July 27th, 2009
02:53 PM ET
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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. MattinKentucky

    Here is an idea...why dont the republicans use that 1Million that they are going to waste and buy Alaska and all republicans can move there. they can even make that crazy Sarah Palin their Queen for a day!

    July 27, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Carlos L. Harrisburg PA

    Well for that there is money for. For health care is not. The party of no..

    July 27, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Bryan

    1 Million is small change compared to what the Republicans will get kicked in to their reelection funds by the medical insurance companies.

    I love the ad that says "do you want a bureaucrat making decisions about your coverage?" oh goodness no please let me have an insurance company executive who is focused on his ability to cut costs and pay for as little as possible to keep his bonuses up.

    We all know that corporate executives from WorldCom to Enron are only looking out for the good of the country.

    July 27, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. Katie

    This is so pathetic. What a waste. Why do Republicans have this vendetta against Obama? I hate the lies they spread and the people who believe them. They are NOT interested in the well-being of our country, they are only interested in blocking Obama's policies. I actually saw a TV commercial last week that featured such classy phrases as 'Do you want the government to take away your insurance? Do you want to be forced to see a doctor mandated by the government?' etc. Very nice. Lies, lies, lies.

    For anyone who supports our much-needed health care reform, please join groups such as Democracy for America, Healthcare for America Now, Firedog Lake, Bold Progressives, Organizing for America, etc. Sign petitions, call your senators, donate if you can/want (every little bit helps). Our families should not have to suffer any longer.

    July 27, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. Alan

    It's a shame to have to spend a dime. Most people with any common sense knows that this plan is a dud.

    I won't work and it cost about 10 times more than it should!!

    July 27, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. obummer, 1 and done (thank God!)

    Dimocrats need to learn something other than saying the republicans have no new ideas. Obviously, they must not know how to read if they think that is true. They just continue to blindly follow like abunch of sheep.

    Thank God for the so called party of No.

    I also say no to idiotic legislation proposed without thinking it through and without looking at the consequences. didn't the dimocrats learn what that does by what they did to the banking industry? Sure it looks great now, but it will end up the same way their relaxing of lending requirments did to the banking industry. Is the dimocratic goal to completely destroy America?

    Can they for once think intelligently instead of by polls???

    July 27, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. andy

    The sad thing is most liberals and democrats are to ignorant to read and understand the bill. They start to bobble thier heads forward when Obama speaks and would rubberstamp anything he says. At least republicans have slowed this down so the great Obama cant speed it through and cram it down our throats.. Do you dems even realize that that Obama wants to give free insurance to 10,000,000 illegal aliens at taxpayer expense? I know you think rich folks can pay the bills but thats only in Obama's world of unicorns and rainbows.

    July 27, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Diana NJ

    I wish I had that money to pay for our health care..

    July 27, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. blue boy

    The best party money can buy.

    July 27, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Teena in Denver

    It would have been nice if the RNC would have spent $1 million in finding out if there were really WMD's in Iraq before jumping on the bandwagon with their president. Just think of what the AMERICAN public could have had with all of those dollars spent in Iraq!!
    So, of course the party of WAR wants to use money to STOP health-care instead of funding health care or even hiring someone to fashion a health care plan–is this twisted logic or what?!

    July 27, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Tim

    1991 all over again. Get ready for lots of commercials in August and September scaring you into thinking that the world will end if a public option happens.

    July 27, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. THE MEDIA IS THE MASTER

    That's right!!!

    With TRILLION DOLLAR WARS

    WHO NEEDS HEALTHCARE?

    July 27, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. Jackie

    Everyone is for Quality Healthcare and availability and access reform. I want to see a bi-partisan bill. The Repubs really do have good ideas that were shunned for many many years. We need to put all ideas on the table and merge from both sides. It should never be my way or the highway. Not for something this big and important.

    July 27, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. Darth Vadik, CA

    No Hillary = No Obama,

    Spoken like a true American, Lets make sure Obama's arrogance is in check, to heck with everything else.

    July 27, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. Ethan

    The funny thing is that the Public Option is KEY to reducing insurance costs.

