June 23rd, 2009
02:13 PM ET
12 years ago

First on the CNN Ticker: RNC slams Obama in first TV ad

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/23/art.rncad0623.rnc.jpg caption="The RNC unveiled its first ad of the cycle Wednesday that takes aim at Obama."]WASHINGTON (CNN) –- The Republican National Committee slams President Obama’s plan to reform the nation’s health care system in a new television ad that is set to air Wednesday on national cable television.

The RNC also offers thinly-veiled criticism of ABC for broadcasting a live presidential town hall meeting Wednesday on the issue of health care, but not including GOP national leaders in the event. The RNC does not name ABC, but mentions that the president will appear on a "national TV network" to discuss the issue. Republicans have accused ABC of promoting Obama's health care plan, pointing to the extensive coverage the network is giving the subject on its morning, evening and late night newscasts. The network has denied the charge.

This is the RNC's first TV ad of the 2010 election cycle. It will not release further details about the ad buy, but the script hints that it will only run on Wednesday - timed to coincide with the ABC town hall.

"Today a national TV network turns its airwaves over to President Obama's pitch for government-run health care," says a voice in the 60-second spot, as Obama's face flashes across the screen. "Shouldn't this be a bipartisan discussion?"

The RNC says that the GOP also wants to overhaul the health care system, but does not agree with Obama on what the federal government's role should be.

"Republicans want bipartisan health care reform - a responsible plan that we can afford…where people are free to choose the best care for their families, without a government takeover," the voice says in the ad. "Tell President Obama to work with Republicans…and to stop rushing into another government takeover."

Full script:

Voice: "Today a national TV network turns its airwaves over to President Obama's pitch for government-run health care." Chyron: "A national TV network turns it airwaves over to President Obama's pitch for government-run health care."

Voice: "Shouldn't this be a bipartisan discussion?"

Chyron: "Bipartisan?"

Voice: "Republicans want health care reform. Reform that reduces costs across the board."

Chyron: "Republican want health care reform that reduces costs across the board."

Voice: "Republicans believe every single American deserves quality health care…"

Chyron: "Every single American deserves quality health care."

Voice: "Republicans also believe another government takeover would diminish health care choice and quality."

Chyron: "Another government takeover would diminish health care choice and quality."

Voice: "President Obama talks about "public option." When he says "public option", that means putting government bureaucrats in charge…instead of patients and their doctors."

Chyron: "'public option'…means putting government bureaucrats in charge."

Voice: "It's a bad idea."

Chyron: "It's a bad idea."

Voice: "Republicans want bipartisan health care reform -a responsible plan that we can afford…where people are free to choose the best care for their families, without a government takeover."

Chyron: "Republicans want bipartisan health care reform where people are free to choose the best care for their families."

Voice: "Tell President Obama to work with Republicans…and to stop rushing into another government takeover."

Chyron: "Tell President Obama stop rushing into another government takeover."

Voice: "The Republican National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising."

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soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. pat c

    how republican to slam president obama's health care plan before we even know what it is. this party is an embarrassment and only makes the american public more leary of the GOP actions. such a shame that the repubs have chosen to continue the party of NO at the exspence of our nation. please people listen to what our president has to offer before you listen to the rants of the NO group. I JUST THANK GOD THAT THIS GROUP OF MORANS DID NOT GET INTO OFFICE. WE WOULD STILL BE HERE TODAY SCRATCHING OUR PRIVATES AND WONDERING WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING TO HELP THE RICH!!

    June 23, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Steve IN (CA)

    Normal opposition and it is a healthy part to the political process.
    I don't want to see this legislation get fast tracked into law like that ridiculous stimulus (spending) bill, where no one completely comprehended it.

    and another thing I think is a partial truth., There may be 40+ million Americans without Health Insurance, but they are not with out Heath Care.
    Anyone (including people residing in America Illegally) can walk into your County Hospital and get care.

