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. Eric

    Instead of the GOP just saying NO...Why dont they use that 1 million dollars to put a plan together. I have not seen a plan from the GOP at all. All i hear is we should do this and that. Well if they are serious about reform then lets see them put something together instead of just saying NO. We must hold them accountable..

    July 27, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. J-dizzle

    The dems campaigned on a lot of things including fiscal discipline in comparison to what the last round of repubs did vs what they use as a tagline. They also notable stated healthcare as a key issue. You can't bake a cake without breaking some eggs. I fail to see why this is news worthy as this was expected and not some ruse by the dems. The important question to be asked is how much of these lobbying funds is supplied by the potential losers of this plan, the big insurance companies who are the real people who stand between you and your family and the doctors and other care providers you need. It's not Washington Bureaucrats. That's the biggest pile of BS I've heard all year. And with Palin in the spot light ever since the RNC, there is plenty to go around.

    July 27, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. joe

    So what is wrong with making our health care socialist? Our police force, and fire departments are all socialized. What makes me laugh are the uneducated conservatives on these blogs who probably just finished listening ( I mean being suckered) to Rush Limbaugh and know very little about anything make comments here.

    July 27, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Lisa P

    Well I guess this news will make media outlets across the country happy but it doesn't do much to solve the problem of skyrocketing health care costs or overpriced, unreliable and inadequate health insurance coverage, does it? Kind of like the Republicans - all smoke, no meat.

    July 27, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Slappy White

    I was hoping they would be done with all their expensive lying when Bush, Cheney and Karl Rove all slithered out of Washington.

    July 27, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Wake Up

    GOP does have a plan...you obamabots only read the left wing blogs and left wing websites. Go, do some research and find it. If you (as told to do by Obama) call GOP party of NO....appreciate that. Who wouldn't say NO to huge deficits, less freedom and a permanently worse economy. Obama is the same as Hugo Chavez.

    July 27, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Robert

    I don't like the healthcare plan either, but could the GOP offer an alternative other than tax cuts.

    July 27, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. Former Republican

    fiscal responsibility

    Is the RNC joking lol

    fiscal responsibility and the republican party does not belong in the same line LOL.

    Bush and darth with republican inherited a country that had a balanced budget and paying off the national debt which should of been paid off by now and we would not be having these poor economy pains we are facing.

    When the republicans got in power all they do is borrow and spend spend spend spend spend spend the country into bankruptcy

    FOR CRING OUT LOUD HOW DARE THE REPUBLICANS USE THE WORD fiscal responsibility

    July 27, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. Say NO to Universl Health care

    I pray the RNC spends every dime theycan to show the Cititzens of the USA what a SCAM this HealthCare is. We are losing our Freedom of choice. We are losing our jobs, and now this Administration wants to play GOd, as who lives or dies.!
    The lies and propaganda coming out of the White hUSE AND THIS aDMINISTRATION IS A DISGRACE.

    We as Taxpayers pay for there Healthcare, which th eywon't give up,but yet want us to be put on a RATION type HealthCare. WAKE UP AMERICAN, WE ARE LOSING OUR FREEDOM AND THE CONSTUTION IS IN JEOPARDY!

    AMERICAN NEED JOBS, NOT THIS CRAP!

    July 27, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. beth

    I'm so glad that the Republicans don't waste their money. Using $1,000,000.00 solely for the purpose of busting the proposed health plan is really putting money to good work. They will never get it. It's all about being in control and never about what's best for the common good....OOPS....that's right, that's SOCIALISM.

    July 27, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Bill

    The R's are in bed with the health care industry, therefore they cannot allow anything to happen that might threaten the status quo. I agree with the previous comment made – Congress should forego their tax payer funded group insurance and buy their own individual private health insurance policies. Most of the members of Congress wouldn't qualify for individual private insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Wow, I bet that sucks.

    July 27, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  12. Lynne

    So the Republicans can't work thru their "recess" on getting health care reform done but have the time to engage in all sorts of "activities" to try to kill any reform.

    Why isn't CNN demanding to see the plan the Republicans promised but which never materialized?? Journalists and Republican Congressmen seem hell bent in destroying reform as they sit there with their golden health plans!! What hypocrits!