    That's why the Insurance Salesmen... um, I mean Republicans and corporate Blue Dogs... are against it.

    You either want to reduce costs or you don't. Pick one.

    July 27, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. ThomThumb CO

    Why is the GOP so scared of reform........they're insurance buddies will have to get out there and actually COMPETE, that's why! Competition drives down prices and they know it.

    We've been sold a bill of goods, folks. "Unhealthy Americans are the reason prices are so high"...yeah, yeah. They do it because they can't, that's the only reason. Why do you think the GOP is fighting this so hard? You can't be so stupid as to believe they're genuinely interested in fixing healthcare. Status quo is far too profitable for too many of them.

    July 27, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. What are you Liberals talking about?

    Our president is flying across the country and has been for weeks to convince everyone on his health care plan. He brings his staff with him. He brings his security with him. Do you think that's free?? Add his TV, radio and internet ads to this. This all costs money

    The Republicans are getting the word out for their end of the health care reform. They are doing it the same way our president is doing it, by spending money. Don't be so hypocritical as is the case most of the time with the left side.

    Regards

    July 27, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. Scot

    Everybody's an expert!!!!!

    July 27, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. vegage

    I am not surprised at all to see republicans doing this. After all they do not want to the system to be changed because their most important contituents, which are not the average people but the big interests and the rich don't want a health care reform.

    July 27, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. Suzan

    Sure the republicans don't want to make any changes to the Health care they are in bed with the drug companies, the insurance companies and they don't want to give that up, just like they are all tied up with the NRA.....they are not for the people of this country they could care less whether any of us have health care ....... just as long as no one mess up their Government provided Health Care ....... maybe that is what they are so afraid of.....they will have to have to give up their Gov. provided Health care .......GOP is for themselves and NO one else

    July 27, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. Chris - Denver

    Ask yourself why someone would be willing to spend $1 million to stop health insurance reform. Could it be that they stand to gain more than $1 million from the insurance industry if they maintain the status quo? And why would the insurance industry be willing to part with more than $1 million to help politicians that help maintain the status quo? Might it be that they stand to earn even more than that if the status quo is maintained? Finally, ask yourself if the insurance industry does enough to add value to society to justify the enormous rewards to which they help themselves. We would be better served by universal, non-profit health insurance.

    July 27, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  22. TomfromNJ1

    And if any of those listed think for a minute that if they vote against the bill then the GOP will let them off the hook and they can coast to victory, then they are fools. All good politicians should vote for a single-payer system. Then, if it does not pass, they can point to any people who voted against it and tell people these are the ones who prevented you from having good health care. I would be willing to help in the campaign AGAINST anyone, Democrat or Republican who dares vote against it.

    William Krostol was at least truthful when he was quoted as saying that his GOP should never let this go through because if it did, the people would like it so much that would elect the Democrats for years to come out of gratitude. He is correct and THAT is why they are willing to spend $1,000,000 against it. It's as simple as that.

    July 27, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. Glennis

    If this bill is so good, why can't they not only take the time to read it, but explain it point by point to us...the people who will be affected by their foolish haste? If this bill is so good, why will they and their families not be forced into it? I don't trust something that even one of the pushers says he can't read without time and a couple of lawyers to help him understand it. We're being railroaded into an unhealthy healthcare disaster.

    July 27, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. TomfromNJ1

    And if any of those listed think for a minute that if they vote against the bill then the GOP will let them off the hook and they can coast to victory, then they are fools. All good politicians should vote for a single-payer system. Then, if it does not pass, they can point to any people who voted against it and tell people these are the ones who prevented you from having good health care. I would be willing to help in the campaign AGAINST anyone, Democrat or Republican who dares vote against it.

    William Kristol was at least truthful when he was quoted as saying that his GOP should never let this go through because if it did, the people would like it so much that would elect the Democrats for years to come out of gratitude. He is correct and THAT is why they are willing to spend $1,000,000 against it. It's as simple as that.

    July 27, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. David

    1 million dollars wasted. Why can't they just provide a better plan, want a waste of money and effort.

    July 27, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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