August 6th, 2009
12:02 PM ET
11 years ago

New RNC radio spots hit Blue Dog Dems

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Four fiscally conservative Democrats, who voted in committee to back President Obama's health care plan, are now facing a fresh round of attacks from the Republican National Committee.

The self described "Blue Dog Democrats" - Reps. Bart Gordon of Tennessee, Zack Space of Ohio, Baron Hill of Indiana, and Mike Ross of Arkansas – are targeted in a new 60-second radio campaign that slams them for voting for the health care proposal in the Energy and Commerce Committee.

"He folded like a lawn chair. [Congressman NAME]. He threw in the towel. [Congressman NAME] did exactly what Nancy Pelosi wanted him to do," says the narrator in the RNC ad. "He caved in. He buckled.

"[Congressman NAME] was one of just four congressmen who cast the deciding votes to advance Nancy Pelosi's radical big government health care plan…[Congressman NAME] backed a plan that will cost taxpayers billions….just days after talking like he wouldn't.

"He flipped. He flopped. He rolled over.

"[Congressman NAME] could have stopped the expensive Obama-Pelosi health care plan dead in its tracks. [Congressman NAME] held a vote that counted. But instead of using that vote to help taxpayers, [Congressman NAME] used it to help Obama and Pelosi."

"It's big government. It's big money. And it'll hit you where it hurts. Ouch! Call [Congressman NAME] at 202-XXX-XXXX. Tell him to stop voting with Nancy Pelosi."

Gordon, Space, Hill and Ross - all high on the list of recess targets for both conservative and liberal groups - are facing a blizzard of TV and radio spots and organized grassroots pressure this August. Their names also appear on the short list of top congressional town hall targets for many opponents of the president's health care plan, who have drawn controversy for their recent tactics at the recess events.


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  1. david

    We don't need to worry about terrorist attacking this country, we have the RNC daily attacks that do nothing but create hatred and tear this country apart..

    August 6, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Nia - AZ

    I find it intresting that CNN would refrence this attack add but refuses to play the one with Lou Dobbs in it.

    August 6, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Chipster

    Amazing – suddenly conservatives have decided to care about deficits. Doubling the national debt with an additional $4+ trillion, leaving us with 2 wars (one completely unnecessary and mismanaged), and hiding costs by keeping the wars out of the budget and slipping billions of $ into supplemental spending Bills for 8 LONG years and you never heard a peep out of this bunch of fiscal alarmists.

    Yes, it's costing a lot of money to dig us out of this mess! Where were you for the past 8 years? Do you really expect to turn this around in less than a year, even 2 or 3? It will take decades to recover from the Bush years and not just the financial damage.

    August 6, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Linell, Winter Park, FL

    Yeah! Let's listen to the GOP and not do anything!!! See how much that costs!

    August 6, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Cee

    Ahh well. We are just a bunch of sheep. Look WHO we are following ! The "wolf" will EAT US all up. Just you wait and see. We (Not ALL of us ) voted for this administration and you will get what you asked for. In spades. So you can't expect too much of a GOOD LIFE in the future. The way you VOTE should be with intelligence and not with the media's candidate. This is why READING and LISTENING to INTELLIGENT people is so important. I can't understand WHY when we bend over backwards ( si hapaniol ?) to accomadate ALL ethnicities they don't learn. The popular vote was fixed and now they ( the sheep) are still being lead by retoric about health care. THERE IS NO FREE LUNCH. Everyone has to LIVE his/her own life and following is NOT the way to go. THINK people. Get out and make your own way, don't expect HAND OUTS forever. The END OF THE GRAVY train is near. Look how much DEBT this country owes. WHO DO YOU THINK IS GOING TO PAY FOR IT? Do you really want the Government to decide when and how you get health care – because THEY are paying for it – NOT YOU ?

    August 6, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. tim

    So the Republicans want them to fold under their pressure, this is somehow better than folding to their own party? Typical GOP: You are a rat, a liar, a detestable person, unless you vote exactly like we say then no matter how many affairs you've had, drugs you've took, millions you stolen through ear marks you are a great guy. Perhaps these Blue Dogs agree on principal. I know the GOP doesn't get the concept of "principal" but hopefully the voters in their districts do. It's closely related with "integrity" another world not in the GOP vocabulary, but I hope these men have.

