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. Sonya, Nashville, TN

    Way to go, Newt! Never thought I'd say that!

    December 16, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Linda

    I agree with Newt.
    Our problems are too serious.
    We need all hands on deck.

    December 16, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. Nando

    They are the Party of Trailer Trash and Uneducated white people . Not much after that .

    December 16, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. change in America

    That is so true what Gingrich said the RNC need to work with Obama the voters is not going to forget how they trying to destroy Obama. Let Obama do his job...........Thats why the republican is going to lose more seats

    December 16, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. Noemi in Los Angeles

    The RNC has serious issues, no, really....

    December 16, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. ToPeters

    Do they know it's Christmas time and the elections are over?

    December 16, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Sharell L. Grant

    If only the rest of the RNC were more like Gingrich. This, ladies and gentlemen is the reason why most conservatives are "in exile" as SeanHannity calls it and most definitely why they are in the position that they are at this current time. Trying so desperately to make the other guy look bad while simultaneously ignoring your own problems is a strategy that has not worked. Wake up RNC...negativity has it's place...and this is not it. Obama has been elected president. Accept it...and lets ALL move forward and make this country better together. Either get on the bandwagon of UNITED, or with all due respect: sit down and shut up.

    December 16, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. Independent voter

    Wow, no wonder it snowed in New Orleans. I actually agree with Newt Gingrich.

    December 16, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. Democrat for Gingrich

    whoa,

    I am impressed by Gingrinch. Pigs must be flying...

    December 16, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Jo-Ann in New York

    I agree...Stop the witch hunt....Obam won fair & square...Help us get this country back on track GOP!!!

    December 16, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. May

    Why is the RNC doing this? This type of politics doesn't get the country anywhere at all. After such a loss in the major election, you'd think they'd be figuring out a new way to win people over, but they're still doing what they've been doing.

    please post cnn. :)

    December 16, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. IndiePA

    The RNC is still flailing! They could spend the next 4-8 years looking for a credible candidate within the Republican Party. But no, they'd rather create more havoc. These are the same people whom we have to thank (lol) for the Bush administration. Need I say more?

    December 16, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. cmatter

    who are these people???

    do they even get it?

    sad sad

    December 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. Jon

    What is wrong with the RNC? The election is over, this country faces unprecedented problems, and all they can do is attack the president-elect? To what end? I just don't see how this can benefit anyone, Democrat, Republican, or otherwise.

    December 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Perusing-Through

    NEWT, YOU ARE SO RIGHT!

    I am baffled by the stupid childish games the RNC is playing. Was the RNC on the planet Mars while the rest of us the nation observed Independents and Moderates switched to the Obama-Biden ticket, partially due to this type of dumb stuff?

    December 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. Republican guy

    I don't agree with Obama politically but Newt and McCain are 100% correct. Now the RNC is begining to look desperate and grasping for straws.

    December 16, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. D

    Old habits die hard...I guess the RNC is preparing for 2012 already...George Washington had it right in his farewell address, that the two party system was going to create problems down the line....when power becomes more important than the good of the country...sounds like the republican party doesn't it!

    Just over a month.....and then the fun begins!! O H I O for Obama

    December 16, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Newt saw those rising opinion polls for Obama and is correctly pointing out that the middle (moderates) aren't interested. AND, are likely to be turned off.

    December 16, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. ARob

    I never thought I'd say this, but...

    Gingrich has a point!

    I recommend that the RNC take the hint...unless they want to be the least popular social/political organization in America (right behind the KKK).

    December 16, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. B.Thompson

    just when you thought the repubs. couldn't get any worse they pull this crap. This is the stuff that is going to forever tarnish the reputation of repubs. Not only do you criticize everything dems. do, but you never offer anything else. I was raised as a republican but the repubs. of today are nothing like the repubs. in the past. By the way Mr. Duncan if you ever want the repubs. to once again return to the Whitehouse you better make sure you work to pull ALL of us together as a nation, not these childish games of guilty because he knew the guy crap. If you haven't noticed it didn't work in '06 and '08 and it's never going to work again, the REAL AMERICANS have spoken and WE decided that WE will choose to come together for OUR COUNTRY, NOT OUR PARTY.

    December 16, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. Mya

    Yeah, the GOP looks desperate, but they've been grasping at straws for sometime now!!!!!

    December 16, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. JL

    Right...................GOP "help" a Black Man............never. Did you NOT notice the crowd on election night to see McSAME? All were white so why would the GOP "help" President-elect Obama? and Does anyone really think President-elect Obama would ever want their "help"? NOT.

    December 16, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. Willy Brown

    Drop it Repubs. It's what democRATS do best; lie, cheat and steal elections and they get the media to cover it up for them.

    December 16, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. B.Thompson

    MR.DUNCAN,

    TO ATTACK THE INCOMING PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS UN-PATRIOTIC.

    December 16, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. R Scott

    here we go again the sore sport losers all they care about is themselves, but claimed to be for the country. I think the GOP needs to grow up and quit being a baby.. I can see they are bent on self destruction and so being are intent on bringing the country down with them.

    December 16, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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