October 6th, 2009
08:00 PM ET
5 years ago

White House trying to 'fool Americans,' RNC talking points say

The Republican National Committee distributed new internal talking points on Tuesday.
The Republican National Committee distributed new internal talking points on Tuesday.

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."

Read the full document here.


Filed under: Health care • President Obama • RNC
soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Larry

    Wow !-Since when does the RNC want substance. The party of no, the RNC offers nothing constructive in the healthcare debate.
    Instead they offer lies such as death squads and socialism. Fear and
    lies is all the RNC has to offer.

    October 6, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  2. Georgia

    Republican's = Incompetence!

    October 6, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  3. sue

    the RNC and the party of no doing what it does best, lie to americans, fear-mongering and racism. hatred. receipe for disaster. this time we cannot board your train. we know you well. health care reform is so important to millions of americans. say no to gop lies. not this time. sorry haters, not this time.

    October 6, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  4. Shelly

    ALWAYS READY TO GO TO WAR BUT NEVER READY TO HELP THE AMERICANS IN NEED (the uninsured, the minorities, the gay community, the union worker, disaster victims( remember Katrina) etc.)

    The GOP and their right wing cronies only care about corporations and the wealthy getting richer. They are greedy, selfish, heartless and angry.
    Their goal is to see the President fail and in turn America fail.

    October 6, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  5. brian

    Like invading Iraq? Oh wait...

    October 6, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  6. Noah

    Democrats aren't highlighting all republicans at this point. Just the smart ones. Last time i checked didn't we elect these people to represent us. You can't ignore how people feel on an issue just because it goes against how you personally feel. If you constituents overwhelmingly feel a certain way about an issue it is your responsibility to take that issue to heart weigh the cost of voting for and against the issue and make your decision based on that not on party politics.

    October 6, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  7. JonDie

    2001-2009 Republican accomplishments (short list)

    1) an invasion of Iraq based on LIES for the purpose of enriching the corporate fat cats even as 50,000+ US soldiers died needlessly

    2) the pathetic non-response to HURRICANE KATRINA (the dictators in Burma did a better job at helping the dispossessed, and the response in Burma was pathetic)

    3) Bernie Madoff stole investors blind thanks to ZERO enforcement by the Bush administration

    4) In Nov. 2008 the country almost collapsed into a GREAT DEPRESSION.

    We thinking people know who the FOOLS are, they are called REPUBLICANS.

    October 6, 2009 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  8. john

    This is just another excuse as to why the GOP doesn't support a health care plan that would be of help to all levels of American life, from the most poor to the richest. Nothing for the Average American but for their friends oh boy everything. Talk about double standards. How can they sleep at night?

    October 6, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  9. not alone

    sadly all the repub's have left is lies and and poor properganda to use now days.Seeing as they have no real idea's to share with america and only want to deal the whole country like thier old party leader Bush did.screw the poor and feed the rich.

    October 6, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  10. Wynter

    The only fool in the room is the Elephant in the center.

    October 6, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  11. Canadian Soccer Mom

    I love the way they project.

    October 6, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  12. Xavier

    as opposed to republican who outright lie to your face and tell you go off to a corner and die quickly?

    October 6, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  13. maximus (NY)

    Americans have already been fooled by you, wicked, heartless, hypocrite republicans. There's no fricking way that Obama can do that again. You are just blaspheming as usual, for this is what you do best., misleading people with your lies and vile political. Clear off! Band of vampires.

    October 6, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Given that the RNC and other conservative talking heads talk about things where they cause fear, this isn't a huge surprise that they would say this. Everyone needs to take a quick breath and understand the idea and philosphical background of everyone offering an opinion (are the liberal or conservative; do they feel governement is to be feared or worked with). Knowing where people come from helps others to figure out what they are trying to do and where they want to take the agenda.

    October 6, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  15. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    After the GOP permitted 8 years of the Bush Administration "fooling" Americans, the GOP has a lot of nerve pointing fingers!

    October 6, 2009 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  16. Dem TIl death

    Sorry but the GOP are truly the real fools claiming to represent the american people..

    October 6, 2009 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  17. Heath

    Oh, yeah. She's qualified to speak on this subject. "Take me to your leader!"

    October 6, 2009 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  18. Brandon in Missouri

    "This is yet another example of the White House's preference for PR over substance."

    Right, and the Republicans have been offering SO MUCH substance of their own? Give me a break. And the White House could not "fool" people into thinking the GOP supports their plan if they tried. We get it, Republicans! You don't like the plan! No, believe me, your voices are loud and clear!

    Now, got any suggestions of your OWN?

    October 6, 2009 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  19. cjl

    I wholeheartedly agree with the 'P.R. Over Substance'. Even the most brainwashed liberals can see that going on right under their noses.

    October 6, 2009 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  20. CD

    Well, seeing as it is the RNC I think we all need to trust them far more then President Obama, after all they have far greater experience at fooling america and the american people.

    October 7, 2009 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  21. Prevaricator

    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."

    Blah, blah, blah.

    October 7, 2009 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  22. Mike in MN

    This move does not seem to be a good one to me. It is true many Republicans do support reform. But they don't support much of what is in the Democrats version of reform. To give the impression that Republicans are opposed to reform is a big mistake. Republicans should stress they support reform and describe what that reform is and what they do not support about the Democrats reform.

    October 7, 2009 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  23. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    WOW!
    Hard to believe that Republicans could EVER POSSIBLY care anything about controlling health care costs and availability for ALL Americans, and yet, there are a few, but for God's sake, don't look behind the curtain at them, look at the great Republican Oz, who "isn't" trying to fool America.

    Say it often, say it loud "Republican, and not too proud to lie some more."

    October 7, 2009 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  24. Mike in MN

    I take back my previous post. The RNC did not make a mistake. When I read the full document they do indicate that Republicans support reform but just not elements in Obama's and the Democrats reform.

    October 7, 2009 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  25. John in Austin

    The RNC is full of nothing but liars, cheaters, and hypocrites. They have lost all sense of ethics and grasp at anything they can, in order to seem relevant. Talking points or not – they will continue to fail.

    October 7, 2009 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
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