June 23rd, 2009
02:13 PM ET
5 years ago

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. johnnie/ calif

    what is new,for the party of nothing, all they do is get more republicans to turn democrat, they are so out of touch. and finished , we are tired american people of this stupid nonsense, they have lost their minds, president obama will pass health care,because it is right for those who are without. . their so ignorant, so done, 2010 landslide for for the democrats and president obama is to smart for their dumb actions. it wont work this time, or ever again, bush took them down with him,and they will never come back, get gop , its over!

    June 23, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. John from California

    The republicans are going to criticize any change since they have tilted the countries playing field to the rich and they want to keep it that way.

    Poor, hungry, sick or unemployed? Well too bad for you according to the republican party and we now see why only 21% of the country identifies with the GOP.

    June 23, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. Angie in PA

    one word for you Republicans PATHETIC!

    June 23, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. TimeforChange

    I have had it with the RNC!
    Stop being critical and design a constructive way to do this. We need an affordable top notch health care system. We are in the 21st century, we should have had a handle on healthcare by now, the auto industry should have been a jump ahead in the industry with alternative fuel cars. We are behind and this is the time to step up to the plate and make it happen! America's future depends on Change! Change from the old ways that have gotten us in this mess we are in.
    RNC, all I can say is....SHUT UP!

    June 23, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. STAND FIRM

    VOICE: GOP didn't have the goods to do it for past eight years! Please take a backseat and reinvent yourselves. Let the party in power for only 5 months show how it is possible. This administration is showing America that it is indeed possible to multitask, and do so effectively.

    June 23, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    What have they done to show their proposal? Have they asked the networks to show their side? Do they believe that corporate America can do the job and provide everything to everyone? So far that hasn't really happened. There are millions that don't have anything and more that don't have insurance that they can really afford. This doesn't seem good to me.

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

    what exactly is "bipartisan" healthcare reform? WE WANT CHEAPER HEALTH CARE!!! we want what every civilized nation in the world has@! we want the same system as the top 20 countries regarding healthcare in the world have!!! we dont care about your pathetic attempts at scaring us anymore into believing the communist boogeyman will get us if we take the profit away from the healthcare companies!

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

    Republicans think government run healthcare will be a disaster and they also say that government is not good at running anything...

    So why do republicans want to be nominated as a Government employee (say POTUS)? For that matter why do they have Republican senators, Republican governors etc. Are they just Power hungry?

    June 23, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. craig from washington

    So where's the Republican's health care plan? No change requires no effort. Right guys?

    June 23, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. Weli ( York, Maine)

    What is new? A party of NO with same old dirty politics.

    June 23, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Rightsaid

    The GOP is so hypocritical.

    I want a public option, and the majority of the American people do. And the American public deserves it.

    Less infant death, longer life expectancies, and less money spent in Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, etc. Look it up! Educate yourselves. We do not have to settle for an insurance-industry run health care system.

    June 23, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. HomerJFong

    " When he says "public option", that means putting government bureaucrats in charge…instead of patients and their doctors.""

    Pfft! Are they suggesting that patients and doctors are currently in charge of our health care, and the 'public nudge-wink-socialist option' would be the end of that. Or is that the core of the new Republican health plan? They'll just let the patients decide what treatments are appropriately justified for coverage...? heh, yeah that must be it.

    June 23, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Joe the Troll

    I guess it's okay, however, for Fox news to all GOP 24-7.

    June 23, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Kevin in Ohio

    ABC, in addition to other networks, are clearly in the tank with this President. Makes one wonder whether we are getting a balanced picture. Get a room.

    June 23, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. Chris from NY

    What else do they have? When they said stop did they add what they are going to do for the American people? No. Only criticize the President without offering an alternative. Jealosy is the root of hatred.

    June 23, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. Cicely

    Republicans are so accusatory and unhelpful. All that echo-y weirdness but no real ideas. Everyone knows it is contrary to Republican ideology to help people. So why let them be involved? So they can slow it down and muck it up? That is their goal. Americans voted them out for this reason! We need government sometimes. This is one of those times.

    June 23, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. Slowgun

    RNC = Rush, Newt, and Cheney

    June 23, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. G

    We can't afford to fix healthcare until we fix Social security, Medicare and Medicaid. The whole solution is that we need more people working paying for their own food, housing and healthcare. More people working raises our GDP (therefore lowering healthcare costs as a percent of GDP). It also means less government spending on social programs and more revenue from taxes. We really need a culture change that says anyone 18 and above who is capable of working needs to be working. Welfare, disability and even Social Security are extravagences that we can no longer afford.

    June 23, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. christina

    Republicans are pathetic

    June 23, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Brendan

    Good. Time to expose to the American people this radical agenda.

    June 23, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. xavier

    The RNC would be better off coming up with new ideas rather than recycling old rhetoric. What a bunch of losers.

    June 23, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. johnnie/

    cnn is a joke for even posting this stupid junk. why dont you your right wing network get real, the gop is finished, thats why cnn did not get a question from the president at the press conference 2 day, cnn is a puppet of the gop ,and we smart americans know your bull. who cares what lou dobbs or what cnn says, or david gargle,bennett,or any other clown says, they will be looking for employment soon. why does cnn constantly promote a party of notiing, the gop have nothing to offer america, and the majority knows it. the gop stands for got out of propositions,zero,where is roland martin at?

    June 23, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. Richard-Arkansas

    Obviously the Republicans are anti-capitalism if they feel that the president was over-stepping to save two American car companies and 2.5 million jobs which I am sure included some executives who regularly give to the GOP. The bank take-over was a Bush affair and all of these probelms can be traced to the GOP sitting on their collective arse while George Bush did nothing during the last 6 months of his presidency.

    I, like most Americans, am for a single payer system. If we don't get one then Congress should have the guts to give up their plan which is a SINGLE PAYER PLAN and go into the open market and learn how it is to really have to deal with those friendly insurance guys who donate so much to theri campaigns.

    June 23, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. johnnie/

    cnn is a fake network

    June 23, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. Kate in SW Fla

    The Republicans do not want to reform Health Care. they want to score political points. If they wanted to work with Obama, they would have found a way by now.

    June 23, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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