    There is a difference.

    June 23, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. Kathy

    Good grief. I don't remember the Democrats running TV ads asking for bipartianship when the GOP ruled the roost. Republicans today remind me of a whining child in a store. They weren't always this way. I remember a time when the GOP was a respectable, viable option for voters. What happened?

    June 23, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. kaci

    So when the RNC and Bush/Cheney ran everything they possibly could thru FOX, I didn't hear complaints then. It's been said 1000 times before – on 11/4/2008, the country patently rejected the politics of fear, hate, lies deceit, etc. They rejected the purveyors of that type of politics. When they come up with plans instead of pundits, solutions instead of cynicism, hope instead of hallucinations – then maybe the American people will listen. Otherwise, the GOP is becoming reidiculously redundent since Jan 20. it is getting old fast – except to their base.

    June 23, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. Claudia in Houson

    RNC and the GOP are totally useless and offer nothing but criticism and obstruction because they are in bed with the large insurance companies. They have coverage for themselves and families and don't give a hoot about our children and families healthcare or well being. Thousands of women suffer from breast cancer and have no coverage, why would any woman want to support the Republicans.

    June 23, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. Michael

    I believe that both parties should be involved in this countries decisions. The irony of the RNC feeling that republicans have been excluded is that for 8 years, that is exactly what the previous president did. If they would stop complaining about this administrations ideas and come up with something viable, then maybe there would be some discussions. They are too intent on regaining control and less interested in helping ALL Americas.

    June 23, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. tim nyc

    and exactly why should we be against a reformed health care policy in america? won't it save money and lives in the long run? yes it's a tough process but overhauling the system is well overdue. question: how do republicans sleep at night when they think about children without access to medical care ? answer: try not to think boys, it weakens the team....

    June 23, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Wake Up Please

    I believe in a two party system. How great would it be if both parties actually made sense at least 50% of the time. Much of the core Republican thinking has been so disastrously wrong for so long, it's hardly worthy of serious debate.

    June 23, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. Beth

    Okay, instead of wasting money on blasting the president and further villainizing the Republican party for an election it really needs to win, maybe the GOP should come up with viable solutions to what they perceive to be problems? I mean, really. I'm tired of hearing the GOP blasting and attacking everyone instead of making a decent suggestion or *gasp* touting their candidates' good sides.

    June 23, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Oh GIve Me A Break

    These clowns are scandalous!.....lol. It would be terribly funny if not so sad. Come up with an alternative with substance instead of bashing the President and using fear tactics which HELLO! DON'T WORK ANYMORE.......totally clueless.

    June 23, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. LISA

    Who cares what the RNC thinks? Most of them are racist and the other
    half are idiots! So I ask again who cares? He's doing the best he can with the cards he was dealt. Talk to me in 2-3 years.

    June 23, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. InlandEmperor

    What a surprise! The RNC...and their neo-con stooges...have challenged this country's survival over the past eight years with their lack of decency. They nearly bankrupted the country as a whole...both morally and fiscally. Now their poster "boys" Limbaugh and the "Newter" are at it again. Please notice that the members of the Republican Party that place being an American above everything else are standing shoulder to shoulder with this President as he attempts to extricate our country from the "boys of lite" and the mess they left us to clean up. Gratefully the country has learned its lesson and won't be misled again by that flock of "chicken hawks".

    June 23, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Alex in Wisconsin

    Are the Republicans trying to hypnotize Americans now? Seriously, read the transcript and tell me it doesn't sound like some kind of hypnosis going on. Of course i guess they need to hypnotize people in order to convince people, who either have no insurance or pay more in health insurance than they can afford, that the best solution to this problem is to do nothing about it.

    I ask this all the time but I will ask again, What is the alternative plan for Health insurance? And if these Republican scarecrows really think tax cuts are the answer, than they need to see the wizard of oz and get a brain.

