July 27th, 2009
02:53 PM ET
1 year ago

First on the CNN Ticker: RNC commits nearly $1 million on health care campaign

The RNC will spend nearly $1 million on campaign activities over the next month to battle President Obama's health care plan.
The RNC will spend nearly $1 million on campaign activities over the next month to battle President Obama's health care plan.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Republican National Committee will spend nearly $1 million on campaign activities over the next month in an effort to cast doubt on President Obama's proposal to reform health care, a GOP official tells CNN.

The Republican campaign will include television commercials already running in Arkansas, Nevada and North Dakota and new radio ads announced Friday that will air in 33 states.

The RNC did not reveal Friday who the radio ads would target, but CNN has learned the 60 second commercials will run against 60 House Democrats.

"The Democrats targeted by the RNC radio ad have campaigned on fiscal responsibility, and now these Democrats are being held accountable to their campaign promises as they prepare to vote on a government-run health care bill that will cost American taxpayers $1.6 trillion, add to the record budget deficit and burden American families and small businesses with higher taxes," RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho told CNN.

In addition, the GOP will engage in tele-town hall meetings, Web ads, and other grassroots activity over the congressional recess, Gitcho said.

Full list of Democrats targeted in ad campaign after the jump:

Democrats targeted in new RNC radio ad campaign

· Illinois Rep. Deborah Halvorson
· Kentucky Rep. Ben Chandler
· Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak
· Michigan Rep. Mark Schauer
· Ohio Rep. Steve Driehaus
· Ohio Rep. Charlie Wilson
· Ohio Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy
· Ohio Rep. John Boccieri
· Ohio Rep. Zack Space
· Wisconsin Rep. Steve Kagen
· Maryland Rep. Frank Kratovil
· North Carolina Rep. Mike McIntyre
· North Carolina Rep. Larry Kissell
· North Carolina Rep. Heath Shuler
· Pennsylvania Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper
· Pennsylvania Rep. Jason Altmire
· Pennsylvania Rep. Chris Carney
· Pennsylvania Rep. Paul Kanjorski
· Virginia Rep. Glenn Nye
· Virginia Rep. Tom Perriello
· Virginia Rep. Rick Boucher
· Arkansas Rep. Vic Snyder
· Iowa Rep. Leonard Boswell
· Kansas Rep. Dennis Moore
· Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz
· Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson
· North Dakota Rep. Earl Pomeroy
· South Dakota Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin
· Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick
· Arizona Rep. Harry Mitchell
· Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords
· Colorado Rep. John Salazar
· Colorado Rep. Betsy Markey
· Colorado Rep. Ed Perlmutter
· New Mexico Rep. Martin Heinrich
· New Mexico Rep. Harry Teague
· Oklahoma Rep. Dan Boren
· Texas Rep. Chet Edwards
· Utah Rep. Jim Matheson
· New Hampshire Rep. Carol Shea-Porter
· New York Rep. Dan Maffei
· New York Rep. Eric Massa
· Alabama Rep. Bobby Bright
· Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith
· Florida Rep. Allen Boyd
· Florida Rep. Alan Grayson
· Florida Rep. Suzanne Kosmas
· Georgia Rep. Jim Marshall
· Georgia Rep. John Barrow
· Mississippi Rep. Travis Childers
· Mississippi Rep. Gene Taylor
· Tennessee Rep. Lincoln Davis
· Tennessee Rep. Bart Gordon
· Tennessee Rep. John Tanner
· California Rep. Jerry McNerney
· Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick
· Nevada Rep. Dina Titus
· Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio
· Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader
· Washington Rep. Brian Baird

Filed under: Health care • RNC
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Rushdittoheadbot

    One Million Dollars to lie to America.

    July 27, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. Kimberly

    why dont they spend that on helping find a way to get it done? OH I KNOW, they have proven they hate America and only care about winning. shame on the gop and ALL their anti American supporters

    July 27, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Facts Anyone?

    I wonder why the GOP/RNC was so keen on "waiting" and "taking it slow to get it right".... It's all politics, people. Watch out for your own interests, and don't expect your elected officials to think more about you than they do about their next campaign.

    July 27, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. Post always rejected by CNN

    Folks we see more and more and more everyday that most republicans are not really Americans. What country do they belong to ...we should take them and set them up on a desert island. Let them pay for their services with TAXES they evade. Let them have health care not paid for by the taxpayer they are stepping on every day.

    I think there is hardly one republican left who is interested in the welfare of the people. They want to fill their pockets and fill the coffers of big business and lobbyist so they can continue to STIFF THE TAXPAYER.

    July 27, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. Jim

    Its so obvious the the entire Republican motive is to get back power. They did nothing about health care the entire time they were in charge and now instead of working on the issue, their entire focus is to kill it. I hope this backfires on them.

    July 27, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    What a waste of money. I saw one of the Conservative ads and it happens to be sponsored by the Lewman Group. Thanks, but no thanks republicans. If we wanted more special interest in Washington, a republican presdent would be in office. But I see you guys didn't drop the ball and are still in the backpockets of the insurance companies.

