June 18th, 2009
12:00 PM ET
9 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. inat

    regardless of who says what, BOTH sides of the healthcare debate should be broadcast. ABC is doing a disservice to their viewers. Without the opposing side, this is but an infomercial with Obama taking the place of Billy Mayes

    June 18, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. JW from Laurelton

    FOX wouldn't know the truth if it ran over them. Now CNN is getting just like them. Everything that's negative about the president and every Republican talking point is news. Why isn't CNN and Fox asking the "Ditch Drivers" how they are going to pay for their healthcare plan.

    June 18, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. dk

    I don't get what the Grumpy Old Poops are so upset about now. Is it because the administration understands how to use the media to get the message out to America? Or is it because the GOPoopers don't have the money to do it themselves? Color me confused.

    June 18, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. baker

    Can the left have their own channel to counter Fox "News" Channel? The media can't "wake up and realize" anything, we need to wake up and realize that the media is in the control of the very same kind of people who tanked our economy and our healthcare system. If the media is so da&*ed liberal, why is it that I can listen to Limbaugh across my radio dial and Fox "News" is on 24/7???? Now if the media were truely liberal, there would be liberal shows and channels to balance it all out (or at least come close to balance). Demand the truth. Demand it from the media and the politicians, regardless of their political affliation. Stop the spin.

    June 18, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. gl, From Pittsburgh

    You Rethug deal with it. We had to put up with two weeks of Sarv Palin fighting with David Lettermen. It is good to see the President speaking one whole day. HE IS VERY POSITIVE AND PALIN FALIN IS VERY NEGATIVE. GOOD MOVE ABC. PLEASE CNN NO MORE SARA PALIA

    June 18, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. dk

    Tom please, hand off the Idiot Button. Please?

    June 18, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. Chris

    @ Dave

    "We have lost more rights, liberties and freedoms under Obama in the first 5 months than we have in the last 100 years.

    What are you smoking? Because I want some!

    June 18, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. ArtNYC

    According to the Obama plan, we are going to spend $1.6 Trillion and only insure about 14million people. Spend spend and more spend. There will still be 36million people without insurance. All of those who keep asking for nationalized healthcare, who do you think will pay for it? You will. In the end you will get a mediocre healthcare coverage and pay a whole lot of money for it, much more than you do now.

    June 18, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. dk

    So, according to the GOPoopers posting here: ABC = bad, MSNBC = REALLY bad; CNN = bad & FOX = perfect beyond belief. Anybody care to weigh in on CBS . . . or how about BBC?????

    June 18, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. New Age Democrat

    To be fair, people in these forums usually blame Fox News for being biased. So I have to agree here that ABC is flat out wrong.

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

    Two things that crossed my mind about the republican party when i read this story:
    1) Why are they are always one step behind?
    2) You mean to tell me the RNC can't even come up with $100,000 of their own money?
    Does anyone else see the irony?

    June 18, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. Eric in VA

    You had your window Repubs, and you blew it! June 18th, 2009 12:50 pm ET

    Here's the thing FLP, lxm and anyone else on here who are upset with this: DON'T WATCH IT!

    It's as simple as that.
    Kind of like if you are upset at Rush Limbaugh or Fox News you can just turn them off, right? Except all the lefties want them cenesored...

    June 18, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. DavidinCA

    @Tom from Roch., NY June 18th, 2009 12:58 pm ET

    I'm thinking the Rethug response will go something like this :

    1. Cut taxes on the rich and corporations.
    2. Cut spending on the middle class and poor (but not the private sector or military).
    3. Deregulate everything you can.

    We know what the Democrat proposal is :

    1. Spend baby spend.
    2. Ignore performance or accountability.
    3. Tax everything that moves until it doesn't move anymore.
    4. Make a speech.
    5. Spend some more.

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

    It is very scary how fooled people are by this president. Very soon you will wake to a Socialist society where government controls all of the media and everything you do. You will wake up to giving up a great percentage of what you earn (if you have a job) so that those who choose NOT to work can have the same as you. You will be just another worker without much hope for the dream to excel above the others, because it will no longer be possible. Then you will know that the change that was promised was not the change that everyone thought they were going to get.

