August 5th, 2009
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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. Jinny Lee

    They've done it before....please do your homework....and they are doing it again. Unfortunately, the American people are so easily brainwashed that they (GOP) use our ignorance and stupidity to get what they want. SIMPLE as that.

    August 5, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. mjm

    First of all, republicans don't have time to organize protests.

    We work for a living.

    I love it when the American people speak up and the Democrats respond by telling them to shut their pie hole...There couldn't possibly be real protest to something Obama wants.....That's unheard of!

    I heard there were organized groups there. Some group called ACORN, one group supporting unions, Moveon.org was there....

    August 5, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. Robert, Miami, FL

    The thing about being an opponent in this country is doing it within the system, and with civility.

    Vote your conscience; if your candidate loses, understand that "those are the breaks." In a democracy nobody gets everything they want. It's called compromise. If your candidate lost, it might behoove you to look at why he/she was not in sync with the will of the voter.

    This is the United States of America... this is not free-for-all mob rule, or a Latin American dictatorship where mobilizing mobs on command is de-facto politics. Here we're expected to conduct fair elections and respect the results of an election whether we voted for the guy or not.

    August 5, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. Dave, the Truthteller

    Chavez Calls Attack on Opposition TV Station 'Anarchist'. Sound familiar? Obama and Chavez, Dems 2012 ticket....

    August 5, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. Ryan Indy

    So what did the Democrats do the last 8yrs???? Talk about HYPOCRISY. On top of that America is sincerely upset with the AGENDA the democrats are trying to implement especially the Socialized Medicine. Sorry Democrats all of the Public if they are true with themselves see's the HYPOCRISY with this. I just watched 8 yrs of your Code Pink protests and your spewing hatered towards George W and if you can dish it out you should be able to take it. Democrats really are Small pathetic ignorant souls.....

    August 5, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. barry in las vegas

    I don't think so. The truth is the American people don't want the government in the health insurance business.

    Look what they have done with Medicare, Medicade, and just ask the Veterans how much they enjoy waitng an average of 100 days just to see a Dr. at a Vet Hospital.

    August 5, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. nugun

    It's not about Republicans....

    Trust me, we're sick of them too! It's about Liberty. We're tired of seeing our freedoms eroded.

    Oh, and Democrats. Please note that the Democrat controlled Congress has one of the lowest approval ratings. And if it was Republican controlled, it'd be no different.

    Both the Republicans and Democrats are cut from the same cloth. Join the Tea Party instead!

    August 5, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Donna from Colorado Springs

    The insurance companies and certain other groups are busing in right-wing lunatics to stir up anger and flat out lie to the American people about the presidents healthcare bill. It's a pathetic attempt by Republicans in this country to distort the truth and stop any progress to have affordable healthcare for everyone.Why are the Republicans against ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING that could make life good for us? Why? Because they are tied to the pharm companies, certain lobbiests and special interests that are so afraid of losing their gazillion dollar profits that they will say or do anything to prevent the bill from passing! People, wake up! The president is not lying to you......the Republican party of NO is who is lying to you!

    August 5, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. Maggie

    How disingenuous of this administration to play this game. They have used the same tactics for years. Now they are aghast! Russ Carnahan (D Rep-MO) was on a local talk show yesterday in Missouri
    and refused to take questions from listeners. He also avoided answering EVERY question put to him by the neutral host. The dems don't want to debate. They want to pretend they want to debate. Conservatives in this country have tried to be heard for the last six months, but have been shut out of all national debate since January.
    If shouting gets attention, more power to them.

    August 5, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. James

    It does not surprise me the least that people are going to Town Hall meeting to disrupt because Conservative Patients' Right (run by Richard Scott -forced out as CEO because of false medical billing practices), RNC and their allies such as Limbaugh, Hannitiy are encouraging them to do so because of their falsehood advertising and spreading fear.
    By checking Factcheck.org, I learned that CPR and insurance industry allies has created elaborate false ads that borders on silliness by twisting every comments and studies in order to kill the reform.
    And you wonder why health care has gone from $914B in 1994 to $2.5T?. It is their interest to maintain status quo and Congress should part of the health plan as it is only fair that they live under the same rules that it applied to all of us.

    August 5, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. kelly- fl

    I see a lot of white angry people protesting they want their country back, well lets paint them black, and see if they can get away with all the disruption they do, just look what happend to professor Gates! Makes you go HMMMMMMMMMMMM.

