August 12th, 2009
01:47 PM ET
9 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. GoHillary16!

    Stay strong Sarah and Newt! Palin/Gingrich 2012!

    August 12, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Predicta

    Still blaming Republicans for health care opposition, even though half of the American public is against this reform on it's merits. Truly amazing how out of touch with the public these democrats have become. I predict if they force this bill thru, against the will of the public, they will pay the price in 2010.

    August 12, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. don knutsen

    The republican party dutifully remains the representitives of big buisness only, not the people. Their concerns are with keeping the status quo. Nevermind that our health care system, the most expensive in the world, is failing our citizens. As long as big buisness is in charge, and its in charge still thru both the repub.s and the democrats, we will have no real meaningfull change for the better. The seems to be no shortage of boobs willing to by the lies spewed forth by Ginrich and Palin. Facts are not something these type of people are interested in. The biggest single obstacle to fixing this is the fact that our elected congresman and women enjoy free medical for life. Perhaps if they were forced to deal with what all of the rest of us have to deal with, they'd muster up the conviction to fix things. I'd encourage everyone to petition the Congress to put the peoples representitives on a level playing field with the people they supposedly represent.,

    August 12, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. sifto77

    democrats have sunk to a new low–what has Sara Palin got to do with Obama's free-fall in the health care debate? He has dug his own grave and is doing everything he can to divert attention from his disasterous policies with the help of CNN and liberal media. It won't work. Americans are not as stupid as Obama thought–and he and Gibbs are finally scared. If Sara Palin is so unpopular and not a threat–why oh why does CNN keep stalking her?

    August 12, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. carlos, that one

    nice DOUBLE CHIN for the newt......death panels, huh?.....newt you are of the same mentality of s.p........NONE

    August 12, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    They don't need to be "used" to raise money. I guarantee you that they're own behavior and statements, promptly spread by the GOP, the media, right wing nutjobs thru emails and on websites, etc., help the Dems raise money. The real reason for the commercial isn't fundraising's to show how far the GOP is willing to go...i.e., bring down Obama. When it comes down to brass tacks, these two pariahs are prime examples of why the current controversy over health care reform REALLY HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HEALTH CARE REFORM. The health care reform issue just happens to be something they've decided will completely destroy Obama and the Dems if they are able to prevent them from having success at implementing it. It could've been Iraq, fast food, spotted toads, school lunches...doesn't matter what it was as an underlying substantive issue. If the analysis led them to believe it would destroy Obama and the Dems to oppose it and prevent it, they would STOP AT NOTHING to cause them to fail....REGARDLESS OF THE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE REST OF US.

    August 12, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Defending the lies that Palin and Gingrich are supporting will kill any chance of the Republican party making a comeback! The GOP assumes that all Americans are stupid and will believe anything they tell us.......WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The death panel statements were so insanely ignorant and have no place in politics.We don't like to be lied to, and that is all that the Republican party knows how to do.

    August 12, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. no name calling

    Finally, they are useful.

    August 12, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. Ursella

    Why not, the Republicans have absolutely NOTHING to offer.

    August 12, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. Toni

    The thing that is most sad about the absurd herd "mentality" of these blithering idiots is that politicians who become afraid for their lives will have every right to do their politicing in secret. That is certainly not something that will improve the American political system, and these fools will have been the cause.

    None of them is returning their Medicare benefits or Social Security; yet they stupidly chant "Government, stay out of my medical care!" How absurd and how utterly American!

    August 12, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. SteveC

    Neither Palin nor Gingrich hold office. It makes as much sense to use them to stir up anger than for the GOP to cite Al Sharpton in an ad. But then again the Dems are all about focusing on anything but the issue at hand

    August 12, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. Terry from West Texas

    I can see a billboard alongside the freeway with photos of Palin, Gingrich, Romney, McCain, Bush, and Cheney. The legend below the pictures says, "Vote Democrat – or are you insane?"

    August 12, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Charles R. Ferguson

    My! My! You must really be afraid of Sarah or you would ignore her. Such coverage she gets, all negative, of course. Such fear when you have to attack her children
    I am adamantly oppose to Socialized Medicine, oops, national health care.
    CNN ratings are going south & you just don't get it. Try reporting the news in an unbiased manner for a change.
    Newt & Sarah for president ? I don't know enough about them yet.
    I won't look too CNN for info.

    August 12, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. lacey

    Newt and Sarah have opened their mouths with falsehoods, fear, and hatred. If Republicans were smart ( and they're not) they'd distance themselves from these two. They are the GOP's worst enemies.

    August 12, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Bill, Bloominton IL

    I didnt know the democrats had facts on Obamacare. Someone needs to check on this information "check cards"

    August 12, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. Idiot_Pelosi

    I'd take Ginrich over PELOSI any day of the week, twice on Sunday.

    I hope DUMOcrats are raising money, because I want to see a new bill that says if you voted for OBAMA, you get to pay extra taxes to support the OBAMA socialist welfare program, including the welfare for ILLEGALS.

    August 12, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. S M R

    The gifts that keep giving.:)

    August 12, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Radical right-wingers are like Hitler's youth gangs of the 1930s..... no difference at all.
    Gingrich, Palin, Limbaugh and the rest of the thugs should be charged with sedition.

    August 12, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. John in WV

    If you want to know what standing before a "death panel" is like, try getting a private heath care plan.

    August 12, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Idiot_Pelosi


    Republicans use Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Frank, and Waxman to raise $$$$.

    That's an easy sales pitch.

    August 12, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Eddie Boston

    We already have death panels. They are called insurance companies.
    They deny treatments that cause death every day.

    August 12, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. Post always rejected by CNN

    Outrageous lies, from whom....the only people lying about Health Care programs and the bill are the republicans they are absolutely positively scared crapless the bill will pass. They want to obstruct anything this administration proposes to try to help the general public. WHY, because if they can obstruct and deny they think they can get back in office to pillage and steal the way they did for the eight years bush and cheney ruined this country.

    August 12, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. Eddie

    When will you Libs and Dems (one in same) get it? The ONLY problem that is causing your beloved Obama from getting his take-over of the Health Care Industry in this just that, a "take-over"....reasonable and caring Americans do NOT want the federal government involved in their health care in ANY way......and please do not respond by saying, "they are already involved".....if the Fed is now involved, we do NOT want any "further" involvement by the Feds!

    GET IT!???

    August 12, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. annie s

    This is all so pathetically sad. Look at the photo of the angry protester on the front page of CNN News – clearly a senior citizen on Medicare, who probably believes Palin that end of life counseling means a "death panel". Here's the truth – when my dad was dying of cancer, he had an "end of life" counseling session with his doctor who explained treatments to possibly extend his life a few months more, hospice care if that was his choice, whether he had a living will and whether he would want his physicians to use extraordinary (life support) means to keep him alive if he went into cardiac arrest. He was not forced to do a thing, and neither would anyone else be – all this one version of this one possible bill says is that Medicare will pay for the counseling!

    August 12, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Steve, Columbia SC

    That is the only way demoncrats can raise money, taking advantage of using the "fear factor", not on the merits of their policies and actions.

    August 12, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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