October 6th, 2009
08:00 PM ET
10 years ago

White House trying to 'fool Americans,' RNC talking points say

The Republican National Committee distributed new internal talking points on Tuesday.

The Republican National Committee distributed new internal talking points on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Republican National Committee is instructing surrogates to accuse the Obama administration of trying to "fool Americans" into supporting their heath care plans by hyping GOP figures who've spoken positively about the plan, according to internal RNC talking points provided to CNN on Tuesday by a Republican source outside the committee.

In recent days, the administration and its Democratic allies have pointed to a handful of prominent Republicans who support the idea of passing some kind of health care legislation by the end of the year.

This week, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist - all Republicans - endorsed the idea. So did New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Republican-turned-independent.

The RNC's response, according to the internal talking points: "The White House's latest tactic to rescue its failing health care plan is highlighting Republicans who say they support health care reform to fool Americans into thinking these Republicans support the president's government-run health care experiment ... This is yet another example of the White House's preference for P.R. over substance."

Read the full document here.

Filed under: Health care • President Obama • RNC
soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Hannity Jugen

    We have to fight tooth and nail to prevent a democratic communist health care plan. I agree with Ms. Bachmann, we need to find out how many of these congress people are anti-american. If Michelle Bachmann could form a commitee like the house un-american activities we might get somewhere.

    Palin / Bachmann 2012

    October 6, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  2. Dennis

    This comes from the party who tries to fool Americans into thinking that they are:

    a.) Fiscal Conservatives
    b.) For Joe Six-Pack
    c.) Pro-Life (until you are born and then denied a living wage, decent
    healthcare and sent to Iraq as cannon fodder.)
    d. The party of Family Values
    e. Intelligent

    October 6, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. disgusted

    So by highlighting people who SAY they support something, we are being fooled into thinking they DO support it? How exactly does that work? I guess I am being fooled because I don't see the logic here.

    I won't be fooled into voting for either one of these parties again though.

    October 6, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. cfoster

    Maybe the GOP plan "die quickly" is better.

    October 6, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    You know, you've gotta wonder if somewhere along the line in the past 20 years or so, the GOP commissioned a psychological study to determine whether blaming the accuser (or potential accuser) of doing PRECISELY what you yourself are doing is actually the most effective manner of deflecting those accusations..."No I'm not, you are"..."I know you are, but what am I?..."I'm rubber, you're glue..."...and the results came back positive. Either that or the GOP really is just this obliviously childish.

    What will be most funny is the GOPers posting here to agree with Mushmouth, a political muppet with Boehner's arm elbow-deep in his control socket. The GOP are the kings of playground politics and have turned our politcal system into a kickball fight over who gets to be "up" first...and if you disagree because you can't understand the analogy to be drawn with what all of you GOPers have been saying incessantly about the Blue Dogs for weeks, that's because you're a happy muppet too, so get in line for your turn with Miss Piggy in Lipstick. It's time to play the music...

    October 6, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  6. m jeff

    If any group is trying to fool Americans, it's the GOP by taking money from the Insurance companies to keep thing the same. Republicans are bought and paid for.

    October 6, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  7. Perusing-through

    ACTUALLY, REPUBLICANS ARE "JUST BEGINNING" SEE THE REALITY AND ABSOLUTE NEED FOR HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM. President Obama is not trying to mislead Americans. Obama is letting the people know that those who thought through this problem have come to the realization that:
    – – – (a.) health care is broke and,
    – – – (b.) insurance industry is the major reason health care is broke and why 50,000 Americans die every year because the lack of health coverage, and . . .
    – – – (c.) Republicans are gradually acknowledging the need for health care reform.

    October 6, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  8. justin

    Fool them from what? You must be kidding.

    October 6, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  9. Tim

    If they had any guts, they'd use the word lie. That's what Obama is doing.

    October 6, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  10. Ruty

    The only people I have seen trying to "FOOL" americans are the stupid republicans. The RNC has stooped to a new low. But then, is any body surprised?

    October 6, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  11. Runofthemill

    Ummmm righhhhhttttttt. After 8 years of republicons lying about everything they did, and now 9 months of lying about everything Democrats have done...

    it is called "transference" in psychology. You imagine someone else doing something because it is exactly what you would do.

    October 6, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  12. indy

    they already did fool america

    October 6, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  13. Kel

    And who are the Repubs trying to fool? It seems they're more focused on trying to take down Obama's presidency so that they can get more senate seats than trying to help the American people.

    October 6, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  14. bb

    The Republican party is no longer a 'party' – It's a wake.

    October 6, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  15. Runofthemill

    And in saying "the president's government run health care experiment....' they are being honest? And in saying things like "republicon plan" they are being honest?

    Are they really that stupid, or do they just think everyone else is?

    October 6, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  16. ccc

    RNC same old scare tactics and stupid ideas

    October 6, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  17. John from California

    RNC = Deceptive Fools, enough said!

    October 6, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  18. Mj

    Oh yeah, Cantor, Frist and the rest of the republicans... let's just entrust them with our health care system.

    What happened last time we did that? With Bush taking the charge, Cantor, Frist and the vast majority of republicans controlling congress in 2003 passed the 1.2 trillion dollar health care plan, largely subsidizing insurance and drug companies, which went into effect in 2006 and goes through 2015.

    1.2 trillion taxpayer dollars from 2006 through 2015 for republican socialism.

    Let's elect more republicans!

    October 6, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  19. bellablue

    The biggest FOOLS we ever had in the Whitehouse just left about 9 months ago!!! Dick Cheney is the biggest one, and George Bush is right behind him!! THEY LIED!!!!

    October 6, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  20. kevin

    forget solutions, or proposals the rnc is all about the smear, they know how to do nothing else... you people make me sick to my stomach sometimes

    October 6, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  21. Ted Tartaglia

    This is just more Repub obfuscation. Their mantra seems to be: If you have no solutions, cricize those who do.

    October 6, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  22. mjm

    EVERYONE supports reform...we just don't want stupid reform.

    None of these republicans stated they support a public option, only reform.

    A public option is not needed for true reform. Most Democrats understand that which is why they can't get the votes they need to pass these bills.

    October 6, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  23. ody

    i know who is trying to fool americans and its not the white house

    October 6, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  24. ICARE

    I am a Christian and I am so confused with the ELEPHANTS. They are pro-family YET they are against universal healthcare.

    October 6, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  25. Paula Lacey

    No one believes anything a Republican says. They have lost the respect and trust of the American people.-Cheering because America lost the olympics. SO SAD !!!

    October 6, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
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