June 17th, 2009
09:22 AM ET
5 years ago

GOP seeks to counter ABC programming

The Republican National Committee is urging GOP members of Congress to take to the local airwaves next week.
The Republican National Committee is urging GOP members of Congress to take to the local airwaves next week.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Republican National Committee is urging GOP members of Congress to take to the local airwaves next week to discuss their approach to healthcare reform in an effort to counter an ABC News primetime special featuring President Obama speaking on the issue.

The RNC is informing GOP congressional offices this morning that it will pay for and help schedule the interviews with local television reporters in their states and districts.

The RNC tells the Republican lawmakers it is taking this step because they said their request to be included in the special “was denied.”

“This means that President Obama and the Democrats will have an entire day to push their government-run health care agenda without hearing Republicans’ policy ideas and principles on health care reform,” the RNC writes in the memo that was obtained by CNN.

Read the full memo after the jump

MEMORANDUM
TO: House and Senate Republican Chiefs of Staff, Communication Directors, Press Secretaries and Schedulers

FROM: RNC Communications

DATE: June 17, 2009

RE: June 24th Republicans’ Opportunity to Respond to President Obama on ABC News

On Wednesday, June 24th, the ABC News network will devote an entire day of programming to President Barack Obama’s health care agenda. According to an ABC News report, in addition to a primetime health care reform “town hall” at the White House, Good Morning America, World News, Nightline and ABC’s web news “will all feature special programming on the president’s health care agenda.”

The Republican National Committee asked ABC News to include Republicans in their health care reform programming on June 24th but our request was denied. This means that President Obama and the Democrats will have an entire day to push their government-run health care agenda without hearing Republicans’ policy ideas and principles on health care reform.

Next Wednesday, the RNC will make our television studio available, for the entire day, for House and Senate Republicans to conduct satellite interviews with local network affiliates in their home states or congressional districts, including the 211 ABC affiliates nationwide. The RNC will absorb the cost of the satellite time and offer assistance in setting up the satellite interviews with the local affiliates. Republican Members of Congress can use this opportunity to discuss his or her views on health care reform as well as to respond to President Obama’s health care plan.

The RNC TV studio will be available the entire day of June 24th. Please RSVP at your earliest convenience as space is limited.


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soundoff (160 Responses)
  1. gl, From Pittsburgh

    The RNC TV studio will be available the entire day of June 24th. Please RSVP at your earliest convenience as space is limited.

    GOOD LUCK! YOU CAN NOT COMPLETE WITH A POPULAR PRESIDENT.

    June 17, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. WhoCares?

    American Citizens :

    Understand what these Republicans are doing. They do not want you to have the same healthcare that THEY AND THEIR FAMILIES HAVE. You in their eyes are not worth the extra money needed to make it happen.

    They did not get the message last election....make sure they get this next one.

    June 17, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Allan

    LOL. How desperately they lie. I'm no fan of ABC, but to suggest that they won't ask any tough questions of the President, or allow any Republicans to participate in the town halls, is absolutely are-these-people-on-drugs insane.

    June 17, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. Edward Veidt

    We heard all about the GOP's "ideas" during the election season.

    And we strongly rejected them, as proven by the GOP's massive losses in November.

    June 17, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. enough

    I can not understand for the life of me why republicans don't want Americans to have tax funded health care. Last I checked every single one of them have a tax funded health care plan and they don't seem to complain about it.

    June 17, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. Ben

    Poor RNC. The request was more than likely denied because the RNC is completely irrelevant to most people today. Who cares what they have to say? I don't!

    June 17, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. Samuel B.

    The Republicans' policy ideas and principles about health care amount to nothing more than "get private insurance or do without." There's nothing novel about that, and ABC was right to turn them down.

    If the GOP wants to present their nonplan to the American people then they can always get their supporters at Fox News to put together some propaganda piece for them, but since Fox News viewers are already likely to agree with Republican policies this won't do them any good.

    June 17, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. Joe Smoe

    on obama and fox why are you asking for comments then say it is closed

    June 17, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Larry - Hazleton, pa

    Lets try a noval approach to the health care problem – "make sure that all americans have what there elected officials get that we pay for" I have not heard any member of the senate or the congress suggest this approach. Lets also start asking at every opportunity just how much we taxpayers pay for there healthcare.

    June 17, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. FRANK, Las Vegas

    Of course. It should be a pretty short program, we already know what you're going say, "NO". Idiots!

    June 17, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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