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. Ellie, MD

    WHERE was this million 8 years ago? Republicans continue to be CLUELESS for a MILLION YEARS!!

    July 27, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. Casey - California

    1M to protect THEIR interests... isn't the scam by the insurance companies the only thing left for them to make money on?

    The dire economy issues we face as a nation are directly related to the Republican agenda of big oil, corporate welfare and the christian right's so-called morality... which has generated nothing but intolerance and warfare, both literally (in Iraq and Afghanistan) and less obviously here in America as class warfare.

    Evil, mean-minded, narcissistic, me-first mentality and I am glad we finally got on a path to change what's important in this country.

    From Pat Buchanan to Sarah Palin - self-involved, ignorant racists who fear the change that the TRUE average JOES want and need.

    July 27, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. RDS

    Sooooo ...instead of trying to come up with a solution to the problems, they're wasting time and money spreading lies and fear mongering..typical. Thank Goodness for Politifact and other truth websites.

    July 27, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Jeremy

    Thank GOD that Republicans are getting the word out on this.

    Democrats cannot compete with facts.

    Heck, CNN can't even compete with facts. Reading these Ticker items is like reading a diary of someone with a crush on Obama.

    July 27, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. Frank

    What is their health care campaign?

    "Let's do nothing and hope things get better."

    Simply ridiculous.

    July 27, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. DC - Sebastopol, CA

    Did you know that this generation is probably going to be the first in a VERY long time that won't live LONGER than their parents?

    Yeah, that's the state of OUR healthcare system... we leave the masses ignorant of just what refined sugar (corn syrup) does to you if you suck it down from birth and create diabetic, obese, unhealthy kids who grow up and cannot afford healthcare.

    Can you imagine what a little preventative and informative healthcare and education for the poor from birth would do in the long run?

    Oh, wait, that's right... the rich corporation owners don't want you to live very long.

    July 27, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. Fred the Moderate

    Spent $1 million dollars to stop health care. How arrogant is it to have health care and yet want to stop others from having it? Even worse is having government health care we pay for and trying to stop us from paying for health care as a group through the government?? It is appearent the GOP hasn't got the general public at heart, just there own politics.

    July 27, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. simp

    This is what I call wasteful spending. These idiots have no plan they have no leadership, yet in still they want us to listen to them tell their lies? Get a plan GOP, a good plan not one to line your pockets but something to help the american people.

    As for the bluedog democrats that are being a thorn in the Presidents side, I hope those of you up for re election are blown away by your opponets, you don't deserve to represent anybody you sat there for 8 years and let bush get us in this mess now you have the nerve to turn you back on our President, a bunch of spineless losers.

    July 27, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. Bob

    That's sad. $1 million coud by 12 months worth of health care for 166 people.

    July 27, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. Peter

    There goes the NO Party again! you are talking about 1.6 trillion dollars now! just wait for another 5 years and the 1.6 trillion we could have used now will be 2.3 trilllion or more. If the health care reform was inplemented back in the year 1992 the cost could have been much lower than 1.6 trillion. With all respects to all hard working Americans! GOP has no new ideas its the same oh same oh. Preach fiscal responsibility were you are driving the economy to the gutter!. The No party has lost the moral authority to talk on my behalf. Infact the money you are using on health care campaign can be better used with giving schoolarship to your base which is least educated tobacco chewing idiots in the United States of America!!

    July 27, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Rob

    OK, let's compare here:

    – 1 Million dollars to make Americans aware of this distasterous piece of legislation which will LIMIT helathcare choices, RAISE taxes, and INCREASE unemployment all the while DESTROYING the best healthcare (the actual services) IN THE WORLD.

    OR

    – 1.5 TRILLION dollars Obama and Pelosi want to spend to ruin America.

    Answer me this, libs who say we should have a system like Canada or England. Why is it that when people there need the best possible treatment, they come to AMERICA? Can't answer that one, can ya.

