December 16th, 2008
03:15 PM ET
14 years ago

Gingrich to RNC: Drop Blago video, help Obama instead

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Newt Gingrich told the RNC Tuesday that it should immediately pull down a web video featuring President-elect Obama and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich."]
(CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich isn’t happy with the Republican National Committee.

In a letter addressed Tuesday to Mike Duncan, chairman of the RNC, Gingrich slams the committee for releasing a recent Web video that seeks to connect Obama to embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

In a nearly three-minute spot entitled “Questions Remain,” the RNC seeks to raise questions about involvement by Obama or his staff in Blagojevich’s alleged plan to award Obama’s former Senate seat in exchange for political favors.

Gingrich calls the video a “destructive distraction” and asserts that the national committee “is engaged in the sort of negative, attack politics that the voters rejected in the 2006 and 2008 election cycles.”

Instead, “Republicans should be working to help the incoming president succeed in meeting” the “real challenges” the nation is facing, Gingrich writes to Duncan. When Republicans believe Obama is wrong, the GOP should “offer a better solution, instead of just opposing him,” Gingrich also wrote.

The letter ends with Gingrich’s suggestion that the RNC “pull the ad down immediately.”

Gingrich’s letter echoes recent comments from Obama’s former rival, Sen. John McCain. In a television interview Sunday, McCain also took issue with the video.

“In all due respect to the Republican National Committee,” McCain said, “right now, I think we should try to be working constructively together . . . on the economy stimulus package, reforms that are necessary.”

The RNC has not responded to CNN’s request for comment

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Newt Gingrich • RNC • Rod Blagojevich
soundoff (334 Responses)
  1. Joe Fattal

    I cannot believe that Mr Obama and Gov. Blago did not meet to discuss Mr. Obama vacant seat . Mr Obama's transition team is in chicago, and he stays in chicago from and then. I am not saying that Mr. Obama is a getting a cut out of it, but I am sure he gave him his blessing. And the faster the Obama's leaves Chicago, they will be better off. Let washington catch up with him 6 month from now.

    December 16, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  2. linda from South Dakota

    pull that down yesssss,, so if i stand by a friend when i was 20 and 40 years down the line i win election for something and this picture shows up,,, it means nothing,, its in the past and thats where it should stay,,, lets focus on the future,,,,

    December 16, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  3. DIZIZI31

    How much of the bailout money went to the RNC "front companies". The campaign for 2008 is OVER. Regroup in silence and stop being a distraction to the President and President Elect. This country has bigger issues to deal with than what the allegeded links between the Gov and President Elect. If there really was something corrupt, the FBI would have spilled the news already.

    Note to RNC – Let Obama go home and pay respects to his loving grandmother. You'll have (4) years fabricate stories.

    December 16, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  4. Sly in Seattle

    The RNC is pitiful... just shiftless and shamelss

    December 16, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  5. chuck


    December 16, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  6. White Trash

    Unless trends reverse themselves, within a couple more elections the Republican Party will only represent fat ugly bitter under-educated white people. Even Newt Gingrich is now trying to distance himself from the direction taken by the GOP.

    December 16, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  7. wayrandom

    Well, you have to remember that Gingrich's vow to 'get rid of Bill Clinton' ended with him losing his job and then the next two GOP Speakers to be had to resign so he may know a little how about how self-destructive this sort of thing can be.

    And it did not start with Clinton. This is the kind of campaign the GOP has been running for decades around the country, how do you think Jesse Helms stayed in office for so long?

    December 16, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  8. amani from va beach

    I agree with Newt. Hallelujah! That's a first and I hope to hear more
    of the same open mindedness in the coming weeks.. That's how integrity is practiced......We're hanging on in this country by a thread.....please tell your Republican colleagues that if we go down, we all go down together: Democrat and Republican.They are not being at all constructive. The man has not even gotten into office yet and all they are trying to do is to find a way to deconstruct and destroy
    his's shameful and embarressing. The world is watching....

    December 16, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  9. Michael - Orange County (the one in CA)

    Well, what does that say when 2 PROMINENT Repubs. do this to their own party? Tisk tisk, RNC. Instead of being a bunch of rich, white brats, how about create a plan for the economy? what about "Fiscal conservatism" and "less government"? Weren't those YOUR promises? I think they got replaced by: "Have scandals with many women, underaged kids, and other guys", "Follow what God says", "Bathroom moments" and "Make stupid false videos in a horrid economy". We elected many DEMOCRATS for a reason this year: Cause of you guys. When the Dem's do this (hopefully not soon), then we'll listen to what you have to say.

    December 17, 2008 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
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