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. Larry in Houston, Texas

    I think you're right, Connie from Indiana, as long as those right wing nut Jobs say things like that, I honestly think they will lose more seats on 2010......They (the republicans) need to get a grip of themselves..
    wow !

    Larry C.
    Houston, Texas

    December 16, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. Snake eyes

    THE RNC DOESNT GET IT. THATS WHY THEY LOST. THE DAYS OF ROVE POLITICS ARE OVER. ITS TIME TO ROLL UP OUR SLEEVES AND GET TO WORK. OH YEAH, AND PAY YOUR FAIR SHARE OF TAXES.

    December 16, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. NY Woman

    I hate to admit it but the man makes sense.

    I say, let the RNC continue on their destructive path. If they still want to be the party of divisiveness and hate, go for it. I don't mind seeing Palin and Joe the Plumber represent the Repugs.

    In the meantime, I'll continue to support the party of inclusion and hope, yes, Obama is the leader of that party and I'm very proud of that.

    December 16, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. Art

    As a REPUBLICAN, that still believes is the core values of the RNC, I have a few things that I would like to say.

    GROW UP!

    News just in. The election is over. Unless the electoral college does something to change the outcome, which I doubt, then it is over. Preseident-Elect Obama is going to be the next Comander-In-Chief and that isn't going to change anytime soon. I'd say probably the next four years, maybe more. It will probably be more the way my party is behaving.

    Gingrich and McCain seem to be the only two, so far, that I have seen an offer of support to the new President and it disturbs me that my party is behaving so childishly. We need to get rid of this wall between the parties and start to work on the solution to problems that are here and coming our way.

    We are Americans. Behave like it!

    December 16, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Larry McD

    It's an indication of how deep the RNC has dug its hole that they make Newt and John look like they're standing tall.

    December 16, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. Christopher

    WOW Newt....I never thought that I'd see the day that I can actually like what you have had to say. WOW once again

    December 16, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Annette

    Will the RNC every learn??? Good gosh! Folks don't want to see or hear division among the parties at a time when we need our leaders to unite for the same cause. THIS GREAT COUNTRY CALLED UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

    December 16, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. tess

    funny how when newt says something negative about republicans the dems love him – otherwise they wish he would die! those liberals are the most evil, obnoxious and dishounest group in the world – and this world has it's share of them and they still take the cake!!!

    December 16, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. Bit

    The RNC hasn't learned and will never learn. They are so divisive to themselves and to the people around the world. It is time out for nasty politics. They lost......................now they should try to figure out why they lost and do the world a favor by respecting our President Elect.

    Shame On You RNC......Shame On You! This is a disgrace to America.

    December 16, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. Lana

    Looks like we all agree: The RNC needs to wake up and start thinking about this country for a change. For once, I can actually say I agree with Gingrich and thank him. How can Obama can save us from the disasters brought upon us by this self-agrandizing administration if he has to first climb through the muck and mire still being slung at him by the losers? Good for McCain, too. At least he's trying to redeem that soul of his that he sold to sew up the nonimination.

    December 16, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. Ralph

    These children need to grow up. They live in a microcosm where this sort of behavior is accepted. The Republicans are truly out of touch with the nation. Sad, really.

    December 16, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. CNN = Jerry Springer of News

    Although I disagree with Newt Gingrich on every issue and believe he is making these statements for political gain for a future run for office, he is absolutely right. When the RNC continues to run unsubstantiated negative adds against Obama after the election, it continues to portary the Republican Party as a bunch of nay-sayers with nothing positive to say.

    Obama won the election – lawsuits trying to challenge his citizenship and ads trying to smear him are not going to solve anything – they portray the RNC as out of touch. The US Citizens (both Dem and Repub) really want Obama to succeed as this is a time we all need to pull together.

    Gingrich is right, the Republican Party needs to show they can come up with solutions, not just rail against new ideas because they come from a Democrat. When they go off on these tangents, as if they are not hurting in this economy, they reinforce the views that the Republican Party leadership is full of rich people who do not live in the real world. Writing a blank check to investments firms in the amount of nearly a trillion dollars while raking GM and Labor over the coals and not helping them with a 14 billion dollar loan so they can break the unions doesn't help their image either.

    December 16, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. Abyssinian Lion

    Newt is protecting his party more than defending Obama. He at least sees that if they stay on the path of destruction the GOP will implode.

    December 16, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. Richard Rohde

    Newt is right as usual. We republicans need stop acting like the childish democrats.

    December 16, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. Vicki5

    If the republicans are hollering, it's because they are covering up their own misdeeds. That's how they work. The question to ask is, what is it they are trying to steer our attention away from??

    December 16, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  16. Ohio Citizen

    There is deep penetrating truth to what Gingrich is saying. The loss of credibility can not be reversed by simply opposing the Obama administration or engaging in innuendo.

    Only by being seen as part of the solutions that must be found can Republicans rebuild their brand. The problems this country faces today are not the kind that can absorb partisanship. Gridlock will end with a crash and burn that will destroy whole institutions. Play win/win, or get out of the game. If you don't have a better plan, then do not impede the one on the table. It's not politics as usual anymore.

    December 16, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. FAYE, NV

    When will the RNC learn, we the people are not concerned with negative ads nor are we stupid. We the people are smarter and sick of petty games.

    Just because you know someone or work with them does not mean you committed a crime with them. Will the RNC accuse President elect Obama of crimes others do, just because he's worked with or knows the person?

    How ignorant you are RNC

    December 16, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Richie

    Newt is a real Republican. The type who want personal responsibility, small government, balanced budgets. I disagree with him on most issues, but he is a respectable person, unlike most of the so-called "leaders" of today's Republicans, who just promote hate and fear.

    December 16, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Indy

    No please Republicans keep doing what you have been doing for the last few years, running full speed toward the Abyss.

    December 16, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. Sylva

    When will they learn!

    December 16, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. gyi from San Fran

    Awwww, I love the RNC. They are so cute when they are clueless and lost :)

    December 16, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. Peter

    "Republicans should be working to help the incoming president succeed in meeting” the “real challenges” .

    This reminds me the word "Oxymoron"... I am sorry, Newt.

    December 16, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. c from stl

    Newt's response is a fine example of change we can believe in. Skeptics of Obama's message need to understand that it isn't only about what he is doing or saying, it's about how the whole system works together to accomplish a common goal..... Newt is obviously remaining focused on the common goal of the nation.

    December 16, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. FBI

    They have OJ....now they want Barack!

    December 16, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. Len

    Everyone in Washington needs to support the efforts of our President-Elect Obama. Every American needs to support him regardless of your political belief. We are in dire straits and we need to work together as one nation.
    I commend Mr. Gingrich and Senator McCain.

    December 16, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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