    July 27, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. Neutralizer

    RNC don't have to run campaign ads on healthcare of Obambi, the American people knew this is BAD MEDICINE.

    ARE YOU WILLING TO DIE FOR OBAMA'S HEALTHCARE? Are you willing to kill your children, brothers, sisters, parents? OBAMACARE is GENOCIDE. If people read the bill and understand it, they know what it means – G E N O C I D E

    July 27, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Jo

    For the Repubs and Democrats that is getting kick back from the Health Care Providers, I hope that Obama call you out by name and state and let the American People know how crooked you are for not allowing this country to have Health Care System that will support everyone. If you'll are that evil go move to a country where there is no care and see how those people live.

    This is pathetic. Also, why can't the RNC say that money for a rainy day. You might need it. Also on another note, Why are the GOP afraid of Obama. That is the questions because it is evident that this is what it is people.

    July 27, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. TRUTH

    the gop is sick, trying to destroy the dreams of people, the destuction was started by bush/cheney ,the gop will continue to go downhill. GO DEMS , please get people affordable healthcare

    July 27, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. Larry

    Just below pond scum is the natural habitat of the GOP "leaders(?)". Boner, McConnell, and, as they used to say in Mad Magazine, "The usual gang of idiots".

    July 27, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Guess it would be asking too much and make too much sense to spend that million dollars trying to assist the President in formulating a plan that would be bi-partisan and beneficial to all.The Party of No would rather tear down instead of help build up as usual!!!

    July 27, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. KJ, CA

    Why would the RNC spend that much money so that all can't have access to health care? What is their motivation? It isn't money because we currently spend 17% of our GNP on health care and, while it may go up a bit initially, in the long run it will cost less because people will be getting treated proactively instead of waiting (because they don't have insurance)until their illness has become very serious and very costly to treat. Let's be real – there are other reasons other than cost that the RNC wants to defeat this.

    July 27, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. MM

    In stead of spending $1 million on ads casting doubt on the plan, whiy not spend that money coming up with and promoting their own plan if they think this one stinks. What a waste of funds in this time when we can ill afford it.

    July 27, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. RahmAxleRod SuperTroopers

    ant they should, the adminstrations plan is garbage... Instead they need to setup universities to train more doctors and nurses, limit patent term limits and limit liability... Wanna see a real change....

    July 27, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  15. Shawn - GA

    Health care needs to be reformed no one argues that, however this way is not the correct way.

    They need to spend this money because the Democratic Party, including the President is blaming the hold-up on the rep despite that fact they have their 60 majority. Let us not forget that the GOP congress is being censored by the majority, the first time I have never heard such a thing, they have forbidden them from sharing with their constitutes a flow chart that detailed the 31 people that stand in-between a patient and a decision.

    Fix healthcare do NOT make it worse with this Public option fiasco. I stayed neutral for quite awhile (many posts on CNN as a matter of fact) I wanted details and information, the more of each I am getting the more I see that this way is not the correct way.

    God Bless America, Her People, and her President

    July 27, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. Independent

    Wow a list of people that believe in healthcare reform and are doing this for the American citizens. How patarotic . Thank you RNC, now I know who to make a donation to.

    Not a surprise. Anything to keep some Americans scared. RNC thrives on that and some Americans believe it.

    July 27, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. Sanford

    President Obama has always said that reform with a public option would give Americans health care "the same health insurance that members of Congress enjoy". I think that, if health care reform is killed by Congress, then they should have to forfit their health insurance.

    July 27, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Wow. The Republicans are so bankrupt of new ideas for improving the country that they now have to resort to attacking those who actually DO have ideas as their party's campaign strategy.

    So sad.

    July 27, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. Sam Ellison

    1 Million dollars is nothing when youre getting several hundred million in kickbacks from the drug companies....

    July 27, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    At an average of $40K per person, $1M is cancer treatment for 25 people. But hey, it's after-tax money well spent on misinformation campaigning and fear mongering, right GOPers?

    July 27, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. Peggy

    Why spend that money to cast doubt on Obama's ideas?????? Why not spend the time and money to come up with their own reform plan?????? Always a negative spin from the GOP....never a positive , moving ahead idea.

    July 27, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. KirksNoseHair

    Right wingers don't want health care reform. It's not good for the corporate executives at the insurance companies who line their pockets with money.

    There's some "straight talk"

    July 27, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. jm

    This Republican plan is reminiscent of many hate campaigns in history . sounding reasonable and thoughful, (e.g. Liz Cheney's monolgue on Larry King LIve) while viscously targeting a select group of individuals. It is scare tactic that we in the U.S. media market should be savvy enough to recognize and reject.

    July 27, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. Obama 2.0

    It is amazing that they will spend 1 million so that 14 million continue to loose their HC daily. What country do they support?

    July 27, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. RepubliKLANs Are Plain Stupid

    why not spend these millions on finding a better solution?...instead of the RNC being a political hack. sorry, I forgot...RNC is the party of "NO"!!!

    July 27, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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