August 12th, 2009
01:47 PM ET
5 years ago

Democrats use Palin, Gingrich to raise money

 House Democrats feature former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in a new fundraising push.
House Democrats feature former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in a new fundraising push.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Democrats feature former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in a new fundraising push that is doubling as a way to distribute talking points on the issue of health care reform.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee blasted out an email Wednesday accusing Republicans of trying to "defeat health insurance reform" with "lies," as well as disrupting town hall meetings that are taking place during the summer congressional recess.

"Now, Sarah Palin is outrageously claiming that Americans 'would have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel" to receive care," DCCC Executive Director Jon Vogel writes in the email that includes a picture of the former Alaska governor. "While Palin's attack is a complete fabrication, the GOP is closing ranks to defend these outright lies. Over the weekend, former Speaker Newt Gingrich stood by Palin's bizarre "death panel" accusation on national TV."

Related: Palin's favorable rating dips in new CNN poll

A hyperlink embedded in the email then takes supporters to the DCCC Web site where people can print out a free copy of the talking points or if they make a donation then a set of "five pre-printed 'Health Care Fact Check' Cards on heavy-duty card stock to keep or share with friends and family" will be sent to their address.

Using the image or name of an opponent is often used by both Democrats and Republicans to encourage people to contribute money as well as excite grassroots activists to become involved in a political campaign or cause.


Filed under: DCCC • Health care • Newt Gingrich • Sarah Palin
soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Put those scumbags on blast. Some people are just ignorant and Newt and Sarah are at the top of that list.

    August 12, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Tee in NC

    Come on just answer the public's questions on healthcare .... neither palin or newt holds an elected office.

    August 12, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Doug, New Jersey

    George Soros is very greatful for all the dirty work and support from the Obama-bot sheep, keep up the good work. What is next for the dollar and our way of life? Well, just check out what Soros and his gang of libs tried to do to the British pound, this time they have a pretty good ally, Barak Obama to secure that there plans do not fall short.

    August 12, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. KirksNoseHair

    Wait, you mean Sarah Palin actually used a complete fabrication in order to speak against an idea from a Liberal president? Say it ain't so.

    Note: There may be some levels of sarcasm in the above statement

    August 12, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. faith

    I am contributing.....

    August 12, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. Mary

    Democrats are ALWAYS looking for someone to blame and they never look ahead! They are still stuck on Bush!!! WAKE UP dems and take responsibility – OH I forgot you don't know how to take RESPONSIBILITY!!! LOL....

    Actually you should be blaming Pelosi for most of your problems!!!

    August 12, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. George

    America is sick of Newt and Sarah. They are destroying what is left of the republican party. They both are jerks, that prefer to lie to the lame minded nuts that lash out. They have no clue what the truth is any more. Even Joe the Plunger is smarter than those 2.

    August 12, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. Jen

    Democrats use Palin to raise money. CNN uses Palin to fill airtime. No matter how ridiculous she is. One little line from Sarah Palin about "Death Panels", and that's what becomes the story of the week. You continue to fail us CNN.

    August 12, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. nick

    Newt is back! Weepand morn America. Here is a dude who held late night meetings with other GOP house members in which they voted themselves substantial pay and benefit increases. Who had to resign his post under fire for ethics violations by a Republican run House. Who revitalized Socal Security by moving the retirement age out but making sure the year he was born in fell just before the reform. The list could cover many pages but he and Palin are essentially two peas in a pod.

    August 12, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. Freddy

    I guess when you are a democrat and you stand for nothing, you resort to name calling and trying to make your opposition look bad so you somehow look better.

    Right out of the lefty playbook.

    August 12, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. Tatianna

    Dems tread lightly. Obama said AARP supports his healthcare reform plan. AARP immediately debunked that as a lie. Dems in for a rude awakening, if Palin and Newt are all they have to offer as means to garnish support for Obamacare. Especially since Obama town hall meeting didnt sway anymore supporters. Americans have their minds made up: SAY NO OBAMACARE

    August 12, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. MomofFour

    It's absolutely true. Whenever the Democrats get in trouble in the polls they play the Palin card. CNN Does this regularly. Like today. But it's not going to work this time because ALL AMERICANS are worried about a government takover of our healthcare system. This is socialism. Obama has over-stepped and so has the media.

