September 18th, 2009
01:15 PM ET
5 years ago

New DNC campaign targets GOP health care critics

The Democratic National Committee has launched a tough new campaign to push back against GOP critics.
The Democratic National Committee has launched a tough new campaign to push back against GOP critics.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A little more than a week after President Obama pledged to "call out" opponents who make what he calls irresponsible arguments about his health care plan, the Democratic National Committee launched a tough new campaign to push back against GOP critics.

The DNC is asking supporters to pressure individual foes of the president's plan via phone and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Democrats are also launching an online "action center."

"Every Republican official must understand: If you lie about reform, the American people will call you out!" DNC Executive Director Jennifer O'Malley Dillon told supporters in a Friday e-mail.

First in the crosshairs: Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, who has taken an increasingly high-profile national role this year. The DNC's Friday e-mail asked Democrats to call his office to complain about recent comments over the controversial "death panels" debate, and to take a new Web video slamming the Minnesota governor viral.

The DNC also released a one-minute TV ad, its latest outreach effort to a liberal base unsettled by reports the administration would consider swapping a public option for a "trigger" provision in any health care bill, in a bid to win the support of Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe.

"Fired Up, Ready to Go" - which features President Obama addressing University of Maryland students Thursday - will run on national cable in the Washington, D.C. area starting Monday. The spot will also be placed on key national and local liberal blogs.

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soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. thanks, but no thanks

    To all of you who claim socialism:

    people like us in support of public health plan are not calling your policies. No we are calling your flat out lies such as "death panels", "immigrant care", and "baby killers". Before you speak, think for a moment. Same people who oppose public option did not support the expansion of SCHIP to cover more children. Same people suggested to privatize social security. Same ones claimed that we do not need medicare and aid for seniors. Now, if you can argue against these points, respond to this message. If you do not, then you are bought by the insurance companies to post here. So, l am waiting....

    September 18, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. Pam

    Its about time the DNC found their spines. Its been missing a long time. The second one to call out is that paragon of virtue, from my state, David Vitter. He's a constant on the lie-o-meter about the health care reform bill. The Republicans need this 'in your face' payback. They have been bullies too long.

    September 18, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Ohio D

    Even as a democrat that voted for Pres. Obama, I must admit that it is difficult to lie (or even tell the truth) about something that has not yet been finalized. Even we dems can't decide what should be in the bill or not. I am tired of everything being the Repubs fault. We control the White House and both chambers of Congress. We can do this on our own if we agreed in our own party! But we can't, so let's blame someone else for our problems. Makes me sick. Maybe I should become a registered Independent!!!

    September 18, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. cesmess

    The party of lee atwater and Karly rove.

    September 18, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. Bush_Low_I.Q.

    Obama is the Best President Ever.

    Bush was a Nut.

    September 18, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. MCD, SF, CA

    Talk about getting the facts straight.... there are people posting right here who have stated that more americans are against the healthcare reform than are for it. THAT IS WRONG! Don't believe them... do your own research. The MAJORITY of Americans not only WANT this healthcare reform... they want a PUBLIC OPTION!

    September 18, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  7. Carnell From Detroit, MI USA

    That's Good For The DNC, You Should Go After The GOP (Grumpy Old Politicians). They Done Nothing But Complain About Everything And Do Nothing All At Once.

    September 18, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. Peter

    Politicians always cash on crisis! cripple the healthcare! and get donations from the insurance and Pharma! can you Imagine that, Pharmaceuticals pay generic companies not to release affordable drugs in the market? talk about greediness! served under the banner of FREE MARKET. Although we have the best doctors nd the best medicine and facilities. Always we pay with a premium! which is bankrupting many families. If we can get affordable healthcare for all lets also do a way with medicare, public schools and public libraries,and put too stations for all to pay on our free ways!!!

    September 18, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
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