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. buckwheat

    Desperation is going to be when the checks that have been coming since the 60's quit. Socialism is a self destructive form of government that puts your future and destiny in the hands of the Liberals who need your votes to survive. They promise to give you something for free and raise you from the day of birth to believe that. The drug problem started when government money made it possible to survive without holding a job or having to work for a place to stay. Idle hands and minds turn to crime. Growing up without a 12th grade education in this country is self induced. Taxpayers make this possible for everyone.This is not a social program. It is a responsibility every American owes the next generation but only the partaker can make possible.

    May 28, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. republicans hate america

    the Rush Limbaugh party only cares about who the CIA mentioned torture to and not that the torture was actually authorized by them. fascinating spin machine.

    May 28, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. Randy

    Maybe they should start an investigation into Valery Plame again and put some Republicans in prison. I mean what a bunch of hypocrites and liars! When will the GOP stop lying to people? Didn't some prominent Republicans come out and say the CIA lied?

    They are Swiftboating Nancy Pelosi!!!

    May 28, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. JDFrakes

    The Party of fear mongering and cynicism can't figure out America is tired of all the negativity. Keep it up GOP. Dems love it.

    May 28, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. Mike Ross

    Umm, so republicans hate Nancy Pelosi – that's nothing new.

    Too bad this ad does nothing to address housing, health care, the economy, the wars, climate change, taxes, or ANYTHING the American people care about.

    May 28, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. Well oh well

    More fear mongering by the GOP? Aren't these the same folks that got us into this mess, now trying to blame the Dems. Instead of trying to find dirt, why not spend your time coming up with solutions. Sad, just sad...

    May 28, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. Bob in VA

    GOP = Goobers Only, Please

    May 28, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. Had It

    I'm so sick of my tax money paying these people to pick at each other – while ignoring US – the people that they work for.

    I want to know Cheney's connection to the war crimes and the illegal torture. That's the REAL problem they should be tackling.

    VOTE the republicans out AGAIN in 2010. We need a government that works for US – not a bunch of idiots that do nothing but yell "NO" and "we're gonna discredit this administration".

    May 28, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. MikeR

    This is more PATHETIC BIPARTISAN POLITICS. This country will never advance if we can't get past the CHILDISH BICKERING !! Political office shouldn't be a popularity contest ... it should be about doing WHAT IS RIGHT and in the BEST INTEREST of the COUNTRY as a WHOLE. We can't even get it right here yet we try to impose our "values" across the world.

    I LOVE my Country but Loathe my Government.

    May 28, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. SR

    This is a shot in the foot if there ever was one.

    We need to totally INVESTIGATE EVERYTHING about the torture, prosecute those who did it and turn them over to the Hague for international war crimes trials.

    Even if Pelosi is lying, she'll be among the very least guilty. And you know who the guilty will be! Almost all Republicans.

    So even by Republican standards, this commercial is a dumb move.

    May 28, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. Carolyn

    The CIA is a spy organization. If you believe they don't lie or deceive then I have some dry desert property in themiddle of Orlando that I'd like to sell to you.

    May 28, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Sean

    I agree that Pelosi is pretty clearly acting out of line. I simply don't believe a word out of her mouth when she says the CIA didn't tell her about waterboarding, but they did mention it, but they didn't say they were actually doing it...she must think we're stupid if she believes she's fooling us.

    But Republicans, if her lying like this, and blaming the CIA is an offense worthy of her resignation, what kind of repercussions are you suggesting for Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et al that were involved in basically identical, yet far more damaging lies that led to the war in Iraq? I'm a centerist, and I'm dying for some objectivity in how we deal with our crooked politicians.

    May 28, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. Heather in Seattle

    At this point the GOP accusations about Pelosi lying do not have any proof to back them up. She has asked for the CIA to release documents to back up her story, but they have refused. Until there is some hard evidence that she acted unethically, the lying is only speculation. Quit using rhetoric from Limbaugh and Gingrich, accusations are empty, find proof first and than make your case!!!

