June 23rd, 2009
02:13 PM ET
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First on the CNN Ticker: RNC slams Obama in first TV ad

The RNC unveiled its first ad of the cycle Wednesday that takes aim at Obama.
The RNC unveiled its first ad of the cycle Wednesday that takes aim at Obama.

WASHINGTON (CNN) –- The Republican National Committee slams President Obama’s plan to reform the nation’s health care system in a new television ad that is set to air Wednesday on national cable television.

The RNC also offers thinly-veiled criticism of ABC for broadcasting a live presidential town hall meeting Wednesday on the issue of health care, but not including GOP national leaders in the event. The RNC does not name ABC, but mentions that the president will appear on a "national TV network" to discuss the issue. Republicans have accused ABC of promoting Obama's health care plan, pointing to the extensive coverage the network is giving the subject on its morning, evening and late night newscasts. The network has denied the charge.

This is the RNC's first TV ad of the 2010 election cycle. It will not release further details about the ad buy, but the script hints that it will only run on Wednesday - timed to coincide with the ABC town hall.

"Today a national TV network turns its airwaves over to President Obama's pitch for government-run health care," says a voice in the 60-second spot, as Obama's face flashes across the screen. "Shouldn't this be a bipartisan discussion?"

The RNC says that the GOP also wants to overhaul the health care system, but does not agree with Obama on what the federal government's role should be.

"Republicans want bipartisan health care reform - a responsible plan that we can afford…where people are free to choose the best care for their families, without a government takeover," the voice says in the ad. "Tell President Obama to work with Republicans…and to stop rushing into another government takeover."

Full script:

Voice: "Today a national TV network turns its airwaves over to President Obama's pitch for government-run health care." Chyron: "A national TV network turns it airwaves over to President Obama's pitch for government-run health care."

Voice: "Shouldn't this be a bipartisan discussion?"

Chyron: "Bipartisan?"

Voice: "Republicans want health care reform. Reform that reduces costs across the board."

Chyron: "Republican want health care reform that reduces costs across the board."

Voice: "Republicans believe every single American deserves quality health care…"

Chyron: "Every single American deserves quality health care."

Voice: "Republicans also believe another government takeover would diminish health care choice and quality."

Chyron: "Another government takeover would diminish health care choice and quality."

Voice: "President Obama talks about "public option." When he says "public option", that means putting government bureaucrats in charge…instead of patients and their doctors."

Chyron: "'public option'…means putting government bureaucrats in charge."

Voice: "It's a bad idea."

Chyron: "It's a bad idea."

Voice: "Republicans want bipartisan health care reform -a responsible plan that we can afford…where people are free to choose the best care for their families, without a government takeover."

Chyron: "Republicans want bipartisan health care reform where people are free to choose the best care for their families."

Voice: "Tell President Obama to work with Republicans…and to stop rushing into another government takeover."

Chyron: "Tell President Obama stop rushing into another government takeover."

Voice: "The Republican National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising."


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soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. Irma in North Carolina

    What good would it do to try and work with the republicans they would say no and go against everything the president does. The network the special didnt want to be embrassed by what the repulicans would do or say. The republicans all belong on fox news.

    June 23, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Here's the health care problem in a nutshell.....

    if Obama adds 40 million people to the insured rolls, and we have a fixed or declining number of doctors, how will you ever get an appointment?

    Right now in Canada it takes 6 months to see a specialist and 2 years to get a transplant--you could easily die in that period.

    Is THIS what you want???? If not, you better speak up.

    June 23, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Steve in Denver

    "Republicans want bipartisan health care reform -a responsible plan that we can afford…where people are free to choose the best care for their families, without a government takeover."

    So if your private system is so great, why are you afraid to allow us a choice for a public option? Medicare seems to be pretty popular.

    June 23, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Ivan Schiff

    How many of you have had your private insurance company deny the treatment your doctor wanted you to have?
    If so then your private insurance company came between you and your doctor.
    The Republicans want to limit your choice of health insurance companies to those that give them campaign contributions, but ask them who provides their insurance, the answer, the GOVERNMENT.

    June 23, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. kayla

    kinda like the gops' taking over iraq?

