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. CAL

    What is terrible about all these lies is the american people are really falling for them and people like palin and gingrich are sprewing these lies. There are so many people out there that want to see President Obama fail until they will do and say anything to sabatog his agenda. They are all a bunch of haters and I know President will get the last say.

    August 12, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Sam Sixpack

    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, ..."

    Palin called President Obama's proposed "Independent Medicare Advisory Council” what it is a "death panel." The only thing Palin got wrong was you won't actually get to "stand in front" of them - you'll just be a statistic with no recourse.

    Check it out for yourself, look up "Independent Medicare Advisory Council” on the internet. You might be suprised to find lots of information about it on the White House's website.

    It is Jon Vogel who is lying.


    August 12, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. Bethie

    The Republicans are figuring this out now? Laughable.

    August 12, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. Oskar in SD

    Sarah Palin is a moron in lipstick and Gingrich continues to be the weather vane for stupidity. These people are out to stop any reform because it would mean progress towards a fundamental problem in American health care. They scream that they don't want socialized medicine yet take away Medicare and they would hemorrhage mentally. Medicare is government operated and, even with warts, it can be described as socialized health care. The lies these buffoons of the right spread is basically domestic terrorism. They are spreading lies to terrorize gullible people who believe anything the clowns of the airwaves spread. You name them, Limbaugh, Hannity, Dobbs and likes are working to destroy the US of A from within because they don't want a half white president to succeed. Add those foul senators Boehner and McConnell to the heap.

    August 12, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    why does CNN or any other news agency even put anything palin or gingrich has to say ?
    these two and many others haven't a clue ,or they are some of the best liers on the planet

    to support big insurance being able to ripe off americans and over charge and under supply health care should be a crime .that we the people should not allow

    so please please please stop putting their opinion on any news .

    they are racist idiots and self center jerks ..

    anti american like rush and alot of republicans

    August 12, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. GOPer

    Palin and Newt ought to be ashamed of themselves with their outright lies. It is truly sad what the GOPers have become and the behaviors they incite these days. Disgusting.

    August 12, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. David Newport, OR

    why not use their comments? They are unethical enough to say them in the first place.

    August 12, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. demwit

    Decent is un-American! As long as democrats are in charge...

    August 12, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. Chris

    ReTHUGlicans are just scary. I am 100% convinced they are not upset about Healthcare, just the fact that A Black man is running the country and doing a BETTER job then Bush did. Look at these Town Hall meetings. ALL WHITE PEOPLE, Most over 40. They are also taking place during working hours. Most of us NORMAL people have 9-5 jobs.

    I say thank you to President Obama. Thanks for fighting the the working man.

    August 12, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. Jim

    The Republican Party will always be out of touch as long as Palin, Newt, Rush,Beck,Hannity and Fixs Nuts News keeping telling wacky lies.

    August 12, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. Claudia in Houson

    A liar, a cheater and what do you get, Palin and Gingrich which also equals two (2) quitters. Palin quit her governorship and Gingrich quit as House Speaker during the Clinton impeachment trials because he too had a mistress. They make great bed fellows for the GOP.

    August 12, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. TCM

    maybe you idiots should read the healthcare plan, and you'd find that Palin's remarks are heavy with merit; just as Gingrich's are...Obama, yesterday, continued with the same healthcare his "Jive turkey," mannerism...making insulting jokes to the elderly while downplaying the radicalism of his plan. Anyone believing him about this healthcare plan obviously hasn't read, and comprehended it's consequences.

    August 12, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. M J Plattner

    If palin and gingrich are the best the republicans can do-they are more pathetic than we previously thought. Obviously they are getting kickbacks from the health for profit doctors who are in it for the money. It doesn't get any more stupid-talk about out of touch!!

    August 12, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. T KS

    I'm ready to pitch in to stop these lunatics. It's about time others start standing up to them too.

    August 12, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. Cindy Ohio Independent Mom

    All I know is if the GOP want to do anything in 2010 and 2012., they better sit her down!

    August 12, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. Pete East

    Ok, here we go. Read the legislation, HR 3200, and decide if this is something you want to pass. Let your congressional representatives know that you are not only an informed constituent, but one that votes.

    Anyone who wishes to dissuade you from reading the bill as it stands does NOT want for you to be an informed voter. Pay particular attention to funding for the bill and changes to the revenue code and individual responsibility.

    The vaunted "public option" appears in Title II of the bill; and is the formation of US Gov't Health Ins. Inc complete with provisions for premiums to be paid by the public (who work) and other ways for you to send your money to the Gov't coffers, along with a $2B "start up" fund to be paid back in 10 years. BTW, ask you Congress person if they will be switching to the public option, or if they will be staying w/ evil Blue Cross & Blue Shield.

    August 12, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. StevG

    I think it is sad where politics is at today. I think people are really tired of all the dirty tricks, fabracations, mean spirited,half truths, and
    exasperation is takeing over the people. Who's right? Who's lying? I say from now on, hook up all politicans to a lie detecter and a shock collar, then we will know who telling the truth. In recards to Palin and Gingrich

    Rule number four of the republican party is,

    Tell The Lie, Until They Believe The Lie.

    August 12, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. geecee

    I'll gladly make a donation to shut up that lizard!

    August 12, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. pat c

    this red faced dude looks like limbaug's ugly twin!! stick a pin in either an i am sure they would both go up in smoke.

    August 12, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hey, THANK YOU SARAH!! Kaa-ching, ka-ching!!! And you too Lizzard.

    Wouldn't want to appear ungrateful. There really is a silver lining to every dark cloud!

    August 12, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Jake

    Sarah Palin is the gift that keeps on giving for the Democrats! Someone send her a fruit basket!

    August 12, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. Darth Vadik, CA

    There is a face only his own mother can love...

    ...well I take that back, there is a face no one could love.

    Wasn't this idiot cheating on his own wife while screaming about Clinton?

    I hope there is a hell the way bible thumping christians describe, because according to that bible you're holding, the hypocrites have a special place in it. I'm sure that SAG spy and traitor Reagan is in it.

    August 12, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    Now maybe the Palin haters will catch a clue. She's can raise big bucks! Money talks in the USA and you know it. As long as she is an effective fundraiser, she will be around.
    Instead of wasting your time on hate speech against her, why don't you turn rabid on her supporters? The ones giving her money. Obviously the Palin trashtalk is not working; the country is full of trashtalkers and no one is listening.
    Don't you haters also realize if the Dems attack Palin, it is because she is effective?
    You all seem to blame CNN for her continued presence on the national scene.

    August 12, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  24. Wake Up

    This president is such a disappointment. Notice: He never fully tells you what he wants. He only gives you light details that can only sound good...then demonizes anyone who disagrees. He ISN"T MORE OF THE SAME...HE'S WORSE.

    Obama is such a fraud.

    August 12, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. Joker1956

    Yeah and this ad worked because I just donated !! I would do just about anything to shoot these two, along w/ Hannity, Beck, Limbaugh, Bachman and Colter DOWN! I

    August 12, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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