    June 18, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. james

    maybe we wiil see what we are getting for 1.6 trillion obama transparice sure has not been there, he likes too rush bill through and make the rules later there already gaps in his health care bill for us too pay later

    June 18, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. Shucks

    I thought they had already raised millions. Are they totally nuts? I guess instead of outright lies we will just exagerate.

    June 18, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. dk

    Anybody remember the song "Idiot Wind" by Bob Dylan? If you do, sing it to yourself and think about the GOPoopers. Anybody who's not familiar with it . . . look up the lyrics.

    June 18, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. tjaman

    ObamaCare is a fantastic neologism. While it is as yet undefined beyond a few general principles I for one can't wait to see what it will entail.

    OBAMACARE'09! 😀

    June 18, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. A Free Thinking American

    I KNOW this won't get posted, but I'll give it the old college try.

    For those of you who say Fox News isn't fair, look at this lovely website as well. There is a blog about President Bush speaking his mind about President Obama. I believe that he, like all Americans, are entitled to an opinion, however, if you read the comments, that doesn't seem to be the case. Let's talk about that, he authorized the bailout because a DEM congress said they would allow it no matter what. Oil dropped to $33 a barrel after Pres Bush visited Saudi Arabia and oh yeah, President Bush authorized the retrograde of troops from Iraq. The comments, as are these, like to blame Bush for everything. How about looking at the debt we are in since Obama took over? Or the unemployment rate? Or the apology tour? I can go on forever about this, but the bottom line is this, a Democrat is in charge now and things are getting worse, not better. Coincidence? I think not.

    June 18, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Last year I lost my job and my health insurance. A couple of months later I developed a kidney stone and went to the emergency room. If anyone has had a kidney stone, then they will understand. I am forty-five and never been to an emergency room before. I was there for only two hours, saw a doctory for less than a minute who did nothing, and was charged NINE THOUSAND DOLLARS. Thats nine thousand dollars for two hours. I has a CT scan and a drip in my arm and that was all. The nurses were great but not nine thousand dollars great. And the doctor useless–wouldn't answer any of my questions and told me to see a specialist.

    Unemployeed, no health insurance, and a bill for nine thousand dollars for two hours.

    June 18, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. annie s

    What truth? The Republican party has done nothing but lie about Mr. Obama's proposed health care reform. They are using their usual scare tactics – and they are doing a great job of it. They have people panicked that the government will take away their current plans and "socialize" their health care and that the government will ration their care. What IS true is that a public health option will be a choice – and will serve to force the for-profit insurers to be more competitive and inclusive. The President needs to be able to tell the American people the REAL truth, not the conservative fear mongers version of it.

    June 18, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Michael in San Jose

    To Dave up the list somewhere:

    "We have lost more rights, liberties and freedoms under Obama in the first 5 months than we have in the last 100 years."

    Would you please document the freedoms we have lost with Obama versus the raping of our Constitution by the Cheney/Bush crowd?

    A very noisy progressive!!!

    June 18, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. Peter E

    The GOP's so-called health-care reform proposal is two pages long, and 80% of it is stolen from Obama's plan. The last 20% just says 'give private companies more money and fatten them up with profits while taking all regulations off so that they can abuse customers more.'

    June 18, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. carlo

    Who cares?1

    June 18, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. Lydia

    Instead of trying to raise $100k to squawk and scare the public about the "disastrous consequences" re President Obama's health reforms, why not attempt to help some of the uninsured 46,000,000 and rising citizens who don't have any?

    I'm peeved that all I read from many Republicans is the negatives or the unproven effects a universal health care system would be.

    It's time to come to the table and join in the process of trying to fix the problem instead of crying like "chicken little".

    If all interested parties were truly serious in trying to bring the uninsured and underinsured health insurance protection, they would leave their egos in check and bring some suggestions.

    Otherwise Michael Steele and his ilk should be quiet and use the money to really help the many in need.

    June 18, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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