August 5th, 2009
05:00 PM ET
5 years ago

GOP turns tables on Democrats

WASHINGTON (CNN) - National Republicans turned the tables on their political counterparts Wednesday by redirecting angry telephone calls coming into their switchboard to the Democratic National Committee.

The DNC released a Web video early in the morning accusing the GOP of inciting mob activity at town hall meetings.

At the end of the video, the DNC instructs people to call the Republican National Committee to express outrage. Callers who dial the RNC's main number to voice their concern about the DNC's charges are told to press 1, which sends them to the DNC's main switchboard.

DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse described the RNC's redirection as a "neat trick," but said it just further proves the Democrats' point about the GOP.

"The RNC is inciting angry mobs to shout out legitimate discussion at public events across the country and now they want to ignore people who deplore their tactics," Woodhouse said. "Republicans don't want to have a discussion about the future of health care reform – they want to shout out – and now completely ignore – anyone who disagrees with them."


RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho dismissed the DNC's charge and accused Democrats of "trying to divert attention from the widespread opposition to President Obama's government-run health care experiment.

"The fact is many Democrats are opposed to the president's plan, including many Democrats in Congress," she said. "We wanted to make sure that callers who believe only 'rabid extremists' are opposing the president's health care plan have the opportunity to express those concerns to the DNC."


Filed under: Democrats • GOP
soundoff (283 Responses)
  1. Independent

    Have anyone notice, everything about the repubs is negative, negative negative

    August 5, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Dave in Illinois

    Ah, the wonderful new era of politics that President Obama promised us. Why does it look and feel the same as always.

    August 5, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. Once You Vote Black

    I was going to give the GOP a $300 donation today by CC but when I got redirected to the DNC I just gave the money to them.

    August 5, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Alan

    Wow. Just wow. Every day the Republicans prove how shallow and uncaring they really are. This takes the cake. THEIR constituents, calling THEIR number to express their unhappiness with what THEIR party is doing, auto-redirected to the DNC lines.

    If this happens to you and you're a Republican - I'd say just take the opportunity, while you're connected with the DNC, to join up and donate. It's time to put the dinosaur out of its misery once and for all so our country can finally move forward.

    August 5, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. Teknarik

    LOL this is hilarious! Way to go GOP! Hopefully will teach Dems a lesson on publicizing phone numbers in ridiculous video clips!

    August 5, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. Bill

    The RNC doing what Republicans do best: avoiding responsibility and blaming the Democrats.

    August 5, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. Neutralizer

    Anger of the people are not directed to the GOP, we're not dumb and stupid; we knew democraps has supermajority they don't need a single vote from the GOP to pass their garbage bill.

    Democraps, take responsibility for a change and be held accountable, your problem is not the GOP, it is your own party. Don't pass the buck, you have supermajority, you don't need the GOP. The GOP couldn't even present their own version of health care Pelosi and Reid kill it right away. Thanks CNN for another propaganda supporting Obambi, it doesn't work anymore, the American people, the sleeping giant is finally wide awake.

    August 5, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Time to spend $$$ on our people, not foreign wars!

    that's the only thing republicans are good at, scare tactics.

    August 5, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. Tulsa

    So, the REPUBLICANS won't answer their phones? How scared are they?
    What a bunch of weenies.
    Do they (the RNC) understand that the American people are disgusted with government in general and want ANSWERS as to why they are against whatever our duly elected Presiden and Congress decide to enact?
    I suppose it's easier to cut and run. Just like a Republican. All talk but no substance.

    August 5, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. beevee

    Seems like the GOP is a bunch of jealous losers resorting to these type of things. Hope the public realizes it and take the proper action of not voting to them in future elections.

    August 5, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Dennis

    Dirty tricks is all they know. They learned well from Atwater, Rove and Cheney, Focus on the Family and many, many others. Instead of having an intellegent debate, they stoop to the lowest common demoninator on the intellence scale. Fortunately a majority of the American people are smarter than they are to recognize their non-productive plots.