    August 6, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Doug

    Wake Up: Unfettered capitalism is bad; that's why an unchecked system that makes money off people's misery needs to limited or eliminated.

    August 6, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. John in WV

    If the republicans lose their fight to stop health care reform, they can only blame themselves. They offer no solutions and insist on being part of the problem. To them, it is much more important to bust the Obama administration than it is to work toward improving the quality of life for millions of Americans.

    August 6, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. Baze

    This ad makes zero sense. You're not caving in or buckling when you agree along party lines. This back and forth political mudthrowing is really getting on my last nerve. Keep this stuff behind closed doors where it belongs.

    August 6, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Common Sense

    Attack, misinform, smear, dirty tricks, no content, no plan, no message – business as usual for the RNC and the disappearing GOP.

    August 6, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. Gary in Oregon

    It is interesting that no matter whether you are a Democrat or a Rebublican if you don't just say Seig Heil, click your heels and vote the Repug Nazi party line you are ridiculed and reviled. Same thing happened the entire time Bush was in office. It doesn't matter who is in the majority these people are so spiteful and vindictive it is amazing.

    August 6, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. John

    70% of the country wants a public health care option.

    The remaining 30% is very noisy, with billions of dollars from the health insurance industry making that 30% much louder.

    Profits at 10 of the country's largest publicly traded health insurance companies rose 428 percent from 2000 to 2007. The coverage received by "customers" of those companies for their health care has dropped significantly over that same time. The CEOs of 7 major for-profit health insurance companies collectively made $68 million dollars in 2008. That's actually a big cut for them, they collectively made $100 million in 2007. Price of a recession, right?

    That's 7 people. Average pay of 9.7 million dollars apiece. That's money they pocket for not providing health care.

    A for-profit industry doesn't make money by giving money back to the people who pay it.

    August 6, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. John

    "Why doesn't Obama keep his promise when he ran for president, evey american will have the same health care as him, and every member of the government."

    That's what he wants.

    That's not what the health insurance industry wants, that's not what their astroturfing PR firms want, that's not what their slaves in the Republican party want. So, there you go, now you know who to take out your ire on.

    August 6, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. John

    Every single person here who isn't making more then $100k/year, and even some that are, every single person here who isn't in the military or otherwise working for the government, is only 2-3 medical problems away from bankruptcy.

    I had "epiploic appendegitis" recently. Diagnosing this apparently cost $6,100 and $5,000 of that was for a 10 minute CT scan. Even after the insurance company paid their part, it drained our flex spending account. If me or my wife have any health problems between now and January, we're paying for 20% of it. And this is a good deal apparently. Course, 20% of a $20,000 bill, which you can hit with 2 CT scans and a hospital stay of a couple days, is $4,000. How many people do you know who have that kind of cash on hand?

    I work for a credit bureau, and I see a lot of credit reports. I also see an amazing amount of Medical Collections. If you lived in Canada, "Medical Collections" would not be a problem for you. Wait a little while for a non-life threatening procedure, or go bankrupt? Which would you prefer?

    August 6, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. mario

    If the repubs wanted to do something on healthcare they had the pres. 21 out of the last 29 years and the pres, house and senate from 2000 to 2006 and did next to nothing! Only Clinton tried and got shot down. Now they want to keep it the same or water down the plan to help the insurance companys. It will get done this year! Get use to it!! GET UR DONE!!!

    August 6, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. geecee

    Why don't they take care of their own business. The desperate GOP needs more help now trying to look credible than ever before. They are alientating everyone but the far right-wing whackjobs who they had in their pocket anyway. Whom do they think they are kidding? All their fear-mongering tactics and hate-filled protests just make them look like out-of-control hooligans!

    Obama has it together and will ultimately succeed. The man knows what he is doing. This country is still split 57% to 43% just as it was for the Presidential Election. 57% support for Obama seems pretty good to me! We don't want nor expect Rethuglicans to come over from the dark side. Stay where you are. We don't need you!

    August 6, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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