulfilling and happy existence!!!

    stick a fork in you, YOU SOUL-LESS REPUBS ARE DONE, BABY!!!!!! BUH-BYE repubs, dont let the door hit ya, where beelzebub split ya!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  20. Cynthia

    Some form of the Republican party put out an ad in North Carolina that is malicously false – what's good for the goose is good for the gander.

    April 28, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  21. HP Boston

    The RNC is expert on these matters. If they say it is bad they KNOW! I think we are on shaky ground here, the expert mud slingers and swiftboaters know drivil and smear when it comes to their door!!!

    April 28, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  22. nikki

    The ad is not misleading. McCain is busted!!!

    April 28, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  23. Obatala

    Would anyone stand up against the clinton dynsty? she adn billy boo are being taken to court in CA, but CNN and the rest of the biased media, who can not and will not stomach having a young senator of mixed race become our next president _ say a thing about it.........

    sad sad state of politics..

    CNN please do some fact finding on the case in CA which is going on NOW.
    Defendants: Billy boo and Hillary Boo

    April 28, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  24. Voice of Reason

    I am shocked and awed at this insightful revelation...

    Politicians twisting the truth to get into office?
    Lawyers jumping in on the slightest opportunity to sue?
    The media taking a story in or out of context and running with it to grab ratings?

    Impossible! next you'll tell me that's air i'm breathing...

    C'mon! Get real! This is just the another salvo of the long, ugly mud-slinging and lie-spewing political season – much of which is still ahead of us.

    Git yer Hip-waders!

    April 28, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  25. MBFLA

    Some of us would like a president with a room temperature IQ who will not bankrupt the country with endless war. Let the warmonger McCain get a clue what he's in for with his Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Iran stupidity!

    April 28, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
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