December 16th, 2009
10:00 AM ET
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RNC to unveil new health care video

The Republican National Committee is releasing a new Web video Wednesday that urges senators to vote against the Democratic health care bill.

The Republican National Committee is releasing a new Web video Wednesday that urges senators to vote against the Democratic health care bill.

Washington (CNN) – The Republican National Committee is releasing a new Web video Wednesday that urges senators to vote against the Democratic health care bill.

The 30-second "Listen To Me" video is the latest in the RNC's ongoing public relations effort to try and derail health care reform as Democrats work to get a bill through the Senate before Christmas.

As part of the GOP's strategy, RNC political and press staff have been sent to six states: Arkansas, Connecticut, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota and Virginia to coordinate individual campaigns in an effort to convince senators from these states to oppose the bill. The campaign is directed at Democrats who represent five of these states as well as Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, who aligns himself with the Democratic Party.

In addition, the RNC is spending $100,000 on ads placed on national radio shows calling for the defeat of the bill.

RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho estimates that the national party has spent about $2 million to try and defeat health care reform.


Voice: "Listen to me. Listen to me."

Senior 1: "Senator, you need to listen to me."

Senior 2: "No one in Washington seems to be listening to me."

Senior 3: "I don't want anybody fooling with my Medicare."

Voice: "Do not pass this health care bill. Listen to me."

Senior 4: "Listen…to everyone."

Voice: "The Republican National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising."



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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. George

    The RNC is the DEATH PANEL. They could care less if people die just as long as their insurance buddies make money killing people. Wake up America!!!!

    December 16, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. Clint

    "The Republican National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising" On the wrong side of morality. On the wrong side of history. Your RNC.

    December 16, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. Mike (VA)

    They should save the money and just run the LP record of Ronald Reagan calling health care reform "creeping socialism" in 1960. Their argument hasn't changed, so why waste the money on new stuff!!

    December 16, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. not alone

    Got to love the party of NO,not!!!!

    December 16, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. billy123

    Old boy I can't wait to hear this one I am sure what it will state as follows:

    Gloom and doom the sky is falling the end is near and President Obama is the Anti-Christ. I believe that will above cover it.

    December 16, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. Enough

    Obama is the most irresponsible president ever, for him to be rushing this through when it is a bad bill and bankrupting the country in the process. What's the rush? He dithered on Afghanistan for 3 months, why does he want to shove this through so quickly?

    December 16, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Fred Riek

    Is there anything the Republican Party is doing to help improve our Country? They have stated that they want ourt Presaident to fail so that they can get more Republoicans elected. It is clear that the Republican Party places its own self interest above thos of America and American citizens – many of whom need the health care that this Administration is trying to pass. I firmly believe that the greatest threat to America and Americans is the Republican Party – the enemy from within.

    December 16, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    The GOP should STOP spending money on trying to BLOCK the health care bill and instead, come up with some SUGGESTIONS!! They will also be the Party of NO Suggestions, NO Solutions, NO Brains!!!

    Furthermore, they should take Lieberman on their side because he is also NObody!!!

    December 16, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. Obama Victim

    why??? they have already kicked the dems butts on this

    December 16, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. Elizabeth in Florida

    I love the way it clearly defines the Republican Health Care Plan (silence).
    Listen to me: Republican Health Care Plan (silence)
    That's right, the party of "no" has no plan. How about this: Every Republican will be willing to give up their public option, government run current health care and have to buy for themselves what they leave for the rest of us.
    Hey guys, are you willing to do that? (silence)

    December 16, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  11. a health economist

    Oh, the irony is great. The party that was originally against the creation of Medicare has the seniors up in arms that the government is going to take away their Medicare. The are also screaming that Medicare is going to go bankrupt because of the government, but leave out the itty bitty detail that it will primarily be due to Medicare Part D which was championed by the Republicans.

    One things for sure, I'm not going to be out of a job anytime soon.

    December 16, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Tanja

    Americans don't need a video....We need a PLAN.


