May 28th, 2009
02:56 PM ET
13 years ago

House GOP takes aim at Pelosi

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The NRCC's new tv spot has a Mission Impossible theme."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Republicans have launched a coordinated public relations blitz against 17 congressional Democrats that seeks to tie them to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her accusations that the CIA misled Congress about the interrogation of terror suspects.

Specifically, the multi-faceted campaign targets these Democrats with television or radio ads, or a pre-recorded telephone message to constituents' homes, that criticizes the members of Congress for voting against initiating an investigation into when Pelosi learned about the use of waterboarding.

It is the first time the National Republican Congressional Committee, the campaign arm of the congressional GOP, has bought a TV ad using Pelosi's comments about the CIA. Late last week, the Republican National Committee posted a Web video comparing the House speaker to the James Bond character Pussy Galore. The RNC video has since been removed from its Web site and You Tube.

(Updated after the jump with Democratic response)

The cost of the NRCC campaign is under $100,000, but it is a harbinger of the GOP's decision to use Pelosi as a campaign issue 17 months before the 2010 elections.

"Accusing the CIA of criminal activity might make Nancy Pelosi popular with her San Francisco constituents, but it also makes her a liability in swing districts across the country," said Ken Spain, the NRCC's communications director.

The NRCC is running the 30-second TV ad for a week against Maryland Rep. Frank Kratovil. The 60-second radio ads target New Mexico Rep. Harry Teague, Arkansas Rep. Vic Snyder, South Dakota Rep. Stephanie Herseth, Florida Rep. Suzanne Kosmas, Virginia Rep. Glenn Nye, and Virginia Rep. Tom Periello. The recorded calls are being directed to constituents of New York Rep. John Hall, Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, Arizona Rep. Harry Mitchell, Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick, Alabama Rep. Bobby Bright, Michigan Rep. Mark Schauer, Wisconsin Rep. Steve Kagen, North Carolina Rep. Larry Kissell, and Ohio Rep. John Boccierri.

Jennifer Crider, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, dismissed the GOP campaign against Pelosi as partisan politics.

"The tired attacks from the Republican Party of No are just an attempt to distract from the progress President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic Congress are making on jobs, health care, and energy," Crider said. "Polls show that Americans are reacting badly to House Republicans lack of ideas, obstruction, and commitment to the politics of the past."

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soundoff (309 Responses)
  1. watching

    All the DNC has to do is wait a year & add up the time and money republican congress spent on attacks instead of helping America

    GOP = Got 0 Proposals for America

    May 28, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Babs

    The GOP stinks.

    May 28, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Robert J

    The repugs are more stupid than expected. They think having a bunch of unknown -un noticed Repub, wallflowers challenge Pelosi will win them votes when their high profile "leaders" like Graham / McConnell, and Boehner hide in the bushes is absolutely pathetic! REPUBLICAN leaders should stand up / speak your mind with FACTS not just crticism that back your assertions up and be ready to reap the results – Otherwise Republicans should just shut up and go away. Let Limbaugh and Gingerich keep on leading your parade! We Dems love it!

    May 28, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. Super D

    Pelosi and Reid are the poster childs for incompetence in the Democrat party.

    Come 2010 when our experiment with Socialism is not creating jobs, the backlash is going to be tremendous against the Dems. Then finally the Republicans will be able to stop the destruction of wealth and prosperity that is the Obama mode of operation.

    May 28, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Really!?

    Its about time they go on the offensive. They have been taking a beating from the liberals long enough. My sister lives in Europe, middle class, and pays 51% in taxes. 51% folks this is the change you voted for and they are spending and programming us to get there. Health care, energy costs, deficit. We will all be poor and on government assistance...unless we don't pay our taxes like the elite in Washington.

    May 28, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. Ren from Baltimore

    This is more trash. Boehner et al are definitely going down the tubes now-we're not even grasping for straws anymore.

    Don't they realize the country is already onto their very lame, very failed attempt at shifting the torture situation from Cheney-Bush et al to someone/something/somewhere/sometime else? Imagine if we'd had this kind of imagination going on with McCain-Palin in the drivers' seat! Owwwww!

    May 28, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. Dawn

    I have never seen so many babies in Congress. Gingrich had said about the CIA lying to him, he was ousted on Meet the Press. He hemhawed about that. When the Republican's are in power, they do no wrong,and if the Democrats say anything about it, well they might not be voted back in. The Republicans may be Neo-cons, but they are very dirty, (KARL ROVE).

    I read some of the blogs and talking about jobs, health care, and clean energy. They are trying to sell us that there is no global warming.That it is a Left wing properganda. Talk to anyone with asthma.

    Looks like they want one of their own as Speaker of the house.

    May 28, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |


    You My friend are 100 percent right couldnt have said it better myself!

