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. Jeff W.

    Why did the GOP lose so badly recently? It's the hatred, stupid.

    May 28, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. Josh Maloney

    The Republican party is pathetic. Absolutely pathetic to the core. Get over yourselves, people. Try something new. The attacks against Pelosi and the other Congressional Democrats will only take the Republican party down further. Good luck with that 2010 election. Its too bad you have so few good leaders in your party.

    May 28, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. Diane

    The CIA has a history of lying to Congress. Did they lie to Pelosi? Maybe. The truth is somewhere between the two stories. Both Republican and Democrat have accused the CIA of lying – they are spies people – this is what they do. It's time for everyone to let this go and start dealing with issues such as health care and unemployment.

    May 28, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. Tulsa

    @Brandon May 28th, 2009 12:35 pm ET
    The GOP is absolutely right to push this forward. Everyone claimed they want "accountable" government, well now you're getting it. Or is it that you don't support it when a Democrat is implicated? All this GOP bashing is nothing but an attempt to move focus from the actual issue.
    So the actual issue is that Pelosi was informed of top secret interrogation techniques (maybe) and said nothing?

    What happened to the ACTUAL issue? That would be that the Bush admin. used the justice department to make unlawful decisions that torture, special renditions, black prisons, etc. were acceptable.

    THAT is the issue. The Republicans think they can obfuscate thier way out of this, but it will not work. The public knows what they did.

    May 28, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. jayh

    Thank you, republicans, for showing us once again how blind and ignorant you really are. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    May 28, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. Vern

    That too will blow up in there faces...poor republicants they grasp at anything the flys by.

    May 28, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. Donna from Colorado Springs

    It's sad but not surprising that the Republicans are spending so much time, effort and money attacking the Dems whan they should be worrying about the demise of their own party! Granted, the Dems constantly attacked them when they were in power, but there is a huge difference this time. We weren't the party of "NO" on everything, nor were we full of liars and idiots! We didn't have a Limbaugh-like mouthpiece that dictated everything we said or did, and we took responsibility for ourselves when we screwed up! No wonder that the Republicans are saying or doing whatever for publicities sake as they're desperate and totally pathetic!

    May 28, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Think about it...

    If the GOP is so wrong for trying to get to the bottom of this (and not cover it up), why are many of Pelosi's Democratic colleagues distancing themselves from her. Face it, she has a track record that is not that exemplary. Why must you defend her based simply on the fact that she's a Democrat? It seems that if she was caught red handed sticking secret documents from the national archives down pants, you'd still defend her. Wait a minute. You libs already did that for Sandy Berger! Talk about lack of intellectual honesty!

    May 28, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. Timus, Powder Springs, GA

    GOP is pretty good at attacking. Not sure when they're going to pick up the whole leadership thing though......

    May 28, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. drman

    ALL Repugs and Fox News Zombies..... Send ALL your $$$ to the RNC so they can waste ALL of it on TV and Web ADs!!
    Don't hold back, send it ALL !!
    Don't submit any ideas, just send All your $$$!!

    May 28, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. suzyku

    These idiots are completely "irrelevant", apparently they just don't know it yet but I predict they will, they are total losers!

    May 28, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. JOHN

    like everything else coming out of the republican party....lies, fear mongering, propaganda. it's so funny how they still don't understand that they are no longer relavent...out of touch to say the least. it's easy to brag and talk crap when you are only listening to yourself !!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Lu

    So, the Republicans want to investigate when Pelosi knew about waterboarding - but not whether the actual torture was legal? Once again, they are showing that their only goal is to attack the Democrats,in stead of caring about their country.

    I don't like Pelosi myself, but this is such a trivial thing to focus on while the country is in such a mess... Will our legislature ever realize that there are real people out here worrying about real problems, and that we don't really care who said what when?

    May 28, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. Lesley Anne

    Other tickers report interviews given by top GOP aides during the Bush administration that not only debunk Cheney's version of the need for and success of torture and how it came about, but also military personnel who state that our intelligence community does fail to properly inform and does mislead. Take the Iran Contra scandal during the Reagan years for instance. Or the run up to the Iraq war. How about it CNN?

    May 28, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. Tulsa

    @TheGreatExperiment May 28th, 2009 12:45 pm ET
    Hate and fear. It's all you have, isn't it?
    If the Democrats have so many enemies, how is it that Obama won by the second largest margin ever of a Dem over a Rep.? (9.5 million) I guess there must have been a LOT of people convert to Democrat after the last 8 years, eh?
    We don't buy you line of bull.

    May 28, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. TCM

    To liberals, the "Party of D'oh!" PELOSI 's incompetent and destructive to this nation. You can scream "haters," all you want in attempts to distract from the truth; but to no avail. She's a cancer on our society, as is the entire Obama adminstration...time for exercisions to occur.

    May 28, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. GB in Kansas

    One can only wonder when the GOP will begin to understand that most of us in this country are weary beyond words of political attack ads. This is one red-state guy who has a hard time imagining he'll EVER AGAIN vote for Republican candidate!

    Find another strategy, GOP. You're current one is becoming as obsolete as your political philosophy of attack, attack, attack...

    May 28, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. Michael T.

    When in the world are the Republicans going to wake up and recognize they are digging themselves a deeper hole. The election is over; the country has spoke. A majority of the U.S. is happy and for the first time in a while, a good part of the world is happy with the U.S. President. I have some concervative views but as times goes on, I have no desire whatsoever to be associated with or known as a Republican. The Republicans have been and are continuing to be out of touch with a majorty of the U.S. population. I guess like anyone else in this type of a postion, they need to hit rock bottom before they can change. Good luck G.O.P. .... keep in touch.

    May 28, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. bill b. from Stratford,Ct

    The GOP is a joke. Do they truly think that most Americans does not realize that they were in charge for the last 8yrs and they were the ones who run this country into the ground. Two wars, banking system collapses, mortgage melt down, 10 trillion dollar debt, 6.8 million out of work b/c of their policies, hated all over the world, Department of Justice corruption, TORTURE, Hurricane Katrina, 1800 people dead under their watch, Heath insurance out of control b/c of their policy. But let them tell it, their not the ones who are responsible for all that, it's Obama and the Dems who are going to ruin this country. Go away GOP, enough with your racist party and enough for the rich guy.

    May 28, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. Gary

    I think the GOP is getting desperate to find something to complain about! Why can't Limbaugh, Chaney, Rove, and the so-called RNC chairman offer constructive suggestions on the economy?

    May 28, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. Peter (CA)


    Hard to take your argument seriously when you can't get the facts right. The CIA briefing was in 2002 when the Republicans controlled the Congress.
    In fact, the Republicans controlled Congress until January 2007. Even then, the Senate was 49-49 with two independents, not much room to make changes especially when one of the independents (Lieberman) supported the war.

    I know the right wingers like to believe the world was perfect until the dirty Democrats took over but you really have to separate your fantasies from reality.

    May 28, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. brimamassie

    The GOP want to investigate Pelosi what they all agree on the C I A are lairs, uranium from Africa,Saddam link to Al qaeda,Iraq nuclear or biological weapons.But they don't want to investigate torture which is a crime and they are spending money on ads which doesn't make sense.

    May 28, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Brook Mantia

    More of the same from the Got-0-Plans Party of NO.

    May 28, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. Michael K, Baltimore MD

    If the repubs want to attack Pelosi for claiming the CIA lied, that's fime. But they should include thos Republicans who have also accused the CIA of Lying and there are few including, I believe, Mr. Boehner. Seems they did not like a security finding or something.

    Turn the lights up all the way!

    May 28, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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