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. Bravo

    Bravo Blago, you have just shown Obama we all human. Obama is no last angel standing, only time can tell. Bush has the last laugh.

    December 16, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. Dem For Obama

    Mr Gingritch and Sen McCain are right as can be. The RNC is rediculous to spend money on this. Its going to go nowhere. I bet the RNC would never put a personal name to who authorized this waste of taxpayer money at the worst time.

    We have more Repub senate and house seats to get, and more Repubs are going to fall thanks to the RNC.

    December 16, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. petena

    Really people. Just spending any kind of time over this when we have more serious issues to resolve makes me sick.

    December 16, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. Bodine/MU

    With what Bush has done in his 8 years in the White House, I don't think the RNC should open their mouths to spew out any garbage at all !!!! They should not be heard from again until 2012, if then....

    December 16, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. Laverne

    Newt is right, with the crisis that we have in this country, why in the world does the RNC continue to try and keep this country divided. I am convinced RNC stands for RIGHTWING NUT CASES! Americans are sick and tired of your crap. The more you try to tear Obama down, the more you push the average Americans in his corner. Just keep it up and by the time 2012 get here we won't even need an election because no one in their right mind will cast a vote for them.

    December 16, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Chris S

    What is Newt up too? Hes the reason the repubs resort to this kind of politics. So hes not listening to Sean Hannity and Rush anymore. Interesting!!

    December 16, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. Educated and Informed in AZ

    Bravo Newt! Rarely do I agree with you but you got this one right.

    ON the other hand, I don't know if I really want the RNC to stop these inane tactics that get them nowhere fast! Perhaps this type of continued behavior will drive more good Republicans (who really put country first) over to the Dem side!

    Progress and change call for all forward thinking people to come together to make things happen. Those who don't look forward are doomed to live in the past.

    December 16, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. Herman Monster

    There is a cancer on the American Political body and it is not the Republican Party but it is that group of craven power hungry psychos that have hi-jacked this legitimate American institution. There is nothing with the Obama Blogo connnection and there is much to be done to keep a catastrophe from happening with the economy. A week president will mean more Americans will be seriously hurt by the on-coming storm. This will be the product of this hate mongering and this throwing of shoes at the American people that the RNC is doing.

    December 16, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. Fla. Voter

    The RNC is sadly lost in their misguided obsession with power. They seem to have no message and no direction on how to solve problems collectively.

    Americans' call for leaders working together should have been loud & clear from the past two elections.

    December 16, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. NJVote08

    Come on people! Why are you still trying to make the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA a "nation divided"? Our country is in deep trouble and all you can do IS continue to find ways to pull down President Elect Obama. He is our new president like it or not. Use your energy to come up with solutions to solve our nation's woes.

    Can you say President Obama? Okay, nothing bad happened, now let us move on.

    Lots of love and God bless you!

    P.S. Listen to Newt and McCain... they have the right idea. LET US ALL WORK TOGETHER!

    December 16, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. TangoDancer

    "questions remain"....

    Yeah, the GOP always has "questions" that can never be satisfied – no matter how thoroughly an issue is addressed by Obama or any other Dem. There doesn't even appear to be really valid questions. The only question that matters is whether or not Obama and/or his staff were involved in some potential wrong-doing. All evidence seems to indicate that they weren't involved. There would certainly be no political gain (or monetary) for BHO and staff to be involved with something as bad as what Blagojevich was trying to do.

    So what are these questions??? Just irritating minor things like dates, times, etc... that BHO and staff had contacts with the governor. Just stupid stuff. Blago is the governor, so he had to be involved with all sorts of legit activity that pertains to daily business in IL. BHO and staff were probably involved daily with this routine and normal stuff. So what!

    Careful GOP – you guys always have several scandals just waiting to be uncovered. My guess is that we'll see three major GOP scandals in 2009 alone. Just normal stuff. Try to be fair now, and we'll be fair to you later on when you're in the hot seat.

    December 16, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. gallimimus

    Gop just can't stop with the hate. Hello, it's pathetic and childish. Elections over, you lost. I would concentrate on how to improve the GOP instead of continueing with these hate filled web video's. They are getting you nowhere and no one wants to listen to this crap anymore.

