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. Greg

    check me if I'm wrong but isn't just about every poll known to man showing that Americans as a whole are not in support of the Democrats' universal healthcare plan...

    Democrats need to stop whining like little girls and start listening to the will of the people...

    it is thoroughly amazing to me how a party that seemed so in tune with the people only months ago could have become so utterly tone deaf so quickly...

    August 5, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. ron

    The few remaining in the GOP are comprised of 2% of the population that hold 98% of the nation's wealth, the morons that believe the lies of the top 2%, and racists.

    August 5, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Totally turned off ex-democrat

    I never get posted because I'm not as liberal as I was many years ago, but this isn't all staged. And these protests are nothing compared to the Viet Nam days. Those were against the democrats too. Quit spending, George, I mean Barrack.

    August 5, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Sam Sixpack

    We are being TOLD to support an imaginary healthcare system.

    August 5, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. arivera

    This is about the corporations against the people. The corporations are going to use the anger that the white republican party has over losing and use it against healthcare, Obama's citizenship and any other issue they can drum up. This has shown that the insurance companies have a lot to lose, they make million off of hard working people struggling to get by while our healthcare has deteriorated to the point I rarely use it though I am insured. The republican party has become low educated whites who thrive on war and hatred so they are perfect for the task of acting like children and disrupting because they are scared. They should be because there are millions of us out there willing to fight back with every resource available to us.

    August 5, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Bill

    Of course the R's are staging these "protests". However, a real protest would voice some kind of intelligent concern. What we have here are ignorant people with false information. They know nothing about the real legislation. They only know what Rush tells them.

    August 5, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. razmataz

    I'd just like to say that it's good to hear some opposing voices here on CNN. Perhaps more people are waking up to the debacle that is the Obama administration.
    You don't see nearly as many liberal rabble-rousers on Fox News and Foxnation as you did even a couple months ago. I guess the reason for this is that they can't offer up any good arguments in defense of this admin's policies. The ones that still hang out on those sites are just the ones that resort to name-calling and ad hom attacks. You know, America's Great Unwashed.

    August 5, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Everyone has a right to protest, and voice their opinions. They can yell their opinions, they can chant, etc. at gatherings and demonstrations. But can someone explain to me why the RepubliKlans see the need for the display of Nazi symbolism at their "spontaneous" gatherings?
    Why are these protesters shouting that "He's not a citizen", at these gatherings? Whya re they waving the Confedrate flags at these gatherings?

    It really isn't about healthcare is it?

    August 5, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. joe

    Hey guess what dummycrats...we are just practicing what you all do in washington. Reid, Princess pelosi, durbin, schumer, waxman..all of them ignore the republican side of the issue and think they can run over the american public. Well "the times they are a changing" and there's no hope in this change. We are mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore. We got stuck with an idiot for a president and in 2010, we will take back both sides of the house and throw these looney dummycrats out on their backsides. Then in 2012 the illegal immigrant will be tossed out on his can as well ....

    August 5, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. kybill

    There is no such thing as a true town hall meetings with an elected official or unelected bureaucrat, just orchestrated media events primarily designed to enhance the public image of that elected official. or bureaucrat. The risk begins when the audience refuse to function as shills, and, heaven forbid, try to get real answers for real questions. There is an old saying " if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen"

    August 5, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Sam Sixpack

    Supporting imaginary healthcare reform - now that's "acting stupidly!"

    August 5, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. Proud Member..Party of No

    According to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, 17 representatives and senators are known to currently be under investigation for breaking ethical standards. Of those under investigation, 13 are Democratic members and four are Republican members.

    August 5, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. John M, NoHo

    Their spontaneity is as fabricated as the Tea Bag parties. I'm so embarrassed for them. Pathetic.

    August 5, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. RR

    blame, blame, blame, whine, whine, whine, blah, blah, blah.

    Last time I checked ,the dems has the white house and a filibuster proof majority in congress, so why are they blaming their failures on the GOP?

    August 5, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. makesUwonder

    Give me a freakin break. These are upset Americans, like myself, that have had enough of government...... we've had enough from both parties!

    August 5, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. Sam Sixpack

    Believing what any politician says is "acting stupidly."

    August 5, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. James, Ho. TX

    All goes back to who is really responsible for 9/11 ?

    August 5, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. Jim

    I went to one of themeetings (or flash mobs almost) that was organised by some shill outfit who left a recorded message on my phone talking about a rally to take back control of health care from the Government.

    One of North Carolinas most crazy Congresspeople was there – the most dishonorable Rep. Viginia Foxx, along with about 100 right wing nuts.

    All they could do was spew hate, I can't even type what was on some the placards they where carrying.

    So sad, yet so funny the party of Lincoln has become the party of Rush Limpbaugh and Bozo the clown.

    August 5, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. Babaganusch

    Why don't the Democrats simply answer the questions then? Are they not going to answer simply because the question was shouted? Or are they using that as an excuse to not respond to a question that they can't answer?

    August 5, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. Nestor, Austin, TX

    Staging protests is out of the Axelrod playbook, it's not a conservative move. The people at these townhall meetings are concerned citizens who know that Obama"care" will destroy America's healthcare system and give bureaucrats in Washington life and death power over the average American's family.

    Hoping you finally post one of my comments,
    Nestor in Austin

    August 5, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. ron

    The beautiful sound of the death wail of the GOP.

    August 5, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  22. OldUncleTom

    Simple, really... since these people are behaving like either children or inhabitants of a third world country, if they disrupt, EJECT them, send them to "detention", invite them to take their arguments outside... whatever it takes to maintain civil discourse in these meetings.

    I don't really care which side of the argument these people are for, we need to restore some manners and decency in our society.

    August 5, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  23. AJ

    The GOP isn't creating this mess !! It's the Lousy , Expensive ,Health Care Busting Federal Insurance Plans that are causing people to finally open their eyes and see what Mr. Obama and his cronies from Chicago and in Congress are REALLY all about !!!! If the Mortgage and Bank Bail-Outs weren't enough . Or the UN-STIMULUS Stimulus Package wasn't enough . Or the Carbon Tax BS . Or the take-over of the Amercan Auto Industry . Or the 10% Un-Employment . Or the Cash for Clunker deal !!! What more inncentive do the American people need ???

    August 5, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. Rich

    These people are just a bunch of angry people. They protest just in hate and do not present any facts. For instance what the hell is Obamacare? It's a clever name they came up with, but they have no facts to support it. Most of these idiots will call this socialized medicine, but they have no idea what socialism is.

    August 5, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. Chuck

    Just a thought, has anybody actually read the bill except for the authors? The fact is that there are people in this country that desparately need organized and managed health coverage and can't afford a COBRA plan. People that already have health coverage are not being forced or encouraged to change and not all, have plans that would be considered very high-end and costly.

    Health care for our citizens is too important to be reduced to political ideology and radicalism.

    August 5, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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