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. James Morris

    The Republicans remind me of squabbling children, still pointing fingers, whining and acting reactive, rather than contributing to a positive outcome. How about the RNC out-do the DNC in helping the country. That kind of rivalry I could appreciate. If the RNC were a sports team, they'd be focusing on a disputed call, while the opposing team was winning the game. Get over it and get on with it.

    December 16, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. Susan

    What Americans do not realize is that the devisiveness that is present in our Nation today is one of our biggest National Security Threats ever. Those seeking to destroy us as a Nation find this devisiveness a way in through the back door! It's time we stood together as a country and a Nation rather than groups of Separatists. We need to stand together as Americans whether we are green, black, orange, pink, gay, straight or what ever other label you wish to define yourself by. We are AMERICAN'S and we should stand firm with eachother and stop destroying our country!

    December 16, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  3. Larry

    I do think Obama is not telling what he knows,whether he is or isn't involved with the Gov.I would think he would Know something,just from osmosis.BUT,I do agree with Gingrich,unless there is hard evidence,we need to be all working together for the GOOD of the country,

    December 16, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. Scott in Michigan

    Ditto . . . Thanks Newt . . . hopefully old school Republicans can oust the Neocons that seem to be ruining the GOP.

    December 16, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  5. The Shoe thrower

    Rob,you Bob and Griff along with a few other morons on this site are racist pigs.Go get a life because those who support Obama and his team don't care what you say or think so crawl back under the rocks you crawled out from and please stay there eternally

    December 16, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  6. ml

    RIGHT ON NEWT!!!!! Thank you for speaking the truth. It is time for everyone to put politics aside and get down to the business of restoring our people to work, and moving forward. We need to push forward in science to get the fuels of the future moving. Americans need to be working. NO MORE OUT SOURCING!!! The financial bail out programs needs to be monitored so that money is used to help home owners stay home owners!!!! REPUBLICANS, OMBAMA IS THE PRESIDENT ELECT!!! Get with the program now!!!!

    December 16, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  7. D.Kimbro OHIO

    Thanks Mr. Gingrich, you and The Real John McCain, are helping the GOP, by reflecting the type of character that this party supposedly represents. It is a shame that more people don't want to move forward from the Grand OLDE Party.

    December 16, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. Duh

    That's because he knows this is hurting the party's image.

    December 16, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  9. sarah

    The RNC has been in the weeds for quite some time now (Or perhaps even smoking some)

    December 16, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  10. Perusing-Through

    NEWT, YOU ARE SO RIGHT!

    I am baffled by the stupid childish games the RNC is playing. Was the RNC on planet Mars while the rest of the nation watched Independents and Moderates switch to the Obama-Biden ticket, , , , partially due to this type of dumb stuff?

    December 16, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. Kim, Dallas, TX

    Wouldn't it have been nice if they would have questioned the links between the Bush family and the Saudi Royal family-Bin Laden family. Not that I am implying anything here, but if we are saying someone is guilty because of the company they keep, that would imply quite a bit for Bush and his family. Let's get off of the game playing Republican style and work together to get our great nation back to it's former glory before the war in Iraq caused worldwide contempt for us and before the greed in Wall Street caused such financial disaster. We have a recession we need to address that will be more painful than anything we have gone through financially as a country. The Kenneth Starr days of finding guilt due to anything need to be over.

    December 16, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  12. Gerald

    Newt Gingrich.....Come on Man!!!!!!!

    December 16, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  13. SAME OL CRAP!!

    RNC keep on doing what you've been doing... we're going to elect you out next!!! Dems, don't you dare think your off the hook either, you'll be elected out next too!!.CORUPTION,GREED AND HATRED'S DAYS ARE NUMBERED

    AMERICANS (not Dem,Rep or Indipendents)

    We need to come together reguardless of political, religious or idealogical agendas and vote out the Old Boy Network of criminals, racists and war lords.

    December 16, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. Stacey, Connecticut

    Oh, Ron please. Obama did nothing wrong, even if he knew what was going on. You need to be concerned with what's going on with the republicans. Worrying about what Obama may know is not helping your party. President Elect Obama will still be your President when he's sworn in on 1/20/09 and you republicans will still be up to the same old tired politics of divisiveness.

    December 16, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  15. Don't Worry

    Some people just don't get it...hatred is out of style, and never to return!

    December 16, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  16. VOTED! OBAMA!!! VOTED! OBAMA!! VOTED!

    Some people just can't stand to see someone win fair and square. 66 plus million Americans believe in the President Elect. Why can't the few stop crying over spilled milk and just clean it up?

    December 16, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  17. Jeff Brown

    Obama hasn't been sworn in yet and the repugs are STILL up to their necks in filth!

    December 16, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  18. VOTED! OBAMA!!! VOTED! OBAMA!! VOTED!

    If you few who dislike the President Elect SO MUCH, remember he will be your President and will be representing you! If you don't like that leave the country!!!

    December 16, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  19. Don't Worry

    Some people just don't get it...hatred is out of style and never to return!

    December 16, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  20. lol election

    Gingrich is right, why waste money now when they could be saving it for the next election?

    It's ads like these, hosted by the very own RNC (not some sideline political group) is why the RNC gets outspent by democrats, the RNC doesn't know how or where to prioritize money.

    Instead of ads like these they could be investing in trying to get a republican in the senate seat or gov position

    December 16, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  21. Turnabout is Fair Play

    These Repugnicans just can't help themselves! They made fun of Obama's community organizer service and LOST and STILL they play stupid, ignorant games like this! They WILL be losing more seats in 2010!

    December 16, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  22. Gays for Obama

    Why on earth would any Americans be trying to bring down their own president-elect. We should be so happy that Obama had nothing to do with Blago. Just think of America's image if Obama was indeed guilty of something. Is this what we really want. America would be the laughing stock of the world, again. But republicans are only thinking of themselves.

    December 16, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  23. The Shoe thrower

    When will this silliness end.Obama has won the nomination and instead of the republicans being worried about their own wounds 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 consentrate on this recession we are in,This is the time for all politicians to step up to the plate for the american people that put them in office.They 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 do what we expect them to do and that is to help solve the problems of this crumbling economy

    December 16, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  24. Caligirl

    Good for Gingrich. What will it take for the RNC to learn that intelligent Americans are tired of their smear tactics. They've learned absolutely nothing from beat down they received in the 2006 and 2008 elections.

    December 16, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. Angel

    The RNC is still in campaign mode...they have no clue the election is over. Very childish. Evey negative thing they have tried is not working or seems to be at the wrong time....Good luck RNC.

    December 16, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
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