August 5th, 2009
11:59 AM ET
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Democrats say Republicans staging town hall protests

(CNN) – Democrats are accusing Republicans of organizing "angry mobs" to disrupt town hall meetings across the country, but conservatives say the protests are a sign of the opposition to President Obama's health care plans.

The Democratic National Committee released a Web video Wednesday charging that Republican operatives "have no plan for moving our country forward, so they've called out the mob."

The video shows footage of angry constituents and protesters at recent events and then flashes pictures of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader John Boehner, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, and even conservative talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh on the screen.

The ad says "desperate Republicans and their well-funded allies" are trying to "destroy President Obama."

Obama had originally asked Congress to send him health care legislation before the August recess, but lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on a plan. The House of Representatives recessed last week, and the Senate heads
home at the end of this week.

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  1. Obama Victim

    organanized.........individual outrage,,,,,who cares?? if it helps to destroy Obama, it is a good thing

    August 5, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. DiBiase/Bad Newz, VA

    Everyone can tell they're staged events because they're not even debating healthcare. The "Just Say No" chant is appropriate coming from the constituency of the Party of NO.

    August 5, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. Suzan

    Republicans will do anything and say anything to stop the President ....they want him to fail and so they keep up the only thing they know how to do and that is lying to the american people and scaring theheck out of everyone.........what losers

    August 5, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. cramit

    If the plan is soooo goood why are politicians exempt ?

    August 5, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. Sam Sixpack

    Under this new plan, how well do I have to stay so my coverage isn't denied? Will I need to be "best friends" with plan "coordinators" to get coverage? How good of friends? Will I still have to pay as much as I can "afford" even after my coverage is denied?

    August 5, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Sam Sixpack

    When do I get to start paying more taxes?

    August 5, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. katiec

    Just when I thought the GOP could not stoop any lower they manage to prove me wrong.
    Their lies, distortions and dishonorable, unAmerica tactics are a disgrace and once again, let the American people know they think
    we do not have a brain in our head.
    They have become our nations most dangerouse domestic terrorists. They are out to destroy our country and us.
    With the help of the media.

    August 5, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. I believe in ceiling cat

    lololololDNC

    You guys are so silly. Am I too a right wing extremist because I don't believe the government has any business being in the private sector of ANY market? Am I an extremist because I read the CBO report and believe that this plan is not worth $1.6 trillion because it will still leave 17 million people uninsured? Or maybe it's because I DON'T believe that the government knows what's best for me and that not EVERYONE can be on welfare.

    The CNN poll just a few posts under this on the ticker states that 45% of the country opposes the health care proposal and also shows that support for the bill is slipping. Gotta love American politics sometimes.

    August 5, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. Sam Sixpack

    Why do the DNC get to lie? What's wrong with the truth?

    August 5, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. Dave

    This is so ridiculous. I have seen this on both sides. During the Bush years the Dems held protests. It is everyone's right to do this. We each have a voice and are free (for now) to use it. What we really need to do is expose the two-party system for the scam it is.

    August 5, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. Simmy

    Please don't call these mobsters 'grass roots organizers'.....They are extremists who first came out of the closet thanks to Palin.....They are evil doers and they are catering to the fears of the elderly.......The GOP should be outlawed......Even Joe The Plumber had the good sense to drop out of the nuttiness....

    August 5, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. phoenix86

    Unfortunately, no will will demand a retraction from the DNC lies. Obama supporters have funded $53 million to promote the "reform" package.

    Republicans are not organizing protests, they are simply telling citizens what is in the package and what the consequences are. Democrats apparently view opposing opinions as virtually treason.

    Shouldn't matter though, democrat Senators and Representatives stopped listening to their voters long ago. Moveon.org and the far left fringe run the democratic party – and everyone in it reports to them.

    August 5, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. inofritzn

    and libs didn't organize to "disrupt" Bush?

    August 5, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. Obama=Trickle up poverty

    Give me a break!! If anyone stages town hall meetings it is our campaigner in chief Obama. Is it so hard to believe we are outraged at the Democrats over spending and desire to destroy our healthcare, bankrupt the country and turn it into a socialist country? America is finally waking up and realizing this is NOT the change we voted for.

    August 5, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. Is this Bizzaro World?

    Are you kidding? Of course Americans are angry. Our representatives have not read this 1000 + bill and are claiming that they are able to answer questions posed by town hall attendees. Often, as we have seen (thank you FOX) attendees are well-informed and are asking thoughtful questions. The clip I just saw had a representative spewing the Dem line -which was a blatant lie-–& the crowd was calling him on it.

    We are not stupid, & we are not going away. We expect & will demand our representatives READ the bills before them & that they understand that it is OUR money they are spending.

    August 5, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    These actions are obviously the tactics of desparation, and the millions the insurance monopolies are spending to kill health care reform clearly demonstrates how important it is that it is passed and signed into law, PERIOD!

    August 5, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. Libertarian

    You want a real protest?! How about protesting the trillions of dollars DUMPED into Iraq for the War and then Rebuilding?? How about REBUILDING AMERICA FIRST?

    Repubs opposed the Stimulus to help America but blessed the trillions going to rebuild Iraq. Oh wait...that's cause Cheney said you could.

    August 5, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. inofritzn

    I think, um, in a majority based democracy, you have to organize your allies to form the majority.... dumb dumbs... how else are you going to make the point?

    August 5, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. Nick

    This seems like another "put up or shut up" moment. As I recall from the Specter-Sebelius debacle (in a Democrat leaning state) the audience covered the political spectrum, per published reports. Hard to seee how Republicans can be accurately accused of inciting a mob, specially when the reaction seemed very one sided (on the mob side, that is). If the DNC has proof, produce it, otherwise this to me is another Nancy Pelosi "the CIA lied to us" moment. All accusation, no hard evidence, so I dismiss it as whining.

    August 5, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. Randolph Carter

    Because screaming always works when you don't have logic or facts to back you up. Have a nice day!

    August 5, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. Barbara

    Of course the Republicans are staging the protests-for behind these elected officials are HealthCare Interests groups/Insurance Companies giving them fat checks to keep them in line-and do anything to defeat the much needed Health Care Reform.
    Kind of reminds me of the scare tactists of Bush/Cheney-always mentioning terroists-and linking absolutely everything to 9/11.......and they were followed by McCain/Palin yelling domestic terroists and more garbage. So the proof is in their pudding. This is what they do-but it won't work this time. People Need Health Insurance and are fed up with these sneaky manuevers of what was the GOP.

    August 5, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    How dare the ordinary citizen voice a concern by protesting. I guess the Dems are the only ones who have the right to protest. Organizing protest sounds like more of a job for ACORN and groups that agree with the DEMS but not for anyone who may disagree!!

    August 5, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. Larry

    "desperate Republicans and their well-funded allies".

    I couldn't agree more.

    Republicans were bitter, now they're turning violent.

    We'll have the rest of them out of office by 2014.

    August 5, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Hmm sounds remarkably similar to the "grassroots" crowds that stormed into Florida to stop the vote count in 2000. Among the 'protesters' caught on camera were several Republican aides including future/former UN Ambassador John Bolton. But I'm sure this time it's solely made up of 'concerned citizens', right GOP?

    August 5, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. Enlightened Voter

    What did the republicans do the last eight years regarding health care reform?...NOTHING!

    August 5, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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