    August 5, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. Mature Republican

    They are staged, no denying it.

    I'm a republican, and active in my community. The lobbyists have been courting us extensively, and offering to assist in getting as many of the "less then desirable' members of our group to go to these events. They have no desire to see actual debate at the meetings. They encourage diatribe tantrums rather then thoughtful discussion.

    I'm not changing my party, I believe what I believe. But the people that are DISRUPTING (no morons, it's not speaking out...they aren't SAYING anything other then hateful kindergarden crap) meetings of debate and thought are a blemish not only to us educated republicans, but to America and the human species as a whole.

    August 5, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. mjm

    Anyone who believes that these people are from the insurance conpanies or Republican plants are suckers.

    How about putting together real reform that the people can get behind? Is that to much to ask?

    August 5, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. R.LaFaye

    Isn't it sad that those who oppose Obama's election would rather the whole country suffer than say he may be headed in the right direction. We do need health care reform and we need it now. But those who oppose Obama believe that if they use there fear mongering tactics once again they will be able to defeat HIM, they could care less if it hurts the rest of the country as long as they defeat him. When was the last time a rich Corporation had concern for the rest of us? As dim wit Demint said he thinks the way to change health care is to give Corporations tax cuts. How does that help someone without insurance get health care benefits? Wake up and smell the roses people.

    August 5, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Obama=Trickle up poverty

    Why don't Democrats take personal responsibility for themselves. It isn't up to the rest of us to pay for you...............earn your own living. What is with working people paying for everything for people who don't WANT to work and be responsible. Democrats reward the losers.

    August 5, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. Kelby

    These people were most certainly bused in from outside the district/town. If they were serious, they would promote a healthy exchange of ideas. We should be finding out where these people come from, where they reside. We should find out if they are actual constituents. That is what we want the press to find out. Namely you CNN, the most trusted source in news.

    August 5, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. Sam Sixpack

    Hey! Let's funnel another trillion dollars to our fat, greedy, rich friends using our newer than new imaginary healthcare plan. We can borrow the money from China and repay it with the servitude of our descendants. Now that's change you can believe in.

    August 5, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  18. Shannon Lien

    The Republican Party does not care about the average citizen. Period.

    August 5, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  19. doug

    What a complete train wreck this admin. is. Complete. Wait til friday when the new unemployment numbers come out. They are expecting to be 10%. Then what will BoBo's press corps say, "Well we stopped the economy from falling off a cliff" again? I wonder if this admin. will acknowledge the 400,000 newly unemployed!!! I guess Bobo will just have to take another trip overseas and do another speech on how evil and arrogant we are to hide the fact of these dismal numbers. Not to mention his own plunging numbers!!

    August 5, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. Ken

    There is no "truth" in these town hall meetings that will end up hurting me, a dem. If truth and facts win out at these town hall meetings, over the mis-information and downright lies perpetrated by the rightwing underbelly of this nation, that's nothing but a WIN for the good guys...you know, us REAL Americans...as opposed to you Palin-loving Amerikans.

    August 5, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  21. GuyInVA

    Wow. It seems the "Community Organizer in Chief" turns into a pouting little girl when OTHER communities organize. From the time it became apparent that Socialized Medicine wasn't going to be an easy win, the administration and its allies in congress have been looking for villains. It's been republicans, talk radio, lobbyists, pharmaceutical companies ("Big Pharma" – I love that), and insurance companies. None of it stuck. Now the enemy is... the American people. The taxpayers. Amazing.

    August 5, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. Peggy in Texas

    This is for Obama Victim - you are a CERTIFIABLE IDIOT!!!!!!!! If the GOP manages to "destroy Obama," then the whole country is going with him. That would NOT be a good thing. IDIOT!!!!!!

    August 5, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. Marty, Grand Rapids MI

    Where are the right wing evangelicals on this issue? They should want to cover everyone instead of rationing health care based on wealth. Strange I can't hear them ....

    August 5, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. Lynne

    With all of your polling, how about some polls on the "satisfaction" of the republicans in Congress??

    August 5, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  25. Franco

    A LIBERAL DEFINITION: : Conservatives protests are loud, boisterous, rioters. Lliberals protests are grass-roots and legitimate. That takes care of it!, I had the occasion to tune in to "That tingle up my leg" Matthews "Hardball" last night. That jerk-off called them Brooks Brothers" protesters. Then Barbara "Botox" Boxer piled on. Liberals, listen very carefully....you will not shut us up!!!

    August 5, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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