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. Chris From Delaware

    G.O.P: Since fear mongoring and scare tactics have all but helped you dissintegrate into non-existence, it would be a good idea to continue on until the republican well is dry. Thanks, but I will take motivation over fear any day. Continue on Mr. President.

    May 28, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. anderson n carolina

    DEB0155: You like the cops to come when you call? How about the fireman when your house is on fire? Like the schools your kids go to? How about the nice 4 lane highways you drive on everyday? Ever go to a public parK? Oh and when you retire are you going to turn down SS or how about medicare? Ever been out of work and not need your unemployment? Gee I hope you never get sick and need disability! wouldn't know what it means if you read it in the dictionary!

    May 28, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Chris - Denver

    If it is wrong to know about the torture and not stop it, does it not follow that it is at least as wrong to actually order the torture? Is this really blistering? Seems to me the GOP is shooting itself in the foot yet again.

    May 28, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. tom

    Let me get this straight. Republicans are outraged that Pelosi knew about waterboarding, although it's not torture. They want to investigate when she knew about it although waterboarding is OK.

    Me thinks they actually agree it is torture. Maybe we should investigate those that actually started waterboarding (can you say Shrub/Shooter?)

    The party of NO, Pillboy Rush and accumulating as many guns as possible just gets scarier every day! Especially the gun part.

    May 28, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Fitz in Texas

    Some of these postings are unbelievable................

    Democrats/liberals............won't listen to logic, refuse to talk facts.

    May 28, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. Jim in Idaho


    May 28, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    as usual the GOP goes after anything and everything that will take the heat off them .. and as usual they have nothing productive just threats and finger pointing and fear

    they need to find someone that actually acts mature and responssible
    and can begin to unite with the new administration

    the word bipartian makes me sick . they haven't actually done it and neither had the democrates years ago.. but now we have a president that really wants to take us on a new adventure and bring this country into the real 21st century... it is so exciting to be involved in a great future. so instead of being the NO party of every thing we are doing . get your ass in gear and become productive ...or be lost .

    May 28, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Simmy

    Republicans are digging their tunnel of propaganda all the way to North Korea......They are making as much sense as that nut.......Misery seeks company.....

    May 28, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. MEL IN florida

    And I say: Bush and Dick did deceived us by going into a war, claiming that Irak had weapons of mass destruction.

    May 28, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Steve in CT

    To Claudia in HousTon? @ 12:00
    I don't vote by party. I vote for the lesser of the evils. This past November I voted against socialism to try to protect the very same children you're concerned about. You and I are on the same page but reading differently. The country voted for a future of supression which socialism breeds. Our constitution is already under attack as we fall for the shell game and watch diversions. We watch the economy as our children's future is being made void of the freedoms we take for granted. Under the resulting One World Order there will be no economy to worry about. Be careful what you wish for.

    May 28, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Bud Burgoon-Clark

    What would we do for low comedy without "Tanning-Bed" Bone-Head and the Rethuglicriminal Follies?

    May 28, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  12. Chris in NC

    Why does the GOP keep throwing the "socialist" boogey-man in our faces? Is this the best you can come up and fear-mongering? Yeah, at this point I kind of wish Nancy Pelosi would just into obscurity too, but all this juvenile name calling sure isn't accomplishing anything.

    May 28, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. Post always rejected by CNN

    Excuse me Paul from Phoenix,,,in 2002 the REPUBLICANS WERE IN CONTROL OF CONGRESS. Both houses...If you are going to post get the facts correct. And as another poster said.....the articles were written about the documents. They were not notes, they were not transcripts, they were the recollections of the CIA AGENTS. And who in the he** believes anything they say, when they are the ones along with bush, cheney, rice, gonzales and the whole darn republican crew lied about torture.....but then what's new...republicans will twist anything as long as think it benefits them.

    May 28, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. Fet up

    "Fitz in Texas"...isn't that the pot calling the kettle black?! we're sick of listening to republicans so called 'reasoning" and umm..."ideas?" now THAT'S laugahble! enough with your retarded ways! we're progressing in this country....either join the club or get the hell out!

    May 28, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. Hugo

    If we cared what the GOP has to say, we would have voted them in.

    May 28, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. Mike

    And this is suppose to accomplish what? It is a typical republican tactic: "If we can't look good, then try and make the other guy look worse." That worked real well last November. The republican party continues to dissapoint. As long as the likes Rush, Beck, Chaney et. al. continue to be their divisive voice, they will not return to power.

    May 28, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. Rod

    Pelosi is a joke, but this is a straw man argument. The GOP is notorious for their fake outrage and hypocrisy.

    May 28, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. FAYE, NV

    There you Repubs again being bully's trying to scare people into your type of po-lie-tale-itic. Lies and fear motivates your party.


    May 28, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. carlo

    Who cares if Pelosi knew (although we all know that Cheney wasn't sharing anything with the lowly Democrats). What matters is who ordered it, and we know Pelosi didn't.

    Talk about a red herring.

    May 28, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  20. Scott B

    I agree with most here that if the GOP wants to slam Pelosi then they should also look into the mirror and slam the reps who also made these claims. I really think that the fight inside the GOP isn't done and that they should really think hard and long about fighting the DEMs when the inner fighting within their party isn't over. Once said and done if the GOP comes back in power of any kind they must include the hispanic and youth. I doubt when can achieve either considering they are ready to vote " NO " again with the new nominee for the Supreme court appointee. Wierd how they want to be the popular party but aren't afraid to step on the people that may help them in the next election, ie the youth and hispanics, GOOD LUCK GOP

    May 28, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  21. Moderate Republican

    Attack,attack,attack,attack.......Is this boxing, or politics? I for one can't take it anymore!!!! This is why I will definitely not vote for a republican for the forseeable future. America needs ideas, not character assasination!! It's so interesting that in the midst of these political storms and flurries, resides a calm collective man, which resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave...... I see why President Obama won the election!!! He's working, and chooses the high ground, while others are attacking.....Keep it up! 2010, and 2012, will be landslides, once healthcare, and energy reform are added to the DEMS collective acheivements.

    May 28, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. Grog in Ohio

    Meanwhile people are looking for jobs, trying to hold on to their homes, hoping GM and Chrysler don't belly up, wondering how to pay doctors bills and sending their kids off to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Wow... way to stay relevant GOP.

    May 28, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. bill b. from Stratford,Ct

    Correct me if I'm wrong, wasn't it Bush and Chaney who said that the CIA gave them information about WMDs them when everyone realize that there were no WMDs in Iraq, didn't Bush say that the CIA mislead them and that they would find WMDs even when he knew that there were none. Yes the CIA lie, that' their jobs people, that's how they get information from spies b/c they lie to each other. So for the Rethugs to say that they don't lie is a joke.

    May 28, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. Ellis

    The only thing the GOP is good for these days is stirring the pot.

    May 28, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. DAN

    If only the GOP was as good at coming up with ideas and solutions as they are at coming up with "blistering" attack ads.....

    Perhaps we could create a tax on the GOP's ads that "attack", "slam", or "blister" someone from the Dems.

    We'd be out of debt in no time....

    May 28, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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