June 18th, 2009
12:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Republicans raising cash to counter-program ABC Obama special

Steele is raising money to counter-program ABC.
Steele is raising money to counter-program ABC.

(CNN) - National Republicans - miffed over ABC News' decision to broadcast a primetime special next featuring President Obama making the case for his healthcare proposal - are looking to raise $100,000 to hit the airwaves with their own health care reform proposal.

"ABC News will be promoting Obamacare at virtually every opportunity, from 'Good Morning America' to 'Nightline,' and reach from ABC News' Web sites all the way to the White House's East Room," Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele writes in an e-mail titled "URGENT" to supporters Thursday.

"Please help us raise the nearly $100,000 we need to buy air time to get the truth about the disastrous consequences of the Obama Democrats' government-run health care plans out to the American people," he adds.

The letter comes a day after the RNC sent a memo to GOP members of Congress urging them to take to the local airwaves next week to discuss the party's approach to health care reform.

The RNC told congressional offices Wednesday that it will pay for and help schedule the interviews with local television reporters in their states and districts.


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  1. Wolves 4 Palin Charlotte, NC

    "their own health care proposal"..... all four pages of it and like their "budget" there are NO NUMBERS! NO DOLLAR AMOUNTS!!!!

    June 18, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. Aspen Professor

    And the Repubs did so well with their own Health Care Program recommendations of the past 8-years? Did anyone catch their insistance on bi-part as they launched their health care bills?

    What? You don't remember their health care bill recommendations? Isn't that odd? And everyone from the left and right acknowledged that we were in the midst of a health care crisis!

    Now, the Repubs are pulling out all guns, raising $$$, and will fight to keep everything in health care as it is. The "as is" is a total costly disaster!

    June 18, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    GOPersteins says, "meeeeeeh, most of Amurika disagrees with me...must be media bias for reporting facts that show we're wrong...we're being persecuted...."

    Yawn.

    June 18, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. Britannia

    Mr. Bush and his government had 8 years during which to come up with a viable health care plan. Why didn't they? A day late and a dollar short – once again.

    June 18, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. I can see Canada from my house!

    @ Paul from Phoenix:

    Actually, we did have a policy in place that required equal time to opposing viewpoints.

    It was called the Fairness Doctrine, and Ronald Reagan canned it, claiming it restrained freedom of speech. His decision spawned the creation of people like Limbaugh and others, so don't be too upset. The president will have his address, and millions of dittoheads and other people who need their instructions can pray to AM radio for endless hours while the rest of us work to bring this country back from the ditch the Wacko Right put us in.

    June 18, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. Willy Brown

    I sent my check Gov. Steele

    June 18, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. Elliott

    "are looking to raise $100,000 to hit the airwaves with their own health care reform proposal."

    Right. Is that the same one with NO dollar amounts in it?

    June 18, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. Lynn

    ABC=Obama Country: And then there is Fox News.

    CNN: Where are the comments from John Kerry who "slammed" John McCain's comments about Iran and President Obama? He also ran for President!!

    So funny that Fox News and the Republicans have scared you into not reporting the positive or the comments of lawmakers and EVERY SINGLE EXPERT on the Middle East that you have had onagrees with the President's approach!! What a sorry blog and excuse of a media source you have become!

    June 18, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. Lisa B

    If people feel that our country is headed towards socialism, we are already there and been there for years. The country has always been government ran. Who do you think make regulations? Who takes money from our hard earned pay every 2 weeks? We have Medicare and Medicaid etc...... So don't think because Obama is in office, we somehow is now headed towards socialism. The automakers, big banks and so on came to capital hill asking for money. They bother the President he didn't bother them.....Let's be logical in the way we think...instead of ranting.

    June 18, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. Boob McNutt

    Here's my two cents: get a real job, Uncle Tom. Give that $100,000 to the poor and sick. The election is over – no equal-time OR soup for you.

    June 18, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. Ivan

    Was the country asleep, drugged, brainwashed, stupid or just plain brain dead during the bush/cheney horror of the past 8 years?
    Well, it's certain the fanatic repugs were all of the above, because they were repeatedly raped by the then government of criminals and traitors. And kept a respectful silence through it all.
    That proves how dangerously deluded and trecherous they really are.
    No plan, no effort at building, no manners and absolutely childish in their sad, shrill protests on Mr. Obama's attempts to put America back on a sane, workable footing. That's ALL they do. Anyone notice this?
    Fox, with it's stable of egotistical, hate-filled maniacs is not worth anything but the 'off' button on my remote.

    June 18, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. Reformed Republican

    To all you uni-brows that think FOX is a legit "news" organization just remember this.
    When Bushy was POTUS FOX was the 1 in 5 networks that openly promoted him and his right-wing policies no mater how criminal or ineffective they were. Turns out that 4 out of the 5 were right in their reporting and commentary about Bush and his lame GOP policies.
    Now that Obama is POTUS FOX is the 1 in 5 networks that are dissing him just for the heck of it and the other 4 are just reporting and commenting on his progress – or the GOP obstructionist efforts to them.
    Can't argue that if 4 out of 5 dentists are correct about a certain band of chewing gum you can't reasonably argue that 4 out of 5 networks are wrong either...

