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. HB

    We heard about their plan yesterday. It contained no details just like the so-called budget they came up with. Why should ABC waste airtime on people who have nothing to say except the word "no" and calling people names?

    June 18, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. Sharon Kitchen

    oh please.........................steele get steele in your back.............

    leave Obama alone ........................fix your party.

    June 18, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. Simmy

    Pray for Pres. Obama's safety.....Pray that his 'Health' message resonates with the public....Pray that Republicans fail in their fear-mongering tactics....Support the President at this time when he really needs public support.....Republicans are spewing out swiftboating ads almost every week....Democrats must become more proactive and contact their Representatives to voice their concerns cc: Single Payer healthcare, etc......Don't let Rep. propaganda continue to win.....They lie and win......Let's tell the truth and still win.......

    ****APB**** All Points Bulletin out for the spines of Spkr. Pelosi- Sen. Harry Reid-Democrats in Congress******If anyone sees them, please tell them they must turn themselves in before the next election****

    June 18, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Andrew

    @ Dave

    Cave to name one right that you have lost so far?

    June 18, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Concerned

    Putting monkeys on the tube is not going to help GOP unless they learn some things from monkeys. Their attitude that they are the only one who are the best. That should change> Just do not be NO voters on the party line. Unless they change this behavior, they will remain what they are and less and less following. More thay talk, less they get. Get one monkey shut his mouth Rush and they network FOX.

    June 18, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. CNN = Moveon.org

    @Darth Vadik, CA

    You are a very hate filled person, that has no clue what you are talking about except to get on here and trash others that disagree with you. You need to get a life.

    June 18, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. the dude of truth

    hey right wing, radical, minority party republicans.....if cnn is so biased.........why are you fools on these posts spewing your ignorance?

    June 18, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. Gene

    I think it is time we look at the GOP and see what they have done to our AMERICAN during the last 8 years of the Neocon rule! We now have a president who is trying to correct and solve some of the problems and all we hear is "he created it", "he is putting our grandchildren in debt" and CLINTON and OBAMA caused this mess!
    I am tired of all the mean spirited evil lies and slanted SPIN masters of the right wing like Carl Rove who is the spin master along with newt and the spokesman Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity SCREAMING at us....its all about money to those guys. Hey, lets give the rich guys another tax break while the rest of us cant afford health insurance.

    June 18, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. Dale

    Steel needs to go away! And take the rest of the Republi-con party of No, and No New Ideas with him.

    June 18, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. Proud Member..Party of No

    Der Fuhrer Obama's plan is falling into place nicely for him as his goose-stepping minions follow blindly along with anything he wishes. Opposition will NOT be tolerated!

    June 18, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. just like FOX

    and meanwhile no-one cares that we have the most biased news source on the planet, next to Taliban News, that calls themselves "fair and balanced" but are pissed that ABC is airing a presidential policy
    ...what a joke

    June 18, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. Maggie

    Please listen carefully to this Republican. We are doomed if we listen to what the Obama mouth says. He is trying to lead us futher and futer into ruin. Please do not listen to his false words. Instead do you research and see how much those countries who do have universial healthcare has to say. If they had had any choice like the American people do they would ahve said no. the government controls them just like Obma wants our country to be controlled by the governent. I know I do not want that. Now I hav ea choice, I can schedule my surgeries and proceduers in a timely manner and aslo if it is life threatening I do not have to wait. I can ge the proceduers one withour having to wain my turn or if someone is more necessary than another. I am not on a waiting list for serious things. Obama is fooling the people.

    June 18, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Buck in NC

    A majority of people don't want the Republicans' sly promise of "access to affordable health insurance." Instead, most people would like access to affordable health care. There's a big difference.

    June 18, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. Mike

    I am no republican but I will admit that I don't think this type of one-sided approach is the way to go.

    I don't know if it was always so or I am just paying more attention now but news organizations really seem crappy. I would love to hear what Obama's plans are if they are concrete plans with numbers. I do not want to see a superficial commercial for his agenda. I would also like to hear what the repubs propose. again real facts, not some partisan crap....

    Is that too much to ask for when you are spending MY tax money?

    June 18, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Dawn in Pa

    The party of No has an idea? Once again, the stupidity of the Republicans who could have fixed this mess a very long time ago...

    June 18, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. Karl in SLC

    These guys are idiots. Maybe they can put forth their proposal that contains no numbers, no actual solutions to the health care problem, and no idea how many of the 50 million uninsured would actually be covered by their "plan".

    The party "no" is truly that.

    June 18, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. Retired LE


    Dave has a good point. The government is now running, or has a stake in, private business (auto makers for a start) which follows the socialist/communist model.

    We DO need to wake up.

    We already have two foreign masters. One we buy substandard products from and the other we bow to. Have you picked up ANYTHING lately that is NOT made in China???

    June 18, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Steve

    Interesting how people, right or left, define thier views as "the" truth. Where were the protests when Fox interviewed Bush and Cheney without opposing views? Steele has been largely marginalized by his own party, so I wonder just how much weight an appeal for funds coming from him really carries.

    June 18, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. And the show must go on...

    The GOP party should stop to spend good money to compete with Obamas' Reality-Show...Put the money you raise to better use...Don't you see Obamas' "YES I CAN" slogan is about coming to an end and the real Obama will emerge saying "Sorry but I can't" Obama is all talk and no substance,,,,!!!!!!!!!

    June 18, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    Let me get this straight, the republicans had 8 years to change the health care system even come up with a plan BUT DIDN"T. now all of sudden when the President is trying to fix the system they want to come up with a plan???

    June 18, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. Arizona

    I think our President should concentrate on fixing one problem at a time. He seems to talk about fixing everything, yet nothing has been fixed. Let's start with housing where the problem started where if fixed the building of new homes will begin and will open more jobs and so on and it will have the domino effect.

    How are the people suppose to pay for this new health care if so many are still unemployed and the situation keeps getting worse.

    Fix one problem at a time!!

    June 18, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. Sharon Northern Virginia

    I am truly a Obama support and donated to his campaign, but I disagree with government run healthcare. New technolgy and research will be a thing of the pass as well with government run healthcare. How are the Canadians liking their government run healthcare system?

    Even as a Dem their comes a time when you have to agree to disagree with things they will not be good for the country.

    June 18, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. The Truth

    Amazing how many POS marxists are on this blog. The Dumbocrat "less health" plan is a total joke and should be laughed off the air and out of the minds of every American. How about we stop paying for illegal immigrants who show up at the emergency room, bankrupting hospitals and forcing them to steal from medicaid and people who do have insurance? Thank GOD for FOX, who is the only media outlet with the courage to say that emperor Obama has no clothes. Lefties/Marxists, your downfall is coming next year when the sheeple who voted for Obama finally wake up.

    June 18, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Alfred E. Neumann

    I see a lot of people throwing their daily allotment of stones at Fox News.

    Do they really believe that they get both sides of an event from CNN & MSNBC?

    Do you really believe that there is only one side to an event?

    Do you really believe that the "truth" can't be distorted. Can you be sure that everything is being included in a story?

    On health care it is about many different points of view. And we will get only one point of view from ABC.

    June 18, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. Carole

    I think it is healthy to hear both sides. Only thing is, this party never has any concrete ideas anymore. They are a party of talking points. They are a party of NO.

    I still chuckle looking at a Black guy, who is self loathing of being Black, as the face of the most White WASP party. LOL Too funny.

    June 18, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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