    Yeah, I can see why you libs are complaining about this.

    July 27, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Dan

    They spent Millions in the 2008 Presidential Elections.

    Still They Lost.

    GOP is Desperate and Gone Nuts.

    July 27, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Stop The Insurance Company Bureaucrats and the Republicans who Take Their Bribes

    Health Insurance companies give money to republicans, republicans spend their money fighting for health insurance companies.
    Meanwhile, premiums skyrocket, people are denied coverage, pencil pushing insurance company bureaucrats stand in the way of patients and their doctors and the status quo continues.

    Had enough? Call your member of congress and demand a public option.

    July 27, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. ANGIE

    that is typical repugs. no,no,no or that is a bad idea, but never,ever ANY suggestions or solutions. they are the party of no. LOSERS!

    July 27, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. Kenneth

    has the GOP yet to state an valid alternative to President Obama's healthcare plan? seems to me that $1 million dollars would go a long way to either develop a plan or support / better define the one being offered. The GOP has really stepped out so far that there is no return. Regardless of what the President does they find fault and still offer no valid resolutions. Spend a million to cast doubt without a suitable resolution ... Wonder what this country would be like if McCain had won the election.

    July 27, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. Nick San Diego

    The party of NO speaks again.

    July 27, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. Uncle Fester

    Nobody in congress wants to enroll in Obamacare so why should we?

    July 27, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. Idaho

    I don't have health care... can I have some of that money?

    July 27, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. Florida Joe

    This just shows how deeply the RNC is dependant on the Insurance Co $$$$$$...........Rather than submit their own plan (other than a 3 page excuse for a plan) these guys just say NO to everything........One wingnut even calls this Obama's Waterloo..........Oh no this is not about politics.....MUCH!!!!!!!!!!

    July 27, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. Ronald Clowney

    Boy, I wish the republicans were this adamant about illicit drugs coming into the country. I sure hope that they can accept another defeat once health reform is passed. If not, many of them will probably move to South Africa and start over.

    July 27, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. Lou from CT

    Does the RNC have a better plan? NO! Does the RNC have any originals ideas on health care? NO!

    The GOP's strategy is to discredit, splatter, and slander...then back away when it is all done.

    Hey RNC – a million bucks could be spent is so many more useful ways, but you guys choose to say nothing...typical..

    Hey RNC- don't go away madf – just go away...

    July 27, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. PA Voter

    "Just Say No" was fine for Nancy Reagan, but not on health care.

    Honestly I'm not 100% sold on the bill released by the House and I would love to look at a GOP alternative to the Dem plan, but it doesn't look like one is forthcoming and the status quo is simply unacceptable. Dems by default.

    July 27, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  23. Travis In Colorado

    Let's not forget that the Democrats have the majority in Congress, and even THEY aren't voting for this. If Obama's own party won't go for it, why should the Republicans? Republicans have become the party of NO only because they are voting against Obama's bad ideas. The ideas from Obama cost too much and don't really do anything useful.

    July 27, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  24. Lynne

    I sincerely hope that everyone in favor of health insurance reform contacts their congressional representatives to remind them that we, the people, demand the same level of health benefit coverage that our congressional representatives enjoy.

    Flood their offices with emails, phone calls, etc. Make your voices heard!

    July 27, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. Pat

    Joe, just a quick lesson. State law enforcement and rescue are not socialized. They are public services paid for by state and local governments. We don't pay for your police and you don't pay for ours. What we don't want is the power over everyone's health care localized in Washington D.C. Health care is a good not a right. You need food and water to live but the government does not provide it to everyone. A right cannot be purchased it is inherent. Health care on the other hand can be purchased in an effort to improve the qualify of your life. Insurance is another matter entirely and not for day to day typical care and prevention. It is your responsiblity to save and plan for a potential medical problem; not productive society's. If you cannot afford care reach out to a local religious community or charity.

    July 27, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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