April 28th, 2008
04:08 PM ET
7 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. stevo

    Let me just say for the record, Clinton is a Clinton is a Clinton...politics as usual...political machine run by insiders...McCain, same thing...many people are for these two thinking that they will, in turn, be for them after the election...WAKE UP, people...Hillary will say anything, do anything, and DRINK anything to get elected!

    April 28, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. JCB

    Ty - I make perfect sense. Hillary won the Texas popular vote, but Obama claims the victory because of the caucus voting - which was a mess that went on until three and four in the morning. Many people had to stand in line for hours to even get into the Texas caucuses. I would have just gone home too - I work! The duel system does not work! Let's nominate a candidate by popular vote, and let the chips fall where they may.

    The whole system is a mess, and the DNC should work to straighten it out. There should be one unified voting system from state to state; and, quite frankly, the DNC should not be able to tell any state when to hold its balloting. Set an election window, and let the states pick their dates! And, if the big Democratic boys can't find a more workable system - they should step aside.

    April 28, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. Christian, Tampa FL

    The RNC can never deny that John McCain advocated a 100-year troop presence in Iraq. It would be NICE and honorable of the DNC to show that he also said "as long as troops aren't being hurt or killed" but the ultimate mindset of the quote can be reduced to the soundbite.

    April 28, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  4. John

    Hmmmmh!!!Now the Obama supporters want to dictate on how Governors of powerful States have to vote on who as superdelegates,they have to endorse! a small developing dictatorship or what?No way and it will not happen.

    April 28, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  5. dan tynan

    John McCain has a black baby.

    John Kerry is a coward, not a hero

    Barack Obama is a) a muslim, b) a friend to terrorists, c) responsible for the statements of everyone he's ever met.

    Hillary Clinton is the anti-christ.

    All lies spread by the RNC or its lackeys at one time or another. Why does anyone even listen to these guys any more? More important: why don't major media outlets (like CNN) call them on their lies?

    dt

    April 28, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  6. JR

    Cuba – 105 years
    Japan – 63 years
    Germany – 64 years
    Korea – 58 years
    Afghanistan – 7 years

    The United States has troops permanently stationed in 135 countries. Iraq for 100 years, is probably about right. We seem to want to punish our politicians for telling us things we don't want to hear. At least McCain is being honest. The fact is we will have a presence there for some time to come, no matter what Clinton or Obama tell us to get elected.

    April 28, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  7. xtina, chicago IL

    you knew it was just a matter of time before a party would sue over a campaign commercial. Both parties will prob. end up seeking legal defense over some of these ads because they won't get more civilized as the campaigning rolls on.

    April 28, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. dem08

    Jack Cafferty needs to zip up his mouth against Hillary. I think he is very closed to having to applogize for his personal remarks on Hillary. Jack, chill OK? We know you are an old naggie man, but please if you cant' act like a professional commentator then CNN needs to give you your walking papers and retire you early! Like now!

    April 28, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  9. merle 7

    WHAT'S THE MATTER THE REPUBLICAN ATTACK DOGS CAN'T TAKE IT! THE REPUBLICANS ARE A BUNCH OF WHIMPS! THEY WILL BE RUNNING THESE TYPES OF ADS YOU WATCH! YEAH RIGHT MCCAIN COULD NOT STOP THE WRIGHT AD IN NC. IN THE WORDS OF HILLARY CLINTON YOU CAN'T STAND THE HEAT STAY OUT OF THE KITCHEN!!

    DEMOCRATS FOR THE WHITE HOUSE!

    April 28, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. Apollyon

    Aaaaw ... snivel, snivel. Why aren't they threatening to sue the North Carolina RNC for continuing to run those ads with Barack? The one that the National RNC claims they and McBush are "demanding" they stop? Then again the head of the NC-RNC claims she hasn't received a phone call or anything from McBush. Go figure...

    April 28, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  11. bill pike

    mcbush/clinton/bush/ have us in 2 wars and billary now wants to bomb iran. peace, you gotta love it.

