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. Dan, TX

    This is interesting. Good Luck. Truth should prevail. I hope you can bring these cheats down and this includes Barack Hussein Obama.

    May 28, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    @ B.H. "What does the GOP think that they will win in support with their unending negative attacks?"

    Well they work!

    Look at how much negative comments are made about the Clintons – it is a running joke. It all started with the massive negative attacks and phony persecution during Clinton's administration. Now all we have is the mythology and rumors about them.

    It worked then. In time years get ready people to murmur "that Pelosi just can't be trusted...." Obama is next.

    May 28, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Joseph, Los Angeles

    Reaching for straws...

    May 28, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. John From New York

    Really? Does anyone beside irrelevant conservatives care about this? Wah! Wah! Wah! Hey GOP, it doesn't matter what you think anymore. Didn't you get the message? You lost!

    May 28, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. cs

    This is another attack by the party who want our President to fail. The republicans have not offered anything to work with our President. The republicans are trying to spew so much hate and fear and some are starting to beleive it. Stop drinking the Republicant Koolaid. It will make you sick. It was the previous President and Vice President's fault that this happened and all of you republicans did nothing.

    May 28, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Matt

    You know you're a no thinking liberal when:

    You use phrases like:
    "Party of Hate/ Party of No"
    You start half of your politcal statements with: "The last 8 years...."

    You think the Republican party is angry, hateful, racist, etc
    All you do is regeritate Obama campaign slogans all over CNN's forum

    Most of you shouldn't be allowed to vote.

    May 28, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. katiec

    Anyone that thinks the CIA and the Bush administration would not lie to cover their mistakes and actions has their head in the sand.
    The illegal activities especially by Rove and Cheney should be
    pursued and prosecuted as they have made a sham of our political system and thumbed their noses at the American people. If all the
    truth ever comes out as to what they have done, hidden by all
    areas of the government, they will go to prison.

    May 28, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. John Longmire

    I'm glad the hypocrites at the GOP are starting this character assasination campaign against the Dems. This will cause me to open my checkbook and donate more and more money to the DNC. It's just like Gitmo as a recruiting tool for Al Quaeda. Keep up the ads guys and watch the money flow into the DNC coffers.

    May 28, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. RobertO

    Typical GOP. Offer nothing of substance but go after personalities. Especially funny since their leaders are hate mongers.

    May 28, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. Pointng Fingers!!!

    @Chad, Wisco May 28th, 2009 12:11 pm ET
    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.***Do you recall Palin saying President Obama hanging around with Terrorist and her crowd shouting out kill him ***Now shut sour PIE HOLE ***

    May 28, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. tess

    it's about time the republicans played hard ball against this sorry bunch of liars! but the media will condem us for answering back and praise the dems for standing up for their chief liar – pe"lie"si! what a group of despicable loosers!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. David

    The Republicans are real desperate... Which is really pitiful!!!!!

    May 28, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. Pelosi is pathetic

    Why Not? The Dems run their spiteful ads. GOP should be able to play the Dems favorite games as well. Pelosi makes herself a perfect target. They should portray her as herself....the wicked witch of the west. I want to believe the Liberals cannot really be as ignorant as they pretend to be by continuing to support this proven liar.

    May 28, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. LIP

    The Republicans turned up the fire and Pelosi nearly went into cardiac arrest. The solution was damage control: send her to China to take the heat off her and maybe after she returns, there will be other distractions and the Republicans will have forgotten about her. Problem is that we can't forget about her. She is third in line to the Presidency right behind gaff man Biden...rather freightening isn't it.

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

    The wrose thing Pelosi did was not impeach the thugs that started a war for personal gain! It's come back to bite her butt. She should apoint someone to bring all the crimes out in the open and quit hiding it from the public. The public has the damm right to know!!!

    May 28, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    I love Nancy Pelosi. She is my idol.

    May 28, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. Carl

    You want answers on how to improve the country from a Republican?

    Just watch Ron Paul whenever he speaks and really listen to what he has to say.

    To those supporting Rush: wake up and smell reality.

    To those that constantly harass conservatives: get off your holier than thou attitude.

    I stopped coming here a few months ago because both sides are equally pathetic.... nothing has changed.

    May 28, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. confused

    Not only did the CIA lie to us – WMD – they performed their job as incompetently as Bush – 9/11.

    I believe Pelosi, or she should just plead the, "I can't recall mantra of the Bush administration."

    May 28, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. Chi Town

    Andy May 28th, 2009 12:17 pm ET

    Go Pelosi Go…..

    Put all these GOP Criminals in Jail for:

    1. Misleading Americans into Iraq war. (Pelosi was briefed)
    2. Ruining our Economy due to Unregulated Banking & War Expenditure. (Was fine until 2006 when the dems took over congress)
    3. No Affordable Health Care. (I see... it's only affordable if someone else pays for it... even if it's sub-par care like Europe)
    4. Allowing some to Accumulate Wealth by Evading Taxes. (Most of those guys are on Obama's Cabinet)

    May 28, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    I would urge the House GOP to quit acting like a bunch of whimpering partisan crybabies and buckle down to working on and solving this nation's myriad of problems, many of which their party caused! We taxpayers are not paying them to spend most of their time on silly divisive partisan attacks!

    May 28, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Dee

    Isn't is possible for these people to treat people with dignity and respect. You can disagree without having to denigrate another's beliefs. You shouldn't have to resort to name calling and character assassination. Stop being negative by rote – just to tear down an opponent. Work together for heaven's sake! Little children fight this way not adults...who supposedly know better.

    May 28, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Bananarama Victim II: Electric Boogaloo

    Yes. By all means spend the money on smear campaigns. You've made no gains on account of this strategy in the last three years, why stop now?

    And I'd like one of you touting "socialism" as a rally call to the severely emotionally challenged to actually explain, in your won words, your understanding of socialsm. After that, take a long hard look at the 2% tax increase on the wealthiest Americans that's been proposed and explain how that's Socialism. It's okay. We know you can't.

    In the last six months you've tried to paint Obama as unAmerican, Muslim, a communist, a socialist, a racist, a reverse racist, an elitist, and over-apologetic. This is a lot of things for one man to be, some contradictory. You have to admit, the man's talented.

    May 28, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. SNAPPA

    Thats funny Justin, where were you when the republicans controled it all? Did you have the same opinion then? From 2004 till 2006 republicans controled both houses of congress in 2000 Bush stole the election so they controled it all. We are now living with those consequences of that rule.

    Very sad that most of you "right wingers" don't see that, only when dems are in control. You forget that before this the Dems were in control of both houses of congress for almost 40 years, thats 40 YEARS. They created Medicare, Social Security the national highway system, fought WWI and WWII and won both. Liberalisim created the United States of America so if anyone is anti american its the conservatives.

    May 28, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. Ralph

    Sotomayor is a member of La Raza in good standing, according to the American Bar Association. La Raza (the race) advocates the superiority of their race (Hispanics) over all others. It advocates the secession of Texas and New Mexico from the United States to join with Mexico.

    I guess this puts her comments and rulings into proper perspective.

    May 28, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. Ernesto

    No ideas. Bankrupt morality. Name calling philosophy. Bitter hatred of everything that beat them in the last election. Diminished appeal to smart voters.Transparent hate-filled rhetoric. There should be an opposition party, but maybe NOT THE GOP. I'm no fan of Pelosi or Reid, but compared to the GOP alternatives...........................UGH!

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