    June 23, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. David

    It's really a waste of money running advertisements 'against' what over 80% of the American public is asking for. When will republican politicians ever pull their heads out of the sand, and stop listening to their own voices.

    All they will do is create even more support for the presidents public healthcare plan option. Even insurance agents on on board with the public plan, since it offers over 40 million more people to sell healthcare plans to, since many of their current customers are canceling coverage due to the high cost.

    June 23, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. Jose'

    Lemme guess, the ignorant democrats will cry 'Party of NO!' just liike every time the Republicans have a better plan than Obama.

    It is sad that democrats care more about Obama then they do America.

    June 23, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. Desmond

    So what's new with the GOP?

    June 23, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Sharon

    That's a hoot!! The Rep have decimated any credibility around bipartisan cooperation. We all know this is just another way to say "NO"

    June 23, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. pam Eugene OR

    This would only be news if the RNC did not slam President about something. The RNC is empty with no ideas no plans and all they have left are defiant children hurling insults. Grow up RNC and show something positive.

    June 23, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. midwest liberal

    this republican attempt at fear mongering is shameful, to say the least. republicans are all in a dither that the president wants to go on television and hold a town hall meeting to help define the problem and the solution to the american public. HOW AWFUL! i don't recall any town hall meetings by george bush to promote transparency and understanding of the public when he was determined to invade iraq. HOW STRANGE!
    this article states, "...The RNC says that the GOP also wants to overhaul the health care system..." really? if that's the case, why haven't they done anything to address this issue before? i mean, they had 8 years to work on this, right? HOW ODD!
    this article also states that republicans want "...a responsible plan that we can afford…" a responsible plan we can afford, like what, the iraq war?
    it will take more on the part of republicans than an ad filled with scare tactics to convince me of their sincerity.

    June 23, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. Dawn in Pa

    Everytime health care come on the table Congress hem hawing around and it never gets done and millions of Americans keeps digging their graves. you cannot have great health care if you continuing to go to the ER

    June 23, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. TCM

    It won't be bipartisan because that's not within Alinsky's Rules for Radicals....you must totally take control...The RNC wants individuals to still have some control and responsibility for themselves....Obama is trying to sell this plan under the guise of competition; that it would offer a marketplace competitor to existing alternatives. That's a flat out lie. He wants to crush market competition; therefore if you get health insurance, it'll be dictated by the government to include what price you pay, and what care you will be rationed. What many liberals haven't grasped is the number of "insured," will dramatically outnumber the available doctors and facilities....and wait times, quailty of service and competency in medical decisions will suffer. This infomercial that OBama's fixing to spew on ABC is nothing more that a pitch for expanded government power.

    June 23, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. Molly Weasley

    The GOP definition of "bipartisan" is: Give us what we want or we'll go stick our heads in the sand. Actually, all they ever seem to do is stick their heads in the sand anyway.

    Let's see: The Fixed News Channel reads GOP talking points as if they were news; ran continuous coverage of whatever the Bush White House put out; gave enormous amounts of air time (they still do) to whatever Republican is shooting off his or her mouth on any given day. Their budget plan? No numbers. Their health plan? Four pages, with no number of who will be covered and no cost estimates.

    But ABC, with two professionals (and not ones who have been particularly kind to Obama, if you remember the primary debate moderated by Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos) is doing an hour to explain to the American people about the reform of the health care system, and THAT'S "partisan"?

    June 23, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. Kansan

    What doesn't the party of "NO" slam. If Obama walked on water they'd slam him for leaving ripples. The GOP is lame.

    June 23, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. Ivan Schiff

    Well tit for tat, Bush and Fox remember those broadcasts.

    June 23, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. TTBALA

    And now RNC you hear my voice, where were you the past eight years, if you wanted to overhaul the health care, the only time we hear your voices is when the Democrats are on the right track, you have to do something to stop it, so you see the American people are wiser than you think.

    June 23, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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