    December 16, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. JC

    I agree! The majority of Americans want the bill to pass. Therefore Senate and Congress should LISTEN to the people of this nation and pass a bill with a strong Public Option and early Medicare.

    December 16, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I am soooo angry at this bunch of thugs that I can't even find 'printable' words to express myself. Among the many things that come to mind is: How can the GOP live with themselves, and look at themselves in the mirror and call themselves Americans when they've done NOTHING but obstruct anything that would not line their pockets at the expense of the country and many of it's citizens. It is truly unforgivable, and galling how they parade around with these ads proud as peacocks trumpeting the LIE that they are concerned about the country. And even more scary is the number of low-brows that believe them.

    December 16, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. Royster

    I am still waiting for the GOP alternatives to the current bill!

    Again, the party of 'NO' and the party of 'ME ME ME'.....pushing hysteria without alternatives, playing politics for 2010 instead of trying to work together to forge real reform, thinking only of itself and it's corporate sponsers instead of the millions of Americans without health insurance, playing the 'age card' in it's advertising to scare and intimidate uninformed seniors into not supporting a bill that would help millions.

    The effort and money the GOP is spending on their fear campaign COULD have been spent working together to create a better country......evidently the GOP does not want a better country.

    December 16, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. Tram

    Right - spread fear and lies, but whatever the GOP does, it WON'T come up with an alternative to the health care bill. They hate Americans and don't want us to live to grab a share of the profits they're lining their pockets with.

    Ya know, I was never a democrat or a republican. I stood by the issues, not the party. After the disaster of the Bush Administration, you couldn't pay me to be a republican now. They showed their true colors for 8 years, and they want to dismantle everything that made America "America."

    This is just another example of their fearmongering ineptitude.

    December 16, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. Alan

    More misdirection. It ain't about HEALTH care reform. It's about HEALTH INSURANCE reform and guess who's paying who to fight it tooth and nail?

    December 16, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  18. skurfer

    The Republican party continues their Anti American policies of I've got mine and we will keep from having health care as long as they keep getting the big checks from the insurance companies.
    Never mind that the majority of Americans think there should be a public option.
    The voters are not their constituants, the insurance companies are.

    December 16, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. RichP the Pocono's

    Thank rube goldberg none of you elected officials design aircraft, they would do everything but fly.

    December 16, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. Chris D.

    The GOP argument of government takeover, and other scare tactics are flat out false.......The public option is gone, and so is the buy in to medicare at 55.......So what is the case against reform now?
    Oh that's right, the GOP is against healthcare reform of any kind.
    To say they are not is a crock......they wait until DEMS tackle this gigantic issue to then say that they have a better way........Once unemploment drops, the GOP is in big trouble......There will not be a 2010 repeat of 1994.

    December 16, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. holding up the mirror

    Unless we make the Repubs pay for this complete shut down of our government, we will make no progress in this country. Think about this, we the taxpayers are paying Repubs in Congress millions of our tax dollars to say "NO" to everything. I wish I could get fat off taxpayers and lobbyists to say "NO".
    The Repub party of this Congress has used the filibuster on almost every bill introduced this year. Our Senate has more than 100 bills that the House has passed sitting in committees or "filibustered". The Repubs are the biggest do nothing party in the history of our country, and the statistics back this up. This has to stop and unless we stop it, our government will never get anything done.

    December 16, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. Andy from CA

    Klondike Sarah is not even worth the polluted air we breathe.

    December 16, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. Marc

    AKA 'Another attempt of spreading fear and smear since I don't have an alternative to propose'!

    December 16, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. Robin in Tampa, FL

    I'm going to call the GOP's bluff ... the reason why they are opposing health care reform is because they are trying to force the Democrats into passing their bills through reconciliation (51 votes instead of 60), this will hurt the bill, and all of the real reforms would be stripped out making it a much worse bill than it currently is.

    December 16, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. Amazing

    Listen up Democrats..........the MAJORITY of Americans are against this and if you value your job you will listen to the will of the people. Vote NO on this disaster.

    December 16, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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