September 18th, 2009
01:15 PM ET
11 years ago

New DNC campaign targets GOP health care critics

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The Democratic National Committee has launched a tough new campaign to push back against GOP critics."]

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A little more than a week after President Obama pledged to "call out" opponents who make what he calls irresponsible arguments about his health care plan, the Democratic National Committee launched a tough new campaign to push back against GOP critics.

The DNC is asking supporters to pressure individual foes of the president's plan via phone and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Democrats are also launching an online "action center."

"Every Republican official must understand: If you lie about reform, the American people will call you out!" DNC Executive Director Jennifer O'Malley Dillon told supporters in a Friday e-mail.

First in the crosshairs: Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, who has taken an increasingly high-profile national role this year. The DNC's Friday e-mail asked Democrats to call his office to complain about recent comments over the controversial "death panels" debate, and to take a new Web video slamming the Minnesota governor viral.

The DNC also released a one-minute TV ad, its latest outreach effort to a liberal base unsettled by reports the administration would consider swapping a public option for a "trigger" provision in any health care bill, in a bid to win the support of Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe.

"Fired Up, Ready to Go" - which features President Obama addressing University of Maryland students Thursday - will run on national cable in the Washington, D.C. area starting Monday. The spot will also be placed on key national and local liberal blogs.

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soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. republicans = America's terrorists

    No one in their right mind would oppose Health Care Reform.

    September 18, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Wake Up

    Dem playbook! Attack disenters, call them racists. Dems can't defend this boondoggle, so attack and spread fear. What a joke, Obama is.

    September 18, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. Turnabout is Fair Play

    THAT'S what I'm talking about!!! These Republican maggots have had their way long enough. Put the red hot branding iron of ignorance and arrogance right on their @sses when they freely lie about the health care reform plan. Time to pay the piper Rethugnicans! Gettem Dems!

    September 18, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. GO President Obama!

    What is the republican health care plan....don't get sick

    September 18, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. Nagudcm Sugna

    That's right... Smear their names. "Fear" is the Chicago way.

    September 18, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. elliott

    But apparently no one can "call out" the prez when he's lying....which is quite often these days...
    All hail king obama

    September 18, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. Amazing

    DNC involvement would pretty much be a HUGE turn off. If the Old Mighty master of the teleprompter can't pull the wool over our eyes, what makes them think the DNC has any influence? Sorry, Democrats are the ones that can't think for themselves and need Obama to do it for them, but the rest of us can and that's why we HATE their healthcare proposal.

    September 18, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. J.P.

    The supposed health care "crisis" does not exist, and is in fact, a creation of liberals and their buddies in the media.

    We do not have a "healthcare crisis"... instead we have an "EXPECTATIONS crisis"... meaning growing numbers of Americans EXPECT someone else pay for the goods and services they consume, with medical care just being one among many.

    You want medical care?
    Pay for it, like I do.

    I'm not buying your iPod, your cell phone, your designer clothes or your cable TV... so why the hell would I pay for your medical care?

    Grow up, get a job and buy the things you want in life. Stop demanding someone else to wipe your nose and take care of you.

    September 18, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. Beth

    So glad the DNC and our excellent President are finally getting tough.
    Call the GOP out and take them down.

    September 18, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. Torin

    I would like to call out U.S. Rep. John Linder (7thy Congressional District) and Tom Price (6th Congressional District) who play fast and loose with the language of the proposed health care reform bills pending in Congress. Both of them love to use Republican "buzz words" such as government controlled health care, free care for illegal immigrants, and government making health care decisions instead of doctors (death panels). They held a town hall meeting on health care on September 3, 2009 that was tantamount to a health care lynch mob by white right wing racist folks against President Obama.

    September 18, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. Ron

    He lied. Period.

    September 18, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  12. cjr

    Pawlenty is just another republican – has no depth. He'll do anything Rush asks him to do. Ho Hum! Why don't the republicans just nominate Rush or Dick Army? These guys want it so bad they just drool at the mere mention of it.

    September 18, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. Jim in Florida

    Targeting critics. The Obama jack booted thugs spend most of their time "targeting critics" , with the full support of "media" outlets like CNN. Saul Alinsky's playbook – targeting critics.

