April 28th, 2008
04:08 PM ET
13 years ago

Dean on possibility of RNC lawsuit: 'Let them do it'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/02/art.dean1.gi.jpg caption="Dean said the DNC is pressing forward with its ad buy."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Republican National Committee said Monday it is asking cable networks not to air what they described as a “maliciously false” ad about John McCain from the Democratic National Committee – and accused Democrats of illegally coordinating efforts with the party’s presidential candidates.

The RNC said the ad was in legal violation because its content was misleading. Asked about the prospect of legal action from Republicans in a conference call late Monday afternoon, DNC Chairman Howard Dean responded: “Let them do it.”

The 30-second spot, slated to run on CNN and on MSNBC, highlights McCain’s comment that it would be acceptable if U.S. troops remained in Iraq for 100 years. McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, was talking about a peace-keeping mission, not active conflict.

"This is a complaint about the facts that are being misrepresented in this ad," said RNC general counsel Sean Cairncross. "Based on this being a deliberate falsehood. We are saying to the stations, 'You have an obligation.'

The complaint did not alter CNN's original plans. “We have received the letter from the RNC. We plan on airing the ad beginning tomorrow,” the network said in a statement released Monday afternoon.

On a conference call this afternoon, RNC officials accused the DNC of working in concert with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, because they met and used many of the same consultants. The GOP officials, though, refused to pledge not to run similar ads against the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. mimi de la cruz for OBAMA



    April 28, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  2. Mary in Al

    Good for Dean. The repubbies don't like it when the have to take what they have dished out for years.! Let them whine and holler. Take it to court, tie it up with delays and keep airing it!

    April 28, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  3. Paul Lennon

    If anyone is to blame for costing the Dems the election in the fall, it's Obama.
    He knew better than anyone who he is, and what would come out. He knew about his relationships with Wright and the leader of the weater underground. Who does he think he's fooling.
    He didn't care.
    I guess he thought no one would notice.

    April 28, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  4. Jeremy

    McCain now wants to disavow his own words. He disavowed his first wife when she was disfigured in an accident and married a younger, wealthier woman. This campaign season, he disavowed his Episcopalian religion and became a fundamentalist Baptist to win some votes. I do not trust a man who is not loyal to his family, his faith, or his word.

    April 28, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  5. J Williamson

    Republicans hate it when they begin to get beaten by their own game. Whatever. You folks wrote that book, but weren't intelligent enough to get a patent.

    April 28, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  6. Len

    The DNC ad is a lie.

    How is this news? Must be a slow news day.

    They are the party of lies lol.

    April 28, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  7. Mike G

    The Republicans filing a law suit---–IMAGINE THAT!
    Obama 08!

    April 28, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  8. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    Good work DNC!

    DNC vs. RNC is better than Obama vs. Clinton......We need more of this to heal the party and shift focus away from our in-fighting....

    As for the ad- ok it might not explain McCain's quote in its entirety....but McCain did make that statement....it was not as if words were put in his mouth like RNC has been doing with its ads featuring Obama.....

    April 28, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  9. David Goldman for OBAMA





    April 28, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  10. Brian

    RNC to Dean: don't tell half-truths about our candidate, although we will about yours!

    April 28, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  11. Tanya Kujath

    Hey, a tit for a tat.

    DEMOCRATES UNITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  12. Great

    And the RNC can have ads about Wright's sermons put out of context?? The DNC should sue them instead... what is Dean waiting for?

    April 28, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  13. Michael Fallai, Phoenix AZ

    Clearly the Republicans are quaking in their boots over people knowing the truth. McCain really did say it was OK by him if we had troops there for 100 years.

    As always, the truth is to Republicans like holy water to a vampire.

    April 28, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  14. Ilona Proud Canadian


    Did Sen.Obama pick up another Super Delegate?
    I think Arizona Democratic Party first Vice Chairwoman Charlene Fernandez endorsed him today?

    April 28, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  15. Taylor

    As long as we have bases in the Middle East, no matter what our intentions are, citizens of those countries will have a legitimate reason to defend themselves from us. Whether our government invaded Iraq with good or bad intentions is beside the point; "peace-keeping mission", in the case of Iraq, is a euphemism for "21st century colonialism".

    April 28, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  16. Tom

    The republicans complain about being unfair. Well what about all of us, who have put up with all the lies, for the last 8 years. And what about our Grand kids, who will be paying for this war for years.
    Then you throw in George Bush,Dick Chaney, And the almighty Carl Rove. Dont talk to me about unfair. Go get em Howard.

    April 28, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  17. Elizabeth

    I just heard Rev. Wright's speech. Do we want a President who has listened to that for 20 years? I dont think so.

    April 28, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
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