    December 16, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. Joan , Ontario

    If the Republicans are trying to rebuild their image and party, this is not the way to go about it. The RNC is still using the old tricks. At least Gingrich and McCain are starting to be more reasonable and sensible. The RNC needs a new ad man.

    December 16, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. GB in Kansas

    I NEVER thought I'd agree with Newt. Am I in some different dimension or what?

    December 16, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. william

    Tong Resko was key in the Blago investigation, as for spilling the beans on anything Obama did, yeah right, Resko is awaiting pandon by Obama sometime in the near future. Anything Blago says will be meet with doubt no matter how factial. Blago best option is to let the news media do its job await trial and luagh as he gets off on all account becuase he has not commented any crime by conspricy. Sad facts of reality. Impeachment??? Not likely, business as usual he will cut a deal with the panel and recieve whatever punishment the "democratic panel" suggest, but he won't be impeached.

    December 16, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. Independent In NY

    It's nice to see people putting country before party, regardless of which side of the aisle they are from.

    I have been an ardent detractor in the past, but well said Mr. Gingrich!

    December 16, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. DWoods

    Crooks, greed, liars, and arrogance knows no boundaries. They are not determined by Political Party, but by deceit, false alliance, illusion, and wickedness. Need I say more?

    December 16, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. Irma in North Carolina

    How stupid can the republicans get. This shows that the republican party is turning out to be a bunch of racits. They should of learned from the general election that there hate comments got them nowwhere. This just goes to show they will try and stop every bill that Oboma wants to get through. At least we can give mccain credit for speaking up on this matter.

    December 16, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. Michelle, Missouri

    This is what the repukes are known for. This is the only way they know how to operate.

    December 16, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. geecee827

    Typical Repukelicans, just can't let it go!! You lost and will keep losing as long as you hold on to your hatemongering, scurrilous, mean, vicious political tactics. Blago is Governor of Illinois. Wouldn't you expect that he and Obama would be talking to each other and dealing with each other on some basis at some point in time during their terms in office? Guess you guys don't understand politics very much. Just grasp at anything you can to make Obama look bad. Sadly, for you, most people with an ounce of intelligence get what you are trying to do and just ignore your stupid efforts.

    December 16, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. jfs Memhis, Tn

    WOW, even Legacy Republicans think that the GOP is heading in the wrong direction. We Independents can only hope that some folks get Proactive and stop the nonsense. Maybe it is time for a THIRD PARTY comprised of Moderates and Republicans...and Democrats that do not fit with the current GOP or Dems ???? Might be a winning combination, not to mention a different direction for this Country.

    December 16, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. MD

    I've lived in Georgia for years and I can't ever remember a time I ever agreed with Newt. That is until now. Both he and McCain are right to call for the RNC to stop. We have such hugh problems in the US right now, to do anything but try to solve them is just ridiculous. They need to GROW UP...

    December 16, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  23. Jim

    Uh-oh. Look out.

    There's an old story about a fox coming upon a snake by a river's edge. The snake pleads with the fox to give him a ride to the other side of the river. The fox demurs but is eventually persuaded by the pleas and harmless demeanor of the snake and gives him a ride over. Halfway across, the snake bites the fox, mortally poisoning him. As they slip beneath the water the fox asks the snake why? The snake replies, you knew what I was when we started...

    Moral of the story: Never trust a snake or a Republican.

    December 16, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. IMO - Michigan

    It seems there are two sides to the RNC emerging. Those who take their roll of service seriously and put the people of the United States first and those who put their own ideologic agenda first.

    The RNC is struggling to survive. The only way it can is if more party members join with Gingrich and McCain and fulfill their service work and put the needs of the country first.

    Except for the extremists on both sides, the majority of the people are tired of this kind of garbage, and we have spoke.

    Change or die out.

    December 16, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. rhoward

    I'd have to agree with Mr. Gingrich and Senator McCain on this one. The campaign is over and, until someone has actual proof that the PE or his staff is involved in some shady deal with the Ill. governor, it's time for all of us to put our political differences aside and get our country back on the right track.

    December 16, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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