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. Dave in Illinois

    Read the Fortune article on the web (linked to CNNMoney.com) entitled "5 freedoms you'd lose in health care reform" to understand why the Democrat healthcare plan needs to be stopped. President Obama's vision and the Congress' plans are not in sync.

    July 27, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. Thomas, Baton Rouge, LA

    This isn't about better health care. It's about winning. Anything to screw Obama.

    July 27, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. kas

    Spend some of it to send Obama, Pelosi and Reid to Iraq....one way ticket.

    July 27, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. JGB

    Go Blue dogs!! Republicans and blue dogs can put a stop to the life support of this bad health care bill. The only plan we should even consider accepting is the one that Botox Pelosi and company are on. We were all promised that plan..........where is it? Another empty Obama promise.

    July 27, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Shawn - GA

    the last "?" should not be there... there is no question about it.

    God Bless America, her People and her President

    July 27, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Jackie

    The more comments I hear from Republican supporters/Obama haters, the more I'm so glad I'm not a part of their party.

    July 27, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Amar

    They don't care about health care. It's just a political scheme to get back in power.

    July 27, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. gl, From Pittsburgh

    GOP do not have a plan so until they come up with one thier ads are meanless. It GOP don't put a lid on the Birther, they we really be irrelavant.

    July 27, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Quiteman1

    Forget the beer Mr. President. Just apologize for a really dumb statement.

    July 27, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. donttreadonme

    1 million of 100% donated money is way better than 1.6 trillion of wasted tax payer money spent to push forward Obama’s socialistic agenda. Please stop yourself snifit Obama spent $740.6 million in his campaign alone.

    The worm has turned libs, we need real Healthcare reform not a Government take over that we just can’t afford. Even sensible dems don’t believe the Obama propaganda machine.

    The fear mongering Obama pass my Health plan or the economy is doomed or pass this “stimulus" or America is doomed.

    July 27, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Tort Reform Is A Sham

    Only 1% of money spent on Health Care is spent on lawsuits. By that account, tort reform will only save 1% of total cost.

    July 27, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. Bev

    I call for EVERY Republican Congressman or Congresswoman to refuse their GOVERMENT provided insurance and buy it on their own. NO MORE GOVERNMENT TAKINGS! NO MORE DEPENDENCY ON THE TAX PAYERS. What a joke these people are. It's a perpetual double standard. I think all government employees should go without their taxpayer provided health care coverage. I bet we'd have health care reform in place in a heartbeat if that were the case. Pitiful.

    July 27, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Randy in PA

    The GOP only care about one thing, getting in power. Screw the American people, screw other countries, screw anyone who doesn't believe in what they care about. Unfortunately, our whole system is based on two principals..... POWER and GREED not about actually accomplishing something beneficial to all.

    I would like to know why health care reform is being played out in the media. Average Joe/Jane has no real clue what is happening, so why ask us to do anything? How about you (Government) do your fricking job, work on a health plan that works for all and THEN explain to us why we should accept it.

    July 27, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Bill from CA

    First of all, if $ 1 million is all they are contributing, good luck getting the 'message' out (assuming they even have a message). Secondly, perhaps instead of all the efforts trying to cast doubt on the health care plan, they should be working harder with the White House to have what they want included. They're not going to get the big things they want in the package...they need to accept they are a true minority party and do the best they can with it. Like most Republicans and Democrats, I don't think this plan is perfect BUT it is a start in the right direction.

    July 27, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. Chris D.

    DISGUSTING..........The GOP does not want health reform to pass.....They never attack this issue when they're in power. NEVER.

    July 27, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. Laverne

    It is funny that the RNC complains about the money it will take to cover healthcare, yet find it appropriate to spend 1 million on an ad to make a dispute. It just does not make any sense how the RNC is trying to mislead the American people and that a lot of the American people are falling for their crap. Besides I thought the GOP was all for competition, that is all a public option will be. People will be able to keep their current healthcare if they are happy with it. I personally don't prefer public healthcare for me, but if I did not have health insurance or could not afford a private plan, I would be grateful to have the option of a public plan. This is really a no brainer, we are already paying for public healthcare, everything someone goes through the ER uninsured or underinsured and use the ER as their primary care physicians!

    July 27, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. Randolph Carter

    What? No mention of the post office or the DMV yet? Come on republicans, you're slacking. Have a nice day!

    July 27, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. Big Al C.

    Give the american people what the senate has. That should be good enough. What does the party of NO think about that as a program?

    July 27, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. Nothingnewwithidiots

    They think with their other head and as long as they set there having the greatest health careinsurance they don't give a hoot about other people and always go into their crazy religion to cover up their continued lieson everything even when they cheat on their wife so what has God to do or blame for their behavior ?Nothing

    July 27, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. donttreadonme

    Dems are not supporting Obama's plan either.

    Please stop with "what is your plan Repubs" if you are too lazy or stupid to research for yourself then quit crying about it!

    Dems have the supper majority and can't get this passed because it is this plan stinks!

    July 27, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Lauren

    How about instead of casting doubt on the only plan being worked through congress, the GOP gives us an alternative. And instead of attempting to undermine any confidence that American people have in our members of congress they give us a plan to support and not just shoot down those that are actually trying to do something about the US's failing healthcare system.

    July 27, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. the southern progressive

    what is so sad, is that scare tacticts almost always work in the United States of America, the land of the brave..but then again, most people in this country dont realize that as a nation we can do anything. even the ones who keep telling the rest of the world that we are better than them.. so i guess we should really call ourselves the United States of America, the land of contradictions.

    July 27, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. Palin 2012 - 2014 1/2

    That's ok... They will get 10 million from the insurance industry....a good investment!!!!

    July 27, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. phoenix86

    It appears that all the liberal dems and Obamabots on this blog are so filled with hate that they haven't had time to read the bill. Always sad to see people supporting their own destruction.

    July 27, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. Typical Republican

    Oooh...I wonder how many lives that would save? I heard somewhere that it was about ONE (ain't inflation a K9?).

    Oh wait...never mind, I mean "Yea, let's spend it on killing some people by denying them insurance....so much better spent to kill people...especially poor people".

    July 27, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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