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. Joseph, Los Angeles

    Over 70% of the American people want some kind of government health care. When are the Republicans going to start listening to us?

    June 23, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Jeff in Virginia

    And what is the Republican's plan exactly?

    June 23, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. JonDie

    Just like the Republican National Committee: saying "no" to every proposal and claiming that there are no problems to fix at home, while giving rhetorical aid and comfort to our enemies abroad.

    June 23, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    It's not a government takeover republicans. 72% of Americans want a public option. You guys are still out of touch.

    June 23, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. RR

    how can ABC deny it's not doing Obama's bidding? It's not letting any of his critics speak, and if anyone at these townhall meetins does challenge Obama's plans, Obama can just give his side of the version with no fear of rebuttal.

    ABC is in the tank 100% for Obama.

    June 23, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. Melissa

    What a bunch of hatred and childishness they spew. Government needs to take over because corporations have nearly bankrupted the country. Whether the Republicans want it or not. They really need to learn to shut their trap. They are hardly the morally superior ones here, especially after what the South Carolina Governor just did.

    June 23, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. GOP = 21st century dodo

    "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,"

    TRANSLATION: We ain't got squat in the ideas department.

    June 23, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    JUST LIKE THE RNC – A LOT OF "MOUTH" BUT "NO ACTION"!!! They WANT bipartisanship but what they offer is a "subtraction" from what Obama wants and an "addition" of NOTHING!!! They TWIST what Obama is promising and say the SAME THING in reverse!! Jeez! Here we go again!!!

    June 23, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. Enough

    Good, Glad to see they are finally doing something. Getting pretty tired of watching Obamas infomercials passed off as News. Everytime Obama doesn't get his way he goes on TV to try and convince us.

    June 23, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. Dan

    "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,"

    If the Republicans want this, why didn't they get it done when there was a Republican in the White House, and a Republican controlled congress? All we got from them was a half-baked Medicare Part D prescription plan that when all is said and done, helps the pharmaceutical companies more than it helps the people who subscribe to it. When are the Republcians going to learn that if you are going to constantly be against everything that the Democrats propose, you actually have to have a realistic plan of your own (a plan that calls for something more than tax cuts), if you want to be taken seriously?

    June 23, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    I wish the NRC would all just drop of the face of the earth. They are nothing but a useless piece of crap...Just keep giving your monies to them so Vitter, Ensign. Foley and the rest of that group can pay as they go....There should be a revolt against these bags of hypocrites...

    June 23, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. Kimberly from Houston, Texas

    Please, this is no where near the degree that Bush and FOX teamed up to promote the Bush/Cheney agenda.

    It's a townhall on ABC, chill out RNC...besides, you had 8 years to reform health care, what happened?

    June 23, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. Laurie in Spokane

    Easy for the Republicans to criticize. They have that down pat. That's all they do. Let's see them come up with something workable in health-care reform. Hey, wasn't that was Bush was going to do? Got lost somewhere in between starting wars...............

    June 23, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. Sarge in Florida

    I wish the NRC would all just drop of the face of the earth. They are nothing but a useless piece of crap...Just keep giving your monies to them so Vitter, Ensign. Foley and the rest of that group can pay as they go....There should be a revolt against these bags of hypocrites...

    June 23, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. Randy, Indiana

    Looks like the RNC is still pissed off about the election aww to bad so sad

    June 23, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. Andy

    RNCs only healthcare overhaul solution is to ensure that their buddies in healthcare industry can still continue making huge profits at the expense of public's health. And some democrats are just the same way. If the healthcare reform does not pass that includes a strong public option (no co-op ridiculous idea), then I am done with democrats. Ralph Nader there I come...

    June 23, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. iupg

    Once again, all that is offered is "NO!" Useless GOP, useless.

    June 23, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. Doug

    How do you spell "Republican?"
    W-H-I-G

    June 23, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. Dustin

    Tell the Republicans that they lost the election for a reason.

    June 23, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. Lucy

    That's it. No new ideas again from the GOP, and yet they continue to flap their jaws. Why don't they learn by Democrat example and be taught how not to be nasty, mean ,thick and slow. Imagine. This could be the health care that your grandchildren use, or your elderly parents.
    Now THAT'S fiscal responsibility. Go back to school, and dump Steele, Rush, Newt and of course Cheney.

    June 23, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. Jeff

    After suffering with 8 years of Bush, the Republicans have a lot of nerve slamming Obama on anything.

    June 23, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. Lynn

    That's why the republicans have no allies in western democracies...always lies and half truths ...health care in other countries does not put gov't in charge of health care...

    June 23, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. Markus

    One reason why the national leaders of the RNC aren't being included that comes to mind is the fact that they keep spreading lies about the proposed health care reform. It isn't government run health care. They would have a public option to purchase, which would be cheaper because it would not spend so much on advertising or administration. The Republicans had 6 years of White House and Congress control and did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about health care reform. They only talk about it now because they want to oppose Obama and they know that if he is successful in a government option, then people will realize that the government can run programs efficiently, debunking one of the Republicans biggest political points. This isn't a government takeover. If they were mature and willing to rationally discuss this, then maybe the Democrats would include them. But they have no feasible ideas and just want to bicker. Stop spreading lies Republicans. If you truly loved this country, you would work to build it up, instead of lying and manipulating to keep control over people and thus breaking it down.

    June 23, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. Cray

    Yep in-deedy the republicans have a plan. It's called "More of the same for the insurance lobby and HMOs". Along with cutting medicare benefits and reducing prescription coverage and allowing the industry to police its self. Just like Wall Street and that certainly worked well now didn't it?
    Demand Universal Health Care Now!

    June 23, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  25. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    "Shouldn't this be a bipartisan discussion?" It is a bipartisan discussion – the Republicans contribution to the discussion has been to continually say "no" to everything.

    June 23, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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