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. Mark

    it seems as if only the staunchest of repubs now have not taken PE Obama's call to work together seriously. I usually disagreed with Newt's politics, but in trying times like these, he knows what the real American priorities should be.

    December 16, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Agreed

    I completely agree with Gingrich...wow, never thought I'd be saying that. However, I fear this is just the beginning of the RNC's campaign of complaining. For the next four years they aspire to be nothing more than a thorn in Obama's side. Way to go guys, you're pathetic.

    You know, if our political "leaders" would put half as much effort into actually working together to fix this country as they do into tearing us apart, we might have a chance to be a happier, healthier, and wealthier nation. I'm not holding my breath.

    December 16, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Steph

    OMG! I actually agree with Newt Gingrich.

    December 16, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. hello

    RNC is run by Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Bill o'reilly.
    Country is divided because of this Trio.

    December 16, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. Erin

    It's beginning to be obvious who the "smart" republicans are, and who the "dumb" republicans are. In the weeks since the election, we've seen Gingrich, Powell, and even McCain himself say that unity is the way to go. They're smart – it's not that they're all of a sudden warm & fuzzy republicans who want to sing "Kum-by-ah", but they saw how voters voted on 11/04, and realize that this country is seriously sick of being divided.

    Then you have Rush, Palin, Hannity, etc. who think that you can continue to do the same old thing and get different results. Some things never change. I hope republicans follow the centrists and not the fringe right.. or their party will be all but gone in the next 10 years as the minority populations grow to be larger then "white" Americans.

    December 16, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. SAD SAD

    Just SAD SAD for the RNC

    December 16, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Kris D.

    Oh wow, there's a video of a Governor and a Senator from the same state smiling together.

    I'm shocked! Shocked I tell you!

    December 16, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. California Gold

    Nice reminder: country before party bickering.

    December 16, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. Jatovi, NC

    And we wonder why we can not get anything done. What does it solve by doing this? Will this help me get a job? Will it end the foreclosure problem? Does this shed new light on the stock market slide? There must be a point to this beside the same fear tactics right? Instead of trying to work together and figure a way out of the recession, the RNC is still focused on trying to drag Obama through the mud. Let it go and focus on the problems we have as a country, because there are a lot of them.

    December 16, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. Grog in Ohio

    I may have to go take a shower. I find myself in agreement with Newt Gingrich. What is the world coming to?

    35 days till the end of the Bush administration.

    December 16, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. Texas Teacher

    Oh, come on, People! Did we not learn anything during the McCain/Palin campaign? That is Republican Standard Policy!

    Gingrich has some agenda in this request! Don't forget he was lead man in the Clinton Witch Hunt! I don't trust him any more than I trust Dick Cheney and Geo. Bush. I wouldn't trust either any farther than I could throw them.... and I doubt I could even lift either one of them! Look for the ulterior motive... it's there somewhere.... :) Seriously!

    December 16, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. Cammi317

    Ummmmmm the election is over....I don't get it. Are they under some sort of dellusion believing that he is not going to be sworn in on January 20, 2009 if they keep saying negative things about Obama? I can't fathom what they think is going to come of this other than their looking childish.

    December 16, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. red

    RNC IS PATHETIC!!!!!
    THE MORE THEY ATTACK OBAMA.... THE MORE THEY LOOK DESPERATE

    LOOK WHAT BUSH HAS DONE TO THE U.S.A.

    RNC= THE PARTY OF HATE

    NVER VOTE FOR ANOTHER OE IN A 100 YEARS

    DEM 2009-20070

    December 16, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. tammy

    The repubs are just digging their pit with an iron shovel.Whosoever digs a pit will fall into it.Stop digging and start buliding. tammy of london

    December 16, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. Lillie

    Mr. Gingrich is RIGHT! For some reason, Republicans still don't get it!! That old form of politics just isn't working and if the repubs are dreaming of a new day, then, they must wake up and stop all athe hate-filled politics of yester-year!!!

    December 16, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. Rae

    I can't believe I am saying this, but I agree with Gingrich. However they still don't get it....so they'll lose even more seats in the next election. Sad.

    December 16, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. JW

    Let me add to the chorus of those who have never agreed with Gingrich on anything, but I do feel that Newt feels it's time to work with the new admin. Duncan is everything that is wrong with the repubs.

    December 16, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  18. Matt

    The RNC is so selfish and narrow-minded that they're more concerned with beginning the 2012 campaign right now than working with the incoming administration to help the country and its people.

    Political suicide. Note to the GOP: we haven't stopped keeping tabs.

    December 16, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  19. Bill in Ct.

    It's the RNC what more do you expect from this out of touch party. They truly think that the American people care about lies and smears, NEWS FLASH IDIOTS (RNC), we don't, we care about our homes being lost, our jobs being shut down, people losing their life savings, health care, 401k being stolen from them, you know, real problems that affects peoples lives, not if Obama talk to some one. So keep thinking that lies and smears work for your party, you'll never see the white house again. And another thing, as long as you party stays (white people only) and you (RNC) keep living in your racist past and you keep playing the race baiting game, we the people are going to reject your party. It's 2008 and most Americans are grown up and trying to get rid of the past racist behavior of our parents generation and the generation before them.

    December 16, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. Amir

    shame on RNC.

    December 16, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. carol

    For once McCain and Gingrich are right, they should all be coming together now and working to get this country straight instead of this incessant nonsense of trying to connect PE Obama to every little thing.
    It's time for the Republican party to grow up and move on....no matter how much they want it not to be the case....PE Obama will be the next President, so just get over it for God's sake!!!!!!!!!!

    December 16, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. Billy J

    Desperate.... totally lost

    These guys need to get it together, people have had enough. They need more values like Goldwater, Scarborough, and on this count Gingrich. And a lot less Delay (crook) Foley and Craig (restroom pedophile perv hypocrites) etc.......

    If they don't get it together soon, they are going to have to completely change the name and probably split into two or three different parties.

    December 16, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. voter

    "When Republicans believe Obama is wrong, the GOP should “offer a better solution, instead of just opposing him,”

    Yup... to feed the NeoCon base, the GOP consistently say "his ties to this" or "there's still open questions"... FINE, then tell us about these "ties" or these "question".

    GOP fear tactics, I don't know if the GOP will ever change to try to meet in the middle to FIX THE USA rather than drag this country down with their bigotry!

    December 16, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. Canuck

    Idiots. Some people are just bent on criticism and not making the world just a wee bit better, even if you may be at odds with others. People are really hurting and these jokers still dont get it

    December 16, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. Frank

    Repugnants, have no honor. How disgusting.

    December 16, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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