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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  1. Constitutional Insurgent

    Don't to fall for the Democrat trap! The Tea Party movement is a grass root movement and not a GOP Mob! I stopped calling myself a Republican a while ago, my voter card even says Decline to State! The Democratic Party is a party of hate and hypocrisy. I am a proud Constitutionalist.

    August 5, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Grog in Ohio

    All sounds mind numbingly childish in reality. Instead of playing silly tricks, both parties should be at work resolving issues and problems of the American voters and taxpayers.

    August 5, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Saboth

    I guess big money can buy a lot of big mouths. Healthcare reform is going to be needed sooner than later. The types of programs offered by people like McCain might help a few "better off" people, and perhaps some of the elderly and children, but what about reform for the middle class? Probably within the next 20-30 years, healthcare costs will be so high, not even the middle class will be able to afford it. And even if you CAN afford it, once you actually need it, your provider will just find some way to deny your claims, due to the fact you never told them you had a tooth pulled or some other minor occurance. Repubs have no new ideas, but just want to say "no" (as usual). Funny how when they were in power, they could only say "yes" to out of control spending.

    August 5, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. Justin

    I love it! I think the Democrats don't have a very good sense of humor. At least the ones that talked to CNN.

    August 5, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. Marc from San Diego

    They're up to their old tricks again, you've got to hand it to the GOP–the "do nothing" party. They all say that healthcare needs to be fixed, but they had the presidency for 8 years and control of the house and senate for 6 of those years, and didn't do a single thing on healthcare. They honestly think the American public is stupid.

    August 5, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. DJ in the Silicon Forest

    Gotta love them Dems!!! Throwing hissy fits when the GOP steals a page from their playbook! Like the saying goes..."If it weren't for double standards, Democrats would have no standards!"

    August 5, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. LISA

    Doesn't suprise me that the GOP are behind this. Remember during the election. They had all those hate rallys calling Obama names
    and shouting out off with his head. Most of them are a bunch of
    racist anyways. Most people with sense know the GOP are for the private insurance companies that gives them money on the side.
    They've always been for the big businesses. They don't wanna lose that big chunk of change. That can all be fixed come 2010. CAN'T WAIT!

    August 5, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. turnip

    Which NC should I call to find out about the "Change we can believe in"?

    August 5, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. Joe

    Hey CNN, when you fail in your mission to remain objective and refuse to run factual ads that provide insight into insurance companies grossly overpaid executives then you fail to inform the people. You have no problem running drug ads and insurance company ads. CNN I'm done using any of your products, you are a corporate shill.
    Thanks for nothing.

    August 5, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  10. michael

    These poor, crazy, easily manipulated, violent prone mobs are now attacking congress people physically. This really crosses the line. I am so amazed at how easy it is to drive these people to violence. They are a danger to all of us and a danger to democracy. I guess there is no mystery how the Nazi's came to power in Germany. Has any historian looked at the role of IG Farben and other corporations and their part in bringing Hitler to power? The republicans need to stop feeding this violence. Debate is one thing, verbal disruption still plays within the rules but violence is not acceptable.

    August 5, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. Operation Crush Rush

    Just call the leader of the RNC,Rush Limbaugh,he loves to hear the complaints and doesnt mind the overload to his system.He started all these movements,let him take the heat.hahaha

    August 5, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. Karl in Charleston,SC

    Politics as usual...from both sides.

    August 5, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. MomofFour

    The people voted because they wanted change. What they got was the same old blame game. The Democrats can't get anything done even when they have the majority. They don't know what bipartisan or compromise means. They need to stop and listen to the people. We are the ones who determine whether they go or stay and their whining and complaining is getting old.

    August 5, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. J in NJ

    Funny how the people who advocated for community organizers are now mad that the community got organized against the organizer in chief 🙂

    August 5, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. Bertina

    Yep, the Republicans are showing their true colors. NO interest in anything but self and party.

    August 5, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. SRG

    I wish the Republicans would come up with ideas on how to solve the health care problem in this country. They never seem to have any solutions only critisim.

    August 5, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. Theace

    Typical crap from the GOP they don't want to talk to the people that elected them. They just want to keep ringing in the profits for their bosses(big business).

    August 5, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. Yinka

    Republican is a party of trick.

    August 5, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  19. phoenix86

    Good for the GOP. The DNC tried to incite a riot and it came back at them.

    August 5, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. Steve (the real one)

    So now the libs are anrgy because although they started this mess, they were out pranked? There cannot be a legit discussion on healthcare if the briefers DID NOT read the bill. Otherwise all it is, is talking points, no more and no less

    August 5, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. Joan W.

    And Republicans are surprised people are blaming them for stalling health care reform in this country? This is disgusting. They're like a bunch of children sitting in their mess and blaming others for it. Let's move forward already and debate the merits of Obama's plan like adults.

    August 5, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  22. rich A

    Hey dummies, your headline says RNC it's DNC, D as in DUHHHH

    August 5, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. Pat

    What is the real truth here? I don't believe the Democrats nor the Republicans. I'm nervous about this health plan because the Goverment has failed in managing Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans affairs, Banking, Mortgage issue, Environmental concerns – both parties have failed for many years. Instead of both parties trying to ignore the other party perhaps they should really work together. Both parties have bad ideas and they need to come up with good ideas.

    August 5, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. Mark Mancini

    This is so typical of republicans these days. I fully support President Obama's plan and refuse to let these elitists and their lynch-mob tactics change my mind. At least the president is trying to solve our healthcare problem!!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. Anita

    Does this surprise anyone? I have never been so turned off by the Republican Party as to their terrible tactics as I am now. I wouldn't vote for anyone in the Republican Party if they were the only one running. These people don't want a discussion on any issue, they just want to browbeat people into their way of thinking.

    August 5, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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