June 17th, 2009
09:22 AM ET
12 years ago

GOP seeks to counter ABC programming

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/17/art.rnc.gi.jpg caption="The Republican National Committee is urging GOP members of Congress to take to the local airwaves next week."]WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Republican National Committee is urging GOP members of Congress to take to the local airwaves next week to discuss their approach to healthcare reform in an effort to counter an ABC News primetime special featuring President Obama speaking on the issue.

The RNC is informing GOP congressional offices this morning that it will pay for and help schedule the interviews with local television reporters in their states and districts.

The RNC tells the Republican lawmakers it is taking this step because they said their request to be included in the special “was denied.”

“This means that President Obama and the Democrats will have an entire day to push their government-run health care agenda without hearing Republicans’ policy ideas and principles on health care reform,” the RNC writes in the memo that was obtained by CNN.

Read the full memo after the jump

TO: House and Senate Republican Chiefs of Staff, Communication Directors, Press Secretaries and Schedulers

FROM: RNC Communications

DATE: June 17, 2009

RE: June 24th Republicans’ Opportunity to Respond to President Obama on ABC News

On Wednesday, June 24th, the ABC News network will devote an entire day of programming to President Barack Obama’s health care agenda. According to an ABC News report, in addition to a primetime health care reform “town hall” at the White House, Good Morning America, World News, Nightline and ABC’s web news “will all feature special programming on the president’s health care agenda.”

The Republican National Committee asked ABC News to include Republicans in their health care reform programming on June 24th but our request was denied. This means that President Obama and the Democrats will have an entire day to push their government-run health care agenda without hearing Republicans’ policy ideas and principles on health care reform.

Next Wednesday, the RNC will make our television studio available, for the entire day, for House and Senate Republicans to conduct satellite interviews with local network affiliates in their home states or congressional districts, including the 211 ABC affiliates nationwide. The RNC will absorb the cost of the satellite time and offer assistance in setting up the satellite interviews with the local affiliates. Republican Members of Congress can use this opportunity to discuss his or her views on health care reform as well as to respond to President Obama’s health care plan.

The RNC TV studio will be available the entire day of June 24th. Please RSVP at your earliest convenience as space is limited.

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soundoff (160 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    What is so terrible about airing opposing viewpoints?

    It looks like ABC has joined CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN in Obama's Department of Homeland Propoganda.

    Very disturbing.

    June 17, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. D. Tree

    The Republican Senators and Congressmen all receive government sponsored Health Insurance.

    So CNN and the rest of America here's the question I would like to see you asking the Party of NO: "If government sponsored health plans are GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU, then why aren't they good enough for the rest of us?????"

    Seriously, its so obvious that the GOP is opposing true health care reform for the most cynical of reasons: ideology and lobbyists. Enough is enough!

    June 17, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. James

    Maybe if the Republicans had an idea what to do about healthcare, rather than just let it stay in the sorry state it's in, they'd have something worth putting on tv. Nobody wants to hear why you don't like the obama plan, when the plan you have is to stay with much worse, the status quoue.

    June 17, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. Jeff

    Why is the GOP so anti health? If we were talking about the health of a large corporation, and not the health of Joe Schmo, then they would be all for it. The GOP needs to learn that people vote, corporations don't.

    June 17, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. Jojo

    What no memo to Fox?


    Report to RNC headquarters IMMEDIATELY to receive your instructions and talking points!!!

    Folks, we must remain UNITED if we are going to keep control of health insurance and its profits in the hands of our corporate friends at the HMOs. There is too much money at stake here to let Obama and the Democrats enable everyone to get health insurance!

    June 17, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. DaMaestro

    The republican are a sad lot. They don't seem to get that they lost. For 8 years we had to put up with GOP warmongering propoganda BS. I am happy to hear what the Dems bring to the domestic table. What was the GOP doing for us on the homefront for the past 8 years besides tapping our phones and throwing us in jail.

    June 17, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. Dennis

    Ok, first the republicans would have to have viable policy ideas and principles that they would be putting forward. After the seeing the 19 page budget plan with no numbers in it what would they have for this problem. All they want to do is keep things the way they are so insurance, medical supply and pharmaceutical companies will keep those "campaign contributions" coming in. They do not care what is happening to most Americans on this issue.

    June 17, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. GG NYC

    What a bunch of idiots.

    June 17, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. Seriously?

    Coudl the GOP being any bigger whiners? Why should you be on the President's special? What's wrong with you people? Good grief.

    June 17, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. palmer

    So lets lie and misinform so we can deny payment for the uninsured.

    June 17, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. A Kickin' Donkey

    Have we ever had an opposing party take to the airwaves to fight a duly elected POTUS so shortly after he won a such a clear mandate from the people? I don't think so ....