    August 12, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. katiec

    The ridiculous, lying statements by Palin and Gringrich supporting them should be exposed and shouted for everyone to hear as this is what the republican party is all about.
    Hate, anger, fear mongering, lies, racism, sacrificing the American people for big business and hypocrasy that will not stop.
    How can any intelligent person support a party that is out to destroy
    our country??

    August 12, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. Dale

    I am still waiting to hear how the Republicans plan to fix the health care system. Or are they ok with "Too bad– you're poor so for you that disease is fatal. For me someone else we could cure it, but for you it is fatal." That and why is it that so much money going into the heath care system does not actually pay for health care? The system is in need of overhaul. The Democrats are trying. The Republicans are defending the status quo because they are in the pocket of the big insurance companies that are making excessive profits at our expense.

    August 12, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. Rob

    I think the most amazing part of this story is that anyone could consider what they're trying to ram down our throats right now to be healthcare reform.

    The libs are showing just how stupid they are.

    August 12, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. Johnny DC

    Read the bill. Read it. Her "death panel" comments are not far from the truth at all.

    Otherwise, explain comments about how the elderly or the sick are expendable in favor of the young? Explain why Obama's own advisers advocate publicly that in an emergency, organs and epidemic vaccines should go first to healthy teenagers to people in their 30's, disregarding the needs of the very young or moderately old people?

    Explain it? Listen to Obama's defense and decide who's lying. It's the President, not the GOP this time.

    August 12, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. vic nashville , Tn

    Republicans in Big Trouble

    1) No candidate for 2012

    2) Town hall hijackings will back fire by 2010

    3) They don’t what they are talking

    4) They are scared of FOX and Rush

    5) They are ignoring the voice of hard working people

    6) They ignored the minorities

    August 12, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  18. Justin

    It's becoming clear that despite our disastrously inefficient and overly-expensive healthcare system, the GOP isn't interested in reform at all.

    While many Republicans and independents have legitimate concerns about the emerging legislation, the GOP leadership continues to make outright lies the centerpiece of its opposition.

    Why can't the GOP get serious about reform? It's needed, it's needed now, and it needs to be large-scale. If the GOP can't come to the table to try to make this legislation good for all Americans, I say the Dems have no choice but to leave them in the dust.

    August 12, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  19. Melissa

    I'd give the Democrats loads of cash if it would mean keeping Palin and Gingrich and their pals out of office.

    August 12, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  20. Roger

    Thats nice to know those two chuckleheads have some use to the world.

    August 12, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. Zebulum

    I would have never guessed. Other than Rove and Bush its all they talk about. Anything to avoid discussions of Obama's lacking governing ability.

    August 12, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    this health care reform stinks, to put it nicely. speaking as one of the seniort citizens, I don't want the govt to decide if I can have agressive treatment or just be given a pill and sent home to die

    August 12, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. Sam Sixpack

    “ … Americans 'would have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel" to receive care,"

    The only thing incorrect about this statement is Americans won't actually get to "stand in front" of anyone. Judgment will be passed and you won’t get to have ANYTHING to say about it.

    Check out President Obama's proposed "Independent Medicare Advisory Council” if you don't think the elderly and the disabled are about to be denied coverage. LOOK FOR YOURSELF!!!

    The only reason this committee isn't in the bill is because the language (sent by the White House to Nancy Pelosi on July 17, 2009 hasn't yet been slipped in yet).

    You can go to the WHITE HOUSE website and read all about it! You just won't find out about it in the news.

    August 12, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. alvino

    Palin & Gingrich are the gifts that keep on giving to the DNC.

    August 12, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. sharon

    Palin's panel......= from her own actions to her own Alaskans.

    Gingrich should've checked out his facts before jumping on this palin panel wagon.......................ups.

    August 12, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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