March 8th, 2010
01:23 PM ET
5 years ago

Steele appears in new TV ad from RNC

The RNC is launching a new television ad this week in Republican-leaning markets.
The RNC is launching a new television ad this week in Republican-leaning markets.

Washington (CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele may be coming to a television commercial break near you.

The RNC is launching a new ad – to air on Fox News Channel in Republican-leaning TV markets – warning that President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are "experimenting with America." In the spot, Steele makes a direct appeal for donations, urging viewers to visit a new Web site called OurFreedomMatters.com

"Massive government expansion, government takeovers, redistribution of wealth, and staggering debt to countries like China and the Middle East," Steele narrates in the ad. "It's wrong, we can't afford it. It threatens our freedom."

Steele himself appears on screen for 30 seconds of the one minute-long spot, and uses the word freedom no less than eight times.

"But if people pull together, people can take our government back," Steele says. "Go to OurFreedomMatters.com. Make a donation. Washington is not listening. The President is not listening."

The ad will air this week in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Cincinnati, Ohio; Greensboro. North Carolina; and West Palm Beach, Florida. An RNC spokesman said Steele will follow up his pitch with fundraising trips to each of those cities.

The RNC's financial operation is currently under fire following the disclosure of an internal fundraising presentation, which claimed the party could cash in on "fear" of the Obama administration.


Filed under: 2010 • Michael Steele • RNC
soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Trying to Save Face

    It's too late Uncle Tom Steele. The damage has been done. That's not the "real" ad the RNC wants to present. How about firing the person who came up with that tasteless presentation.

    March 8, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. get real

    Funny how I never hear the republicans talk about how to solve any problems...just a bunch of negative comments about the group who is trying to fix things (and yes, I'll say it, things that they inherited from the great GOP leader: dubya).

    March 8, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. if I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    It is not like the republican experiment for almost a decade was successful. Unnecessary wars, wiretapping, torture, tax cuts that we couldn't afford, and an attack on the constitution that made up the republican culture of corruption, are not what we need to return to.

    March 8, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. if I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    Cashing in of fear, now that is an understatement.

    March 8, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Ken in NC

    I wish M. Steel would take the Republican party and go to China and set up shop. Then they would see what "Complete Government Control" really is.

    Let them live and thrive in China. I will even chip in to help defray the cost of the row boats to take them there along with some MRE's to snack on along the way.

    March 8, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. diridi

    GOP does not have any brain, because obama is black, they put this dude, because, hillary clinton, they put sarah palin...no brain...no nothing...nonsense...

    March 8, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. The Other Michael in Houston

    So Mr. Steele, what have you done for your country lately? Nothing! You still don't get it Mr. Steele. You were put there to counter-balance the President's race and you are too stupid to realize it. Do you think that going back to the way it was is the real answer Mr. Steele. And take what back? America? I think you need to go run your ad in China. Yeah, the same country that your party sold America to, to fund your war in Iraq. Or how about running your ad in India, the same country that your party allowed American business to outsource to so they can make ridiculous profit. Or how about in Korea, you know, the country that your party allowed to sell their cheap goods in our country with little or no tax but we get taxed like crazy trying to sell our products there. Conservatism, the Great American lie.

    March 8, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. Mesa Mick

    Same old rethuglicant meme of "fear, smear, mock and lie".

    As for the "freedom" thingy these brown shirted GOPs keep bleating and braying don't forget folks...
    "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose"...

    So, if you don't have health insurance or are about to lose it because you can't afford it just keep in mind that this is the "freedom" these right wing crazies are offering up for middle class America...

    March 8, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. Bette

    Absolutely disgusting. The Republicans offer no ideas or solutions, only fear mongering. I'm a registered Republican who most likely will never vote for any Republican again. Shame on them. Are there no honorable Republicans left with enough courage to stop this nonsense? I've lost all respect for Republicans.

    March 8, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. Jeremy

    This country has had a debt for a lot longer than just since Obama has been in office. I love how politicians (on all sides) skew their commercials to make it sound like the other party is evil incarnate.

    If the politicians would just be honest for once and really say what they believe in (instead of the typical talking points for the parties) I think a lot of the country would begin to respect these people. Oh well, slander gets votes I guess.

    March 8, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. annie s

    Very good. They paid perfect attention to that fundraising platform – they used FEAR to get donations. I've never before held a hard party line, but now I do – republicans are the worst thing that can happen to America

    March 8, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. Desmond in Canada

    These RNC "Steelers" are clearly desperate and, as usual, completely lack imagination in their franctic efforts to prevent millions of citizens from receiving proper health care, while causing millions more to lose the care they now have. Their same old message: FEAR! FEAR!
    FEAR! They are prepared to sell the USA to the insurance companies to secure their own futures. Very sad. IT WILL NOT WORK. Most Americans are not stupid

    March 8, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. Mike in MN

    A majority of voters in America have figured out we can't afford Obama's socialist agenda for America. Stopping Obama's agenda is about saving our Nation from going bankrupt.
    The CBO just released the ten year projections of Obama's new 3.8 trillion budget. An annual spending budget that is 600 billion more than the last Bush budget. The CBO project deficits over the next 10 years that average 976 billion a year. And it gets worse in the out years, not better with 940 billion in 2017, 1 trillion in 2018, 1.15 trillion in 2019 and 1.25 trillion in 2020. These projections are based on an Obama budget that assumes Obamacare and cap and trade are passed. Two things Obama says will help make America more prosperous than anytime in history. It never happens, instead we go broke under a mountain of Obama spending debt. Clearly any increase in government revenue over the next ten years fall far short of the Obama increases in spending. The American people are saying NO and Obama is not listening or does not care.

