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. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Put T-Paw on blast.

    September 18, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. M. Floyd-Texas

    That's the way to do it-Dismantle each one of the Republican rmisrepresentations and lies one by one.

    September 18, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. Josh in TN

    Someone needs to start laying the smack down on these republicans. Tell the out right truth about them. I never see more than 4 people of color in thier crowds of hundreds or thousands. That is a clear sign that they don't represent everyone just caucasians.

    September 18, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. Chris from NC

    It's about time they mustered enough courage to get back at 'em.

    September 18, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Leah from FL

    THANK YOU!! We need to stop this foolishness and selfishness get a National Health plan in place now. It's shameful for the greatest nation on earth to not support those who can not help themselves! GO OBAMA. DEMS GET ON BOARD! SUPPORT THE PREZ!

    September 18, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. fs

    President Obama should stop waisting his energy and time on the republicans; they're nothing but liars and pure idiots i mean 99% of all of them including the bafoons on radio and television ie...Hannity and Beck, everyone i know is talking about how stupid these people are and in time it will be shown when the next election takes place. President Obama needs to also work on the few Democrats that are a problem now.

    September 18, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. j

    Past time for an all-out fullcourt press.---– However, co-ops are a joke---- Insurance companies bidding against one another !! HA They are in bed with each other and like credit card companies, just swap customers to weed out the ones that will be unprofitable. -- Public option is the only way to force down costs and you must FORCE them down, otherwise, no real change in quality, price or anything else.

    September 18, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. Thanks but No thanks You betcha! (and Also)

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

    Or, you'll just be followed and praised as a hero amongst the ignorant.

    September 18, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. Karen - Missouri

    GOP has proven to be clueless and useless in Washington! I am pleased at all the hard work Obama has accomplished in less than a year in office. He inherited a total mess from Bush and it's obvious the Republicans have NO intentions of working for the American people...only the GOP and money. As an Independent myself, after the crap of the general elections from the GOP, the only two choices I have for the rest of my life are Democratic and Independent parties. GOP is useless and dead as far as I'm concerned.

    September 18, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. Ken

    Go get 'em DNC. Put all those rightwing just-say-no monkeys in a cage for all to see. 50% of the people are dumber than dogmeat (see 2000, 2004 elections), but some of them are slowly getting a bit smarter (see 2008 election).

    I mean really how dumb can YOU get, calling YOURSELF conservative, when all YOU do is support politicians that represent the reactionary rightwing underbelly of this nation. I'm sorry to have to inform YOU, but being a hypocritical drama queen with a one-word political vocabulary is NOT conservative. Neo-morons!

    September 18, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. Jim, Williamsburg, VA

    The DNC is a traversty-particularly its leader Tim Kaine- who contnues to abrogate his duty as Governor of Virginia for DNC activity. He has driven this state into the ground with consistently poor fiscal policy and management.

    September 18, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. B

    Great, but this is what should have happened in August !!

    September 18, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. pc

    Yes, President Obama, call them out. We are so tired of their lies! Yes We Can!

    September 18, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. Lori

    About time! The sane folks in this country need to push back hard against the looney right wing.

    September 18, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. Chris of Texas

    By the time Washington insiders get down to business and do what is right for all "Amercians" most people will have given up on them and the "RUSH" freaks and "Hannity" brainless followers will have won by default.

    September 18, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. Grrr-awful-o

    Targeting them with what? A shotgun? There are millions of critics. More critics than supporteres (look at the polls – all of them agree on this) and they're not only republicans. If you can't win your own party why focus on the other one? Game, set, match...

    September 18, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. Historical Republican

    If the Democrats have a lock on Washington for the next few decades, like I keep reading in here, why are they wasting so much money putting together ads like this?

    It appears to me that they are already running scared - scared, not of 2012, but of 2010.

    September 18, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. Mike

    I find it very funny how the libs keep blaming the republicans for Obama-care not being passed. The Democrats could pass this bill without a single republican vote in the house or the senate. The problem is that then they would have to take ownership of it and wouldn't have anyone to blame when it didn't work.

    September 18, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. Mike

    Well said J.P.

    September 18, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. Razorback

    What's the matter CNN? Getting too many conservatives to post me?
    The opponents of "reform" will also call out supporters of Obama's health care reform who make irresponsible arguments about The Plan. Only difference is that we will be called racists, wingnuts, unamerican and worse!

    September 18, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. KG, MN

    My Governor Pawlenty was a self-described "Sam's Club" Republican. Now he's a sell-out Republican. I didn't vote for him but I respected him. Now, that's gone. Should he run and become the Republican nominee, I doubt he'd carry his own state. Many Minnesotans were fine with him as Governor but not a chance as President.

    September 18, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. cjr

    as my granddaddy used to say – its time to kick tires and take names!

    September 18, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. John

    It's about time.

    September 18, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  24. Reformist

    Pawlenty is an idiot!

    September 18, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. Mobster G-Man [Independent]

    He has no plan. He just repeats the same BS over and over. I want him to get out of our health care. What give him the right to do this to private companies? The constitution does not. As for what he said it was a flip flop. “This is for the old people I will not touch your Medicare” and a few statements later he said that with the reform of Medicare it would pay for his program. Then he said it would be self supporting and about illegal he will not be able to stop them. Their documentation is already fact and they receive welfare and can even get drivers permits.

    The worst thing is that once this is in place and a new president gets in we might have someone like Bush running our medical. As crazy as he was doctors might become faith healers. “YOUR HEALED”

    September 18, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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