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. carlo

    I don't want to hear what the Rethugs have to say. They have NEVER cared about reforming health care. They have been fighting against healthcare for everyone since the 1960's with that B.S. album their God Reagan made about the "evils of socialized medicine". They gave Clinton the blues about his healthcare plan, and when they got power, they did NOTHING about reforming health care, and now we're supposed to believe that not only do they care, but they have a plan?

    Approval rating of GOP 25% and dropping.

    June 23, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. J Graham

    The RNC's misuse of the word "bipartisan" really bugs me. When Republicans had the majority, they thought "bipartisan" meant "the Democrats should shut up and do what we want because we are in the majority."

    Now that we've had two elections that have not turned out so well for them, they think "bipartisan" means "the Democrats should shut up and do what we want because it's not fair that we're in the minority."

    If this is their idea of "bipartisanship," Obama needs to stop striving for bipartisanship and do what he thinks is *right* for America.

    June 23, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Simmy

    Talking points and sound bites are Republicans' only assets.......

    **.. "Shouldn't this be a bipartisan discussion?"
    **...."does not agree with Obama...
    **..."a responsible plan,"
    **... "plan that we can afford"…
    **"...plan without a government takeover,"
    **"...Tell President Obama to work with Republicans"…
    **"...stop rushing into another government takeover."

    A noun, verb, and propagandistic sound bites...

    June 23, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. A Kickin' Donkey

    Mr. Republican ...

    Do you think that doctors and their patients make the "DECISIONS" in today's health care system? Honestly ... do you? Today, the for-profit insurance companies deny coverage to people with policies ... these profiteers stand in the way of what patients and doctors want ....

    Funny, I don't recall you fighting against that .... you hipocrite.

    June 23, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Brad

    Let's see... we started to attempt to reform health care around 1992 if I recall and since then it has only gotten more expensive every year while insurance companies continue to make obscene profits from the misfortune (and by denying coverage) of others...but we don't want to "rush into it".
    Should we wait another 17 years guys?
    Also, I would much rather have a government bureaucrat with no profit motive handling my account than a business bureaucrat who has a financial interest in denying my coverage.

    June 23, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. VGal

    So, the RNC is AGAINST open and honest communication? The RNC is AGAINST the people hearing the President's thoughts on health care? The RNC is UPSET that the President is TALKING TO THE PEOPLE? Well, sorry, guys, but GW BUSH's days are over.

    June 23, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. GMJH

    All of a sudden they want 'bipartisanship' after having what amounted to absolute dictatorship under Bush. Ridiculous hypocrites.

    And the fact that even a third of the US population doesn't want government funded health care shows how absurd it is.

    Remember that when you take your kids to a government funded school on a government funded highway as you're protected by a government funded military......

    June 23, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Larry

    Everything the RNC does these days is like watching lousy 1960s TV re-runs

    Never in my 52 years have I seen the PARTY OF NO ...

    So far out in right field ... that they can not even see home plate ...

    Their ancient Ideologies seem to become even more Draconian with every passing day

    WHEN ...IS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY GOING TO BEGIN EARNING THE PAY WE AMERICANS PROVIDE TO THEM ... WHEN ?????

    The party of nothing ...

    June 23, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. VGal

    Also, the Republicans had 8 YEARS to get something moving on heathcare – and they did NOTHING. (Neither did Clinton or the Dems in congress.) Obama has ALREADY DONE something by getting the drug companies to participate. At least ONE person in gov. is actually DOING something.

    June 23, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. Jack

    GOPers Do you have any plan to offer? If yes than talk it out and let American people to know your plan where you all can save money without government run program. People do not have any confidence in you and your policies. You know we are in 21st century. get real you oldies...........................& let Mr. President to work on all these issues facing to our nation, you can invole in the process or shut up.

    June 23, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. D. Tree

    Republicans are the Government Bureaucrats standing in the way of me and my Doctor.

    June 23, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Okay, so what's the plan Stan? Put up or shut up.

    June 23, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Yawn....next! maybe if the GOP did not mislead this nation for the past four decades this would mean something.

    June 23, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. LINDA

    You are just lying the republicans donot want a bypartism health care reform Presidents plan is much more confident than them republicans-we need to have the same insurance that the white house republicans have since we are paying for their hospital insurance anyway-that's why we are in the mess we are in now because of them-I say no to the republican plan let the public the people make a stand and choice w/o them telling us what health care plan they have at 1st they had none now here they come up with a no none sense plan we donot want they donot have our best interest and President Obama do-I am against the republican's plan will not work.

    June 23, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. Jerry

    The Republicans are such a pathetic lot. They talk about better ways to approach the out of control healthcare costs and that their plan(s) are better than Obama's. Yet these are the same Reublicans who controlled both houses and the excutive branch during the first 6 years of of boy Geroge's failed presidency. Why didn't they do something about health care then? Republicans are nothing more than than hypocritical white haired old white men who thankfully are now the fade away party. To think I voted Republican back in the 80's – what a joke.

    Jerry
    Marine veteran

    June 23, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. donald

    What would they do in his shoes?

    June 23, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. katiec

    So what's new??
    That is all the republicans are capable of doing.
    They are a party of no substance so they accuse, rant, rave, spout lies, incite hate and anger with no credible solutions to anything.
    Are they not paying attention to the polls? The American people have spoken loud and clear that they do not like or respect the GOP yet they continue on their path of self destruction.
    They are pathetic.

    June 23, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. Doug, New Jersey

    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!

    June 23, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. katiec

    The republicans do not know the meaning of bipartianship.
    And, who could possibly be interested in what the incompetent party of no has to say??

    June 23, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    They are so afraid the Insurance Companies might lose a little of their profits.

    Tuff.

    We need affordable health care. They did nothing for 8 years, now they just want to stop any chance to even START reform.

    Vote the republicans out again next year. Also, get rid of any dems that want to obstruct progress for the people of this nation.

    June 23, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. Alfred E. Neumann

    Notice how the word "slam" is used by CNN.

    Not that they (GOP) are "critical" of Obama's plan.

    Just a hint or a sniff of bias – slam! Yes, bias on the part of CNN. Slam – just a common, everyday means of showing bias.

    And ABC doing a "town hall meeting" – more like an Obama infomercial.

    June 23, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. DT

    If Repubs beleived we all should have healthcare Obama wouldnt be doin anything about it now...soooooooooo...obviously Im missing somethin...

    June 23, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  23. justice counts

    Thats funny, I mean if the Republicans had a better idea on this why have they not done anything those 8 years when they were in power. Oh yeah, they were busy creating lies for wars.

    June 23, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. Too True For You

    Yeah, the republicans were real focused on that when Reagan was in office, and when Bush I & II were in office, weren't they? Oh wait, no they weren't. I forgot; the only time they pay attention to is is WHEN A DEMOCRAT BRINGS IT UP AND THEY DERAIL IT.

    Most of us think of bipartisanship a a give and take that results in a compromise. The republican definition remains: "Do it our way". Publicly and privately Obama has reached out to republicans in an unprecedented and well documented manner. Yet he has been rebuffed at every advance by stolid "Party Before Country" conservative politics that only offer "reduce taxes" and a "don't do what we did" ideology. Proof? When republican senators moderate, they are publicaly attacked and even driven from their own party, told they are "not true republicans" by idiots not fit to hold their jock straps.

    As we get closer to 2010 the republicans will bring out their beloved swift boat tactics and thing will only get uglier.

    June 23, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    And can the RNC deny that they are fronting for the medical insurance companies and doctors?!

    June 23, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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