    March 8, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. FRANK, LAS VEGAS

    Pandering more fear and lies, the GOP way, so what's new. It would only be news if the GOP told the truth for once, but then again it's on the Fox News channel and those people can't handle the truth.

    March 8, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. duckunder

    Washington is not listening! That would indicate both parties aren't worth voting for. "If" the repubs take over congress, the people can look forward to nothing, except tax cuts we can't afford, to the rich and large corporations and more debt. What a choice we have.

    March 8, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. Larry L

    Mr. Steele represents a "token" of the GOP's love for people of color. Just look at the photo of the Republican Convention. It looked like a loaf of white bread with one raisin.

    March 8, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. chris

    "if we say freedom enough times, people might think we care about their freedoms"

    March 8, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. Wisconsonite - It's Not Socialism, It's SANITY

    This country is going to he!! in a handbasket and it is NOT because of President Obama; it IS because of the decpicable actions and fear-mongering and obstruction and just plain LYING to the American public that seems to be the new platform of the Republican party! Ever since Michael Steele took over as head of the RNC their practices have become more sleazy and anti-American every day! What a peice of scum that man is!

    March 8, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. Phil from Corpus Christi

    From what I can see of Steele's statement, he still is trying to motivate voters to the RNC cause and stimulate funding by using fear (albeit in a subtler form): fear the government will take over, fear of loss of freedom, fear the government will sell out to other countries, in short, fear big brother will take over. Yet the Bush administration with its so-called Patriot Act, use of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (a.k.a. torture), questionable (if not illegal) use of wiretaps, all promoting fear (while all were being explained away as security measures) were the closest thing this country has ever seen to Big Brother. Continuing the analogy to 1984, this is classic Republican double-speak.

    March 8, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. sharon

    OUR FREEDOM DOES MATTER.........WE DID PULL TOGETHER............WE DID PUT PEOPLE BACK IN OFFICE TO TAKE OUR GOVERNMENT BACK.......................IT IS BECAUSE WASHINGTON WAS NOT LISTENING.................................................THE PAST PRES. WAS NOT LISTENING..........................................YOU KNOW THE WMD PRES. / 2 WAR PRES / SPEND BUT DO NOT REPORT IT PRES. ...........................BUSHY............................................
    THIS LEAD ALL OF US INTO THE RECESSION...................................

    HELLO..........................STEELE................ARE YOU LISTENING???????

    o.k. steele.........so you do not listen...................please stay with the gop.
    just keep on doing these things.
    please.
    thanks.

    March 8, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. Andy H

    Mr. Steele ought to clarify instead of using fear as his sole motivator; America has been and will always be an experiment in continuous development.

    March 8, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. Darron R. Brown MD

    Making people afraid is what the Republican Party does best. They know that the current health care reform proposals in no way represents a "goverment takeover", but use this term to generate fear and distrust. The "massive government expansion" refered to by Mr. Steele is non-existant and not being proposed. The "redistribution of wealth" is a Repubican catch phrase to elicit distrust. The "staggering debt", of course is genuine and driven by past policies of Republican administrations. Mr. Steele should try to stick to the facts and avoid frightening people, for all our sakes.

    March 8, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. Taylor Harriosn

    Elephants can have fleas, but Fleas cant have Elephants.

    March 8, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. Gary

    Massive goverment takeover? Really? You mean like social security and Medicare? OK, Repugnants- hand it over. Stop taking it if it's socialism! To anyone over 55, buy private medical insurance and see what your premiums are (especially since most of you will have a long laundry list of pre-existing conditions). Your premiums would be >$2000/month easily. It's funny to see you shouting slogans like "Don't touch my Medicare" when your party tried to kill it years ago.

    Oh, and don't forget that bank bailout- introduced and supported by Repugthicans (isn't that a government takeover or is it OK to use taxpayer dollars to give to Wall St. and then not demand a share or anything in return?)

    Sold out to China and the Middle East? I'm pretty sure that has been happening for a long time, and especially expedited under W (don't forget he wanted our port security to be handled by a company from the United Arab Emirates).

    Redistribution of wealth? You mean those tax cuts for the wealthy weren't a redistribution of wealth upwards? And by the way, what happened to all of those jobs that are supposed to be created when the rich get tax cuts? They haven't yet expired. Where are the jobs? Seems to be the economy was headed for a freefall long before Bush left office and long after those tax cuts.

    Seems to be the experimenting was done by the Repugnants and their "trickle down" theory (more aptly named piss down upon me) and we see the results. Take your fear [unpatriotic] attempts to tear down this president (isn't that what you called it when people oppposed Bush), as revealed by that nifty little powerpoint presentation, and get the hell out of the country

    March 8, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Wow,appealing to the rich and the stupid on the same day.Gee Mike,why not just display the "stars and bars" behind you and wear your pointy hat and sheet while your at it.hahaha

    March 8, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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