    June 23, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. CF

    Shame on the GOP for using party politics and the same old lies and scare tactics to try to cheat good American people out of healthcare they deserve, just so the GOP can work out their frustrations from losing the last election due to their own idiocy and ignorance.

    June 23, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. Tim

    What a bunch of sour grapes. I'm sick and tired of the RNC. Why don't you stop bellyaching and help work through this process? We need healthcare reform now!!!

    June 23, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. history repeats

    this isnt bush's fault?! its obamas fault? the unemployment has been steadily climbing since bush was in office. if its still climbing it cant be obamas fault if the problems started during the bush regime!! you people have been blaming obama since he started running for president. and you will blame him even when it starts getting better. u cant accept the fact that you voted for an idiot in 2000 and 2004 and he screwed everything up. you put somebody in office that is to blame. WE ALL SAID HE WOULD SCREW EVERYTHING UP and all you republicans smiled because you didnt care about the facts all you cared about was that you voted for the winner. now the truth is coming out that you voted for the loser and you are doing everything you can to put the blame on the democrats and obama because you still want to keep that smile on your face. but its not working we all know the truth. all of us that voted against bush and the rest of the world!!!!

    June 23, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Lee-- Dallas, TX

    I guess it taking this country [at least the last] 40 years to get to this point is a rush job. Stop the politicking and solve the problem. The American people want solutions not another stalemate. –Lee

    June 23, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. John M in NoHo CA

    If the RNC is angry, then I can trust things are better.

    June 23, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. John, Rochester MN

    Where did they find somebody that can say the words Republican, bipartisan, and responsible in the same sentence without laughing and/or vomiting?

    June 23, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. Arron

    The GOP represents religious wackos, gun nuts and corporate fat cats. To them, they are the "real America". I think republicans should first apologize for shreddinhg the constitution, destroying our international reputation, and tanking the economy before they start throwing stones.

    June 23, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. linus, Chicago

    I'm ambivalent about the "public option," but anyone who thinks that our current system allocates decision-making to patients and physicians is woefully naive. So before I can believe that the public option is as evil as its detractors claim, someone will have to explain why having a "government bureaucrat" determine what medical procedures are covered is any worse than having a "private-insurance executive" determine what medical procedures are covered. At least the government bureaucrat will (in principle, anyway) base his/her decision on whether the procedure is effective, whereas the insurance executive will base his/her decision on whether the procedure is profitable for the company.

    June 23, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. Willy Brown

    Can't wait till the liberal media gets tired of Barry and all his broken promises and starts treating him like a republican.

    June 23, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. Enmanuel Rios

    Healthcare seems to be a very touchy issue in the US almost as much as religion but I see that goverment run healthcare has been sucessful in other countries like France or England where healthcare is practically free for the average person as opposed to our system where companies charge $200 for an inhaler where as in cuba u could probably get it for about a $1.50, not that I support socialism but it seems that it helps the people in reducing their worries about paying for a ridiculous amount for insurance and whatnot

    June 23, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. joejoejoe

    50% of Republican voters support the public option (72% of Americans overall!) in the latest polls. The difference between Republican voters and Republican elected officials is that GOP officials get huge campaign contributions from private insurance companies and GOP voters get bills and sometimes denials of coverage from the same people.

    Republican voters deserve better representation from their party leaders, leaders who never have to worry about their own healthcare.

    June 23, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. Tim

    And what is CNN's position on the one-sided presentation of Obama's plan on a major news network? Appalling, isn't it? If so, why not say so.

    Your silence is deafening.

    June 23, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. Danny

    What a bunch on crybabies. You have a whole broadcasting network explicitly devoted to humping your agenda while trashing the other side. If you think your ideas are so good, then put yourselves on FOX all day and go head to head with the president instead of snipping like a little girl. You won't because you've got nothing. You're pathetic.

    June 23, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. Steve in Denver

    Doug New Jersey's post:

    I can't wait for the movie about the libstream media and their love affair with Barak Obama.

    Coming soon to a theater near you, starring Brian Williams, Chris Mathews, Jon Stewert, Bill Mayrtr, Jack Cafferty, Charles Gibson, and the Messiah himself Obama, its Barakback Mountain!

    ____________

    You did realize this post was about medical insurance, right? Not a word in your post refers to the issue at hand, just complain about something. How typical.

    June 23, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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