August 5th, 2009
11:59 AM ET
11 years ago

Democrats say Republicans staging town hall protests

(CNN) - Democrats are accusing Republicans of organizing "angry mobs" to disrupt town hall meetings across the country, but conservatives say the protests are a sign of the opposition to President Obama's health care plans.

The Democratic National Committee released a Web video Wednesday charging that Republican operatives "have no plan for moving our country forward, so they've called out the mob."

The video shows footage of angry constituents and protesters at recent events and then flashes pictures of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader John Boehner, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, and even conservative talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh on the screen.

The ad says "desperate Republicans and their well-funded allies" are trying to "destroy President Obama."

Obama had originally asked Congress to send him health care legislation before the August recess, but lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on a plan. The House of Representatives recessed last week, and the Senate heads
home at the end of this week.

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  1. Jim in Miami

    Unfortunately, for the dems, this is a real grass-roots revolt. Over-inflated crisis with a proposed perscription that will make it a real crisis. The only winners under the obama plan are government bureacrats and the self-entitled welfare class that wants something for nothing. Obama doesn't understand economics, he doesn't understand how value is created (and it's not be government) and he has grossly mis-diagnosted the issue with health care – which is the need for more personal control and cost transparncy to the user. The big lies are unfathomable – adding more people and services, saves money – what? economic recovery depends on obamacare – what? pure drivel to divert attention to what is little more than a massive welfare giveaway to obama core constituency – the lazy and unproductive!

    August 5, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    It's called the First Amendment. Get used to it Democrats. As one of the people who's taxes will get raised I certainly expaect a say as to whether the money goes to pay medical costs for illegal immigrants and welfare queens. If this plan is so wonderful, why is Congress exempt?

    August 5, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. SouthernGent

    Speaker Pelosi and others criticized President Bush with some pretty outrageous language. Now that some are criticizing the administrations policies (not name calling or personally derogatory remarks), the thought police are crying "foul".

    August 5, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. Sam Sixpack

    The DNC has figured out how to get the "stupid" vote.

    August 5, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. Luci

    Democratic congressional leaders know full well what the truth is, even though they want to present to the public something else. They are hearing like they've never heard before from their constituents, whether they be Republicans, Democrats, Independents or Libertarians. They are getting barraged with phone calls, emails and letters from people who do not want government involvement in our healthcare. These are NOT people sent by the insurance lobbies or a particular political party. They are normal, regular American citizens who have had enough of this dizzyingly fast push to socialism. The message is clear – we do not want any part of it. The liberal Democrats who are blindly pushing this against the will of the people are going to see what the will of the people can do come election time.

    August 5, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. cramit

    If insuranse companies are crooks ..... Why do we want Bigger crooks to take over ?

    August 5, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Theresa

    I just absolutely think this is a ridiculous claim. The reason these people are yelling is because no one is listening. I saw one video with a man who looked to be about 70 or 75 yelling at his representative. Yeah, he looked real extremist. (rolling eyes). The congressmen in Washington need to wake up and listen to their people. We told them over and over we didn't want any of the bailouts or stimulus packages or anything in between and yet they still did what they wanted. We are now at the point of yelling and maybe finally they will start to listen. (But then again maybe not.) We know what we want and it is not government run healthcare.

    August 5, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Sam Sixpack

    Those "stupid" Republicans took all their money out of the system and left us with no jobs. Next they'll take their "stupid" income overseas. Thos "stupid" Republicans are ruining everything for us freeloaders.

    August 5, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. don't be deceived by greedy, lying, dishonest Insurance executives and fradulent lobbyists working for them.....

    Don't confuse Health care Insurance refrom with lesser coverage from your already deficient GOP regulated policy. Excluding millions of sick people for pre-existing conditions who've already paid they're policies or lost their jobs has caused an overwhelming amount of bankruptcy, thereby effecting our economy. There's no doubt over the validity of this argument. And... the GOP is hoping people are too stupid to see this problem. The GOP will lose this health care battle fight in September. We will have a march of at least ONE MIILLION in Washington... so America can see how bad health care Insurance reform is needed.

    August 5, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. T

    Could it possibly be all the Democrats that are finally realizing we were LIED to as usual from politicians? It seems the only thing they are out for is self-interest, not public interest!

    August 5, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Moderate Democrat

    The cause of all problems and........
    The problem in all solutions.

