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. Ronald Clowney

    The GOP doesn't have any policy ideas and principles on health care reform. Unless it's NO!

    June 17, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. David

    How can the democrats and obama even claim to the american people that they are trying to work with Reppublicans?

    June 17, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. Saboth

    Do republicans need more than 1 minute to outline their healthcare reform? I can sum it up: "We want things to continue as they are. The government takes care of our healthcare, so we don't know why the average citizen is concerned over costs that go up 10-20% per year and is the cause of the majority of bankruptcies that occur in our country. We say vote "NO" on any kind of healthcare reform. Our lobbyists...I mean *we* thank you."

    June 17, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. Texas Doc

    GOP Health Care Plan: If you can't afford insurance as good as Senator McConnell's well too bad. All of you other slobs just aren't trying hard enough. Being poor is UnAmerican.

    June 17, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. Too True For You

    Who wants to hear an endless stream of republicans chanting "Reduce taxes for the wealthy. Eliminate controls on big business. Screw the middle class." over and over and over again?

    They don't want a free market approach – that might impact their big money masters.
    They don't want a government managed approach – that might affect their big money masters.
    All they want is obfuscation and confusion to allow things to proceed as they are.

    That's the republican way.

    June 17, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Dave

    Funny, the GOP doesn't have a problem when Fox News acts as a shill for their moronic and simple-minded ideas without offering any countering viewpoints. Now that ABC is doing it, they are crying foul. You people become more of a joke every day.

    June 17, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. jojeaux

    Go for morons !...as if anyone listen to you

    June 17, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. Fool me once, shame on you! Fool me err...

    Republican members of congress enjoy government-paid healthcare coverage. But to the rest of us, they say – you're on your own. Surely it doesn't take any tv programming to convey such a simple message!

    Republican hypocricy is shameless and mind-boggling. Narcissism is what comes to mind.

    June 17, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. RepubliKLANs Are Stupid As Stupid Does

    When "FALSENEWS" was in the tank for GW Bush during the last 8yrs of his torture and illegal Irak war regime that bankrupt the USA, these GOP dimwits didn't say anything!!....Obama is only trying to reach to Americans to educate them on the healthcare plan before the Got "0" Plan Party of No! start scaring folks with their usual fuming-at-mouth mantra of socialism and fascism!!!!

    June 17, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. E. Elliot

    I propose a solution. Let the GOP inflict their plan on 5 states that voted for McCain. And then try the President's plan on 5 blue states. Run both as a trial for 3 years. Which ever plan reduces the cost of providing health care would be used for the whole country and the losers simply crawl off and hide, right before the next election. I am confident that the GOP plan would not win & if they stopped obstructing the majority the job would be done right. But their goal is not really lower costs. The guys getting that extra money are prime contributers for their re-elections.

    June 17, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. Lee W. in Raleigh, NC

    I'm pefectly happy to listen to the Republicans plan. One Republican appeared on cable this morning to start telling about the plan, but I swear I couldn't hear much in the ways of details. And when questioned, he immediately went into the "Party of No" response of what is wrong with the Democrat plans. I hope the Republicans will have some real details and not just more negativity.

    It's a vitally important topic. I'll personally be listening to all who have constructive details to offer.

    June 17, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. Wendy McMillan

    I think the republicans are sick in the head. They are a bunch of rich white idiots trying to get poor white dummies to follow them. They make a lot of noise about what the President is doing but they have no plan. And besides, who cares if they have a plan–no one wants to hear them. They are clouds with no water.

    June 17, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. Malia

    Appalling! If ABC does not offer a counter view, then this is nothing more than Democrat propoganda infomercial. I will boycott ABC nonsense.

    June 17, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Reggie from LA

    That's right!! Go for it. As usual, spend more time shaping and molding potential constituent votes instead of trying to provide solutions. Yes, put on your capes and show the people you stand behind them warding of the children and grandchildren boogieman. Hell you had eight years to approach health care reform for EVERYONE. They have not introduced anything to remedy the problem. They've only tossed out well-spun road blocks that convince the "common man" that their efforts are to save us from the evils of government involvement in health care. Aren't THEY like, BIG government or something themselves? What IS the RNC Agenda on health care anyway

    June 17, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |

    ABC didn't want to be a part of the obfuscation propaganda megaphone for the Republicans with same old tax credits idea to healthcare solution. Wise move. The POTUS does not need that pestering fly in the room, the GOP, discussing healthcare reform. Time for real solution for the choking healthcare problems this country faces.

    June 17, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. Balance

    ABC? I thought the GOP only existed on Fox.

    June 17, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. Steven

    Would we expect anything else from the "Party of NO!"?

    June 17, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. B.H.

    They were denied because they- have not- put fourth ONE positive idea dealing with major concerns that Obama is trying to solve.

    GOP = NO

    June 17, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    RNC Reply: One minute commercial defending doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and, of course, their handlers, the health insurance industry, for whom they run interference!

    See, that was easy!!!

    June 17, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. K. Workman

    Dear CNN:

    The symbolism of the fly and how it came to its end is perfect with regards to Fox News. Fox News may be a fly bothering the President. But, Fox must remember that the government / people control the licenses and details that allow a station to opperate and use the publicly owned air. Some flys die by the swap of a quick hand and yet others others wither away from lack of attention and the swat of paper licenses and regulation. Thank You

    June 17, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. Taa Taa

    These guys are just stupid. At some point they will have to concede that attacking President Obama is not working. They will have to concede that saying "NO" to everything makes them look like a bunch of "Old" whiney, cry babies. This is really beginning to be stupid to the 10th power.

    June 17, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. JT

    The GOP has nothing to offer. So, this would be a whole day of paid programming about nothing?

    June 17, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. Jeezo

    what communications director writes like this? it's a really confusing read. seems typical for a hardcore republican tho... loaded to the gills with zealotism but doesn't have much else (including education, apparently).

    I never thought i'd be wishing for Bob Dole and Jack Kemp style republicans. they'd have been kicked out.

    June 17, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. Sharon

    What ideas?? Tax cuts? That's the answer to everything for the Republicans. Try to be innovative and actually care for the people instead of big business. Oh yeah, I forgot, that's the democrats. If it will not help the rich and business, it is totally off the Republican radar!

    June 17, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    RNC is only representative of the health care industry design to maximize profits, not actual health care. Everything they will suggest plays right into the hands of the pockets of the medical oligopoly which is lead by the monopolistic AMA.

    And don't be fooled by the dictionary definition that "oligopoly" does not control the market. It does!

    Ask yourselves, have I ever met a poor doctor?

    June 17, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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