March 16th, 2010
11:12 AM ET
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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. SocialismBad

    Not only CORRUPT but UNCONSTITUTIONAL if the DemocRATS try to push this through the House without a vote using some sort of procedural slight of hand. It appears the DemocRATS will try to shove this down the throats of the American people no matter what it takes using whatever means necessary. If this happens then the DemocRATS better be prepared for the voters NUCLEAR OPTION in November.

    The voters in this country must send an unmistakeble message to the Democrats. Do NOT go against the will of a majority of the people in this country or you will be tossed out in no uncertain terms.

    March 16, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. Cynthia

    So what let them run it. PARTY OF NO!!!!!!

    March 16, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "Corrupt" is the right word for it.

    What else can you call a bill that bribes Congresscritters to vote for it?

    Further, anyone who votes for this bill is abjectly betraying their constituents, a majority of whom, on average, oppose it.

    The US is supposed to be a democracy. What We the People want is supposed to matter, which it obviously doesn't to Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and the far Left.

    Passage of this bill will be simple tyranny.

    Americans don't like tyrants.

    March 16, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. david, CA

    Republicons running scared! Hoping to infect vulnerable dems with their typical terror tactics.

    March 16, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Dano

    Any member of Congress who votes against this bill should have to go out and purchase their own health care with THEIR OWN MONEY so they can experience first-hand what the average voter must go through. Since many of them are over 50, obese, smokers, or have pre-existing conditions they will be shocked at the cost and difficulty of obtaining private health care.

    March 16, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. Stortz

    It's time for people to "Take Their T.V.s BACK!" I am sick and tired of listening to all the lies spewed across our airways!

    We have gone from NOT talking to our neighbors to slamming those we don't know and ideas we know nothing about except some talking point hearsay!

    Wake up America, 911 DID change us, and NOT for the better!

    March 16, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Citizen Bob

    Simply sickening. As if it's not bad enough to have this "take my ball and go home" mentality and the overly-used filibuster threats, now the GOP plans to slander people. I've quickly become ashamed of my party in the last couple of years.

    March 16, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. MJ

    Only wish this could stop the madness by Obama. I have always believed that before you build a home you: secure financing, buy a lot, select your plans, hire a contractor, start construction. Obama just jumps to construction (destruction) and hopes to figure it out as he goes. Good luck with that America.

    March 16, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. Marty, FL

    These Republicans are working against health care for Americans again, even going as far to vote against their own proposals in the bill–tort reform, insurance over state lines, etc.

    In turn, the GOP will be held accountable, rightfully so, for voting "no" against our health care & reasonable compromise.

    March 16, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. Joe

    There is obviously no depth to which the Republicant party won't sink in order to sabotage the Obama administration's attempt to govern this country. Fear and smear has worked so well for them in the past that now it's all they know how to do.

    March 16, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. joel palmer

    GOP = the new Stalinists

    March 16, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Donovan

    Boy is that rich calling the health bill corupt. Repuglicans are as corrupt as it comes. They love rich people and hate the middle class. They only use the poor for lip service.

    March 16, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. Scottyrw

    The Republicans are puppets for the special interests, health insurance companies, wall street and big money. All their talk and lies are to protect their masters. When the strings are pulled the Republican sentors dance and jump around voicing the wishes of their owners! Since the early 80s the Republicans have been on a mission to distroy the American middle class and go back to the days of plantation owners and their free work force. The fight against health care is a fight the Republicans are fighting for their masters (health insurance co.) When we go to war the Republicans fight for their masters (war machine co.) When we fight for regulations on wall street, the Republicans fight for their masters (big money).
    The BIG problem for the American citizens .... the Republicans NEVER fight for them!

    March 16, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. marty

    Mr. Spain knows a great deal about corruption....the Americans have had eight years of it under the Bush Administration. The Republicans are very Pavlovian, ring the little bell and they mouth the same words, over and over and over. "Rubber stamping", "ram it down the throats of the American people", is exactly what they're doing to try and sway public opinion against the health care bill. Re: the Republican ad, Lee Atwater would be proud. I keep hoping that someday, we'll have grownups who can create an ad that doesn't insult the intelligence of the public, one that gives us genuine information to disseminate, think about and act upon.

    March 16, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. Julie

    Yes we the majority of us want and need health care reform.

