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. John From Brooklyn, NY

    The Republicans can't stand the fact that their "No We Can't" coalition is beginning to fall apart.

    And, as a result...they have collectively decided to call the president a liar...I knew it all along...the entire party is made up of Joe Wilsons!!!!

    October 6, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  2. malclave


    Yet again CNN shows its liberal bias. How often do you make a ig deal about Democrat talking points in such a derisive tone?

    October 6, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  3. JR

    No, no one thinks that the GOP has some how come on board no matter how many republicans say they favor reform, we all know that the GOP is the party of NO and will always be the party of NO.

    October 6, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    PR over substance? From the people that have not offered one original idea in the last decade? They have been relying on radio talk show hosts to give them ideas, not the Heritage Foundation or the Cato Institute. Its appalling that the GOP has gone from the frantic intellectual frenzy of the Gingrich Revolution to a cluster of talking points screamed by such "intellectuals" as Palin, Bachman, and Joe Wilson.

    From PhDs to glorified parrots. Its sad how far they have fallen.

    October 6, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  5. Brad

    Wait a second, the GOP is accusing Obama of distortions? Funniest thing I've heard all day.

    October 6, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  6. gc

    Hate, scare, confuse and say NO. That is their stratagy.

    October 6, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    What type of fools do you think we are?

    October 6, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  8. show me

    show me a republican plan and quit trying to fool Americans that critisism equals republicans have a comprehensive health care plan!

    October 6, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  9. Expat American

    It is truly, truly fascinating how the RNC is accusing the White House of 'fooling' Americans; this, from the party of ‘values and morals’ who lied for 8 straight years; at the cost of hundreds of thousands of lives. The RNC, the GOP is the party of outright liars.

    The RNC, GOP should be ashamed of themselves...but they couldn't be farther from any sense of accountability.

    October 6, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. MK

    Steele is confusing THIS White House with the last White House. Silly man.

    October 6, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  11. jr

    fool this! I support the U.S and the president! so should you!

    October 6, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  12. Dale

    Republicans had 8 years to fix health care, and did nothing. Why should we listen to them now?

    October 6, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  13. ggb

    The WH leads us to believe the plan is endorsed by physicians. Listening to the physcians where I live, they vehemently oppose his plan. Will we ever have honest answers to our questions? Where is the truth? I doubt we will ever know cause both parties are equally quilty trying to push their own agenda.

    October 6, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. Chris from Calgary

    CNN, you have a journalistic responsibility to recognize when you are being manipulated. Printing this non-news without analysing the underlying facts is lazy and belies your reputation as a news source.

    October 6, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  15. Ron

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

    After 8 years of the RNC, they're now telling us that the White House is trying to fool Americans. Exactly what did the RNC do for 8 years. enough said. We're only 'fools' if we listen to the RNC.
    Your time is up and you apparently haven't changed any of the tactics used in the last 8 years. I should believe you, Why?.....

    October 6, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  16. CHIPS

    You people are always trying to accuse Obama of what you are doing.

    October 6, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  17. Come Up With Another UnAmerican Idea, GOP

    Would the Republican'ts come up with yet another reason why millions of people shouldn't have health care? It's not even Christmas yet but the GOP are looking more and more like the Grinch. Actually I just insulted the Grinch by saying that. At least he only stole toys....

    October 6, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  18. Marty, Grand Rapids MI

    Our for profit health insurance system was an experiment. Never repeated in any other country and It failed. Time to join the ranks of everyone else in the world and have a working health care system that covers everyone for less money. Those are facts that cannot be disputed.

    October 6, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  19. Mark

    Well its true. How do they plan on paying for it?? The white house is side stepping this critical point.

    October 6, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  20. Give it a Rest

    Just like the right-wing conservatives were trying to fool Americans for eight years that they actually cared about the people and our country. Now that's a good one...

    October 6, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  21. Melvin Wong

    Lets put it this way, with repulican part of the governmenttal process, who needs enemies. The GOP is just out to protect their pals in the insurance companies .

    October 6, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  22. Marty, FL

    Who is the RNC fooling with their hypocritical talking points? They have desperately attempted so many outrageous lies about health care, trying to scare innocent seniors and even members of their own party with a ridiculous mailer. It's the same old projective nonsense from the RNC.

    They realize a growing majority of Americans support health-care reforms, including a reasonable public option to increase competition and extend affordable coverage.

    October 6, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  23. unshrub

    The only people trying to fool America are the republicans.

    October 6, 2009 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  24. New Yorker

    Just DON'T have a government option (which would definitely lead to a catastrophe) and, DON"T make buying health insurance mandatory. That is a blatant disregard for our constitutional rights.

    October 6, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  25. Lois

    well turn about is fair play..Thata what the party of 'NO' did for the health care debate..so stop complaining

    October 6, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
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