December 16th, 2008
03:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Gingrich to RNC: Drop Blago video, help Obama instead

Newt Gingrich told the RNC Tuesday that it should immediately pull down a web video featuring President-elect Obama and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Newt Gingrich told the RNC Tuesday that it should immediately pull down a web video featuring President-elect Obama and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

(CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich isn’t happy with the Republican National Committee.

In a letter addressed Tuesday to Mike Duncan, chairman of the RNC, Gingrich slams the committee for releasing a recent Web video that seeks to connect Obama to embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

In a nearly three-minute spot entitled “Questions Remain,” the RNC seeks to raise questions about involvement by Obama or his staff in Blagojevich’s alleged plan to award Obama’s former Senate seat in exchange for political favors.

Gingrich calls the video a “destructive distraction” and asserts that the national committee “is engaged in the sort of negative, attack politics that the voters rejected in the 2006 and 2008 election cycles.”

Instead, “Republicans should be working to help the incoming president succeed in meeting” the “real challenges” the nation is facing, Gingrich writes to Duncan. When Republicans believe Obama is wrong, the GOP should “offer a better solution, instead of just opposing him,” Gingrich also wrote.

The letter ends with Gingrich’s suggestion that the RNC “pull the ad down immediately.”

Gingrich’s letter echoes recent comments from Obama’s former rival, Sen. John McCain. In a television interview Sunday, McCain also took issue with the video.

“In all due respect to the Republican National Committee,” McCain said, “right now, I think we should try to be working constructively together . . . on the economy stimulus package, reforms that are necessary.”

The RNC has not responded to CNN’s request for comment


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Newt Gingrich • RNC • Rod Blagojevich
soundoff (334 Responses)
  1. Phoenix

    I see the RNC is prepared for extinction.

    December 16, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. Obi-Wan

    Finally a sensible Republican, take note.

    December 16, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. deb in Colo

    Go, Newt!

    Obviously the RNC is still thinking with it's one Sarah Palin brain cell.

    December 16, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. The Republican Conscience

    Poor RNC. They still don't get it.

    December 16, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. Lesson

    Let Obama or anyone on earth learn a lesson or two, no one is perfect, peirod.

    December 16, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. Hugh Betcha

    It's good to see that not all republicans are careless, divisive, selfish, obstructionists.

    It's good to see that some republicans put their country first and not their politics.

    December 16, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. Ken in NC

    It appears that the Republican Party has some among them that have a sense of responsibility for what is right and what is wrong. The election is over and now the attacks on the President elect are not on a candidate but on the one chosen by the majority to become our next leader. Attacks, as such, by members of the Republican Party are most unpatriotic. I hope they will listen to some of the Party elders like Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Gen Colin Powell (Ret) and Senator John McCain and join all Americans in this fight to pull ourselves out of this hole we are in.

    December 16, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. Meh

    When Newt doesn't even think it's cool, you KNOW it's not cool. Enough muck-racking, RNC. You, too, CNN, for that matter!

    December 16, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. ras

    what else does anyone expect from these morons ..RNC you are a bunch of losers and thank God the voters see that.... more of the same

    December 16, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. dele

    Some people are just stupid and dumb!
    What is the RNC trying to achieve with the ad?
    Is the RNC aware of what is going on in the economy?
    My God!!!
    Americans, both republicans, democrats and independents should vehemently oppose this kind of politics.
    The RNC should cover its face in shame for electing a president that brought us into this mess. STUPID!

    December 16, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. Red, Red WHINE!!

    The GOP is becoming a cemetary. It is a place that diseased and ill thinking people gather to discuss what ails them.

    Gingrich is right, these antics were rejected in recent election cycles. If they don't wake up and figure out that we americans are sick and tired of their childish and hypocritical BS, then they will be the cause of the expedited extinction of the republican party.

    I USED to be a republican. But they have strayed too far in one direction, the RIGHT. They have certainly solidified their base of lunatics and religious freaks, but at the cost of the rest of their party. It's ironic that by solidifying their base, they have limited their growth opportunities.

    Religion and Politics should have NOTHING to do with each other. Seperation of church and state is a founding fundamental of America. They need to start showing they have more then accusations as a plan.

    I'm so sick of seeing my former party being brought to it's knee's by the nut jobs that are now ruling it. Sad day indeed. Lincoln would be rolling over in his grave if he saw what scum bags this party has become!

    December 16, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. frank, las vegas

    RNC is an embarrasment to the public at a time of dire difficulty. There is still a need for a filibuster proof DEM house.

    December 16, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. Larry in Houston, Texas

    Not only Newt isn' happy wih what the current Republicans are doing to tear down the United Sates, or the future OBAMA administration, but McCAIN feels the same way....They are tired of those people like Rush Limbaugh / Hannity / & Coulter who are constantly bashing anyone who is a little bit towards the center, or a little bit towards "center left"........But, that's what you've got......
    They are the ones who are going to hurt the Republican party in the future....

    Larry
    Houston, Texas

    December 16, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. Laura, Boston

    Hats off to Gingrich and McCain. We simply do not need either party to display negative overtones about anything right now. The economy is a mess and the country is nervous. Both parties need to work together with President elect Obama to get things accomplished.

    Sure there will be differences of opinion but rather than tear down the other side as Gingrich said offer better solutions. If you think you have a better way of doing something...tell us about it. Maybe things will improve that way.

    December 16, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. Nebraskan

    RNC is so thirsty.....they are really making themselves look bad. Campaign is over.

    December 16, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Liberal Los Angeles, CA

    I thought the election was over a month ago. RNC, find better ways to spend your money and rebuild. If you try a more positive touch, maybe people will take notice.

    December 16, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. s

    Doesn't the GOP understand if Obama fails- WE ALL FAIL?

    The state of the country (economy, education, infrastructure, climate change etc) is more than the Party we belong to but the future we have.

    I support Obama and only hope he makes smart decisions that helps me and everyone one else (republican, democrat or independent).

    Good Luck President Obama!

    December 16, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. Its The One 01 20 2009

    Read my Lips
    NO MORE BUSHES.> Cheneys> ROVE> GRAHM CrACKERS>and the list goes on .

    December 16, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. That Other Jerry

    If Newt Gingrich is ready to move on, then two things are obvious: (1) the country has some real problems that transcend politics and desperately demand attention; and (2) the RNC has jumped the shark; it's time to get over the election of '08 and start thinking constructively about '12.

    December 16, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. MsBingo

    Awesome.

    December 16, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Connie from Indiana

    First time I have ever agreed with Gingrich, my guess is that the RNC just wants to dig their hole deeper. I say keep it up in 2010 you will lose more seats.

    December 16, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. Carrie in Idaho

    I've never been a big Gingrich fan, but if he sincerely wants the best for the country over the best for his political party, I may be changing my mind on him.

    December 16, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. cherrystrawberry

    Its unbelieveable. the repugs just dont get it!!!!!!

    December 16, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. Tired of W, OH

    Hmm. I'm going to have to rethink my opinion of Newt. I agree with him 100%. What part of the voters' rejection did the RNC not understand? And why are they still running a campaign-style smear ad? The election is over. Work together or lose more republicans in the next election. The people have spoken.

    December 16, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. Chris in MI

    Does this poor excuse of a political party plan on doing NOTHING but criticize the Pres-Elect on something he's already addressed? Mr. Fitzgerarld isn't pounding down his door. For God's sake, regroup, come up with a plan, DO SOMETHING!! I guess when you have no plan, it's easier to attack the party that's at least trying. You repubs are pathetic.

    December 16, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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