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. Troy from NJ

    OK..They want to attack the Dems Plan, but what is their plan. Do they not realize that Obama and Dems are trusted more than Republicans on this issue and this is the reason why. The Party of No still has no solutions just silly attack adds.

    July 27, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. xargaw

    The GOP is on the wrong side of the health care issue. People may not yet know the specifics of the reform effort, nor may agree on the details of what is needed, but nearly 3/4s of the nation want a public option and sweeping healthcare reform. Everyone knows that costs are too high, too many people are left out and that insurance horror stories of barbaric porportion happen all the time. The GOP mantra of NO and OBSTRUCTION to anything not GOP originiated is adolescent, cruel and selfish. Americans are in serious pain medically and financially and the GOP only cares about playing the game of politics. They leave themselves with absolutely nothing to admire and much to scorn.

    July 27, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. VAisforLovers

    Instead of crying about the cost, why won't they come up with an alternative?

    July 27, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Ted D

    Hmm, I wonder why we're having such difficulty finding revenue to pay for health care reform that everyone, Republicans and Democrats alike, agree is necessary. Could it be that we don't have the money because the Republican "leadership" just spent a trillion dollars on an unnecessary war in Iraq? Or might it be that their failed deregulation policies just necessitated a nearly billion dollar bailout of the financial industry?

    So what's the consequence of this Republican incompetence? People will continue to go bankrupt and literally die for lack of adequate health care coverage. Now they have the audacity to oppose the president's plan for a public health option? I could not agree more that government cannot competently manage a health care system – but only if it's run by the Republicans, who want nothing more than for government to fail! These people need to be given the boot in 2010!

    July 27, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. Esco

    Wait...so the repubs have all that money they made from the fundraiser going to these crazy ads...attacking the dems more for political gains?! They are spending all this money in vain...our tax money to attack the dems for a spot in 2012...great job.

    The dems are working to re-review the bill before it passes and making sure they can make the right changes for the people. The republicans are working hard to put up campaign ads to attack the dems...offering no solution to the public...no resolution to the tension on this subject. WOW!

    July 27, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. Working Class American

    It's not that it's a "health care campaign" that they're spending all of this money on, is it now? It's more of an "anti-health care campaign"" Your Republican party, folks! Proud to be the anti-anything-that-helps-the-country Party!

    July 27, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. Torch

    For the last time Liberals!

    We Republicans are against this plan because it STINKS!

    WHAT PART OF SOCIALIZED MEDICINE IS BAD DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND?

    This whole thing is not about healthcare you flaming liberal idiots!

    It's about instituting programs that will keep the Democrats in power and this, cap a screw, taking over industries -banking-auto, and this universal healthcare is just a bunch of utopian progressive bullcrap.

    You're a loser, Obama is a loser, go away you communists!

    July 27, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. GOP = 21st century dodo

    That one million could sure help out a lot of people.

    July 27, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Ken

    Since this money is devoted to the "I hope America fails" campaign, I wonder if its origin is part of all that money that was airlifted into Iraq and has since been missing. It looks like the terrorits finally put it to use. I can't think of two more compatible peas in a pod: America's rightwing underbelly and al Queda.

    July 27, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. Angie in Pa

    One Million dollars to spread fears and lies!

    July 27, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. Working Class American

    The GOP needs to go the way of the Dodo Bird!!!!

    July 27, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. neville

    In mid 19th century there were land-barons and peasants-the barons got rich on the backs of the peasants and peasants were expendable. America is now there. Our congress is filled with land-barons-or hope to be land-barons. The largest contributors to the Republican party include pharmaceuticals and insurance and others who benefit from rich men "Lindsey Graham like philosophies" My betis that not one percent of congressmen have people in their families without insurance. Our policies are abhorrent and cause America to lose on the international trade scene. $1.6 trillion is small compared to foreign expenditures. As "baby boomers" become older the cost to this country will be great. Democrats-"step yo came up"-get this thing figured out; Republicans-either help figure it out or get out of the way.