    August 5, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Fed Up

    Democrats just can't handle the fact that we DON'T want their version of healthcare reform. Yes, we want reform, but not Obamacare. It is the Democrats who refuse to listen to the will of the people and we are sick and tired of their arrogance and ease in raising our taxes. They can't run anything efficiently or within budget. Why would anyone with half a brain trust them with their lives?

    August 5, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. Political Novice

    Wow

    So anyone (Republican, Independant, Democrat) that has a concern about the way the RNC is handling something, they are directed to the DNC site.

    The RNC needs to listen instead of redirect.

    August 5, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. TalkingPocket

    the DNC and GOP are killing America slowly like 2 doctors arguing over how to prop up a patients head while he's bleeding out.

    August 5, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. jjr

    This is funny, however lets go back a year ago, the RNC convention vs. the DNC convention. There were no mob riots at the DNC convention, however, at the RNC convention there were mob riots that attacked police officers and convention members. They were hideous people physically assaulting people and yet the DNC said nothing. Now people are merely shouting their frustrations and now the DNC are throwing a fit.

    August 5, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. Ben

    I must say, though, that that automatic answering prompt is an obvious trap.

    August 5, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. Karen

    Typical useless Republicans. They don't work, they just want to act like street gangs....bully bully bully. And the Republicans' stupid "tricks" as usual. Who in their right minds would EVER vote for a Republican again? No work, just complain, whine, say no, incite riots. Useless and not dignified intelligent politicians at all. No ideas, just whining and tricks.

    August 5, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. Jimmy the Greek

    PLEASE Democrats – keep it up!!!

    Keep insulting the American people.

    Keep calling angry taxpaying citizens a "mob" or "astroturf".

    Keep pushing your Government take-over of the Health industry and ignore the protests.

    .

    This is the SUREST way for the GOP to retake the Congress in 2010 and for Barry to get the boot in 2012.

    August 5, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. Lisa P

    How very thoughtful of the GOP, sending the people who are most passionate and motivated about this issue to the Democrats so they can sign them up. This maneuver should fill out the Democrats' phone and mailing lists nicely :-)

    August 5, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. Scott L

    I love it. Democrats encourage people to call RNC to yell at them because GOP is asking people to yell at Democrats.

    Both are hypocrites.

    Where is the real independent candidate in the next election?

    A true social liberal with a fiscally conservative backbone. Someone who is not polarizing. Someone who is realistic.

    August 5, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. Four and The Door

    These are real people with real problems about the next mistake democrats are going to cram down America's throat. We've had enough already. Listen closely. 2010 is right around the corner.

    August 5, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. Jeff

    How much does it cost for robocalls these days GOP? I am an Independent centrist white male hockey dad with insurance who is for a strong independent party to replace the DNC and GOP. However, until this can happen on the health care reform issue i side with the DNC. Whether it is the DNC, GOP or another party...we must have health care reform! WE HAVE TO UNITE to counter out of control insurance corporation giants, lobbyists, and elite wealthy oligarchs that control this country. That's Socialist you say? Well then let's get social I say if that's what you want to call it.

    August 5, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. Robert

    well that's just sad. the GOP has this opportunity to listen to the other sides concerns-and instead they just choose to put the blinders on.

    August 5, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. sammieb51

    Last I heard, it was free country and we all had a voice. Dealing with the accelerated fear tactics of these MOBS it is hard to get your voice heard .... oh that's the point ha? And the spineless GOP forwarding the calls! These guys think the mainstream American likes to be treated like this? They should be arrested for inciting riots - I guess they don't like free speech too much ha? Most of the folks I saw on the late news inciting riots were guys in their 50's who looked much older than 50's, fat with their fat wives - hope they are getting paid good because they are the ones that won't be able to get insurance when/if that job falls apart on them - the 50-64 group - and if they think the $5K voucher the GOP is proposing will cover their premiums in private insurance fo the year, they are stupider than they look.

    August 5, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Shingo

    And so if the RNC is involved in the mob town halls or not they just became an accessory to this type of action. That alone lends suspension that the GOP is involved.

    August 5, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
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