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. democrat in az

    rethuglicans you lost we dont need to have your input since all you will do is say "no" so kick rocks losers!

    June 23, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Moderate Democrat

    So let me get this right: Republicans elude to the fact that "Government Beauracrats" will create a HORRIBLE product, a HORRIBLE 'option'. But they feel that Insurance companies can't compete with such a "HORRID" product? What does that say about how bad the insurance companies are doing now? So their solution is "Do nothing different, other then offer rich people tax breaks AGAIN".

    Republicans: There is nothing to fear unless the insurance companies are in the business of SCAMMING AMERICA. And if they are, then YES, we are ALL for putting them out of business. If they can't provide a quality product at a reasonable price, then obviously they aren't very good at their jobs.

    June 23, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. John

    The RNC and the GOP still don't see the absurdity of arguing against government policies, without offering any real solutions to our existing problems. The GOP is promoting the interests of the health care insurance companies, at our expense. This country can no longer continue to listen to this do-nothing "Party of NO", bereft of any original ideas or policies.

    June 23, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. TCM

    Gee,
    that's funny...CNN doesn't want anyone to post about the articles referencing Obama saying the public plan won't harm private insurances...and that they should be 'disciplined..."

    Who's going to "discipline," the incompetence in the White House?

    He lied about the stimulus pkg, he lied about transparency, he lied about Walpin being fired, he lied about ACORN getting kickbacks, he lied about '5 days of sunshine," he lied about countless other things, and has done nothing positive, since in office...why should we believe him about healthcare?

    June 23, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. slkwly

    And the RNC/GOP position is: that right, what else, a tax cut! Like, all of these 40 + million folks would have bought their own if they would have had yet another tax cut, but since their not wealthy, the cut wul not have applied to them anyway.

    No matter how you look at it, the cost of doing nothing (the GOP way) is not acceptable. The cost keep rising, which makes healthcare unaffordable for many, too expensive for businesses, and keeps lining the pockets of the HMOs. Having some alternative for those who can't afford healthcare, and giving options to the others who are just barely affording it (provided they don't develop a serious health condition), would force the current healthcare companies to lower their costs in order to compete, and after all, isn't 'fair-competition' in a supposedly capitalistic society, part of the GOP mantra?

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

    Oh RNC... you crack me up. Please come back when you actually have a plan. Otherwise, stick with Rush and Co. in promoting Zycam.

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

    Every one knows the RNC is in the pocket of the AMA and prescription drug companies and they want to keep it that way, Adequate health care should be available to those that need it not just the ones who can afford it.

    June 23, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. ron

    What's the RNC? Are they talking about that formerly relevant organization of that old political party, what was their name again, the repuglicons? Something like that...

    June 23, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. normajean

    There's nothing new about the Republican slams against the president. They only do this to let us know they are still alive out there somewhere.Not thinking and not helping, but still there somewhere.

    June 23, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. Ted

    The RNC can go to hell. Did Bush allow dems in on all of his TV spots? I think not. The RNC wants partisanship since they are the minority party, but when they were the majority, they didn't allow the dems in.

    The thing about partisanship is that it needs to be earned, not given freely. If the RNC and the neocon rightwingnuttery would actually participate and give alternatives and work with the dems, that would be good. But the RNC is the party of NO.

    June 23, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. Chenna Benna

    Considering 70-80% of the country wants health care reformed and a majority like Obama's public plan, this will fall on deaf ears.

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

    Republicans need to get their resumes updated.

    We have a real leader in the White House now, and he and the Congress are accomplishing what you never could.

    June 23, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. Marie

    Televise a PLAN and perhaps I will listen to the GOP but for now the GOP is DEAD!

    June 23, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. Susan

    I wish those belonging to the RNC would do something constructive. We hear how they are so busy with meetings, etc. Yet at every chance they are in front of the camera complaining and whinning. It does take the better person to work within the system voted on by the people.

    June 23, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. Emma

    Republicans have the notion that corporations should be making money from peoples' illnesses. They are blatantly exaggerating when they say that Obama wants the government to take over health care. Sadly, the Congress is not likely to vote with their constituents' wishes on this.

    June 23, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. harvey

    Repuiblicans want a bipartisan plan as long as it has everything they want. If they really wanted to reform health care, they would have, under Gingrich et al from 1994 to 2006. Instead, they did nothing except enrich all of their friends in the insurance industry. AIG, anyone??

    June 23, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. tedious898

    Man...these RE-goofy-cans are just the epitome of moral outrage. These idiots act as though bureaucratics aren't between every american an their doctors today. Its called "insurance bureaucrats". These rather rich people tell the doctors all the time what medical procedures the company will pay for.

    What planet do these Re-dummy-cans come from?

    June 23, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. RNC has nothing

    after what they allowed to happen under doofus 'W', they have so little credibility

    June 23, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. Larry from RI

    Maybe you are being left out because you have absolutely nothing constructive to add to the national dialog?

    The majority of Americans don't care one nit about what you have to say anymore because we all see who's interests you have at heart and it isn't the middle class's!

    Go cry on your network Faux news as you do 24/7 and stop your petty whining!

    You lost, we won – get used to it!

    June 23, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. LIP

    Listened to Obama's speech today on MPR Radio and was impressed with his ideas and sincerity. The system is long overdue for reform and the idea of not increasing taxes and instead reshuffling the existing systems funds and making sure that the hospitals etc aren't taking a larger bite than they have earned is all good and deserves recognition and constructive debate. Who knows, maybe it can work and if not, it is a step in the right direction and Obama should be given credit for it.

    June 23, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. Th3rdpwr

    More fear-mongering and hyperbole; based on what we've heard, there will be no government takeover of healthcare (why do they keep beating this drum?). Given our current financial crisis, how does the RNC justify spending money on these ads?

    June 23, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. Chibeardan

    Actually, most people think Obama is trying to work with the Republicans too much. The Republicans have no interest in real reform. If bipartisanship means doing away with a public option, then the American people, who are clearly in favor of the public option in all recent non-partisan polling, then bipartisanship will not get the American people what they want.

    Unfortunately too many Democrats are using this theme of "bipartisanship" to justify ignoring their constituencies and protect their Health Insuarnce benfactors by saying that they may try to reform health care without a public option.

    If you are in favor of the public option, write to your Congressional Representatives, particulalry if they are Democratic and wavering.

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

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

    ARE THESE PEOPLE 5YR OLDS? Jeez, tell your momma to make you play with me! Hilarious, and they want to "lead" this country? Hell they can't even "lead" themselves!

    June 23, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. The Original No Incumbents 2010

    Statists- Its what they do.

    June 23, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. jAYjAY

    so now we know who speaks for the wealth insurance companies

    June 23, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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