August 12th, 2009
01:47 PM ET
12 years ago

Democrats use Palin, Gingrich to raise money

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" House Democrats feature former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in a new fundraising push."]

WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Democrats feature former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in a new fundraising push that is doubling as a way to distribute talking points on the issue of health care reform.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee blasted out an email Wednesday accusing Republicans of trying to "defeat health insurance reform" with "lies," as well as disrupting town hall meetings that are taking place during the summer congressional recess.

"Now, Sarah Palin is outrageously claiming that Americans 'would have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel" to receive care," DCCC Executive Director Jon Vogel writes in the email that includes a picture of the former Alaska governor. "While Palin's attack is a complete fabrication, the GOP is closing ranks to defend these outright lies. Over the weekend, former Speaker Newt Gingrich stood by Palin's bizarre "death panel" accusation on national TV."

Related: Palin's favorable rating dips in new CNN poll

A hyperlink embedded in the email then takes supporters to the DCCC Web site where people can print out a free copy of the talking points or if they make a donation then a set of "five pre-printed 'Health Care Fact Check' Cards on heavy-duty card stock to keep or share with friends and family" will be sent to their address.

Using the image or name of an opponent is often used by both Democrats and Republicans to encourage people to contribute money as well as excite grassroots activists to become involved in a political campaign or cause.

Filed under: DCCC • Health care • Newt Gingrich • Sarah Palin
soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. Jerry

    After the 2010 elections, the Estate Tax (the Death Tax) reverts to more than 50% Hide your money now.

    If you are young and not a liberal, you have no heart. If you are old and not a conservative, you have no brain."
    –Winston Churchill

    "The difference between a liberal and a conservative is 20 years."
    –Mark Twain

    August 12, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. gt

    what a pair... almost as scarey as reid and pelosi ,, but those palin and gingrich have no power ,,,, sounds like a bogus scare tactic to me so some body and get a little rich from the poor man ....

    August 12, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. Ann

    Why is the media giving credence to anything Newt Gingrich does? Unless I'm mistaken, he is not a member of Congress nor an officer in the RNC. He left as House Speaker under a cloud and his hypocrisy during the Clinton impeachment hearings while conducting an extra-marital affair of his own is well documented. Don't the Republicans have anyone of substance and decency as the "go-to" person for the media? Or are they beating the bushes for the most right-wing spokesman and come up with Newt?

    August 12, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Joker1956


    OHHHH! Your really scare us! HAHAHAHA

    August 12, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    " Democrats- can any of you really explain how the health care system proposal works?"

    We could but we can't: Dem town hall meetings keep getting interrupted by people who have been riled up by their tribe's leadership into thinking all kinds of whacked-out hallucinatory things about the draft bill and won't let anyone explain it to them...and they adamantly refuse to believe anything they're told that is contradictory to what they've been told to believe anyway, even when proven false with facts and evidence, so what's the point? Meanwhile, this same group of people sits quietly in Republican town hall meetings so that what the GOP wants to happen can be explained and heard. And you wonder why this will be "rammed down your throats"? You didn't come to play ball, you came to deflate the ball, so take your medicine.

    August 12, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I know of an insurance company that is good and will keep the private insurance companies honest if they were ever made the American Public Option. The name of the company is HealthNet Federal Services. That's right! The insurance company that our service men and women are under is the best thing in this nation. A very low out of pocket expense, cheap copayments and quality healthcare. CASE CLOSED!

    August 12, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |

    Bad news for the Gop more and more Moderate Republicans are walking away from the Republican Party with folks like Palin and Newt and these violent crazy town halls, Moderates HAVE HAD ENOUGH!Soon only the Right Wing Extremeist will be in that party AND THEY ARE SCARY VIOLENT PEOPLE!

    August 12, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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