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. tishoogle

    Give it a break RNC! This party makes me sick! We have so many
    problems in this courtry and we have to read about this. WHAT SORE LOSERS!

    December 16, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  2. fair and balanced

    Wow. I'm surprised by little comments this has received. I thought the republicans would be cutting down Newt and saying Obama lied etc. But they are not. Does it this mean that they agree with Newt?

    I cannot believe that the RNC is doing this. Blago himself said that if he will not get anything from Obama or his team. He even used an expletive to reference Obama. Why would any sensible, educated person thing that Obama was in "bed" with Blago. I mean if that's how Blago treats his cohorts, I'd hate to see how he treats people who are against him.

    Silly RNC. You haven't yet learned why so many turned their backs on your party.. the last 2 election cycles.

    December 16, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  3. Jay

    Republicans have never been good losers, but this year is the worst ever. Earth to RNC: the election is over – stop campaigning, because YOU GUYS LOST. Newt Gingrich, never one of my favorite people, is right. Put up and shut up!

    December 16, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. Margie

    I do not believe that President Elect Obama would be so stupid as to have participted in such an act. I believe that he's smarter than that. It's over, he's won. Now, let's get on with it.

    December 16, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  5. sick n tired

    Republicans have nothing left except fear and smear stunts! Kinda sad really. Say hello to the Whig party of the 21st century!!!

    December 16, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  6. Soccer Nana

    Gingrich and McCain are correct. It is time to stop these "playground nan nan nan nahs" and get on with putting our Country back together in UNITY.

    Obama nor any member of his tranistion team is under scrutiny by the federal investigators.

    Stop hating so much people. Stop trying to link Obama to corruption.

    The feds ARE NOT investigating Obama; they are investigating Blagojevich.

    Just like the feds shut down Blagojevich BEFORE he could make a senate appointment, they would have exposed anything they had on President-Elect Obama BEFORE the presidential election took place.

    Get a grip of reality; let go of your hate-filled delusion.

    December 16, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. blair

    so now that our guy is in, integrity is no longer important.

    December 16, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  8. Vicki5

    Ron: Please, give it up. Sore loser!

    I for one am glad Obama is from Chicago style politics because he was prepared for the dirty tricks during the campaign, and he'll be able to handle all the trumped-up charges republicans throw at him as president. Not to mention, he knows how to clean up politics. BTW, that is what is happening.

    December 16, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  9. N.Vazzana

    I think it's great that both Gingrich and McCain have suggested that the GOP try to help Obama rather than criticize him. It's the only way that this reactionary party can prevent itself from fading into irrelivance.

    December 16, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  10. Ginny in Ohio

    Newsflash to the RNC! The Election is over!!! Obama won!

    Use your energy to help – not hate!

    Will you never learn?

    December 16, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  11. MsRotten

    The RNC is PATHETIC!!!

    Is this why they were elected?? To sabotage the POTUS? A man who has done absolutly NOTHING WRONG?!

    I hope they keep it up. It will turn even MORE disgruntled Repubs to become Indy's.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again....
    The Repubs are a dying breed. The future Parties will be Indy's and Dem's.

    Why aren't the RNC/GOP calling for Bush and Cheney's head for WAR CRIMES?????????????

    R.I.P. GOP!!

    December 16, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  12. Rolly

    A leopard has a hard time changing its spots. Ditto the RNC.

    December 16, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. laura

    Good for him, it is the first time I have ever agreed with him. I generally do not like what he says. He is so right though. The RNC is turning off more and more people. The negativity is outstanding and many long time Republicans I know are leaving the party because there is no vision, nothing positive, just complaining and out of touch rhetoric. They need to get with this century if they want to survive. Young people are very very turned off to this as well. They want bipartisanship.

    December 16, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. pam Eugene OR

    Ron @ 5:16
    It must suck to be you Ron. Your comments are so negative and you never have anything to offer to the conversation. You are clearly part of the problem You could take a lesson from Gingrich and try to be a part of the solution.
    Grow up Ron. Obama will be your President too.

    December 16, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  15. Charles Atlanta

    Yea. Still remembered the "independent" prosecutor Ken Starr went after Clintons for a 20-years old land deal case and got nothing.., except finally got a stain dress.. Comparing with the corruption in Bush/Chenney administration, I have to shake my head on these far-right morons. Linking him to this scandle, questioning Obama's birth certificate,...., enough is enough...

    December 16, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. HouseDiva

    Republicans don't want change....it's plain to see that they want to stay the same divisive; destructive course.

    Republicans wont be satisfied until America is left in ruins so that they can blame their own failures on ANY democrat

    Republicans will link Jesus to Satan if they can profit from it.

    December 16, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. Tim

    Gingrich is right. Hard for me to write that I agree with him.

    To paraphrase the quote from Forrest Gump ( you know, "stupid is as stupid does"): republican is as republican does.

    Republicans stand for everything that is wrong with the American political process.

    December 16, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  18. Dan Kaepp

    Contrary to the majoity, I feel each and every American should be able to review this film. If it clerly shows a warm and friendly relationship between our next President and Governor B, we need to know what kiond of person we have elected. We had a former President deny that he ever "had sex with that woman", and Mr. Obama sure has gone to a lot of trouble to deny that he, or for that matter, any of his staff ever had any discussions about prospective candidates or anything else bordering on such things, but remember, he does not deny taking cam[paign monies from the ilk of some of Americas worst once upon a time terrorists.

    December 16, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  19. no party nancy

    Party bashing or Obama bashing is totally non-productive and should stop. The parties need to join on a permanent basis in order to stop all of the bickering. Issues should be voted based on facts and merit, not how much money lobbyists provide the party in control.

    December 16, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  20. FreeNLovIt

    People, Obama needs 8 years to clean up this economy in hell. You can slow him down, but it will ONLY hurt us ALL. And if you cant understand this message, then, just give America to the Russians.

    December 16, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  21. Marie

    When will this sillines end.Obama has won the nomination and instead of the republicans being worried about their own wound that need to be healed in their party they continue to go after Obama.Thank you Mr. Giingrich for thinking about the american people and looking for your party to step up and focus on what's important.I just wonder how many skeletons they have in their closets.Obama is trying to do what they are failing to do and that is get consentrate on this recession we are in,This is the time that all politicians to step up to the plate for the american people that put them in office.The are accusing Obama of not fulfilling his promises and Bush is still president .Wait until Obama is president before criticizing him .What have they been doing for the past eight years for us and I would say aside from a few nothing.We just need the nonsense to stop and what we expect them to do and that is to help solve the problems of this crumbling economy

    December 16, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  22. Faith Restored

    So because this group of adult spoiled brats can't grasp that WE THE PEOPLE got tired of funding their private socialized world where only they and theirs' profited off us and ours and voted these criminals out of power along with their unchecked rape and pilaging of our country for their greed and glory they'd rather torch down what's left of the USA because they can't have their way?

    December 16, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  23. Mike

    They're all corrupt. Republicans and Democrats are like two mafia families trying to control the same street. We need to all stop being TOOLS of these blatantly corrupt organizations and start removing ALL OF THEM.

    Vote Libertarian.

    December 16, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. barackobama4prez

    Good on you Newt. I'm a bit surprised at this letter coming from Newt. I think he has an angle in that he wants republicans to choose their battles wisely.

    December 16, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  25. MW from MD

    The RNC is just PATHETIC!

    December 16, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
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