August 5th, 2009
11:59 AM ET
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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. Hunter Reid

    Frankly, I could care less what the Democratic kooks call Americans who raise their voices against destructive nationalistic policy. If anything, the DNC and its circus should be thanked for helping "organize" the opposition with its humorous labels and deranged accusations. It's the best wake-up call Americans could ever hope to receive as the "mob" rallies to keep from getting robbed by the clown prince in the White House and his Congressional lackeys.

    August 5, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. JP

    Sensible people are only raising voice against the borrowing from China to support every socialistic agenda? Someone has to pay for all these; there aren’t enough rich to be soaked though.

    Increasing tax to the middle class is out of question; that’s breaking the campaign promise. What then? Redefine middle class, that’s a possibility.

    August 5, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Tom, NC

    How intelligent – the Democrats can't put together a coherent bill or a plausible story as to why nationalized health care is smart. So, mmm, how to keep the Annointed One's myth going... I know, call the people who disagree with him a 'mob'. So much for the will of the people.

    August 5, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. mel

    these right-wingers should be happy that they're allowed in to town hall meetings and listening session at all. would they be perfectly fine with the democratic party pre-screening the people allowed into rallies and town hall meetings? or is that just something that only the gop and bush administration can do?

    August 5, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Mad Hatter

    Let me see if I have this correct. When people get together to vent frustrations about having massive spending bills shoved down our throats it must be an organized conspiracy. But yet when SEIU bussed their members to the homes of the AIG employees in order to threaten their families so they would give up their bonus that was grass roots?? What are you "kool aid" drinkers so afraid of???

    August 5, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. JR

    why is it that any time a group gathers to voice their concerns over what the government is doing, it is declared a radical mob put on by the GOP? Tea party's, town halls.... Cant Democrats actually realize that just maybe, there are many people who feel strongly that we are headed in the wrong direction? Read the polls. Are those people supposed to stay home and not say a word... thats what the Obama admin would like to happen. Wake up and listen to ALL the people.
    By the way... ALL Americans "can" have health insurance. They choose not to. Maybe because it is expensive... well then the administration should focus there, not on "insuring" those uninsured.

    August 5, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. Let's face it Willie Brown...........

    How could your opinion be taken seriously? You voted for Bush....creating the problem health care now faces with Health Insurance GOP regulated policies. So your vote was for a candidate who sucked !!!!!!!

    August 5, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. Independent

    Funny. Let the GOP do what they do best, protest with no alternative plan, and always saying NO.

    Let healthcare reform pass and then they'll be saying "YES, and Thank you." Republicans are a joke, always have been.

    August 5, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. I give up

    didn't obama say to get in the face of your neighbours and argue with them, dueing the 2008 campaign. we are just doing the same.

    the people protesting at the townhalls are there on their own. they aren't accorn paid like stooges that the community organizer has been using for years.

    the healthcare plan stinks and the democrats have lost control of the messaging. good luck in 2010.

    August 5, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. Tom Paine

    Under Bush, dissent was the highest form of patriotism. Now, opponents of the Great and Noble Obama are "angry mobs" who are involved in some great conspiracy against the government and the by having the temerity to complain and challenge this White House.

    This is what happens when fascists are elected to office.

    August 5, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. Hugo

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Maybe they should call out Code Pink or Move On or ACORN to show Republicans and concerned tax paying citizens how to really use intimidation tactics properly!

    August 5, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. carlo

    If Dick Armey is financing it, along with the other GOP bigwigs, and the people are getting off of buses paid for by them with pointers from them and no one gets to talk and they shout and harass people, that's what it sounds like to me.

    Ironic that the people who are so opposed to fascism are using Hitler style tactics to gain an upper hand. This has nothing to do with their exercise of 1st Amenement Rights. This is about them impinging upon the 1st Amendment rights of others by refusing to allow civil, peaceful, public civil discourse. Of course, the Constitution only exist to support their side, as usual.

    This is why I am worried about their side buying all of those guns. These people aren't reasonable anymore.

    August 5, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. Tulsa

    Look at all the Republican SCREAMING their fool heads off!
    Oh, it's the same few over and over...... Not surprising. Loudmouthes with no job and no ambition. Typical Republicans.

    August 5, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. Tony

    I was invited by the Democrats not the Republicans..............

    They sent out an email.

    Can you say Desperation

    August 5, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. Sam Sixpack

    If those pesky Republicans would just go away, we could all live happily ever after in La La Land.

    August 5, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. mike

    You mean like ACORN? Or MOVE-ON? Face it dumbacrats, you and your fool uhbama are clueless.

    August 5, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. Panem et Circenses

    If I had worn my ACORN shirt I would have been an "activist" but since I wore may work clothes, because I went straight from my cube to the meeting, I'm part of an "angry mob".

    Well, at least they got the angry part right. I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!

    August 5, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. Shekar

    Common, DNC you are the one who creates community agitation but when it helps you fund ACORN $$$ when it hit your back you cry foul! Grow up and face the dance to the music. Don't be cry babies...

    August 5, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. carlo

    You know they should require I.Q. test before people are allowed to use or buy a computer, a telephone, or any communiticative device. Some of you are just too dumb to be anywhere close to any form of communication.

    August 5, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. carlo

    All me to self-correct. That's communicative.

    August 5, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. JR

    Do you really want a government healthcare for working people? Take a good look at what the government already runs and see if you think that is a good idea... VA, US postal service, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security. Every single one is or will shortly go bankrupt. That alone should tell the story.

    August 5, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  22. I'll make 'em famous

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

    ..Great storyline for a Hollywood movie, Chuck Norris about to pop out too and save the Prez from these fools.?..

    August 5, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  23. Lori in St Pete

    Well, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck......

    August 5, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. Nancy in Illinois

    My suggestion is start asking for ID at the door. Anyone not from the district should be turned away. That will put an end to it. And, anyone who gets through and starts disrupting, should be shouted down by the crowd by asking them to prove they live in the district. "If you can't prove you live here, then get out." These so-called protesters are being bussed in, folks. Check them at the door and that's the end of it. Their instructions are to stop any intelligent discussion, be disruptive, and not allow others the right of free speech. I say, don't let them in! What a bunch of babies and liars. Your position is so weak that you can't allow for intelligent discussion, that you have to get up and tell lies just to try to get people to agree with you? Any position that can't stand up to the scrutiny of discussion isn't worth much. But, the lemmings they're sending to these events don't get that. Wow, I'm glad I'm a Democrat.

    August 5, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. Darko

    Prove it...

    The chief community organizer has a problem when the opposition uses his own tactics? Hypocrit... even though there is absolutely no proof that these are staged. Many of the complaints are from democrats and independents.

    August 5, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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