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. VAisforLovers

    Good ol GOP and the party of “no”. This is becoming comical.

    June 18, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. Typical Republican

    Alright! This is great. I bet they will do what we all love them for. Spend the air time complaining and whining but offering no solutions, and if they do, I can predict it now....it will have "Tax Breaks for rich people" and "Screw 95% of america, they aren't "Real America".

    I love my republicans, they get nothing done and get paid for it. My Heroes!

    June 18, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. Lance

    It's funny how the GOP, who ruined the country in 8 short years, still want more opportunities to do more harm. They had their chance, so why not let someone else have theirs/ Whoknows- it may even work. It couldn't be any worse than all the things the last administration did.

    BTW FLP- Fox is just the Republican house organ. if you want unbiased, try the BBC.

    June 18, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    why not help the president


    but the party of NO is dumb real dumb
    Steele just doesn't get it . and America is ready for CHANGE

    we voted and CHANGE is what we want ,so the republicans will be swept away and a new day will begin

    June 18, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Robin

    The media is fixated in treating Obama like a Rockstar! This one sided media should be ashamed of themselves.

    If we allow our government to control our health care God help us all.

    June 18, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. Lisa B

    To FLP: The GOP party is a joke and have know ideas of how to run anything. If they did they would be making some proposals to the President that make sense. As our President stated, if any of the Repubs have a better solution than his, he would use it. So far the GOP haven't produce anything. All they have been doing is whining because he is President and making them look like a bunch of fools in office for years with no solutions. FOX news is a bigotry news bashing station. No one listens to them. I only watch from time to time to get a laugh at Hannity cowardly behind.

    June 18, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. Repubs Are Evil

    And still they don't own-up to their mess. Republicans nearly destroyed the nation and want to finish it up. What part of :"your policies failed" don't they understand? That Karl Rowe gave the green light to DUBYA to blabber some more is not going to help them one bit. All that does is cement the 20% of illiterate hillbillies that follow Rush into gripping some more. Bush should have just SHUT THE HELL UP! and stayed holed up in Texas. It might have improved his standing with the people given enough time. Obama has not enough time to create a mess. It is all republican made baby! Lets see, unemployment is over 10%. What a nice legacy to leave our children.

    June 18, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. I am The Great and Powerful Wizard of Rush

    Thank for FLP @ 12:25 for showing why the "party of NO" is destined for the ash-heap of history.

    Now, on topic: we need regulation and competition in the health care industry. I am tired of run-a-way premiums, cutting benefits, denial of legitimate claims, ever-rising deductibles.

    I'll take my chances with a government bureaucrat over an insurance industry bureaucrat anyday.

    June 18, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. Kathy

    Good for the GOP, but do you really think they can change the minds of all the brainwashed BHO supporters??? I pray they can and stop him before he ruins our once great country.

    June 18, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. Darth Vadik, CA

    True conservatism died with Barry Goldwater.

    To you who call yourselves conservatives, you are just excusing your inhumanity.

    Inhumanity – meaning, feed the hungry, help the poor, you know the things Jesus preached. But no, not you. You step over a homeless person on the street saying "get a job, you bum."

    Never realizing that that homeless guy (just like 1/4 of all homeless guys) fought for this country 30 years ago in another Republican war (started by a Texas Democrat – go figure).

    But you're "christian", so make sure Pat Robertson gets your money.


    June 18, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. avahome

    Kudos to ABC news. I'd like to hear from President Obama about his healthcare plans. Being able to watch someone speak in an interview and watching their body language tells you something.

    I don't know about you all, but retirement is looming large for me and I do worry about future healthcare costs, coverage and ability to pay. I'd also like to see our Congressmen have to pay for their healthcare like the mainstreet Americans have to.......no more free lunch.

    June 18, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. playlist

    After 6 years of total control of the government and the last two with working margins in congress ,the GOP expect Americans to take them seriously on Healthcare. It was a non-issue for them while ordinary americans are losing their homes because of healthcare costs. President Obama has a the courage to tackle this monster and now the GOP have a counter plan which sounds like tax cuts, tax cuts .....same old GOP....GOT 0 Plans

    June 18, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. Beny

    Gee I wonder what great healthcare program the Repubs have ready to roll out? Let insurance companies and hospitals keep ripping us off? What a bunch of losers.

    June 18, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. Don

    Give it up Mercury. Like your party you are HISTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 18, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. girlymen love the GOP

    Good luck with that uncle Michael.We know who pays your bills and its the antiAmerican Companies.

    June 18, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. jAYjAY


    June 18, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Pam

    The President of the United States is going to use some air-time to explain his stance on healthcare reform and the Republicans are freaking out like this is a campaign ad during an election year!
    I welcome the opportunity to hear more information about this topic.
    This is all part of his administration being more transparent and open to the people of this country.

    To FLP – what mess are you referring to? Obama hasn't been in office long enough to make any messes. He, unfortunately, has to clean up all the many messes left by the previous administration, like the current state of the economy!

    June 18, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. Fla.

    Republican and "truth" = oxymoron.

    Sadly, it's more Republican fear-mongering for the easily influenced. Thanks but "no" thanks.

    Our country needs real healthcare reforms now, not "tax cuts" for the unaffordable status quo that the GOP is pushing.

    June 18, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. lil

    These rich people are raising money to buy ads on tv to talk against
    healthcare to try and keep it away from poor people who really need it justbecause they hate President Obama and want any plan he offers to fail. What kind of people are they? They dont care about the average
    Americans onlY their prides.

    I am sick of the whole bunch of them.
    America wake up and smell the coffee and get rid of the rest of the old
    gop nest election.

    June 18, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. Ricky

    Once again nothing to offer except being the big babies of "no".

    June 18, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. Sham


    Are you serious? If you're one of the "open minded" you speak of that watch cnn and fox then you wouldnt say fox speak "truth" when they really only speak "trash". They never have any non republican voices and their credibility does not reach beyond propaganda..... I try to watch Fox to stay balanced but they're so ridiculous I cant watch more than 5 min of it. This goes beyond Obama, Fox News bashed Clinton when he was creating jobs, surpluses, and prosperity in the country then loved Bush while he did the opposite!

    June 18, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. GOP = 21st century dodo

    "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 GOP's approach to health care reform has been the same for the past 40 years: side with insurance and pharmaceutical companies, screw everyone else.

    Might as well take to the airwaves to tell me that the sun rises in the east.

    June 18, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. GI Joe

    Those of you that don't like our president – just learn to deal with it. WE had to put up with your secretive war-mongering illiterate fool for 8 years.

    Stop the hate a prejudice. It's not healthy for you or the people that have to listen to it.

    June 18, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. Kevin -- Evansville, Indiana

    No thanks, I think I already saw this skit. Where Groucho Marx sings "Whatever it is, I'm against it!"

    Come back with some original material, guys.

    June 18, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. Frank

    Republicans seem to be having trouble generating interest in protecting the status quo.

    Maybe they should forget about trying to come up with a new message and go back to Plan A.


    June 18, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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