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. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    – warning that President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are "experimenting with America."
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    Yes, they are Mikey. They are trying something that has been attempted and dropped by politically ambitious, and second-term yearning previous presidents. This President IS putting the citizens he represents, the very same ones that elected him, FIRST. There's an experiment for you. That certainly is something that hasn't been tried in eons in our country. I, and millions like me, cannot wait for the end result.

    Meanwhile, you're a different type of experiment MIkey: a failed one.

    March 8, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Lynn

    The GOP seniors who collect Social Security and Medicare fought those programs viciously when they were enacted. Social programs always stir them up, but they have no pronlem using them.

    March 8, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. thawolf

    Every body needs a job and I wonder if Steele understands that he has his, job, because of who the POTUS is?

    Let me get this straight; he just lost some rights within the past four months that he nedds to take back.

    I don't even want to know what he has been saying over the prior eight years.

    March 8, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Hmmm....warrentless wiretaps, no-bid contracts to cronies, naming incompetent people to run things like FEMA, launching war with no clear intelligence to justify it.....

    I think it is the Republican Party...not the Democrats....who were "experimenting with America".

    March 8, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Making this psychologically unbalanced Negro head of the RNC was truly "experimenting with America".

    March 8, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. Ras-Disputin

    Classic case of using a black man to bring down another
    black man. I already knew tht Repulsivecans have no
    honor...didn't you ?

    March 8, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Angie in PA

    FEAR FEAR!! LIES And he talks about debt to China and the Middle East DIDNT BUSH CREATE THAT DEBT?? Why do Republicans insist on insulting our intelligence? why do they walk around and act like they have no responsibilty to the problems we have? and that President Obama and the Democrats did it all when they held the power for most of the time? And yet people believe their fear mongering and lies!

    March 8, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. Scottyrw

    This is like the arsonist coming back to the house fire complaining to the firemen that they aren't doing a good job of putting out the fire. The Republicans are the same people that caused the mess we are in today and they have no solutions or ideas on how to correct the problems .... they just complain, name call, tell jokes. If these jokers get back in power they will do what they have been doing for the past 50 years .... give tax breaks to the rich and steal from the middle class with all their lies.

    March 8, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. Rickey Lawrence

    Where is his ad condemning the leaked presentation.

    March 8, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. Rickey Lawrence

    Again another ad of fear, fear, fear. Therefore the guy that put together the presentation was correct.

    March 8, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. Mike in MN

    Our government has been taken over by progressives who love government and taxes and spending.
    The CBO projects deficts averaging 976 billion a year for the next ten years based on Obama's new 3.8 trillion budget.
    Obama claims all his new big government spending plans will transform America into the most prosperous economy in it's history.
    The Obama budget the CBO used for it's projections assumes Obamacare is passed along with cap and trade. But according to the CBO projections, this transformation to enormous prosterity never happens. Instead we get deficits that the CBO says are dangerous and unsustainable. With a 2019 deficit projection of 1.15 trillion and another 1.25 trillion in 2020, clearly Obama's promise of transformation is just a fantasy.

    March 8, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    The Republicans LOST in November 2008. There is no "taking our government back" – President Obama and the Democratic majority were duly elected by the American people.

    All the GOP has to offer is fear, hate and division. What a mess they have become!

    March 8, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. Jerry in Ohio

    Fox knows how to spread that fear! The only redistribution of wealth will be coming from the insurance companies that have been sticking the American public for years.

    March 8, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. jm for sc

    This is the most used black man in America. Never have the Republicans needed any other race as their leader until President Obama won the election. When they needed a black man, the used this clown. When they thought they could fool women voters, they used Sarah Palin. How dumb do they think the American people are?

    March 8, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. Eileen, Virginia

    Republicans should be ashamed of themselves. They have been caught red handed with their strategy of fear but they keep on using it.
    Liz Cheney commercials sound like we are back to the days Joe McCarthy.

    Republican lies are getting so big and so awful that Americans are just going to stop listening to them.

    March 8, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Tram

    "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."

    Then why did you let Bush do all that?

    March 8, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    "On Faux News in Republican-leaning markets" Only because the lemmings in those areas are actually stupid enough to believe the drivel this guy and the rest are spouting. Any other area would be a waste of money because thinking people know the message is a crock and it would result in nothing. I wonder if the message will sport any people OTHER than Ward and June Cleaver in the imaginary GOP world of bliss and happiness? African-Americans??–no. Hispanics–no. Only Mom and Pop WASPs

    March 8, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. lilacluvr

    Everything Michael Steele touches turns sour – so I wonder how this latest publicity stunt will backfire on him?

    March 8, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Duck Fallas

    I want Boy Steele to stop witht the lies and distortions, but he's not listening to me.

    March 8, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. shucks

    More manufactured lies and falsehoods, all illustrated by the Republican party.

    March 8, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. KERRY

    CaN We SaY S-E-L-L OUT!

    March 8, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. Pragmatic

    ""But if people pull together, people can take our government back,"

    I keep hearing this phrase – taking it "back" from who? The current President and Congress were duly elected by a majority of Americans as specified in the Constitution. There was no talk about "taking our government back" from the party of borrow and spend, their two wars and policies that ended in a recession and economic meltdown.

    The GOP had their chance to lead, blew it and now don't seem to realize that they lost the election! Take our country BACK – to when and to what?

    March 8, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. Charles W. Skinner

    Finally, the RNC is taking a proactive approach. We're not the party of 'no.' We're the party of "HELL NO, AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE."

    Democrat members of Congress – FLEE, flee your leadership lest you lose in November.

    March 8, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. hongli

    Michael Steele is the door-mat and floor-cleaner for the Republican Party and then he will be given the hay-maker some time this year and his walking papers .

    March 8, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. rs

    It sounds like the Bush years: $2 trillion to America's wealthiest 3% (unfunded); two wars-one with no real reason (Iraq), and the other largely ignored (Afghanistan), both also unfunded; gross examples of de-regulation that affected wildlife, the environment , food safety and the economy; disasterous foreign policy (or lack thereof0; abridgement of the U.S. Constitution (USA PATRIOT Act, torture, false imprisonment).

    Yup- Bush and the Republicans were a dangerous experiment!

    March 8, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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