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. Sally from Cali

    Sore losers...

    December 16, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. Larry Hardiman

    The election is over, the people have spoken it's time to get the country back on track. After eight years of the Republicans we are the verge of a depression and heading toward bankruptcy!

    I guess they don't get it and we need to vote them all out! My God look at Senatror Stevens worry about your own corruption!!!

    December 16, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. NICK

    Mr Gingrich is correct. The Republican Party will soon be refered to as the Repulsive Party. Get ahold of your selves. You lost, and will lose again and again, with out a reversal of your "no constructive ideas"approach to our problems.

    December 16, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  4. Art

    I sincerely agree with Gingrich. The RNC is way out of line on this one.

    December 16, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  5. Nero

    Ron, get over yourself. EVERYONE knows that republicans have been far more corrupt than democrats! Not all illinois politicians are corrupt. Quit speculating and go on facts! Besides, every state has had corrupt politicians! It's not just something that happens to Chicago politicians!

    December 16, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  6. limer

    I heard that Newt is in a short list for a cabinet post in the Obama presidency.

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

    It's nice that everyone wants to just get along and pretend nothing Obama has ever done matters since he will be the President next month. I watched the speech Obama gave about this whole Paying to play deal with his Senate seat. There was way too much stuttering and words misspoken with what he said. I'm sorry, but if he did nothing wrong, then he has nothing to hide. So why does he need to create a special task force to investigate, it makes no sense? He campaigned for this guy for years and now he's going to turn against him? Oh wait, he's done that whenever something comes up that can make him look bad. (Rezko, Ayers, ACORN to name a few)

    If the truth comes out and he was involved and actually encouraged Rod to sell his seat, he may be the first President to be impeached before he even takes office. Wouldn't that suck for the Chosen One?

    December 16, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  8. Remy

    Obama is really working to unify Americans. Good move by NEWT!

    December 16, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  9. sandee in Portland

    This is the way the republicans keep their base; you know, the right wing evangelicals. I don't see the DNC producing videos of all the republicans who are currently being investigated for ethics violations. The RNC is just a bunch of old white people who are still living in the past and continue to conduct business and politics like they did in the past. I'm also an old white person who used to be a republican until this election, but I at least have moved into the 21st century. It is just because of all this fear mongering, mud throwing that I don't consider myself republican anymore. I am now proud to be an independant!

    December 16, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. MK

    For the first time in my entire life I have to say I agree with Newtie....there, I said it. It must be snowing in hell.

    December 16, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  11. Crazy Cat Lady

    No doubt the GOP would rather see the country go down the tubes than a successful Obama presidency, but must they be so hamhandedly blatant about it?

    December 16, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  12. wallywurl

    newt is right. now is time to get this country back off the downward spiral. republicans still do not believe that this country is too far off in the wrong direction. mccain is also asking these fruitcakes to wake up and smell the roses. THE ELECTION IS OVER!!! now we must work together. WE MUST RIGHT THIS SINKING SHIP, SO AS THAT OTHER COUNTRIES MIGHT NOT THROW SHOES AT OUR PRESIDENT!!!

    December 16, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  13. ED Fl

    4000 plus dead. 20,000 plus wounded the country and its finances have been raped or stolen. Now one of the most devious Republicans that has been ever uncovered and forced to leave the government is now trying to suck up to the Obama administration in hopes of getting some type of infuence or job. Newt stick to something you have experience in [ ie ]ditching sick wives in the hospital while messing around with other female staff members. The GOP has it's hands full with other disasters without letting you back into their buisness.

    December 16, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  14. jack

    why walk in reverse? They air the video then come out later to say how it should be dropped but it has already been aired. How stupid of republicans and thinking Americans are stupid!

    December 16, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  15. Obama 2012

    Newt is right...

    The man has won the election–now leave him alone!!

    December 16, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  16. Amy

    Gingrich needs to tell them that! He also needs to tell his buddy Greta Van Susteren that! The way she controls and instigates that crowd she's got on her blog over at gretawire is really getting out of hand! Now, if your on the left, don' t think you can give your opinion anymore and it'll be posted! NOT! Won't go through! She's leading a very dangerous rightwing crowd over there and getting away with it!!

    December 16, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. Bill Charlotte,NC

    If these radicals would listen to level headed people like McCain and Newt, they might actually gain enough respect to win a few seats back. If they keep up these kind of tactics, centrist Pubs like me and my family are going to be gone for good!

    December 16, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  18. Curt

    Doesn't the RNC know that the 2008 Presidential campaign is OVER?
    Enough of the smear & fear tactics. Instead, they should be focusing on preparing that mindless political puppet Palin for 2012 since she's the best they can come up with.

    December 16, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  19. Jaik WIllis

    Gingrich was the lead slimer back in the Clinton era, baseless ad hominem attacks were what made his career. Its surprising to see him react against his own techniques, he must be wanting to run for office soon.
    The republicans are appealing to the dumb like always, the question is whether or not 51% of the country is dumb. They operate in an endless campaign season with no concern for the country or the well being of anyone but their own personal advantage, thats the credo of republicansim, so this is no surprise. hopefully when they are done digging this hole someone can raise their headstone above it.

    December 16, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  20. wiseman

    These dumb republicans. There is a time to campaign and a time to govern. This is the time to work with the new president. If they don't have anything constructive to say, then, shut up. They have done enough damage to the country.

    December 16, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  21. Desmond Sequeira

    When will the pathetic RNC realize that it is diseased to the core, even DEAD?!!

    December 16, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  22. Coultergeist

    The few honest, decent Republicans like Mr. Gingrich, Gen. Powell and post-election Sen. McCain are the examples the RNC should follow.

    December 16, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  23. Harry

    I am dissappointed with RNC and republicans in general. Campaigns are over and Mr. Obama is our President.
    clearly this video shows how low the RNC can go......

    I am not happy with how our current politicians are operating especially the Republicans!!

    December 16, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  24. Luke

    This is what the GOP needs to hear but will they listen? NO! These people don't care about coming together for the good of the country. All they wanted was power, which they finally thank god lost and now they are on the war path!! I agree about Greta Van Susteren over at fox. You can't even post a comment on her gretawire anymore if you don't agree with all those rightwing nuts there! When will this come to anyones attention anyway? People have the freedom to give their opinions on any forum, is that legal?

    December 16, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  25. jim

    I don't know where we should ship Karl Rove!!

    December 16, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
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