WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Republican National Committee is instructing surrogates to accuse the Obama administration of trying to "fool Americans" into supporting their heath care plans by hyping GOP figures who've spoken positively about the plan, according to internal RNC talking points provided to CNN on Tuesday by a Republican source outside the committee.
In recent days, the administration and its Democratic allies have pointed to a handful of prominent Republicans who support the idea of passing some kind of health care legislation by the end of the year.
This week, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist - all Republicans - endorsed the idea. So did New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Republican-turned-independent.
The RNC's response, according to the internal talking points: "The White House's latest tactic to rescue its failing health care plan is highlighting Republicans who say they support health care reform to fool Americans into thinking these Republicans support the president's government-run health care experiment ... This is yet another example of the White House's preference for P.R. over substance."
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The Republicans can't stand the fact that their "No We Can't" coalition is beginning to fall apart.
And, as a result...they have collectively decided to call the president a liar...I knew it all along...the entire party is made up of Joe Wilsons!!!!
Yet again CNN shows its liberal bias. How often do you make a ig deal about Democrat talking points in such a derisive tone?
No, no one thinks that the GOP has some how come on board no matter how many republicans say they favor reform, we all know that the GOP is the party of NO and will always be the party of NO.
PR over substance? From the people that have not offered one original idea in the last decade? They have been relying on radio talk show hosts to give them ideas, not the Heritage Foundation or the Cato Institute. Its appalling that the GOP has gone from the frantic intellectual frenzy of the Gingrich Revolution to a cluster of talking points screamed by such "intellectuals" as Palin, Bachman, and Joe Wilson.
From PhDs to glorified parrots. Its sad how far they have fallen.
Wait a second, the GOP is accusing Obama of distortions? Funniest thing I've heard all day.
Hate, scare, confuse and say NO. That is their stratagy.
What type of fools do you think we are?
show me a republican plan and quit trying to fool Americans that critisism equals republicans have a comprehensive health care plan!
It is truly, truly fascinating how the RNC is accusing the White House of 'fooling' Americans; this, from the party of ‘values and morals’ who lied for 8 straight years; at the cost of hundreds of thousands of lives. The RNC, the GOP is the party of outright liars.
The RNC, GOP should be ashamed of themselves...but they couldn't be farther from any sense of accountability.
Steele is confusing THIS White House with the last White House. Silly man.
fool this! I support the U.S and the president! so should you!
Republicans had 8 years to fix health care, and did nothing. Why should we listen to them now?
The WH leads us to believe the plan is endorsed by physicians. Listening to the physcians where I live, they vehemently oppose his plan. Will we ever have honest answers to our questions? Where is the truth? I doubt we will ever know cause both parties are equally quilty trying to push their own agenda.
CNN, you have a journalistic responsibility to recognize when you are being manipulated. Printing this non-news without analysing the underlying facts is lazy and belies your reputation as a news source.
"White House trying to 'fool Americans,' RNC talking points say"
After 8 years of the RNC, they're now telling us that the White House is trying to fool Americans. Exactly what did the RNC do for 8 years. enough said. We're only 'fools' if we listen to the RNC.
Your time is up and you apparently haven't changed any of the tactics used in the last 8 years. I should believe you, Why?.....
You people are always trying to accuse Obama of what you are doing.
Would the Republican'ts come up with yet another reason why millions of people shouldn't have health care? It's not even Christmas yet but the GOP are looking more and more like the Grinch. Actually I just insulted the Grinch by saying that. At least he only stole toys....
Our for profit health insurance system was an experiment. Never repeated in any other country and It failed. Time to join the ranks of everyone else in the world and have a working health care system that covers everyone for less money. Those are facts that cannot be disputed.
Well its true. How do they plan on paying for it?? The white house is side stepping this critical point.
Just like the right-wing conservatives were trying to fool Americans for eight years that they actually cared about the people and our country. Now that's a good one...
Lets put it this way, with repulican part of the governmenttal process, who needs enemies. The GOP is just out to protect their pals in the insurance companies .
Who is the RNC fooling with their hypocritical talking points? They have desperately attempted so many outrageous lies about health care, trying to scare innocent seniors and even members of their own party with a ridiculous mailer. It's the same old projective nonsense from the RNC.
They realize a growing majority of Americans support health-care reforms, including a reasonable public option to increase competition and extend affordable coverage.
The only people trying to fool America are the republicans.
Just DON'T have a government option (which would definitely lead to a catastrophe) and, DON"T make buying health insurance mandatory. That is a blatant disregard for our constitutional rights.
well turn about is fair play..Thata what the party of 'NO' did for the health care debate..so stop complaining