    May 28, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. bj, Texas

    DemocRats, the party of liars and cheats. It starts with the person at the top, the teleprompter-in-chief.

    May 28, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. Ken in NC

    While we as a people struggle to repair our nation and pull ourselves up out of this hole we are in, all Republicans are busy doing is promoting hate and anger. None of this serves to aid in the recovery of our nation. Get on the band wagon and work with us or you will never again be allowed to do anything other than spew your anger and hate.

    Such a childish way to pass yourselves off as leaders.

    May 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |

    Republicans are so stupid. it would seem after 8 years of digging a hole they would learn to quit. but they have dug so deep they think down is up. i say to heck with the republican party. how about republicans for america and the people. all they worry about is the next election. no answers, just no.

    May 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. Chad, Wisco

    Everyone on here is complaining about this, yet wasnt most of Obama's campaign about making John McCain out to be Bush? I personally hate this style, but dont applaud one side for doing it and then condemn the other.

    May 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. SNAPPA

    I find it a little ironic that these people wish to villify Nancy Pelosi since NONE of them can come up with any solid proof that "she" lied. So many others have said almost the same thing that she did. The republidolts cannot seem to find anything to hold on too. They are as dead as the Whigs are, lets hope they fade quick enough to stop all this bull so we can get on with rebuilding our country that the last administration and 14 years of republidolts control of congress has literally destroyed.
    Its clear that their only concern is gaining power, they don't give a crap about saving the middle class or the country for that matter, if so then why don't they put forward some ideas instead of all this argumentive profiling?

    May 28, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. Sylvia

    O.K. MSNBC, Keith quoted Alito on his show last night and your network should keep playing the video of Alito over and over and over like FOX News and Fox Light (CNN) have been playing what Judge Sotomayor said about her experiences. This is beautiful!!! Yeah, video and recorders are great!!!!! I don't see a word about it on CNN.

    May 28, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. B.H.

    What does the GOP think that they will win in support with their unending
    negative attacks? They are digging a very deep hole that they will not get out of for a very long time IF EVER!


    May 28, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    If you believe Bush, the CIA mislead him about Iraq WND's. Who do the repugnants think they are kidding?

    2010 is going to see a lot of these fools go down. I can not wait!

    May 28, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. Rickymo

    They (the GOP) offers nothing to help the county except character assasinations....pity.

    May 28, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. J.P.

    Come on, stop picking on Nancy Pelosi-O.
    IShe can't help it her nose sounds like, "Zzhhhoooooooopp!!!"

    The fall of Nancy Pelosi = the beginning of the fall of hippy liberal baby-boomer political relevance.

    The Sixties are over, Woodstock. Cut your stupid grey pony tail.

    May 28, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Uncle Ellsworthy

    Nancy Pelosi is done! Thank God and amen.

    May 28, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. Justin

    Maybe if your party would give repubs a chance maybe they could help out and work together. Not much you can do when Obama has the senate and house in his hands!!!!!! This country was never meant to have one party in total control and I can put money on it that things are not going to work out. Im sure our founding fathers never seen this day coming. I have served this country almost 9 long and hard years. I have been places and seen things that no one can imagine and yet I see ungreatful people every day while I see people in other countries wish they had just 1/3 of what we have.Makes me wonder if it was worth it the way I see the people of this country act. It makes me sick and most of all embarrassed. Maybe you guys can defend your new country and way of live. Because the one I raised my right hand up for is almost gone. Both sides are the problem!!! Repubs and Dems

    May 28, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. Kenyan Wonder Kid

    I just love the way that CNN always characterizes any criticism at Obama or the Dems as "taking aim", etc. As everyone knows, it is the Dems and loony left that "fire off" ruthless attacks and aggressively pursue the politics of personal destruction.

    May 28, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. Just Say No to Socialism

    At least with Nancy getting caught in her lie, it has made her go and hide. The country is much better off if she will just stay in CA

    May 28, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. once upon a horse

    back in the good old days when the GOP could not find anything to stick on Bill Clinton, a popular president at that time, they did the next best thing and went after Hillary. Seems like they are trying it again with Obama and Pelosi. The certainly can't go after Michelle anymore so this is the next best thing since they really have no answers for our country's problems. One thing about the good old boys of the GOP when it comes to going after anybody they aren't sexists....they'll take a woman anyday. But I think not only will it NOT work, but they'll just be digging themselves in a deeper trench.

    May 28, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. Obama 2.0

    Cheney decieved the Nation...and still does.

    May 28, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. Reformed Republican

    HEY – congressional rethuglicants...
    You were voted in to do the country's business, not go on electioneering witch hunts. The country is in the crapper and all you can do is robocall and produce slimey TV ads? To much time on your hands eh?
    Get with it and do the work you were elected to do, you know, like govern and other strange concepts like that...

    May 28, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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