December 16th, 2008
03:15 PM ET
5 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. kathaleenmarie

    UNTIL ANY OF YOU HAVE PROOF... GET A LIFE! OTHERWISE, WALLOW IN YOUR OWN DEMISE, BUT NOT @ OUR COUNTRY'S EXPENSE... PUT UP OR SHUT UP!

    December 16, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  2. Allen in Hartwell, GA

    Although I find it hard to believe that Newt would be sensible about this, the RNC/GOP doesn't have a good record of using good sense, and I doubt they will now. Why stop digging the hole you're in when there's still more dirt under your feet?

    December 16, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. Student in Houston

    Republicans! You lost. Get over it. This is not the time to try to divide the country! There are more important things to worry about.

    December 16, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. Ryan

    It’s seemed like most of the Republicans can only attack and never came up with a better solution(s). This proves me that Republicans are willing to go far just to destroy United States of America. I certainly agreed with John McCain’s statement: We should try to be working constructively together… In my humble opinion, if Republicans continues to do what they are doing right now then we’re DOOMED!

    December 16, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. Accountability

    For the first time in my adult life I am really proud of Newt Gingrich!

    Apologies to Michelle Obama.....

    December 16, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. good luck bye bye

    Wow! I'm impressed. . . they dug their own graves, jumped in, and are now trying to pull the dirt in over themselves. . .
    This level of self-loathing , or idiocy, is going to destroy the republican party for good if it continues. They are doing it to themselves. . .
    If they WANT to destroy themselves, well. . . good luck and bye bye.

    December 16, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. Donald

    It seems that the RNC has not learned one thing since the NOv 4th election. The GOP doesn't understand the fact that there are BIGGER problems for our country to tackle versus this silly, stupid commercial. The FBI has said time and time again that Obama is not a target of the investigation, nor any of his staff – so far and I highly doubt that anything will be found on that end.

    If the GOP does not get it's act together, they will become the party of irrelevence. The fact of the matter is that Reagan is gone and people are fed up with eight years of bs from Dubya and his henchmen. You have no ideas and you party has become morally bankrupt. Please, GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 16, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  8. Bill Cooper

    I NEVER expected to agree with Newt Gingrich on anything, but I sure do on this issue. I'm and independant and it seems to me the GOP has only done two things well for many years now and those are lying and slandering. It has to stop completely if they ever want my vote again.

    December 16, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. kathaleenmarie

    Sorry... didn't mean to go off... had just read RON and TIERED OF CORPORATE POLITICS comments.. It's just sooooo disgusting listening to GOP speculate as they think they must...

    December 16, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. norb

    All from a guy who is on his third marriage. If the election was still ongoing I would bet this video would be played over and over again.
    Gingrich/Palin 2012!

    December 16, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. Curtis - Marietta, GA

    Here...Here. Let's work TOGETHER at fixing this country instead of trying to tear it further apart. Dare I say that there might be hope for this old country of ours?

    December 16, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  12. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    @ cherrystrawberry

    you're RIGHT they don't get it and all you need do is read some of the comments here to back your comment up! It's pretty pathetic if you can get Newt to see it for what it is yet have some of these other right wingers still blinded by the right!

    December 16, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Don't think for one second that if Newt thought that if trashing Obama would benifit the repubs he wouldn't go for it. He, like most sane people, sees that this type of negative politics isn't what the people want right now and is one of the reasons the republicans are in the mess they're in. I think Dunkin knows this too, but some habits are just hard to break

    December 16, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  14. Sue T

    Need more Republicans who will stand up to the RNC and speak out like Gingrich and McCain.......they see the needs of the country and know that it is going to take everyone of us, white, black, hispanic, Jewish, Christian, Muslum, democrat, independent, and republicans to get this country back on it feet, if we don't all work at this together, we will all go down together.......stop trying to dig up stuff on Obama he is our President whether you voted for him or not, or whether you like it or not......if the RNC continues on this path you will never win back any seats in the House or Congress and you will never get the White House.

    December 16, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. Reality Check richmond virginia

    Ron- If Obama was in on the bribe than the truth will come out. For the RNC to run an ad at this point smacks of bitterness and smallness, and the ad comes off as nothing but a paranoid rambling.. If they want to be constructive they should run ads touting their positions on issues, for example: the auto bailout. Even though I don't agree w/ their position on the subject, at least they would be putting their $$$ behind open debate.

    December 16, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  16. PL

    Wow when did Newt grow a brain??? Is this the same Mr. Contract out on America???

    December 16, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  17. AOA

    Just how dumb are these RNC dim wits? It doesn't take a genius to figure out what has worked and what hasn't. I can see why they think Palin would make a great party leader. Politics is a game best played by the intelligent. Apparently intelligence is a myth in the RNC leadership!

    December 16, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  18. Randolph

    This is a childish game. RNC needs now to focus on helping Americans instead of treating them like foolish that would believe on anything.
    What is the problem if PE Obama, as the leader of the Democratic Party, calls a democrat governor to suggest a democrat candidate for a Senate seat?
    What is the problem if a potential candidate for a senate seat goes see the governor to present a case for the seat?
    Also, what is a problem if the governor says:” no problem, but I would like that you think about my future"?
    I do believe that every politiciancian does the same, just different situations.

    December 16, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  19. Terry B.

    Pretty much a tale tale sign that the GOP doesn't get it, hasn't learned a thing, and thinks that what got Bush elected twice is the way to go. Am curious as to what has to be slapped upside their heads to make them understand. But hey, if they want to continue with their politics as usual go ahead, come 2012 the Dems and Independents will hold all 100 seats in the Senate and all 435 seats in the House....

    December 16, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. Kelcie

    I am glad Newt Gingrich has had the courage to speak out against this. I'm so sick of the RNC's 'bullying' tactics. With all of the challenges we face as a nation, we need to come together to resolve these issues and not continue to be divided.

    This is just another example of how out of touch the Republicans really are.

    December 16, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  21. billy-bayou

    Newt Gingrich: There was a time when I had a great ammount of respect for Mr. Gingrich. That respect is now in the gutter along with John McCain Colin Powelland any of the others sucking up to the obama, screw them all.

    December 16, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  22. Left Coast Mike, Laguna Niguel, CA

    The RNC is going to look as stupid after this later teenage prank as they did during the general election. Can you say "hari kari"? I say, let 'em keep brining these idiotic ads. At this rate, by 2012, there won't be any repukes left in this country, and that indeed will be a good thing. Democrats and Independents are now the parties of intellectual debate and ideas and the voice of America. Only christian, cool-aid drinkings kooks support the "R" party and for one reason only ... their goofy "end of days" wish. I know you Jesus repukes hate to pay taxes or help your fellow man, especially if he's not "born again", but isn't this a bit too much? Just dry up and blow away.

    December 16, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  23. WOW - Irving, TX and Women for Obama

    Unbelieveable......Get over yourself RNC

    December 16, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. More of the Same

    While I don't agree with Newt on many issues, I have been impressed with a lot of what he has said over the last year. He is right on target with this letter. I am tired, tired, tired of this hateful, destructive pattern of behavior from our politicians. With so many is dire economic circumstances it is unforgivable to play politics as usual instead of trying to work together to solve our country's problems.

    December 16, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  25. MikeH

    Ron;

    If some oddball came up to you and said he could read some invisible golden tablets by putting two rocks over his eyes and putting his face inside a hat, you'd probably believe him.

    December 16, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
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