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. Bill, Bloominton IL

    Big deal. Nobody watches ABC anyway.

    June 17, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. RealityKing

    $1.6 trillion for Obama-care. And yet he still has the gall to say the words Pay-Go. Only morons still believe Obama's elegant words at this point..

    June 17, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. David

    ABC will decline this invitation. The RNC has FAUX News promoting their 'agenda' 24 hours a day. Why are they wasting time trying to create another media event, when they should he working on viable policies that meet the needs of the American people. Instead, they are stuck trying to defend their rejected concepts that only benefit corporations.

    June 17, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. VOR1972

    OK, so if I understand the Republican plan, it is essentially based on "tax credits" for health coverage for low income earners? But isn't it the Republicans who are always rallying against low income earners who pay "too little" or no taxes at all? So, if you have a household earning $30-40K who already is paying little or no tax, will they be eligible? Is there a possibility that these credits will eliminate their tax burden all together theoretically? Won't this just lead to more animosity from those on the far right who already feel it is an injustice for low income earners to not carry their "equal share" of taxes? Or will it just be a case that these lower income families just won't be eligible for this plan, or even worse, that they will be eligible and in essence will be receiving free (in other words, gulp, socialized) health care anyway because they do not have a tax burden to be credited against?

    June 17, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. pat c

    just a suggestion to the GOP....boys before you go on the air please have your facts together, so far you can't put a price on anything you've come up with and oh yea don't waste air time by just saying NO!!

    June 17, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. Ken, Vail, AZ

    This sound like the GOP (Government Opposition Party) has already decided to oppose the president's plan all together. They should make their policy positions known in the appropriate congressional committees.

    June 17, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. Rob Kole

    Hurm do it my way or the highway... seems we had this kind of leadership before. ...recently in fact,.

    June 17, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. Gary

    Let the GOP pay for their own programming!

    June 17, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. Monrob

    You had 8 years of Idiot Bush and Democrats could not be heard.

    Sorry, your turn to be silenced.

    June 17, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. victor

    Was it not a republican majority that rewrote the rules several years ago?

    June 17, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. tedious898

    ....and who again does the GOP represent other than the Clitus, Fred Barnes of the country?

    It amazes me these guys are still out there fighting against the president in this really tough times with no ideas, even less public support but primarily with "racist fly by emails".

    When you look at one of those idiot GOPers (ranting about ...on no we're dead, here comes big government) on TV you're upset our educational system doesn't do a better job for all the tax money we pay. We have ten year olds able to bring forth a coherent idea these days as opposed to the constant blather from the GOP

    June 17, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Wastedyrs

    ABC no longer has news coverage. They are a left-wing propaganda media outlet. You won't get any breaking news stories here. Unless you count what Bill Maher thinks of a situation. In that case, ABC may break the story.

    June 17, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. Bill from GA

    Seems like the Repubs had 6 to 8 years to air their plan.

    June 17, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. katiec

    Principles?? The republicans do not know the meaning of the word.
    Their inciting hate, anger, distortions, fear and division of our country have put them into the position of becoming our countries most dangerous domestic terrorists.

    June 17, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. Doug, New Jersey

    What media bias?

    I'm sure that if Rush Limbaugh or Dennis Miller said what Letterman said about Malia, every Democrat in America would be attacking Michelle Obama and excusing Rush, right?

    Please see Democrats for who they really are. Examine the facts of their hypocrasy, lies, double standards and hate. See that NOW, NAACP, and GLADD are only about liberals since they never once will stick up for anyone who is a woman, minority, or gay if they are not a liberal. If you can look your children in the eyes knowing you support the evil that is the Democratic party then I can understand why you skip church every Sunday.

    June 17, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    Good golly miss molly, is the RNC and the GOP that scared and desperate,I'll be watching ABC for sure. All this did was give ABC news network good advertisement.

    June 17, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    Can someone please explain to me how a tax credit helps someone without a job get health insurance. These people are so out of touch you would think they lived on Mars. THe argument that everything is fine and we can get away with incremental change will not work this time.

    June 17, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  18. Brad, California

    And the Republicans really have any ideas to push?

    June 17, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. David

    Republicans can't agree on a plan between themselves, let along try and create a 'draft' of a plan for the American people.

    So now there are three(3) different 'groups' within the republican party with special 'club' names, that have their own 'plan' for healthcare that conflict with each other. Healthcare is too complex of a project for republicans to handle who see education and intelligence as bad thing.

    This is very much like the 3 page Budget the republicans created on their own and submitted to the President. Such Incompetence.

    June 17, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  20. David

    The main point of this article is that obama is having to go on primetime news to "sell" his plan (translation: manipulate the ingorant liberals to get googly eyed and not really listen to anything he's saying). The guy will be campaigning his entire life because he doesnt know how to do anything else...

    June 17, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  21. Zack

    This should be interesting: same old tired ideas as before. Please, let the RNC flood the airwaves with this same tired old diatribe. It will only remind people why they don't vote in November to put them in power. They have no new ideas.

    June 17, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  22. Big G

    ABC reporting (one-sided news) directly from the white house and Obama has to utter gall to dispute Fox News' coverage of him and his administration? What nads. CNBC and MSNBC are so totally in the tank for Obama and he cannot stand a media outlet that tells the truth!! Thank goodness we do have Fox News and their ratings double all of the others. Someone has to get the word out to the American people because if they didn't, all we would have is lies, lies, lies. This administration is running this country into the ground!

    June 17, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. Sam I Am

    The Republicans don't need to pay for any special TV time. They have Fox News. I'm sure the 18 people that still watch Beck, Hannity and O'Reill will be impressed.

    June 17, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. JFK

    Well the GOP had plenty of time to come up with their own ideas for years. Where were they? Oh ya, thats right, they didnt think their was a healthcare problem!!!

    June 17, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. Texas Teacher

    Whoa.... come on, Repubs, how quickly you forget YOUR bipartisanship efforts during the last 8 years! NOW you have the gall to cry, "unfair?" Why is this not surprising? So far I have heard little but empty rhetorical criticisim in their plan for Medical reform. ALL they want to do is protect the entire Medical community... and then call it a plan that helps all of us. Pfffft.... phew... something stinks about the GOP plan! And I think it is obvious.. they simply want the status quo.... I surely hope that all those many thousands of people who have just lost their jobs are listening to this concern for their medical insurance which is now nonexist!

    Stay alert, We, the People! We have a scam in the progress... and it is being fostered by this new bipartisan cry! You lost, Repubs.... We, the People, have won... now let our administration remember this as well!

    June 17, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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