    To all you politicains if you believe that we don't want the Presidents health care plan, put your money where your mouth is; stop paying for commercials, and pay for A SPECIAL election for the American People to vote whether we want it or not. COME ON! It is the only way to settle this. We the people need a vote. YOU HAVE YOUR HEALTH CARE PLAN compliments of us the tax payers, now it is our turn. OH and by the way, I have my health care; I am speaking for those without it.

    March 16, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Molly Weasley

    Can you spell DESPERATE? Republicans are so afraid that the American people are going to be happy with health reform. Yes, Democrats will be held accountable - and Republicans will be held accountable for doing everything they could to stand in the way.

    And just for the record, these bills passed both houses of Congress in the normal procedure. Nothing was "rammed down anyone's throat." The discussion has gone on for a year and included many Republicans, no matter how much they lie about it. (Remember the "gang of six" in the Senate? The GOP first agreed with many of the points, then bailed when they realized they couldn't argue against it any more.)

    Spare us the Fox Noise Channel talking points.

    March 16, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Proud DEM

    Blah, Blah, Blah....this is getting old and tired Rethugs....When this bill passes, you will see that YOU are the ones who are going to pay come November...the American public has seen your hate, fear mongering and obstruction for way too long...America needs this reform now! Your old tired rhetoric is wearing thin on the Nation...were not going to get fooled again...."Fool me once.....Uh, ya, ya can't fool me again...Uh, he he yeah..thats it" G.W. Bush

    March 16, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Unregulated capitalism has a short shelf life

    More fear and smear tactics from the neocon brown shirts,how nice.

    March 16, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. OhioDem

    Yawn. Let them run it. Little by little, the American people will begin to learn what's actually IN THE BILL (as opposed to what the GOP has been lying to them about for the last year) and those who fought it will have some explaining to do.

    March 16, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Pam from Iowa

    What exactly is "corrupt" about the bill?
    The only thing corrupt about the "process" are these misleading statements from the GOP!
    Where did the "government takeover of healthcare" part come from?

    I don't know about the rest of you, but I am getting very tired of Republicans twisting the truth and then trying to "ram it down the throats of the American people"! (quoting the GOP)

    March 16, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Ron

    Fellas, y'all can start running it now! I think with the average income of most people hovering around $40,000 and republicans in congress running to the doctor every time they get sick on a plan paid for by the American people, those low income republicans the RNC plans to motivate through FEAR will figure it out... I say RUN THE AD NOW.

    March 16, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Love the phrase "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". Seems like no one was held accountable for the 9/11 attacks, no WMDs in Iraq, the Katrina Debacle, tax cuts for the wealthy, the economic collapse under Bush. or anything else that happened between 2001 and 2008, but suddenly the Republicans are all about accountability. Get bent.

    March 16, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Bob from Pittsburgh

    "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,"

    How soon they forget..

    Remember the Iran Contra affair?

    Remember the 12 billion dollars lost by Bremmer in Iraq?

    Remember the Black water contractor’s affair?

    Remember the contracts awarded to KRP (partly owned by Chennie)

    How soon people forget..!!!

    Remember the hight cost of Iraq and Afganistan wars?

    March 16, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. CHIPS

    Ads don't sway me in elections.

    March 16, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. Len (Colorado)

    The Republicans and right wing conservatives continue to say "they do not want government run health care", well I guess we better eliminate the following: Medicare, Medicare D (Perscription drugs), Medicad, Childrens Health Care, and Health Care for Veterans, and social security. Folks these are all entitlement programs.

    The bottom line: Republicans and others do not care about the 30 million Americans and 9 million American Children who do not have health care. They only care about the insurance companies lining their pockets. They have told untruths through this whole process and unfortunatley, some Americans believe the right wing talking heads, who by the way make millions of dollars, and do not want to see their taxes increase.

    The Bush Administration did the following: Financed two wars and borrowed every cent (never listed in the Federal Budget), borrowed for the Medicare D perscription drug policy, stopped oversight and regulations of big business, reconcilation vote for the Bush tax cuts that benefited the upper 2%, and more.

    Never in our countries history, when at war did we provide tax cuts. Taxes were increased to support the war effort.

    Folks, you need to wake up and listen to the truth, not the untruths!

    March 16, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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