June 17th, 2009
09:22 AM ET
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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. Lowell

    Since when do the republicans have ANY policy ideas? All they've been doing is braying and naying and not coming up with ideas at all. That's one of the reasons they're not in power.

    June 17, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  2. phoenix86

    ABC is a joke. It is Obama's mouthpiece, nothing more.

    June 17, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  3. carlo

    Well, they have 24 hours, 7 days a week to push their agenda, or their lack thereof, on Fox, where all of their constituents go to for news, anyway.

    June 17, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  4. SK

    It's about time the GOP got off their 'keisters'.

    June 17, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  5. felicia

    Good the gopigs needsa to take a back seat, and bow down.

    June 17, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Why can't the GOP go to their beloced Fox news and delicer their un-detailed message?

    June 17, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  7. Scott

    Why does the GOP hate Americans?

    June 17, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. Lynn

    I am sure John King will willingly give him his three hours of the Republican State of the Union on Sunday and then CNN will replay selected clips all week all next week.

    June 17, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  9. decent american

    does abc have a vested interest in obama?

    what the heck is going on in this country?

    June 17, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  10. ghost

    wELL, REPUBLICANS, WELCOME TO THE PARTY. WE've been looking for solutions to thigns for awhile now. Hopefully, it will have more than the proposal put out yesterday. Telling me it's cheaper without any numbers amounts to nothing. Not telling me how it changes the game amounts ot even less. I'd also like to know if that tax break is good for anyone with insurance or only those that come outta pocket. I'd also like to know what kinda tort reform and what changes will be made for keeping tabs on these companies.

    June 17, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. Sue

    Obama and crew will shut down all opposing viewpoints as soon as they can worm their plans into the national woodwork. Too sad so many Americans are falling for it. This is no longer the Constitutional USA we have all enjoyed these centuries.

    June 17, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. liberal say what?

    If I may be so bold... wouldn't it make more sense to request an open debate with Obama on it instead?

    This route seems kind of obnoxious to me

    June 17, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. southerncousin

    If this bone head move doesn't prove how the MSM is in the tank for the libs, following the disgraceful treatement of the Letterman/Palin controversy, I don't know what will. They have yet to follow up on the ACORN fraud, the union crimes, George Soros buying profiting from the recession he helped cause, the Charlie Rangel fraud, the Pelosi lies and the lack of Obama keeping his campaing promises. We live in a government controlled media environment, just like Iran, N. Korea and all of those "axis of evil" countries.

    June 17, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  14. here we go

    Haven't the republicans been all over the networks on Sundays? I don't mind this as long as they have something to say, other than fearmongering. If they have something of substance to say, good, but if it is "be afraid, be very afraid" then they should just be quiet until they can come up with something...

    June 17, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. Scott

    What is wrong with us? we are the ONLY industrial country that does not have universal/ government ran healthcare. We are rank 37 in the world when it comes to health. Just cause the Rebulicans are throwing the word socializim around. Look the post office is government ran, police, fire department, libraies, etc. we have no problem with that though do we. The point is the Rebulicans n other folks don't want universal care boils down to greed point blank!!!

    June 17, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  16. kyle from ohio

    During the last 8 years and 6 years controlled by repub congress and house, why did you not offer ideals about health care then, the problem did not just pop up from nowhere. You guys seems to be very reactive instead of being proactive. Oh now you got plans!!!!.

    June 17, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  17. liberal say what?

    and I don't mean do it through ABC.. request a debate through Obama himself. If he says yes than you get a great opportunity and if he says no than he shows that he's being completely partisan on the issue and won't hear your ideas..

    June 17, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  18. djdjdjs

    The republican idea of health care is to buy more guns.

    June 17, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  19. John Pinter

    How do the republicans plan to pay for their plan. I have an idea.
    Lets start by requiring all members of Congress and The Federal Government pay the entire cost of their Health Plan. This is what a helleva lot of americans have to do. Why shouldn't they? They make more money and have access to more benefits than most americans.

    I will gurantee you that if this were to happen, the cost of health care would go down in this country. Make it happen. Call, write, email your members of Congress and demand the same health care at the same cost that they pay.

    June 17, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  20. Donkey Party

    The entire RepubliCON party should all be arrested and tried for treason for their continued attemts to undermine the Presidency. Their hatred and contempt for the President is glaring. These sub-humans have no regard for the interests of the country, just for their own marginalized positions of power.

    June 17, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  21. GI Joe

    Hmmmm – wonder how fair and balanced FOX will be on this.

    Maybe GOP congressional people should be forced to actually USE their suggestions for one year. (Oh, that's right, their suggestions have "tax credits" that benefit the wealthy that itemize their deductions.

    The middle and lower income people mostly DO NOT ITEMIZE.

    June 17, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  22. FL

    The campaign is over. Obama won. It is now time to get the work done and stop running his mouth on TV. The media is showing their liberal bias by worshiping at Obama's feet. We all know Obama is an eloquent speaker, but the question remains... can he actually govern? Shut up and do something Obama. I never thought I would agree with Bill Maher, but his recent assessment of Obama is very accurate.

    June 17, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  23. joe smith

    has anyone seen the past due report of the status of Freddie Mac; again, this report was due the American people by Mays' end,( 2009 ),perhaps, Cnn could ask the administration for an update, instead of beating a dead horse about some comedian who has no clue..

    June 17, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  24. Stanley Lehto Washington

    Obama is correct. Fox news is completely devoted to destroying the Democratic party, it is owned and operated by the RNC. I hear that is the only news outlet allowed in Wyoming.

    June 17, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  25. Michael

    For 6 years the republicans had the luxery of of completre control. As a result, President Bush would not even talk to democrats. Now this president is including the republicans but they are accusing him of doing exactly whqt they themselves did. "Do as we say, not as we do" or in this case, did. This is just one reason why they were voted out.

    June 17, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
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