    April 28, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  12. Brad

    Complain when it suits you. The RNC is just as flagrant a violator as the DNC.

    April 28, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. TheLeftNut

    LOVE IT! Has Dean grown a pair? Nice!

    April 28, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  14. TheLeftNut

    Republicans LOVE lawyers! Just ask Dick Cheney.

    April 28, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. Peter

    Let's hope the Democrats don't complain later in the campaign, because the DNC started the negative ads first!

    April 28, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  16. George

    Wait a minute. The DNC, Clinton, and Obama are all over the airwaves complaing that McCain should and could stop the negative ad from the NC GOP against the Democratic governatorial candidates, but they won't stop this ad???

    Seems a little hypocritical.

    April 28, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  17. Ilona Proud Canadian

    It is going to be really interesting, to see if the Polls will be adjusted in any way to allow for the Supreme Court's new ruling, that voters must be able to show their Government Picture ID. Just watch the polls over the next few days, we are going to have some fun. You should be able to judge for yourselves just how realistic these Poll of Polls are!!!!
    Can you imagine how many people may have been voting, who had no right to do so? I won't hazard a guess, I think I am going to leave that up to you to decide. Good luck.

    April 28, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  18. annie

    Obama drop out! Give Dean some rest. Just drop out obama!

    April 28, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  19. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    If McCain didn't mean it, he shouldn't have said it and, as in the case of Clinton and her bone-headed comments about snipers and the like, the cameras and the microphones don't lie.

    April 28, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  20. Trollmaster

    I thought Republicans are against trivial lawsuits.

    Once again they're proving they're nothing but hipporcrites.

    April 28, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  21. M.S. Indiana

    JR, so why is RNC whining like a Clinton ??
    Why dont we take over the UN now we are at it ??

    April 28, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  22. Brian from Granada Hills

    It is obvious that the democrats are getting more and more desperate. Now, they have to twist the meaning of McCain's comments so that it looks like he wants to have a war to drag on for 100 years. When it comes to the economy, McCain knows a hell of a lot more than Barack, as he understands that improving the business environment by keeping taxes low and keeping control on excessive regulation is a recipe to to speedup the recovery of the economy that we are beginning to enjoy.

    April 28, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  23. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Please,

    I am not a rude person by nature, and even if I was I would do my darndest to contain myself. The DNC is only airing an ad which is true, these are not the trumped up outright lies that the McCain Republican Party is airing in their ad about Sen. Barak Obama!!!!!!!! I think that if Sen. McCain really meant what he said, that he did not agree with this disgusting totally untruthful ad about Barak, he would have been able to get the GOPs to pull the add. But no, he talks out of one side of his mouth, and it is the old ...Wink...Wink...go ahead boys trash Barack, no matter if you are telling lies no one will know the difference. Well guess what the DNC knows the difference, and I take my hat of to them. Their ad is telling the truth, so go get him guys!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  24. 58 old white wemen for OBAMA

    EVERYBODY SEEMS WANTS TO INTERPRET WHAT WE HEAR.

    MCWAR HAS SAID MANY TIMES. WE HAVE HEARD IT MANY TIMES.

    IF WE WERE THE DNC WE WOULD PUT TOGETHER

    A COLLAGE OF THEM, & MAYBE THEY ARE. THERE ARE DOZENS

    LOVE THE ONE THAT HE CAN'T REMEMBER WHO WE ARE

    FIGHTING IN IRAQ, OR THE ONE THAT HE CAN'T REMEMBER

    IF HE IS A LIBERAL OR CONSERVATIVE. SWITCH OFTEN ENOUGH

    & IT MAY BE DIFFICULT FOR ANYONE, LET ALONE OLD CRAZY.

    April 28, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  25. David Goldman for OBAMA

    THE RNC WILL DICTATE THE NEXT PRESIDENT,

    AS THEY DID WITH BUSH IF THE DNC WOOSES OUT AGAIN.

    April 28, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
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