August 5th, 2009
05:00 PM ET
11 years ago

GOP turns tables on Democrats

WASHINGTON (CNN) - National Republicans turned the tables on their political counterparts Wednesday by redirecting angry telephone calls coming into their switchboard to the Democratic National Committee.

The DNC released a Web video early in the morning accusing the GOP of inciting mob activity at town hall meetings.

At the end of the video, the DNC instructs people to call the Republican National Committee to express outrage. Callers who dial the RNC's main number to voice their concern about the DNC's charges are told to press 1, which sends them to the DNC's main switchboard.

DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse described the RNC's redirection as a "neat trick," but said it just further proves the Democrats' point about the GOP.

"The RNC is inciting angry mobs to shout out legitimate discussion at public events across the country and now they want to ignore people who deplore their tactics," Woodhouse said. "Republicans don't want to have a discussion about the future of health care reform – they want to shout out – and now completely ignore – anyone who disagrees with them."

RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho dismissed the DNC's charge and accused Democrats of "trying to divert attention from the widespread opposition to President Obama's government-run health care experiment.

"The fact is many Democrats are opposed to the president's plan, including many Democrats in Congress," she said. "We wanted to make sure that callers who believe only 'rabid extremists' are opposing the president's health care plan have the opportunity to express those concerns to the DNC."

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soundoff (283 Responses)
  1. Mary

    Childish, simply childish!!!

    August 5, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. unknown

    It is good to know that even with two wars, a financial crisis, unemployment, the housing crisis, and the healthcare plan that will probably fail... the the rnc and dnc still have time to play these pointless games.

    I mean is anyone in either party paying attention to the actual country they were elected to serve and fix vs just sitting around and pointing the blame on one another and putting out pointless memo's on what beer the president and his guests should drink.

    August 5, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Jim Vogh

    Boy, how many tricks does the RNC have in their pocket that they haven't used yet.

    August 5, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. Cheryl

    Well there you have it. The GOP makes it clear they have zero interest in hearing what Americans have to say.

    August 5, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. GOPer

    The RNC does not take responsibility for their deplorable tactics. GOPers would rather play games than solve our health care issues.

    These Republicans do not know how to govern and should never be back in office. Vote out more Party of NO in 2010.

    August 5, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "to shout out legitimate discussion "

    Somehow, I'm 100% certain he did not characterize it as "legitimate." PROOFREAD! I mean, for god's sake, it's QUOTE!

    August 5, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    Dirty tricks and lies, that's all the GOP ever has.

    August 5, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. doolindalton

    That's not turning the tables; it's more like avoiding responsibility for creating chaos and anarchy.

    August 5, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. a little sad

    Wow – another juvenile trick.

    Guess that drives home the point that the RNC could not care less about the will of the people.

    August 5, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. Larry

    That's like a stupid frat prank. Are the Republicans will do anything to derail serious dialogue on health care reform.

    August 5, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Redirecting the phone lines to the DNC. That sounds real childish. I guess when you can't provide answers or solutions, you pass the buck.

    August 5, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    About time !!!

    August 5, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. annie s

    Gosh, these people really are slime aren't they? Of course the Republicans are not willing to hear the dissent of the American people; they have never cared about anything except the corporate dollar.

    August 5, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. Clay

    This simply highlights the main problem with the GOP: they're both unwilling to accept the fact that it was they who bear the responsibility for destroying our country and its economy, and don't want to hear the People's complaints of their incidious actions. In days gone by they would have been ridden out of town on a rail. If but only we could only do that now....

    August 5, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. sammieb51

    I pressed 3 for the finance department and was able to talk to a guy who said the RNC is concerned about blah blah blah in response to my comments about how these pudgy mid-50's white guys look like wife beaters to me - they won't let anyone else express any opinion or even speak. That speaks volumes to their total lack of respect for anyting human or or alive.

    August 5, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. David

    This is exactly why the RNC serves no viable purpose to the American people any longer.

    To the RNC/GOP, heath care reform or any other viable issue important to the American people, is just a joke. They won't even take calls from registered Republicans who want to voice their opinion about what the RNC is doing.

    If the RNC is not listening to Americans who are Republican, Democrat or Independent calling about healthcare reform.....'Who are they listening to?"

    August 5, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. Michelle

    I hope that most of those "teabaggers" are senior citizens. They will quickly find out that Medicare is government run! Racism and the intent to defeat Obama is going to leave THEM with high premiums or no healthcare (LOL)!

    August 5, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. Julia

    republicans are hateful, mean-spirited people. They need a smudgin' ceremony to get rid of their evi-spirits.

    August 5, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. xytricia

    the republicans are major jerks! i dont understand the problem with government healthcare. i think they dont have any problems with it either. i belive their problem is the "minorities" who will be receiving it!! hey....that is just my opinion..

    August 5, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. J

    Republicans are great at gimmicks. Terrible at governing and policy but great at pony shows. Ask Brownie.

    August 5, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  21. Alicia

    This will not get posted. That is okay, because I now keep track of the days it is apparent this is about Conservative right wingnuts.

    What a title? Turn on? LOL

    August 5, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. aware

    This is great! How do you think Obama won the election? Turn- about is fair play! 🙂

    August 5, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. Dave

    wow... talk about the cold shoulder to anyone who opposes them... the neo-cons and republicans only care about themselves...

    August 5, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. susie

    The Democrats have ACORN that have disrupted RNC rallys. Both sides do it.

    August 5, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. JS007

    Re-directing calls to DNC is childish behaviour. If Rethuglicans want to use angry mobs to supress civil discourse then they should be willing to explain their actions to citizens who call them on it.

    August 5, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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