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. ch

    But Newt thought it was OK to impeach Bill Clinton for consensual sex with an adult against the will of 75% of the American people? While he was in the process of committing adultery himself!

    Newt is nothing but a right wing wind bag who was forced to resign after democrats gained seats in the off year election of 1998 despite the fact that Newt tried to win GOP seats by exploiting the Lewinsky “scandal”.

    Go away Newt – please. And take Sarah Palin with you!

    December 16, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Margi

    I'm baffled. The Senator of IL and the Govenor of IL in a picture together, or shaking hands, or any other state business does not raise red flags.

    The RNC would find fault if the Senator of IL had never had any contact with the Govenor. The RNC and Hannity are pathetic.

    December 16, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This is something that we need to be hearing given the problems that are going on. I haven't heard any solutions out of the Republicans for the Big 3, or the credit problems or housing. It needs to change. I guess that I am glad that Obama is going to be president come January 20th. It will be end of error and onto more responsible politics I hope.

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

    The National Media will not do it's job. Someone must.

    If the media dogs had stayed on scent on so many of the questions brought up about Obama and his relationships no one else would have to be doing this.

    If it is business as usual in Chicago we should know it. The governor goes to jail and the Obama camp rolls on.

    It goes to the heart of so many things that the media should be investigating and reporting. If they wanted to be in the Public Relations business they should change careers.

    We are now going to have to bail a bunch of investors out through something called the SIPC (50 Billion) because while they were being fleeced, the media was busy being naysayers about George W Bush and not doing their jobs.

    Have someone tell the media to go back to work and the RNC can go back to politics.

    December 16, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Patricia Marshall

    Good on You, Newt! Well said! And Thank You to JMC.

    December 16, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. LYNETTE IN CA

    I have never agreed w/Newt until now. Not to mention, we're all suffering from campaign ad fatigue and, at this time, it's a total waste of money when no one has any money to waste.

    December 16, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Woman for Barack

    Wow, I guess the RNC can't comprehend these tatics are what cost them the election!!!

    December 16, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Garfield

    The RNC simply does not have the ability to learn from past experiences and is only concerned with getting power and control of Washington.

    They simply do not care about the citizens of the USA and are not interested in working with Obama to deal with the economy and other major issues.

    What a bunch of jerks.

    December 16, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. Ann, from Eastern Ohio

    I must agree with Mr. Gingrich and Sen. McCain. What do these people not understand? Have they not learned anything from this past election? People are tired of the same old same old. What the Republican party needs to do is concentrate on how to make this country whole again. The election is over. Get past it! I agree with both of these gentlemen 100%! There are more important issues at hand, for example, healthcare, job loss, ECONOMY, a war, etc. Give PE Obama a chance and a helping hand for a change. Put OUR COUNTRY FIRST, NOT the Republican Party!!!! MOVE ON PEOPLE!!!!

    December 16, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. Lisa

    This is the reason the Republicans lost the election.

    December 16, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. Chuck

    That is why they lost the election, will continue to loose elections, and will never gain any respect except from the religious right, which is the most hateful group of internal terrorist this country has ever been exposed too.

    December 16, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. Lisa V

    Finally, Republicans are starting to get fed up with the far right. Long over due! Keep it up Gingrich and Powell. Quote from Powell: "I think the party has to stop shouting at the world and at the country. . . Can we continue to listen to Rush Limbaugh? . . . Is this really the kind of party that we want to be when these kinds of spokespersons seem to appeal to our lesser instincts rather than our better instincts?" And, keep it up McCain: Sen. John McCain said Sunday, 12/13/08, he would not necessarily support his former running mate if she chose to run for president. And, McCain rejected complaints from the Republican National Committee that Obama has not been transparent about his contacts with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Now maybe things will get done in Washington with help from both Republicans and Democrats.

    December 16, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. Beverly

    Gingrich, hop on over to the Democratic Party side. GOP doesn't deserve you, you're so much better than the rest of them.
    Limbaugh, please take note – negativity will get you absolutely nowhere. Get away from the mic and never return.

    December 16, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Fitz

    I wonder what Newt has up his sleeves.

    December 16, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. cjr

    It is over for the republican party – the last election showed them to be racists and facists. and the group of 7 or 11 southern republican senators who screwed up the bailout – are exactly what is wrong with the party. Mean, and vindictive – If you can's support a democratic candidate – then don't vote!

    December 16, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. Rachelraye49 - MD

    You are so right Newt. Nobody wants to hear what they have to say anymore. They just don't get it. We don't like this kind of politics and plus the election has been over for a month now. I agree with Connie from Indiana keep it up in 2010 and you will lose more seats.

    December 16, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Ya_Ya

    Are they trying to COMPLETELY destroy the Republican Party with hopes of rebuilding from the ground up??? That's the only scenario that makes sense. What part of being soundly rejected do they not understand. The repub party was just reject by the country, it was rejected by much of the repub party.

    December 16, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz

    OH LET THE SCUMBAGS RUN IT.

    THEIR #S GO DOWN WITH EVERY ONE OF THEIR

    SLEAZY TACTICS. EVENTUALLY ONLY THE MENTALLY

    CHALLENGED & DEVIANT WILL SUPPORT THE RNC.

    December 16, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. Lori

    The RNC is so out of touch with people that it is so sad. Get over it! Obama won! Democracy won! Help Obama get America back on track from the mess of the last 8 years or the Republican party will be extinct in the future (if they aren't already). Smearing did not work this last election and it will not work now. Come up with some REAL ideas RNC and not smears and maybe you can exit with some dignity.

    December 16, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. IRISH

    Who cares? The RNC is probably not too happy with Gingrich either, but then who is!!

    December 16, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. dave

    Anyone who does not support the President of the United States is unpatriotic and hates America. Sound familiar?

    December 16, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  22. pp/hawaii

    It is good to see three Republican leaders, Gingrich and McCain on the RNC/ Blagojevich smear attempt and President Bush's positive reactions to the upcoming Obama inauguration, exhibit some sign that they are not as oblivious to the terrible damage they have done to this country over the last eight years as we thought.

    December 16, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  23. tee

    They need to stop being cult followers of Sean Hannity and come together to put this country on the right track(Sean isn't suffering)
    His show last night was pathetic, once again trying to link Obama to something illegal. Carl Rove had the nerve to say Obama should go against the wishes of the attorney general and speak about the case now, like Obama should take advise from a criminal. And who is ann Coulter? no, what is Ann Coulter?
    They will have to clean the egg off their faces as usual.

    December 16, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. John. Austin, TX

    Ay Ay Ay!! Republicans!! Wow!!
    You all really are a hoot!!

    December 16, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. Drone

    Ahhhh yes!! Keep digging that hole...The more you dig, the harder it is to get out... See you guys are already working hard for 2012...

    December 16, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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