    June 18, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. Andy J, NY, NY

    yes, because refusing to air opposite view points is clearly balanced NEWS coverage.

    ABC is nothing short of a propaganda machine for this.

    If FOX had aired from the Bush White House and refused to air an opposite view point, what do you think the charges against FOX would be? duh.

    June 18, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. Doug, New Jersey

    If the Democrats knew what they were doing was going to make the nation better and that they were being honest about their true intentions, then they would welcome the opposition rather than attack and censor them.

    FNC on the air for over a decade and yet libs cannot tell you one lie or distortion the network has ever made. Mean while there are tons of examples of lib lies, cBS and their fake documents and the countless Ny Times retractions of their lib lies and hate.

    When responding to lib think about the fact that they are emotionally charged up on hate, division, dishonesty, a sheep mentality and a desire to inflict harm on all Americans who don't march to the socialist dictator. They are the worst this nation has ever seen, that's saying something.

    June 18, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. r

    The problem with the Republicans' approach to healthcare is that it is non-existent. They speak in generalities such as "we think everyone should have access to healthcare". Everyone currently has access to healthcare; it's just too gd expensive for most people. The federal gov't should provide healthcare to every citizen. Companies would no longer have to provide healthcare to entice people which would result in lower operating costs and a better economy.
    To FLP: You need to look at more than 2 cables channels for your news.

    June 18, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. Willy

    I do not see the harm in presenting an opposing point of view to President Obama's infomercial. During his campaign, the President promised a more transparent administation. He also encouraged bipartisan participation. He frequently exploited the media attention to address his points of view on various topics. If he is willing to negotiate with known terrorists without preconditions, why is he balking at including the views of a significant portion of his own electorate in regard to the health care debate. A debate requires contrasting viewpoints otherwise it is called a monologue. If President Obama truly wants the issue debated, he has the power to make it happen. If not, he is simply dictating.

    June 18, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. FactCheck

    Last I checked, Obama's plan has no numbers either (not solid ones). Guess you missed that little detail. Anyone who thinks 1.6 trillion over 10 years is gonna get it done is fooling themselves.
    ----

    Yeah, I guess we should ignore the praises lauded upon the plan by noted economists (including Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman) and listen to dolts like you who probably couldn't count change at a gas station.

    June 18, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. That Toy Chick

    Maybe I'm not in the majority here, but I'm all for Obama taking the steps he is. I have been sick or injured several times in the last few years, and watched the ones I love see much the same, all without any real help or hope.

    Going to the doctor is committing to getting a medication or treatment instead of paying the electricity bill, IF that money is even available. We make "too much" for medicare, yet we're struggling every month just to make the rent and living on cheap, unhealthy processed foods. We live honestly, we recycle, we both work two jobs and have a modest apartment – but we still can't go to the doctor because we have no health care.

    Say what you will about our President, but I haven't regretted casting a vote for him a single day since inauguration. At least he's making SOME KIND of effort to allow me to have antibiotics when I'm sick without bankrupting myself.

    June 18, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. Pluto

    Everybody knows FOX is way way right and MSNBC way way left; it's how they get a guaranteed audience. I doubt the owners care one way or another.

    June 18, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. So What

    Ok so FOX is conservative, so CNN is liberal, so ABC is whatever. Stop this junk about the parties. Truth is both have flaws and both have good ideas. This is like a bunch of third graders turning up their noses at one another because it is not their idea. Try to work together, instead of fighting it out all the time for the sake of winning. Im a republican in the healthcare field but I like some of Obamas policy. On the other hand some of it is heading us into alot of trouble especially on the healthcare side of things. Healthcare for all is needed but can not cause a compromise in the quality of care that we recieve. That is how things work, the more you spread things out the more the quality declines. The only way to stop this healthcare demise without changing quality is to work together and expect the american public to WORK as well. We like to forget NOTHING IS FREE!!!

    June 18, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. Claudia

    The greatest country in the world? ha,ha.....and I thought this country also had the smartest humans beings on earth.....your American President and all you who voted for him are turning this country into Mexico!.......LOL!!!

    June 18, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. independent

    nobamacrats are all lemmings, follow and do everything their obama-god tells them to do. repubs are all sheep. wheres the independents at.

    June 18, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. Hugo

    Dave the truth teller, I read it what a joke, they still wont step up... See how they attack you for your post? True liberalism at its finest a stellar example of the liberal democrat smear strategy. Wow, you must be a car salesman trailer trash Republican, Ohhhh that really hurt, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! FOX reports the news, what they can't stomach is that it is not a biased cheerleading squad for the current Administration.

    June 18, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. Texas Pioneer

    I just got an email from the Democrats for help to pass health care reform here in this country.
    I usually delete that stuff; but not this time.
    100.00 donation for Obamacare.
    You can only stretch the little guy so far before he breaks Mr
    Steele.
    We all snapped along time ago and you and the party of NO have nothing to offer except decent.
    GO SUCK AND EGG AND SHUT UP

    June 18, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. Sam

    Hey the right wing retard liars now want fairness?? Were you neocooks the ones against the fairness doctrine?? republicans party bitter old white men headed by a reverse oreo. America can no longer afford republicans in government. If government is so bad repukes why do you spend a fortune and lie to get there?

    June 18, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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