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. John

    The beauty of our system is that you can raise money and go on the air and present your views.

    The second beauty of our system is that there are several other networks who will be analyzing and critiquing every word said on ABC.

    The third beauty of our system is that you can choose to watch or choose not to watch ABC.

    Me? I want to hear what the President is proposing. I am also pleased he will take the time to try and explain this complex issue to us instead of just ramming it down our throats.

    June 18, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. far

    please avoid the republicans!
    you're out of your mind, do your homework before commenting further. lol!

    June 18, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. MattM

    America needs to listen to the Republicans.

    This is the last chance we may have before Obama destroys this country.

    June 18, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. Melissa

    Dave, no one is going after media control. Stop lying.

    Republicans, stop whining.

    June 18, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. JohnFred

    The Republicans have no health care reform plan. They are clearly content to be the party of NO and obstructionism. The moronic group of people who call themselves republicans had everry opportunity to make health affordable and available and chose to do nothing but continue the regime of insurance- and drug maker-dictated health care costs. How disgustring this failed leader would elect to comment on anything the current progressive administration does and plans to do.

    June 18, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Kwesoe

    Republicans are very fearful of reform. They have organized American society in such a manner that the status quo works to their advantages, as such, to reform anything is to ask for trouble. During eight years of George Bush, there was only talk of reforms: immigration, healthcare, economy and education. But nothing happened. So it's understandable that they will resist healthcare reform. The irony is that their resistance will not stand in the way of what the American people need. Suffice to say, there will be healthcare reform with or without Republican support. Mr Steele can raise all the money he needs, but America is tired of Republican lies and fear-mongering.

    June 18, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. John from California

    Michael Steele and the republicans want to raise money to go on the propaganda offense against President Obama and his reform ideas.

    Former President George W Bush even came out of obscurity to offer criticism of any new ideas since he and the republicans just love the economy that they created. The republican party from bottom to top is a rich persons party that want no changes to the tilted playing field that they set up.

    We voted overwhelmingly for change in this country the past two elections and the republicans still don't get it.

    It's time for the American people to tell the republican party that the GOP (Greedy Old Party) is over. It's high time that the rich pay their "fair share" and it's also past due that we fix the republican de-regulated financial system that brought about the current financial depression.

    June 18, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. George

    All the republicans can say is NO. They sure have been a tremendous help.

    June 18, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. Jane

    The repubs should be given time on their Health care proposal – however it won't be necessary to have an hour to cover something written on 4 pages! Where's the details – GOP?????

    June 18, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. a little sad

    Hey, maybe they can get money form the Swift Boat Veterans.

    And add that bastion of credibility, Rick Scott to the program.

    (Although he already can be seen regularly in TV ads against health care reform.)

    Based on the actions of the medical giant HCA/Columbia during his tenure as CEO, the organization paid a $1.7 billion fine for Medicare and Medicaid fraud. Might as well follow the guy who already swindled you in the past!

    Bottom line is that Health Insurance companies add NOTHING to actual healthcare except administrative costs. When was the last time your temperature was taken by a claims adjuster?

    June 18, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |

    ABC is Network TV, Fox is a cable channel. More people have access to netork than cable. There is a huuuuuuuge difference.

    June 18, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. dreamer

    Pesonally i don't really care anymore......both Republicans and Demicrats have for to many years let this country continulesly fall to the way side for corpreat proffits.I would love to see a third party start up that represents the middle of the road and not left,right.or corpreat america.Really whose lame idea was it to give away all our manufactureing?Clinton nafta,Bush lafta and sponsered China's"free trade"(now thats a freakin joke).TIme we wake up and smell the roses and move to make this country great again and stop shipping all our jobs overseas to make the fat cats richer and the rest of us poorer.Just my two cents.They really should have asked us the people to see if we liked our jobs before shipping them out.I liked mine and did a good job but after lafta it went down way south to south america becouse they could get more people to do a worst job then we did.

    June 18, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  13. Habte

    My question is, if the GOP thinks the American People will reject Obama's plan, why won't they let them hear it and reject?

