March 16th, 2010
11:12 AM ET
4 years ago

GOP cuts post-health care campaign commercial

The NRCC has cut a new television ad that will air during the March Madness basketball tournament.
The NRCC has cut a new television ad that will air during the March Madness basketball tournament.

Washington (CNN) – House Republican leaders have cut a new television commercial that they vow to run against Democrats who vote in favor of health care reform.

The ad will run during the NCAA "March Madness" basketball tournament in congressional districts of Democrats who do not reject the bill, National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Ken Spain tells CNN.

GOP leaders unveiled the commercial Tuesday as part of its "GOP Code Red" campaign that is focused on the upcoming health care vote.

"Any Democrat who votes for a government takeover of health care will be held accountable for rubber-stamping this corrupt bill and for being part of a corrupt process to ram it down the throats of the American people," Spain said.

Releasing the commercial early gives the NRCC a twofer: It allows House Republicans to issue the threat while health care reform is being debated, and the GOP will likely receive additional coverage from local media once the ads being to run after the vote.


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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. CHIPS

    Political ad are great entertainment.

    March 16, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Sashimi

    Should include more of the others things added to bribe Senators. Florida, Connecticut, and New England.

    March 16, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. CHIPS

    Political ads are great entertainment.

    March 16, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. Marko

    ....and anyone who does not vote for it should be held responsiblie by the people with no health insurance and those with a conscience. If there are any those folks still around.

    March 16, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Marko

    Anyone who does not vote for it should be held responsiblie by the people with no health insurance and those with a conscience. If there are any those folks still around.

    March 16, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Robert

    Well spoken for a greedy, lying, big business supporting Republican party who only cares about themselves and not their fellow Americans.

    March 16, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. T'SAH from Virginia

    Whoa – I am SHAKING IN MY BOOTHS!!!!!!!! The FEAR tactics begin but you know what – 'WE'RE NOT SCARED!!!!

    March 16, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. David

    Yep, I'm not GOP but anyone backing this bill is losing votes.

    March 16, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. Barbara Independent in NY

    It was okay when the GOP "rammed" taxed cuts for the wealthy down our throats. When it comes to anything for the middle class, the GOP pulls out all their tricks. I'm more concerned about the money that the insurance cartels pays the GOP than any "kickbacks" that might help the middle class in some states.

    March 16, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. The Other Michael in Houston

    And we will hold you Republicans and Democrats accountable if this bill fails. I cannot wait until November to watch you Republicans cry like babies when you see how many congressional races you lose.

    March 16, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Ryan

    And they deny obstructionism??????

    This bill isn't a government takeover and it's a fact that has been proven from multiple sources multiple times. For every 1 dollar the bill will cost us, it will yield 3 dollars back and pay off our debt.

    Republicans are very threatened by this bill because
    1. It will make them look like jerks for saying NO in the first place.
    2. It will cost them money when lobbyists pull their GOP campaign funding and bonuses.
    3. They obviously scared the bill will work and we will show our thanks by voting democrat again.

    GOP : WE CAN'T AFFORD OUR INSURANCE NOW AND PEOPLE ARE DYING AND YOU DON'T CARE!!!! Tort reform is a JOKE.
    There needs to be a cap on premiums and there needs to be a tax break for businesses that buy into insurance and we need to get rid of this pre existing condition crap. If you are against this bill then you are against Americans.

    March 16, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. Adam

    "government take over" "ram it down the throats of the American people" ... are you serious. The last thing that is occuring here is a government takeover. The insurance companies that have been giving the American people the shaft for the last how many years are being handed huge subsidies to take on more people. This bill is garbage not because government is taking over but because government is paying out huge amounts of taxpayer money to these corrupt corporations. All politicians are so out of touch with the American people. The GOP has got to realize that pure capitalizm is not sustainable. The government can not be run by corporations and lobbyists. The Democarats have a large party but they have fifty-nine different agendas. They are becoming corporatized as well. If we dont start putting policies in place that serve the majority of americans which is the middle class we are going to become a society of left and right, rich and poor, liberal and conservative, and absolutely noting will ever get done.

    March 16, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. stevetall

    Threats, threats, threats. We're not afraid of you GOP chimpanzees. If I were you, I'd be more concerned about your inability to do anything other than object to progress. How about an original idea of your own, one that works, that is. We put up with 8 years of Republican mismanagement, now you want to do nothing? Get a grip.

    Health Care Reform now! No matter what you think of the current legislation, it's better than what we have now. If you want something better, think of something and work toward it!

    March 16, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. musician

    The Republicans will be seen as the hysterical, fear-mongering, obstructionist knuckleheads that they are. This "government take-over" bill is almost identical to the one Nixon proposed 40 years ago. The only difference is that now the Republican Party has been highjacked by the lunatic fringe. The insurance industry took-over health-care many years ago and even after this bill becomes law, they will still be running the show and taking billions off the top. To imply that the feds are taking over is just absurd.

    March 16, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Lynne WA state

    It's behavior like this on the part of politicians (yes, both parties) that turns average Americans off to politics. Is this really the best use of their time and money? they want to start airing this commercial before the debate is even over??? Does this mean they are saying they can't win if they are going to air it before the debate and the work is done? Republicans seemed to have been OK when the corrupt process of telling us there were WMD in Iraq...are they now telling us that their corruption is OK, but no one else can do it? Is this a do as I say, not as I do situation?

    All of this makes me physically ill....has no one ever explained the concept of compromise?

    March 16, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. il independent

    Imagine that no plans to fix healthcare, the econmy, rebuild infrstructure or fix our crumbling schools but we hate democrats is there only rallying cry. Not we would do this but just plain Obstructionism we have no ideas of our own but we know this idea is bad. Obama is just doing exactly what he said he would in the campaign reform healthcare. The Republicans say god will fix the all those without helalth insurance. Then when asked if theyt weould go without the say no way, if I couldn't afford it I would get on medicare but i would never go without. HOW HYPICRITCAL

    March 16, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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