    Obama's plan cannot stand the light of day – so they spend millions attacking those people , those of us, who do not support the plan.

    September 18, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. no insurance

    Vote the buggers out.

    If they oppose ealth care for everybody in our nation.

    We without insurance have a 40% greater chance of dying....

    Save the children. 🙂 🙂

    September 18, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. m jeff

    The GOP have been taking advantage of weak minded people for years, they know how to scare these people with lies and false information. Now they are going to be held accountable for spreading these lies.

    September 18, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. Jeff

    Great! I hope the opposite is true, and all the DNC / Democrat lies are also called out. Be careful what you wish for Dems, your track record with regard to telling the truth ain't so great.

    September 18, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Jane/Seattle

    I think the Dems/President Obama need to go on the TV with a giant chalk board and write:
    A.B.C. 1.2.3. and SPELL IT ALL OUT IN PLAIN ENGLISH AND TRANSLATED, TOO SO everyone watching/learning will see the FACTS and Miss the SPIN! They also need to get rid of the Baucas crafted bill and start all over by letting one of us real people write it down for them. WE THE PEOPLE CAN SEE WHAT IS COOKIN' ON THIS 2.5% tax penalty IF WE DO NOT BUY INTO THIS PLAN! What will we, the working poor, do if we cannot afford to buy in? Will we become homeless, sacrifice car insurance, lose our cars, wreck our credit because we cannot afford to pay just another give-away to the HMO's and another Penalty for the set-up of slave wages in America! And after all of this Obfuscating Posturing is done, will we just have to line up for more government controls of our lives to help their corporate partners? I, for one, will violate your new laws and go to Jail if you try this one on us! There is a time for dissent, civil disobedience and it will be when/if the Democrats continue to help the cementing of this evolving Fascist state in the hands of the "Republicrats" (Michael Moore-My hero) -America's two-party nightmare! PEACE AS THIS IS THE REAL DEAL!

    September 18, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. Artie

    These people are drunk with power ! Be hanged with any legitimate opposition they are going to force socialism on America !Sad, Sad! America used to be a world icon!

    September 18, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. Tom, NC

    Hey, why fight 'lies' with facts....which apparently the Democrats can't. Instead they are going to to trot out the paid party hacks – no one had to do that at the town halls, did they? – to shout down opposition. Real intelligent!

    September 18, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. joe m

    at this point not helpful. just gives their supporters more reason to not like the plans being proposed.

    September 18, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, North Carolina

    "Every Republican official must understand: If you lie about reform, the American people will call you out!"

    And every Democratic official will receive exactly the same treatment.

    And, by the way, a half-truth counts as a lie.

    September 18, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Four and The Door

    The DNC is trying to direct this to the wrong argument.
    It's not about Death Panels. It's about the high price tag and the poor strategy this has for lowering heath care costs going forward.

    I'd like to see them try and argue the price tag.

    September 18, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Craig of LA

    This is how progressives will win the battle of ideas, by exposing republican fallsehoods, lies, distortions and fear-mongering. The truth will set you free, and this is why the progressive agenda cannot be stopped. Yes We Can!

    September 18, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. tj

    It's about time. Where are all those celebs that supported Barrack during the election. Let us get true healthcare reform. For every one who is serious about this it's time to call these people out.

    As for Pawlenty, I live in Minnesota and voted for him, he has been good for the state, minus the gas tax in the general fund. However decent a guy he is, he isn't the answer on a national level, he is shy on leadership and this country needs a strong leader.

    Our state has plenty(Pawlenty) of budget problems just like any other state. He has kept taxes in check but not spending, were spending like we are in the 80's. We have to be smart about spending and plan and spend for the future. Design programs that don't have a shelf life of one quarter. When it comes to Healthcare, that is where he is really of the mark, we need true competion and I agree with Obama even though I have been a Republican for a couple of decades. It's time to get this done and then it's on to lobby reform!

    September 18, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. victim of republican greed

    Tim Pawlenty desperately wants to be a part of the sons of the confederacy. He even had Minnesota congress to vote not to give any money to ACORN, even though Minnesota does not give any money to ACORN. It does look good on his empty resume'.

    September 18, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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