    August 5, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Jimmy

    People have a right to protest. Nothing illegal has been done. First Amendment rights have been exercised. These are not mobs, but peaceful protests against policies that many people realize will not work. Simple democracy in action.

    As for me, I was much more concerned about the angry mobs descending on African-Americans (eerie, really, and all-too reminiscent of a not-forgotten past) and sacred places of worship in California in the wake of Prop 8. And those folks were most likely not conservative Republicans.

    August 5, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. bozo the obama

    these protests will go all the way to 2010 and 2012. MESSIAH, YOU SHOULD BE WORRIED.

    August 5, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Sam Sixpack

    The DNC is courting the "stupid" vote.

    August 5, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. Lori in St Pete

    Interestingly, opinion is split by the generations. The younger, working people are for reform. It's the older, retired people who are ALREADY receiving medical care paid for by the younger working people who are fighting this tooth and nail. If the "all for me and nothing for thee" generation has a problem with medical reform, I say cancel their gov't sponsored plans and force them to go to the private market for coverage. A woman wrote a letter to President Obama bashing his initiative. She closed the letter with "and keep your hands off my medicare". Dropping the hateful greedhead from the program would serve her right!

    August 5, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. Jesse

    If was not staged. It is slightly disingenuous to for Democrats to even bring it up. We have had years of ACORN, Code Pink and every other crazy luny lefty wing group protesting in businesses, churches and everywhere else. Get a grip.

    August 5, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. GOP = Party of Tolerance

    Repugs just want to shut down debate and spread false information in order to achieve their goal of protecting the special interests that are lining their pockets. America has more wasted spending on health care than any other country...and we are not even close to being the most healthy country. We need to get the uninsured into the system where they are paying something towards their care, instead of the present system where they pay nothing then go to emergency room for everything.

    August 5, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    Change is here to stay !!

    The media will NEVER AGAIN sit idle and let an administration get by with doing nothing constructive for 8 years in a row.

    That's CHANGE I BELIEVE IN. It has happened – you crooks and thugs had better run for cover.

    August 5, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  19. J

    You people are seriously not thinking. Do you really believe that the Republicans are working for you??? This whole thing is not about taking care of people and everything do to with money. If you were going to potentially lose billions of dollars, you would do everything in your power to buy congress members and to run commercials to prevent this from happening. But alot of you fools fall right into it, go ahead let Insurance Companies and Big money keep you under their heel a little longer. Maybe it will be you who is denied heathcare when you need it.

    August 5, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. texans for a new republic

    it is nice to know that any critics of the policies and plans of Obama, Pelosi, or the DNC are easily dismissed as nothing more than an unruly mob. i'm not a republican, i'm a strict libertarian, and feel that if Obama and the DNC don't believe that Texans, "the vast majority don't agree with Obama", don't deserve to be heard then let us out of the union with Oklahoma and govern as they see fit over the rest of the United States.

    the union needs Texas more than Texas needs the union.

    August 5, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. Proud Member..Party of No

    Yet another example of the democrat party knowing just how stupid their members are and defining any opposition as "staged". And the result is just what you see in the posts here on CNN. Empty-headed democrats posting about the "evil" republicans. Wake up,'re being used as tools once again.

    August 5, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  22. Typical Republican

    I love my absolutely delusional, uninformed and radical right wing crazy brothers and sisters. It makes me proud when my retarded comembers get all hyped up about lies and propoganda!

    With people like us, we don't NEED no taliban....we will destroy america, because it has always been our mission to destroy this country.

    We are the republicans...the absolute rubbish of this nation and we intend to take it down!

    August 5, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. sarah

    As a Canadian I am very apset with your Congressmans and Senators spreading the lies about Canadian Health Insurance.
    The fact is EVERY Canadian has Health Insurance coverage and has right to choose their Doctors.
    It's a shame that millions of Americans are without health care.
    Unfortunately yours Washington representatives are protecting powerfull interest groups not average American , as Lobbying Network is paying them to protect interests of Insurance companies.
    Now that you have President who wants to make sure every American has its basic right to GOOD HEALTH, don't let liars to brainwash you ,open your hearts and minds ,this is an opportunity.

    August 5, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. Please, No more republicans!

    How are they protesting when they won't listen and just scream?

    August 5, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |

    Rather the debate in a normal calm manner these PAID FOR BY LOBBYSIT AND REPUBLICANS MOBSTERS Rather shout scream and look like idiots so sad!

    August 5, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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