    May 28, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Daisy Cloud-NY

    This is a way of the GOP saying we control you Nancy! NOT!! Please it's begiining to look to pathetic.

    May 28, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Bob

    TO Susie, America was put in the poor house because of its spending on the war( the war made up) and spending on the cleanup of our own WMD, Bush and Cheney......................... What a short memory ..............................................

    May 28, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Ron

    Hey Tulsa...
    Lots of ideas. For one stop government spending that gives us more debt and cut taxes. It's worked every time in the past why wouldn't it work now. More money in the hands of Americans (and not at the government's discretion) will help the economy. As for foreign oil dependence, everyone was screaming drill American oil last summer at $4 a gallon and I imagine they will again when it hits $5. It's only a matter of time until we are at $4 again but BO won’t increase American production now or start the process so we'll be in the same boat again. Everything takes time, Green Energy and Oil Production you need both. You want to know what to do about the Gitmo detainees, leave them there. They are prisoners. Give them trials, release them or keep them there if they are guilty. Just because BO thinks it's wrong and made a campaign promise. He's already broken many what's another one. You want answers listen to what people have to say and not the politicians or media...

    May 28, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. John

    Susie has it right. Naturally the liberals are degrading her for speaking up as they always do when things do not go their way. All the people here biting at the GOP are the ones the Dems are giving the free money to. Naturally they are not going to fight the hand that feeds them. It is time all the people in this country speak out. They asked for accountabililty and ethics until it falls on their lying butts.

    May 28, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. Joseph

    Paul from Phoenix wrote: "They are just as guilty because they knew it was happening, allowed it to happen, and did nothing to stop it. Hence, they were complicit in the act."

    But, if she's telling the truth, then she isn't complicit. Also, what recourse does the house committee have when told that the government is violating treaties or laws? The rules clearly state that she couldn't write anything down, couldn't tell anyone, and couldn't "DO" anything to stop it.

    If she had been told, she was powerless. And that would be a sufficient defense. But she states she wasn't told. So, we're back to square one.

    May 28, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. Dave, the truth teller

    Calm down, Libs. Here, have some monkey chow and stop throwing your poop.

    May 28, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. Devin

    ONLY in San Francisco could a woman like Nancy Pelosi get elected to Congress.

    Let's have more transparancy in governement unless you're a democrat. That seems to be what's happening.

    May 28, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. stan

    Paul from Phoenix
    In 2002 when Pelosi was briefed by CIA the Republicans controlled congress. When briefed by CIA you were sworn to secrecy. These are basic facts.

    May 28, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. TheGreatExperiment


    Independents, Moderates, and Libertarians can see your leaders lie every day. Obama has not kept his promises to you. Pelosi is busted big time for lying. Dobbs is embarrased on national TV. The Obama administration is full of tax cheats. You can waste time hating on Republicans if you want, but another election is coming and the clock is ticking for you to clean up your party.

    May 28, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. barbara

    Ellis May 28th, 2009 12:37 pm ET

    The GOP "goes after" everybody that doesn't think just like them. Morons.
    Thats funny because conservatives and/or republicans can say the VERY same exact thing about you and the liberals/dems. And so who is right and who is wrong? You are right in your own mind, and they are right in their own minds. So I guess to break the impasse one would have to define "goes after" and then list all the times/events where the dems utilized this tactic and the repubicans utilized this tactic. Then which ever party used it the most are the real morons. Geez.

    May 28, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. Jeff

    The GOP certainly knows what we care about. Not the crumbling economy or two wars, no. What we really want to hear about is Nancy Pelosi.

    May 28, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. JR

    "Accusing the CIA of criminal activity"

    Would that be the illegal torture or the illegal kidnapping or the illegal imprisonment in secret prisons?

    No, the only thing Pelosi did was say that the CIA mislead her in their briefing. As usual the GOP continues to make a mountain out of nothing, while ignoring the real picture.

    May 28, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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