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. Proud Member of The ReBirtherTea Party

    Well, actually I'm pretty ashamed of my compatriots.
    Thugs are Us.

    August 5, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. Barbara CA

    The Gallup Poll shows that at this time there are only 4 states that are solid Republican states and 1 leaning Republican state. Of the rest of the 45 states 10 are competitive, and the other 35 are either leaning Democratic or solid Democratic states.

    Playing silly games when people are dying of cancer because they have no health insurance shows a gross lack of compassion and is simply inane. This does not help the Republican cause in the least.

    August 5, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. sharon

    Those same angry telephone calls the RNC redirected can be re-directed back at them.
    They had better watch out.......their mistakes are coming home.

    I do not know how they can hold their heads up when they go home..
    How do they do it?///////////////they lie all the time. Don't they get tired of lieing?????????????????????????

    I know i get very tired of hearing them.
    Right now they are a small bunch of useless weeds.

    August 5, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. AG

    The party of "Boehner the Complainer" is doing what? Let's not do a thing about health care. We're on pace to double the population of seniors in our country in the coming years and when they demand health care for their malady of their health issues let's tell them we couldn't figure it out. They won't have to worry about "Canadian-style health care." They can just worry about having no health care.

    August 5, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. DX in TX

    Republcans are a joke
    Republicans have no solutions
    Republicans are Un-American
    Republicans are a bunch of idiots
    Republicans don't care about the American people

    August 5, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. Gene

    Wow.. so the RNC won't even take the calls.. they just forward the calls away to not have to deal with them? If I ran my business that way, I'd be out of business.

    "You have a complaint about me? Please hold, let me transfer you to someone who actually cares. One moment please"


    August 5, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. Jon

    No matter what the RNC says, the American people understand the need for health care reform. We might disagree with how to fix it, but we agree it needs to be fixed. The RNC is simply doing what should be expected of a group beholden to insurance company executives who stand to lose a lot of money if reform is passed. But reform we need.

    August 5, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Reader

    Is anyone awake over there at CNN? Please correct the typo on your main page. It's DNC not RNC!

    August 5, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. Meredith

    I'm all for debating health care reform, but the RNC is acting like a bunch of fifth-graders here. Forwarding the calls to the DNC? Really? Nothing like rational political discourse. Grow up, or be punished for it.

    August 5, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. Johnny V

    Wow, that is incredibly juvenile.

    August 5, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. John

    Remember the "Brooks Brothers riot" in 2000, organized out of Republican offices in Congress. Looks like they are at it again.

    August 5, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. David, Lou, KY

    So when Democrats complain, they are just expressing their 1st Amd rights.

    But when Republicans complain, they are an angry mob...


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

    I wish there could be truly bi-partisan collaberation, but that appear unlikely as long as the immature are running the show. I have a novel idea for both sides, How about actually thinking about America first instead of Party first!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. Kevin in Ohio

    Clever. People that complain about our right to free speech are not worth talking to. Period.

    August 5, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |

    What's new from a party of NO that refuses to take any responsibility for throwing the country in this mess?

    August 5, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. Annie, Atlanta

    Hiring retirees on Medicare (oh my God, one of those gummit health care programs) to shout down the democratic process at these town halls is quite the class act. Why do Republicans hate Americans, and favor large corporations and their profits instead?

    August 5, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Ted:Canada

    As an outsider... looks like the Democrats are on the right track on health care and foreign policy.

    They have captured the essence of the "human" spirit on all fronts.

    Sadly – Republicans look like a "hate" oriented organization or at least ANTI-AMERICAN!

    I doubt we will see republicans in power ever again?

    August 5, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. dominican mama 4 Obama

    So this answers my question. It is NOT about healthcare.

    August 5, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. Former Republican

    When losing face with the public, the Repuke-licans will resort to anything that will further divide this country. I left the Repuke-lican party because of these tactics. Reagan is probably rolling in his grave while the GOP is stooping ever so low. I am now an Independent!

    August 5, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. Paul from Phoenix

    So, the Dems accuse the GOP of inciting angry mobs by giving out the number to the RNC so that angry mobs can call up the RNC.

    Huh. I think it is time for these spoiled children to get a thumping and put in timeout.

    August 5, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. Republicans are the American Taliban

    What a cute trick that is... Republicans are so creative at avoiding the results of their actions.

    August 5, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. carlos only smarter

    what about sending them all to the shrinks, and it will be covered by the NEW Health Care.....hehehehe

    August 5, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. Billy Bob

    What the heck is wrong the the Republican party!! Do they think health care is some kind of joke? It's not that funny to the 47 million uninsured Americans out there.

    August 5, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. slipthalo

    As usual, they duck and hide – won't even respond to callers with questions. Why don't they just shut off the lights, lock the doors and hang a closed for business sign up as that is the state of their party these days.

    August 5, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. vic nashville , Tn

    GOP never learns anything. Now we can predict by 2020 GOP will be disappear

    August 5, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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