June 18th, 2009
12:00 PM ET
5 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. Gary

    ABC is stupid – – I have lost respect for the station and their news integrity. Sad very sad.

    Even if you love obama you need to be a watchdog for the people and challenge him and his policies. That just isn't happening right now on ABC, CBS, NBC or MSNBC....happens a little bit on CNN and mostly on Fox. The state of news today is sad.

    June 18, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. Buddy Gilmour

    My observation of the previous administration tells me that the GOP plan for health care reform is to do nothing and to maintain the status quo where only the rich can afford medical insurance and health care. So my guess is most of the GOP airtime will be spent demonizing Obama's plan and trying to scare the nation into inaction.

    June 18, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. Nailin' Palin

    @ FLP

    I remember a few years ago when FOX News was reporting a 56% approval rating for Bush. Even when every poll in the country at that same time indicated somewhere around 35%. How can that be?

    June 18, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. Philip Grant

    FLP, Just where did you see President Obama "whining his eyes out"? What show were YOU watching. The one I saw he cooly and calmly answered a question that was posed to him as to how he precieves press coverage. He never even mentioned FOX, the reporter did. Open minded people listen carefully to interviews and take from it exactly what is said not what they want to hear. Also open minded people don't call names.

    June 18, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    The Republicans have always been against health care (affordable) for everyone as can be seen by their history of trying to not pass Medicare during LBJ's tenure in office. I thought that the idea of having a healthy population was to the benefit of everyone, not just the priviledged few who can afford the cost of medical insurance which can run in the hundreds of dollars per month per family, and where does that leave those taxpaying citizens who have lost their jobs or have had their work hours cut back? Answer that Republicans if you can.

    June 18, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. WWJD

    The main stream media are a bunch of MORONS and until the pull thier head out of the butts and gets the truth out about Nobama then I will continued to watch FOX.

    June 18, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. Longhorn#1

    Republicans forget it. Your Healthcare reform stinks to high heaven. The big money insurance companies where you people's money are vested is the only ones who will benefit. Out of 45 million people you only offer to help 15 million. That leaves 30 million out in the cold THANKS A LOT REPUKELICANS. You can bet the 15 million are illegal aliens.

    June 18, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Mike Ross

    The republican party always needs an enemy. Iraq, Iran, ABC. Hell, they haven't even seen the show and already lambast it as propaganda.

    They look, sound, and act like a bunch of over sensitive whiners. You don't like Obamacare? Then try releasing a plan of your own more than 4 pages long with NO numbers. People elected Obama knowing he wanted to do healthcare – jeeze.

    June 18, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. Edward Veidt

    Republicans are amusing. They're scared to death of Obama on ABC, yet have no problem with their own 24/7 cable news channel.

    June 18, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Ellie, MD

    It's amazing. The Presidential elections ended back in November and still the GOP and RNC continue to chase their own tails. I mean hello, is anyone home?

    These guys are soooooooooo clueless. This is EXACTLY why they lost back in November. They don't LISTEN and they haven't LEARNED their lesson yet. They continue to ignore the voices of the American people.

    Just like when Dick Cheney was asked during a CBS interview years ago, why he pushed for the Iraq war when Americans were against it, he responded by saying "SO WHAT?"

    Well that pretty much sums it up. The GOP doesn't care what the American voters WANT or NEED.

    Stupid is what Stupid does...

    June 18, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. Rumsfeld

    Good look RNC. You had your chance and you blew it down your leg. If you open your mouths in any way, make sure it is to offer something substantial, truthful, reasonable, effective and without partisan whimpering. And, unfortunately history tells me that won't be happening.

    June 18, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. J

    anything to keep the American Public from getting the same kind of health care that they enjoy themselves

    June 18, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Ben

    FLP is the only one on this blog who has a clue. The rest of you Obamabot sheeple are following him right off the cliff. Obama needs to man up and quit whining about Fox News. He needs to accept that not everyone has a stupid school-girl crush on him.

    June 18, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. Tom from Roch., NY

    I'm actually interested in seeing what the Rethugs have to say about this. It should be amusing. Then people will get another example of just how much they don't care about people that don't think mindlessly like they do.

    June 18, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. Danny

    And what are they raising money to promote – their 4 page health care plan? You know, the one with no numbers, no indication of how it will be funded – at least they could have thrown in some pretty pictures like they did on their so-called "budget".

    The opposition has their own network on which to respond – Fox – and they can promote their "plan" 24/7/365. They already spend all their air time bashing the president, they can continue to use their echo chamber, that's why they created it isn't it? Is it the presidents fault that people with more than 2 live brain cells don't watch Fox?

    Just more fabricated hysteria from the sore losers.

    June 18, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. UCO

    Well, I hope you Repubs fail!!!!! Repubs are succeeding at failing!!! All of you haters on this blog can't take in the fact that the country is changing!!! Move to Antartica....It's not your call anymore!!!!!!!

    June 18, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. makesUwonder

    FLP....................I'm with you all the way. I want both sides of the story that's why I don't watch the state owned liberal media.

    June 18, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. Darth Vadik, CA

    FLP,

    Fox News?

    Why dont you just say dry water, or sweet salt, or smart conservative

    June 18, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. Beeker25

    The GOP is attacking something that has only outlines of what Obama would like done along with Congress. The thing is the "devil in the details" is what really matters because by the time it is all said and done the proposals will be different. The GOP needs to offer something better than the same mantra of free market approach of problem solving because over the last few decades we have seen what the free market have done to the nation's health and they ignore them. FOX News is nothing more than the mouth piece of the GOP because they have the tendency to obfuscate facts with fiction in order to get people riled up and this would be case in point and they have been doing that for years.

    June 18, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. You had your window Repubs, and you blew it!

    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.

    June 18, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. Ben

    Mike Ross – "Then try releasing a plan of your own more than 4 pages long with NO numbers. People elected Obama knowing he wanted to do healthcare"

    Hey, Mikey, Obama's plan has no numbers either, numbnuts. Just because people knew what Obama wanted to do with healthcare doesn't make it right. Wake up and smell the coffee.

    June 18, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. K. Owens

    So predictable.

    June 18, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Jarhead

    IF the proposed plan of Bobama's is so strong–why is ABC ( and apparently the socialist liberal left) afraid to have an open and public debate on this issue? ABC has finally shown its true colors–it has totally abandoned objectivity; it has clearly shown its exteme bias. ABC can no longer call itself a news organization–it surrendered that right when it refused to allow opposition views to be heard.

    June 18, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. Operation Crush Rush

    ExxonMobil will help you mr.steele,they will give from the extreme profits they stole from all Americans.Maybe that great American, Rush Limbaugh,will pay his taxes from all the money he is hiding in offshore accts.

    June 18, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. Lori, Houston Texas

    I would love to see the Republican's version of a new health care plan. Considering the first one consisted of 2 pages with no numbers and the second one had 4 pages with no numbers, any info that actually includes numbers will be a good thing! Now, if only we could guarentee the Repubs would use any airtime to show us a real plan (with numbers!), we'd have something to discuss amongst ourselves. But my guess is that the new TV script will look like the first two failed attempts. Too bad the Repubs only have straw men arguments and talking points on their agenda these days. It's obvious to everyone the the GOPosaurs are almost extinct.

    June 18, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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