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

House GOP takes aim at Pelosi

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/28/art.nrccpelosi0528.nrccyt.jpg 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. David in Houston

    Umm, good luck with that.

    As always...lots of criticism, zero solutions.

    May 28, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. Monrob

    Many honorable Americans have also said the same thing about the CIA. Search it!

    Republicans are going round and round in the toilet and soon they will go into the sewer.

    Is Collin Powell the only Republican with intelligence?

    May 28, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. ANGIE IN PA

    It Cracks me up Republicans want to blame this whole Torture Mess on one Person, when in Fact it was Their President(BUSH), And Vice President ( CHENEY) ,And their Party that held power and Pretty Muched owned the Goverment back then. Do they really think were stupid? what do they think of the American people?

    May 28, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. Post always rejected by CNN

    Whine whine whine can't this bunch of republicans do anything else. Why don't they slam, bush, cheney, rice, gonzales, and the republican lawyers in the justice department that ordered and sanctioned and lied about torture.

    Oh gee I get it, they want to slur a democrat because SHE MIGHT HAVE KNOWN, they don't want to see the republicans investigated because THEY ARE THE ONES WHO DID IT.

    May 28, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. gt

    nancy pelosi is turning the american independence away.... rid her before its to late

    May 28, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. SNAPPA

    I love these people spewing the "party" line "socialst" when most of them wouldn't know what socialism was if it hit them in the head. Calling Pelosi and Ried liars is the most hypocritcal thing the republidolts could come up with after the Bush years? 5000 of our brave men and woman are lying dead thanks to their lies, how many are dead by the perceived lies of the dems?

    Grow up right wing morons.

    May 28, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. Andy

    Go Pelosi Go.....

    Put all these GOP Criminals in Jail for:

    1. Misleading Americans into Iraq war.
    2. Ruining our Economy due to Unregulated Banking & War Expenditure.
    3. No Affordable Health Care.
    4. Allowing some to Accumulate Wealth by Evading Taxes.

    May 28, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. DaBird

    What is wrong with everyone's comments......BOTH parties do the same thing. If anyone can honestly say that they think Pelosi is honest, then you are lying to yourself. This isn't about hating Republicans or Democrats, it's about US. Get all the liars out of Congress, starting with Pelosi and McCain.

    May 28, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. Robin in Tampa, FL

    Childish ... the GOP are so eager to get back into power that they forgot to bring a new plan with them.

    May 28, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Melissa

    The party of no, hatred, division, discrimination and vitriol is at it again. All I hear from them is "whine, whine, whine, whine".

    May 28, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. buckwheat

    You would think the Democrats would throw her out . Probably none of the Democrats can say anything for fear of digging up their own problems. The Dems who looked at, and managed Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac got rich in the process from perks spun off to themselves ,sure as hell don't want to dig in the manure pile. When you cross the Potomac with the trust of the people for the first time you catch a flue that you never recover from. You go there a pauper and leave there a millionaire if you play ball.Does anyone really think a Republican could have gotten by with what Pelosi said without an investigation?

    May 28, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Rick CT

    Pelosi is next in line for the Presidency behind Biden. Scary.

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

    GOP = The party of Hate, Fear and Obstruction... Way to reinvent yourselves boys!

    May 28, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. Henry

    If this is where the GOP sees its best opportunity to get ahead, there is not much opportunity to get ahead.

    IS THIS ALL YOU HAVE? GO AWAY...

    May 28, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I stand behind Nancy and I can't wait until an investigation is done. The GOP attack machine is at it again. I guess the saying is true that you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

    May 28, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. Martin

    Now that Nancy Pelosi is the world's biggest psychotic liar, Bill Clinton can sleep peacefully.

    May 28, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. barking republican ankle biters

    Lets do the right thing.When you have a thirty year old lame horse"the republican party",it time to take them to the vet and say goodbye.

    May 28, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. Bob

    Oh, for heaven's sakes, are we still talking about this? Talk about making a mountain out of a molehill. Move on GOP, nobody is listening to you anymore and nobody cares.

    May 28, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. Tulsa

    So Republicans, any ideas on how to improve the economy?
    Any ideas on how to get our troops home? Any ideas on what to do with Gitmo detainees? Any ideas on how to get our energy needs met without foriegn oil? Any thoughts on how to improve education? Maybe the nations infrastructure? Health care?
    No?
    Oh well, guess you can just hate. That is good for everyone, isn"t it?
    That builds a stronger America, doesn't it?
    Well, doesn't it?

    May 28, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. SNAPPA

    Tom L: many republidolts have made the same claims about the CIA, where is the PROOF give FACTS not rehtoric. Stop listening to the party line and seek answers yourself, Rush should not be any guide for anyone.

    May 28, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. Habte

    Someone please help me understand this. What is the GOP's argument here?

    -Are they saying Pelosi knew about the water boarding and she should have stopped it?
    -If that's the case then aren't they saying water boarding is wrong and that is why it should have been stopped?

    The two things they are arguing for are in direct contradiction.

    In my view, when she knew doesn't matter because, all we can accuse her of is, for not being loud about her opposition to it. She was not consulted to give her opinion on whether is should be used or not. She was just told to it might be used.

    May 28, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    The 'BEHIND THE TIMES' GOP using an old Mission Impossible theme?

    Figures.

    They also dusted off the DAISY ATOMIC BOMB ad.

    So behind the times. GOP is the party of fuddy duddies. OLD TIME PARTY.

    May 28, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. Bon

    So you're telling me you all trust the CIA? The same CIA that has been willfully undermining and assassinating the leaders of DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED governments in South America since the 1950s? Pinochet? The GENOCIDAL DICTATOR of Chile was put in power by this same CIA. And he wasn't the only one.

    The same CIA that has been involved in assisting the trafficking of cocaine to fund their "secret" wars?

    You really trust them? They are a pack of jackals that treat us like mushrooms, cool and in the dark.

    May 28, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  24. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Running 17 months before the election this ad will have the cumulative effect of spitting into the ocean to raise the water level.

    May 28, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. Jeff

    Fine get rid of Pelosi, and also get rid of all of the GOP idiots that have lied. I guess Congress will be a pretty empty place.

    May 28, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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