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. obama-mama

    The RNC is pathetic

    December 16, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. montana

    For an organization that likes to boast about it's sense of patriotism, the RNC is not demostrating much statesmanship. We need bridges, not wedges. They are going to have serious egg on their faces when it turns out that the president elects team is acting at the request of the prosecutors. Hey people, let's roll up our sleeves and get this country back on it's feet!

    December 16, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Go Newt!

    I'm not a Republican, but I have to say I've always admired Gingrich's willingness to but country before party. It's an admirable quality that more politicians need to exhibit.

    Admirable behavior from him and from McCain. Thanks, boys!

    December 16, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Pc from DC

    No weapons formed against Barack shall prosper!!

    December 16, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. barbara kramer

    i agree with mr.gingrich and mr.mccain. when i saw their comments regarding blago, my thoughts turned immediately...they're starting up again. they're pulling the same old stuff again. next they will be contacting
    ken starr as they have in the past,unnecessarily spending taxpayers monies as they have in the past. the republican motto during the campaign was country first. I'm a registered democrat.i feel and i agree with mr.gingrich and mr.mccain. work with obama,help him. this country
    must be put back to rights. barack obama is going to try to do this. don't
    be rediculous. stop your planed disruptions. help him.

    December 16, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. BB

    The republicans are sore losers, even after they gave the entire nation 8 years of loss for every family. The republicans need to just fade away. It's a new country, and they won't win with all their negativity.

    December 16, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Tired of W, OH

    The RNC is pathetic and childish. The election is over. The republicans need to work with Obama or they'll lose even more seats in the next election.

    December 16, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. ANAG LOS ANGELES, CA

    You lost get over.....time for the country to come together. HE IS YOUR PRESIDENT.

    December 16, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. douglas in minnesota

    The RNC will never change. Those that remain in the now-inept RNC are Neanterthals that are incapable of adjusting to the changed political and economic landscape. Their mentality (or lack thereof) will doom them to repeating the same stupid blunders that got them where they are now - a burned-out, worthless and useless organization that has been reduced to ridicule by the general population and media.

    December 16, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. ran

    The republican still do not get it. This is clear seeing what they did on the auto loan. They are only interested in power/special interest/right wing ideologies(no abortions/gay rights etc.). Until they change I hope they continue to get defeated at ever turn.

    December 16, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. Sherrol in Canada

    Makes me wonder how sincere Newt is. My question is, what's he up to?

    December 16, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Jozee

    The Republicans have caused enough of the country's problems and Gingrich's comments are correct. We are facing record job losses, staggering inflation, home foreclosures and the list goes on and on.

    Instead of being so full of complaints (Lou Dobbs take note) try offering a solution once in a while. We are all in thie catastrophic mess together. We have got to find a way to move past the partisian quagmires.

    ONE NATION

    December 16, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. Peter (CA)

    Wow...maybe guys like Gingrich actually get it once they leave office and their rage and their ambition subsides. It would be nice if the Republicans listen but I would be just as happy if they don't.

    Give the voters another reason to kick more of them out in 2010.

    December 16, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. Pam Brown

    Thanks Newt, from a Democrat who voted for Obama.
    I think you see he (Obama) is really bi-partisan.

    December 16, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. douglas in minnesota

    The RNC will never change. Those that remain in the now-inept RNC are Neanterthals that are incapable of adjusting to the changed political and economic landscape. Their mentality (or lack thereof) will doom them to repeating the same stupid blunders that got them where they are now - a burned-out, worthless and useless organization that has been reduced to ridicule by the general population and media.

    December 16, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. America For the Truth

    RNC Jerks!! THEY STILL WANT TO DIVIDE AMERICA FOR POLICITCAL PURPOSES ONLY.

    December 16, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Chicago messiah

    I am beginning to tire of Obama supporters...
    in Biblical proportions...

    December 16, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. Ron West Coast

    Newt is absolutely correct . The RNC does not realize that the " Fat Lady Has Sung "......
    The public wants , and demand that things be done for our country in a bi-partisian manner , immediatly if not sooner ....
    Enough of the devisive politics of the past , we need cooperation from our leaders . The RNC , had better take heed , or they will be out in the cold for many years to come. ( which would be perfectly alright with me ) .......

    December 16, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. Brad - California

    Wow! For the first time in my life I actually agree with Newt Grigrich! This is scary! But on the other hand, he said “In all due respect to the Republican National Committee,” – there's something I can disagree on – the RNC neither has or deserves any respect.

    December 16, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. Karen - Missouri

    The RNC is making the Republicans look worse than ever. We have serious economic problems and instead of working on those, the RNC continues to play games like little brats.

    The Republicans would look a lot better if they would do some honest help instead of being seen as just spoiled kids only wanting their own way or no way. No wonder this country is in serious economic trouble!

    The RNC sure does know how to WASTE MONEY

    December 16, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. Joe

    Newt, you can't teach an old party new tricks.

    December 16, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. Just shut up already.....

    Heaven forbid they try and work with the president-elect...the RNC doesnt want to help this country – they just want to tear it down becausethey can't stand the idea of someone black, educated, and intelligent leading the way....

    December 16, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. Naqib

    I agree on this. Should something crooked be found out it will surface in the wash later. Until that time we need to work on the more pressing issues facing this country. That goes for both sides.

    December 16, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. GCG - Austin, TX

    When will they ever learn? This is exactly the reason that I crossed party lines this election and voted for Barack Obama. I was EXCITED to vote for him. If the RNC continues this divisive nature, then it may end up creating what I have hoped for: a truly viable three-party system.

    If the moderates of the Republican party can wake up and walk out, that will cause the moderates of the Democratic party to join them, and then we'd have three real parties that have a good combination of ideologues and realists, and perhaps we can get back to civil discourse and govern by the people and for the people again.

    Signed,
    Eternal Optimist (I guess) :-)

    December 16, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. (Former) Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    This perhaps the smartest I heard Gingrich say in a long time!

    Instead of focusing on this stupid issue, the GOP need to be thinking about how they are going to save their party and progress their issues.

    December 16, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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