    I'm not saying .... I'm just saying ... you know

    Sure seems strange that the GOP is fighting against the best interests of the people that make up the fabric of America

    June 17, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. The black spider

    It's been more than 2 years now since Obama is talking about health care reform and more than 6 months he started the dialogue about the reform and i have yet to hear a single republican proposal.
    Oh sorry I know what it is or will be! Wait until the democrat propose something and propose the opposite or say no and diabolize the plan and scare people with phonies and lies.
    I am ashamed of a political party in USA in 2009 acting like bunch of alcoholics or a bitter divorce wife. They have lost reason and the party is left with haters with no substantive ideas. It's sad

    June 17, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  13. Va. Boomer

    hey..., there is always fox..., they are always looking to put some fair and balanced news up.... not!

    June 17, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. Denise

    Sounds like the GOP are playing defense. It also sounds like they have no ideas of their own. it never would have occurred to them to present their views on TV if Obama had not first had the idea

    June 17, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. sgj

    Republican tried this before with Clinton. They try to scare us or say everything is fineand all we need to do is just tweak things....

    This time the republican sponsors the insurance companies are running scared since they know they are going to reap the wind for all the years of screwing over people and driving them into bankruptcy or worse into the grave...

    For more details see this article....


    Talk about do ANYTHING for a buck even if someone dies as long as it bolsters the quarterly revenue.

    June 17, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  16. john u

    The party of "no" will do anything to keep the health insurance elites in power to keep the bribes (donations) coming in while presenting the same old crap they been espousing for years about "the markets". Obviously their health plans are so good they've never been turned down for a procedure from their HMO (rationing), experienced an emergency room wait, or have had to declare bancruptcy over health care bills they can't afford (which are responsible for 62% of all bancruptcies in the USA). It's time these overprivileged suck ups to the insurance industry went away.

    June 17, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. teacher

    What is wrong with the GOP that they criticize anything Obama tries to do before they even give it a chance to see if it works. It is almost like the GOP wants to make sure they have shown opposition to any program so that if it doesn't work, they can say, "I told you so!" What has happened to the Grand Old Party that used to be. Didn't we elect Congress to work for the American people, not just a political party. I am so tired of the way the Republicans have been since the election that I am changing parties. I no longer want to be associated with a bunch of "Wa-Wa Babies" who won't even try to work with everyone in Congress. If this keeps up, the Grand Old Party will just be Old – no Grand and certainly no Party.

    June 17, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  18. KEITH

    ........, but it would be racist to suggest the president is being coddled by the press.

    June 17, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  19. I Fell Ill

    Geez, GOP why don't you open that big checkbook for the status quo and politics as usual. If you have no program, just say "no" again and again ad nauseum amen!

    June 17, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  20. Shucks

    And when at any time during any of the last republican presidential administrations were the democrats asked to participate in a presidential address. Just the fact that they think they are owed participation for some unknown reason shows how looney this party has become. They didn't have any policy ideas or principles until 2 days ago. What a bunch of Morons. Americans are getting sick and tired of the republicans whining at every move this President makes. We are the ruling party at this time and the republicans need to accept this like we did during the Bush administration. Just because you are trying to distance yourselves from the Bush administration and it's policies doesn't mean you deserve instant respect and equal time. It was your blind following of the Bush administration that has gotten us to this point where we are in crisis both domestically and abroad. Quit acting like President Obama is destroying America. He is fixing a huge and disastrous mess left to him by all of the sheeple and republican politicians of the last 8 years.

    June 17, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  21. Now we have news wars...

    The RNC has also sent out a biased questionaire to their members on subjects that range from health care to the economy and a little intergration sprinkled in. They sent the "survey" (with a request for money) so they could use the one sided comments against President Obama's plan for health care. IF the repub's would sit down and work on a good health plan as hard as they work at trying to figure out how to make President Obama look bad, they could possibly add some sound and positive thinking to the whole health plan idea. BUT they waste the little brain power they have on how to foil the President. How unfortunate for we the people.

    June 17, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  22. Jason

    I would love to hear a plan from the GOP. Something that would actually improve health care for the uninsured and make it easier to change jobs. Something other than "no, no, no" to progress. Since killing reform in 1994, they haven't done a thing. Let's see what they can come up with!

    June 17, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  23. Julia Thies

    From what I understand, Congress is trying to put through a bill that will TAX those of us who have health insurance through our employers to p ay for the health insurance program they want to institute for those without insurance! This will cut out OUR benefits as employers will not want to do this and why should WORKING people have to pay for those who either do not work are illegally here and cannot afford health care. This take from those that have and give to those that have not is RIDICULOUS. I personally have WORKED for what I have, which isn't a lot, but the benefits were my goal in the first place. I had to pass a test and score higher than most people to achieve my current position. i don't want to pay for someone else's insurance!

    June 17, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  24. John G

    There's bipartisanship for you! Only let one side argue their points and make a decision based on that,,,,and Obama is upset that FOX is mean to him-sickening

    June 17, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  25. Dude

    Yup, no liberal bias in the media whatsoever. The mdia i nthis country makes me sick. Whatever happened to just reporting the news in an UNBIASED way. Pathetic.

    June 17, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
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