    July 27, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Ken

    On the other hand, as a [D], I am grateful that the [R] party is investing $1 million to help re-elect 60 [D] congress-people. The add makes the case nicely.....the same old [R] rhetoric and FAILURE -or- a [D]-led government that is finally working for all its people. Thank you, all you half-wit [R]s for making our re-election job so much easier.

    July 27, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. jfs Memhis, Tn

    They should use the $1,000,000 to assist folks with health care and stop spending money to stop HELPING people. The big sillies. They just DO NOT GET IT....NO WARS !!!! HEALTH CARE !!!!!

    July 27, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. Karen - Missouri

    So here we go again...whine whine whine. Republicans only know how to whine instead of contributing some ideas that will work. That's what's been wrong with this country for YEARS. That's why nothing gets done in Congress...Republican whining! If they think they will even come close to winning any elections in 2010 or 2012...they are dreaming.

    and how is it that all the Republicans have concentrated on since inauguration day is next elections instead of actually getting down to work on TODAY'S PROBLEMS? As long as I live I will NEVER vote for a Republican again! And I used to be independent and open-minded...but at 60 I've seen ENOUGH of they whiny bums.

    July 27, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. Sheryl

    WHY!!!!! This is so wrong! people wake up dam what did you not learn with BUSH!!!! REPUBS HAVE YOU NO SHAME!!!!!!!!

    July 27, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. Leta

    Spend a MILLON on the remedy not the problem.....

    July 27, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. No Hillary = No Obama

    This issue is how the Republicans will begin to lift themselves off the floor, especially if they hand Obama a defeat. That should put a damper on his arrogance.

    July 27, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. Tim

    How about using that $1M to help people get healthcare. Wow!!! What a great idea!!! The Republicans don't want to help people, they just want to hurt President Obama. Country First seems not to mean anything anymore!!!!!

    July 27, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. Can you stand the TRUTH?

    Someone needs to cast doubt. This is a ridiculous plan that will bring ruination to health care as we know it. Yes all people need health insurance. This I have no problem with. Why not the government just set up a program to filter through these people and provide aide when aide is apporpriate and make them pay whatever is apporpriate to their income. This providing health care to every individual that walks into the Emergency Room will free health care at the taxpayers expense is bunk. But A OVERHAUL WE DON'T NEED OR WANT.

    July 27, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. carlos

    man, the ignorance from the backwoods regresives-repugnant reptiles-the swampy people of the U.S.

    July 27, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. Lance

    Considering the trillions the current proposal would cost us, the millions of jobs it will destroy and god only knows the damage it will do to the quality of health care in this country... $1,000,000 opposing it is a drop in the bucket compared to what we should be doing to stop it.

    July 27, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. carlos

    RNC thank you for the list of the people we will be voting for..........and please advise your followers to stop using rectal thermometers because they can harm their brains

    July 27, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. Rick in OP

    Obama and the Democrats are terrified of the prospect that they will not be able to quickly pass health care legislation without the American people knowing what is in it or how much it will cost. These tactics are not unlike those employed by used car salesman….get the sucker’s money before they have a chance to figure out what they are buying.
    They got the $787 billion stimulus bill through without anyone reading it. That is not going to happen this time.
    Wait until Labor Day, by that time the details and cost of the health care plan will be more widely known. When that does occur, Obama and the Democrats poll numbers will really sink.

    July 27, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  25. Roger

    I say we the citizens of the United States of America demand that all of congress's health insurance be taken away until this is resovled.WE AS CITIZENS PAY FOR THEIR INSURANCE just like we pay their salaries...the GOP worries about what will happen to the 1300 insurance companies if we have government run health insurance...who cares they are the reason our health insurance are so expensive today...I am fortunate my employer provides my health insurance BUT if I had to pay for them out of pocket the policy alone would be over $700 a month...& you think I am worried about them surviving....I can not understand why our government sends millions-billions of $$ to other countries each year from our taxes yet when it comes to the citizens of the US there is always a GOP uprise...

    July 27, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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