    July 27, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. Rani McBride

    This proves it! Republicans and the Obama haters are more interested in destroying President Obama than helping America. So much for being so called Patriots of America. No problems will ever be solved with this mind set. This is why the Republican Party is where they are today, NO WHERE!

    July 27, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. Marty, Grand Rapids MI

    The RNC will spend 1 million in the hopes it can continue to take advantage of Americans who are uninsured and under insured. They also want to make sure that Americans who have their insurance canceled or medical procedures denied continue to do so.

    July 27, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Clint

    RNC/GOP – What is your plan, other than to "defeat" the President on this issue? This is not a Democrat vs. Republican issue. It is a national crisis that effects the vast majority of middle class and working class voters. By ignoring the issue and obstructing reform, you are on the wrong side of history and voters will make you aware it.

    July 27, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. James

    For a $1M that money could be use for other things. Instead they decide to use it to create misleading, distortion and mangling the issue so they can shoot down the idea. Minority Leader Mitch O'Connell said it best "we are for healthcare reform, but we just don't like Obama's idea."
    I found the concept of the Republicans talking with both side of their mouth very odd. For example when Steele and others launch the broadside against the healthcare reform while at the same time on Leher Newhour program that night show two GOP on the House and Senate (? and Alexander respectively) coming out talking about how they are working with the Democrats to fine tune the legislation in order to be deficit neutral. Dodd said that he accepted 160 proposals from the Republicans – I wouldn't know what they are. Even the GOP miss Ted Kennedy.

    July 27, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. Christina

    Here is the difference between a republican and a democrat- republicans only want what is best for them, while democrats want what is best for everyone- pure and simple!

    July 27, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Reformed Republican

    You can bet your next health insurance premium that these "dis-infomercials" from the obstructionists will be full of fear, smears, outright lies and lame bleatings about how health care reform will be the end of the free world as we know it.
    Any takers?

    July 27, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. Hugo

    Wouldn't it be a more cost effective move to just post the bill with a synopsis of the legal meanings of each line item on line for people to read? For anyone to blindly want the House and Senate to pass this thing without first knowing all the dirty little details is plain stupid! Does anyone really want a bureaucrat deciding your healthcare needs? Why doesn't DC take a look at the true cause of our healthcare insurance costs? The problem is the same as with almost every other business and industry now left in the United States. It is called LAWYERS! In my lifetime I have seen the lawyers initiate public advertising of their "skills" and seen the commensurate increase in insurance premiums as related to nearly every aspect of our society. Regulate Lawyers not Physicians and the American Public!

    July 27, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. Melissa

    The only reason they are committing anything is so they can try to convince people that they should keep the status quo. Say no to the Republicans. Support change in the health care system.

    July 27, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. Bedtime for Obonzo

    This is great! Obama campaigned as a "post partisan" candidate, who would rise above party labels and bring everyone on board his programs as partners. Now, the most partisan president in recent history is experiencing bipartisanship - in the OPPOSITION.

    July 27, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. Sick -n- Tired

    See folks? The Republican Party is showing all of you yet AGAIN how they're only concerned with political posturing, grandstanding, image, and winning elections! All of you slackjawed, knuckledragging, GOP nuthuggers need to wipe the "chew" drool from your chins and learn to realize when it's time to come in out of the rain! FOOLS!

    July 27, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. Craig- Easton, PA

    No, no, no, no, ...a million times NO! Shame they don't spend as much effort on solving the problem.

    July 27, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. POSTIT

    "To give an idea of abuse–AIG Insurance is postured to give out another round of multimillion dollar bonuses, and they haven't repaid a dime of TARP money they got.

    The Republicans and the companies they bow down too represensent the sincerest for of corruption in Washington."
    Um so the democratic senator, Chris Dodd, who killed the provision that prevented such bonuses has no blame to play in this. I forgot the democrats are pure and don't receive any lobbying money. Silly me...

    July 27, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. Matt

    Oh but it was Obama who started two wars, printed huge amounts of money and added to the deficit right? from 2000-06 The Republicans controlled the white house and all of congress, from that point they contributed to the deficit far more than Obama could ever dream of furthermore the gipper ( good old ron) contributed about another 3.5 trillion in the arms race, which was money well spent by a so-called conservative. But yeah go ahead and make that arguement Obama is bad, he possibly cant be worse than the gipper or any of the bushes.

    July 27, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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