    What is going on here is that, they don't want people to make the decision, they want to make the decisions for them..

    June 18, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. Fla.

    LOL "manhandler"

    You project "robot speak" and then parrot "Nobama" nonsense in your post. Please look up the words, irony & hypocrite.

    June 18, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  15. Nana

    ABC=All Barak Channel

    June 18, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. Harley

    The GOP should counter the liberal media, and there is ALOT of them !!!! But the liberals don't mind because the think he is GOD !!! And OBAMA likes that because he thinks he is GOD, and likes to be WORSHIPED .

    June 18, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. johnny

    @ Paul from Phoenix June 18th, 2009 12:27 pm ET

    The opposing party should ALWAYS be given time to respond. I don't care if it is D or R next to the President's name. This is blatant favortism, and it is wrong. It is wrong if Fox does it for GOP, and it is wrong for ABC to do it for Obama.

    Oh, so we should socialize television, and tell them what to broadcast? Make sure they give equal time, because we said so? FOX DOES it for the GOP, and noboday puts a stop to it. We just turn to other networks, like the GOP is attempting to do. Are you saying it should be a law, how a money making enterprise should operate? You make a poor republican.

    June 18, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |

    I find it funny all the people that say " give O a break, he's only been in office 1 week" " he's only been in office 1 month" "hes only been in office 100 days" "he's only been in office 6 months" . At what point do you stop making excuses and start demanding solid results?

    June 18, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  19. Open your eyes

    lxm June 18th, 2009 12:30 pm ET

    Thankyou FOX news for reporting the truth

    There are none so blind as those who will not see.....

    June 18, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  20. Joe

    Isn't what they are complaining about exactly what they are against in regards to the Fairness Doctrine? Conservatives don't want equal time given to Liberals for their viewpoints on the radio but they want equal time for given for conservative viewpoints on television. Personally, as a Conservative, I am sick of Conservative leaders complaining about the Liberal media...it's a burned out excuse! Conservatives and/or Republicans need to stop leaning on this excuse and continuously whining about it and focus on influencing those who are still looking for and demanding leadership. Bottom line is: Great leaders don't complain or whine...they don't have time for that....They energize, influence, and build confidence in those seeking leadership.

    June 18, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. Randolph Carter

    John wrote: The government will never be able to pay for everyone's healthcare. What will happen is that the government will RATION your healthcare according to what it can afford. Result: When you are in need of certain treatments or life-saving drugs that are too expensive, you will not get it. You will watch your loved ones die. Even now, at least you can go to the emergency room and get the same medicine and treatment that someone with healthcare gets.

    John, it is not their intent to pay for everyone's healthcare. You have been misinformed. Have a nice day!

    June 18, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. bern

    I support President Obama's efforts to bring about real healthcare reform. The right wing idiots are simply wrong again. It is time we moved into the 21st Century regarding healthcare.

    June 18, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. VL- Chicago

    It's so ironic that all the obama bots and supposed "liberals" do everything to squash debate and speech! You Obamabots are so brainwashed that you just want Obama to do whatever he wants without a debate. The stimulus is a pork spending dream for Obama friends, and now he wants 1.2 trillion dollars and to take away our health care!!

    Please wake up and analyze your government, don't bow to it. Dem or Repub. Quit coming on here, and calling names, saying people should go to jail and all that other garbage and question your leaders.

    June 18, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. mtv

    GOP GOT ZERO PLANS I Ditto this remark
    Oh, if ONLY the GOP will spend hundreds of thousands on an alternative to solve our health care problems. Unfortunately, they will not present any plan to solve the problem. They will simply demonize the plan Obama is bringing to the American people. Do nothing is not a plan. They are so afraid of his success. Ultimately, their only hope is Obama's failure.

    June 18, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. KMAN

    And just WHERE was the GOP's proposal for fixing the national health care system during the CHENEY/bush administration??? Just what is the GOP proposal ... euthanize all the poor people without health care to reach full coverage for everyone????

    June 18, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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