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.


Filed under: President Obama • RNC
soundoff (160 Responses)
  1. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Republicans don't have any ideas of their own on health care reform. Who are they trying to kid? They just want to trash the presidents plan because that's what they do best.

    June 17, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. Bill/CA

    He's spot-on with that assessment. It's funny how during the Bush administration, Fox News was quick to imply that any critics of the administration were unpatriotic, but now that they are on attacking the President 24/7, you don't hear those complaints anymore. Even outside of their political coverage, the rest of their reporting just seems very trashy and of tabloid quality.

    June 17, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. Melissa

    Not surprising. They want more biased news to make Obama look and them look good. I'm so tired of it.

    June 17, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. kathy Garrett

    OK, so the plan the GOP has is 'tax credits' to the poor. Tax credits would indicate a tax due that then is credited.
    How does that work when you LOST your insurance due to getting laid off, and do not have income tax due as you do not have income?
    What a brilliant proposal by the GOP, the truly Got No Plan party.

    June 17, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. Drew Heitner

    What GOP Policies and ideas?
    Never has a party been so devoid of such things.
    They are the party of "No".
    They spew nothing but fear and hate.
    They are all that remains to be fixed in our society.
    Why does the media continue to give a platform to the veiled hate-speech of these unAmerican Idiots?

    June 17, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. Kahuna

    Didn't the GOP have 12 years control of congress and 8 years control of the WH? Where were their proposals during that time? Nada. Couldn't be bothered. Now, the party of NO must be heard?

    I don't think so.

    June 17, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. Jmurillo

    Government run health care, why not call it what it is, Socialized medicine? What's next Government run grocery stores? Government run schools? We already have Government run automobile manufacturing? This isn't an administration, it's a regime!

    June 17, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. jayeandvic

    Wake up people, the GOP dosen't want healthcare for everybody....period. They don't like the poor, the hungry, or the needy.

    June 17, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Lue Blackwell

    Why are the "repugs" all of a sudden so concerned about healthcare? They have rejected everything Pres. Obama has tried to do-they need to go somewhere and "fly a kite"- mccain, cantor, pence really are insane- they ARE NOT the president-how do they think they can go over Pres. Obama head-and do what they want to do-they are really CRAZY! The thought that "morning joe"- think that he could be a contender for the GOP-is laughable to say the least- he is an arrogant fool!

    June 17, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. iupg

    "The Republican National Committee asked ABC News to include Republicans in their health care reform programming on June 24th but our request was denied".

    Translated: ABC news is obviously getting tired of the constant "Wah, Wah, Wah, No, No, No" whining of the republicans and would like to actually focus on progressive ideas.

    June 17, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. MikeWall

    Have they forgotten that ABC did a story on the Health Care plans of the President of the United States and did not feel obligated to include the views of an out-of-power, out-of-touch fringe group that has been thoroughly repudiated by the citizens of this country? Why not include a spokesperson for the Whig party and every other irrelevant group that screams about being ignore? It would make just about as much sense and be just about as meaningful. The Republican party has become the laughingstock of the world!

    June 17, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. bradvado in boston

    let we not foget how congress was run over the past six years when the GOP held the majority, I will remind a few of you that bills were drafted, plans were crafted, and deeds were hatched behind closed doors (without Democrats allowed in) and in some cases, late night as whispers floated in the halls of Congress.

    Now why would the Democrats want to exclude such "game players" who obviously have the common good of their constituants in mind – NOT!

    Exclude them and pass the bill. Then when we have Universal Health Coverage and in ten years it is working well like it (almost is) is in Massachusetts, the GOP can remember how they "proposed their own ideas."

    tsk tsk. What a mess this fissure of ideas has become. I blame The Actor from California in the 80's for driving the chisel deeper and deeper.

    We need another IKE!

    June 17, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. Free Thinker

    ABC = All Bylines Communist

    June 17, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  14. THE MEDIA IS THE MASTER

    LET THEM FIGHT IT!!

    The MORE they put themselves on NATIONAL television, the MORE we citizens SEE just how HYPOCRITICAL they REALLY ARE.

    Okay, you say you have a plan? LET'S SEE THE NUMBERS.

    TODAY, ALL they have to say, is that they have a 'better plan' but OFFER NOTHING to PROOVE IT. Just MORE HOT AIR.

    NO MORE DOUBLE TALK.

    WE WANT NUMBERS

    June 17, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. john

    Why in god's name would ABC, when doing a special on Obama include the GOP? Are they just plain stupid or what. Thats not the subject which is the president. Man they sure can add a warped slant into everything!

    June 17, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. Ron

    I don't ever recall a time when former President Bush allowed the DNC to speak to issues while he was at the White House speaking to the press. RNC, you assume, far too much.
    Perhaps the RNC should consider why they are no longer in power and why the American people do not trust them.

    June 17, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. UNHAPPY LA. Dem

    Health care reform sucks.

    June 17, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. deborah, WV

    Wow! They came up with A POLICY. Now that IS news!!!!!

    June 17, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. Big Ed

    Instead of the RNC taking an offensive position against President Obama, what I think would really impress the voting public, is for the Republican lawmakers to initiate a positive dialog with President Obama to work on a common solution. Continuting to take a combative position against any positon by the Democrats results ijn one thing – we as a nation, lose.

    June 17, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. Tim

    ABC is a disgrace.

    June 17, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  21. Patty

    President OBAMA will not host a "Debate" with the party of no on June 24, 2009. This will be a time to tell all who are interested in Health Care Reform exactly what the program is about.

    The RNC should hold tell all who are interested in their ideas when ever they chose. It would be a good idea to hold their program on
    Health Care Reform
    BEFORE the Presidents air time so it will not look as if the GOP does not any new ideas of it's own and is only waiting to react.

    June 17, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. Mick

    The GOP has Fixed News to air their platform 24x7x365. Why do they need another network to bail them out? Besides, the GOP plan is the same plan they always roll out for every issue, tax cuts for the wealthy and deregulation. After hearing the same nonsense for 30 years, we get your plan GOP. There's no need to restate it, yet again.

    June 17, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. Lisa in FL

    "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..."

    Oh please GOPers. All America has to do is tune into Fox News (aka the Obama Bashing Channel) 24/7 to get the "Republicans' policy ideas and principles".

    Wah, wah, wah. How 'bout a little cheese with that wine?

    June 17, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  24. Gary

    ABC loves Obama – – they need to be challenging his ideas not running free commercials for him under the guise of "news." What happen to our independent journalism? This is why the news agencies like ABC get a reputation as being biased and unethical. All news agencies need to challenge both sides of the isle, especially issues as important as healthcare. This is sad.

    June 17, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. E

    Yes it was denied. Did they EVER let the Democrats have a part in the Republican programs? Nope. And if Dems had tried this counter thingy on another network the Republicans would have freaked out entirely and found a way to keep them off the air.

    June 17, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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