November 23rd, 2009
10:50 AM ET
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RNC targets centrist Democrats

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Republican National Committee will target a handful of centrist Democrats on Monday with a new Web video and series of conference calls criticizing the Democrats for voting to allow debate to begin on health care reform.

The 60-second video, which will be e-mailed to more than 5 million people, singles out Sens. Evan Bayh of Indiana, Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and Ben Nelson of Nebraska, as well as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, according to an advance copy of the video provided to CNN.

"Rolled by pressure from Barack Obama and Harry Reid, they voted to move forward a government-run health care bill our nation does not want and can't afford," an announcer says before ticking off criticism of each lawmaker.

Reid persuaded all 58 Democrats and the two independent senators who align themselves with the Democrats to vote Saturday evening in favor of allowing debate on the Democratic health care bill to move forward.

"On Saturday night, a number of moderate Senate Democrats sacrificed their principles to bring America dangerously closer to government-run health care." RNC Chairman Michael Steele said in a statement received by CNN that will be released Monday. "Ben Nelson sold out his conscience and voted in favor of federally funded abortions. Blanche Lincoln sold out her principles by voting in favor of a government-run insurance plan, something she previously said she opposed. And Mary Landrieu simply sold her vote to the highest bidder after Harry Reid added a $300 million earmark just for Louisiana.

"Voters elected these senators to represent their best interests. Instead they voted in the dead of night for a health care experiment that will increase taxes, raise premiums, cut Medicare, and use taxpayer dollars to fund abortion. This is not the representation Americans deserve. It's time for these senators to take a long hard look in the mirror and ask themselves who they really work for - their constituents or liberal Democrats like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi."

With senators returning home for the Thanksgiving recess, GOP officials in Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska and Pennsylvania also will hold conference calls with state and national reporters to echo Steele's criticism.

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soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. Pee Wee

    "Reid persuaded all 58 Democrats ..."

    I guess 100 million bucks provides a bit of persuasion.

    What I don't get is, if this is such a crucial program that will bring our country out of the dark ages, is deficit neutral, and vital to ALL citizens of the nation, why does it not start until 2014 and leave 6% (18 million people) without insurance.

    If anyone can reconcile those questions, I might be persuaded to reevaluate my stance. Right now what I see is yet another program we can't afford that doesn't address what the problem that all are in agreement on (more people need coverage, costs are too high).

    The CBO says it will raise health care costs, I thought the whole intent of the legislation was to REDUCE costs because they are spinning out of control.

    November 23, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. Pepou

    They really have NO shame!

    November 23, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. Bill

    There is no room in the DNC for independant thinking. The party of hate wants all or they will throw their own under the bus.

    November 23, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. Clint

    The RNC, and the entire GOP for that matter, should take all of the money that they are getting from drug companies, health care lobbyists and DME companies and target some leadership conferences where they can learn some skills in how to get things done, other than dragging America into needless costly wars and cater to wall street and big business.

    November 23, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  5. Michele

    So now Republicans are against even allowing people to TALK about health care reform, let alone make changes to make this bill work for millions of us. Yessirree, you sure have the best interests of American insurance lobbyists at heart. Thanks, Republicans. We will not forget.

    November 23, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. Sniffit

    "Rolled by pressure from Barack Obama and Harry Reid, they voted to move forward a government-run health care bill our nation does not want and can't afford,"

    And one might wonder, given the poll results that prove the above statement is 100% false, why they are allowed to engage in false advertising.

    November 23, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. Michele

    I expect to hear these exact quotes from Palin today...sounds just like her.
    Let's paint these people who are trying to make the system WORK as devils, because heaven forbid Republicans, who insist they are not AGAINST reform, sit by and let reform work. I am praying that whatever plan goes through is good, so that these idiots will just go away.

    November 23, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. good riddance

    I just love how the libs can scream and whine about how repubs and blue dogs are "bought by the insurance companies" and yet i doubt there will be anything from them about how the Dems buy votes using American tax money.

    It is a sad day when a $300 million earmark can buy a vote...but at least on this one subject we can't say they weren't transparent.

    November 23, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Sniffit

    "Instead they voted in the dead of night for a health care experiment"

    Right. It's totally new, out-there, novel idea to have the government providing health insurance and health care to people. No country the world over has done's never been proven to work at reducing costs, increasing access or providing efficient, efficacious care, and we've never done anything remotely like it here in the US.

    Where do these guys get off lying like this? You want to be afraid of something? Be afraid of the rampant stupidity it indicates for a large minority of this country to believe these jokers.

    November 23, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. m jeff

    Not only do the Republicans do not want healthcare to pass, they don't even want to talk about it. We now know whose side they are on. And that is the criminals who run the Insurance Companies.

    November 23, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. Pragmatic

    Shoot anyone who supports true Democracy – the crafting of a bill by debate & amendments? There is nothing so noxious that it can not be discussed in a free society .... kill the bill before it reached the floor is dictatorship at its most blatant.

    November 23, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. Willy Brown

    Buh bye democrats in 2010 & 2012.

    November 23, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. W Spivey

    At least all 535 of the comedians in Congress are off this week. They will be at home sucking up the other Turkey.

    November 23, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. Kevin in Ohio

    These centrist democrats have one more chance to prevent their ultimate defeat....and that is to vote with the PEOPLE, not with the democrat party bosses. If this Health care plan goes through, it will be an irreversible disaster.

    November 23, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. Jasmine in Germany

    The lies the GOP is spewing with this ad are absolutely nefarious. It's a good thing the majority voted for change. Next obvious step for Obama: education.

    November 23, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. midwest

    I have seen the face of evil, it is the republican party.

    November 23, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. Four and The Door

    I don't know how much good the RNC video will do, but the message is correct. This health care bill right now is the worst mistake the Federal Government can make in several different ways. It's the wrong time to make this huge of a mistake and for what? It does not address health care costs. In fact it increases them which will only make the situation worse.

    America is on track to a national debt that will cost us $50 billion a month just for interest. Our economy will crumble under that load. How will future generations be able to fix that? Why would we leave this mess to them?

    November 23, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. John in Brooklyn, NY

    Of course the GOP – devoid of any new ideas or vision for the future of the country – would have no other recourse than to attack, attack, attack.

    Interestingly, political strategist generally agree that attack ads are the first sign of a desperate campaign....we thought that 2010 might be good for Republicans...apparently they're running scared.

    November 23, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. Hendrik

    Ever notice that the only way that Repuglicans can get elected is by making others look bad, not by providing any ideas of their own. They, to the person, are devoid of ideas and cognizant thought

    They are not the party of NO; they are the party of NOTHING.


    November 23, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. CNN afraid of a liberal post

    And of course the media, such as CNN will whip it into a frenzy, giving them free clips over and over. This country will be a Hades lot better if all the republicans were swept out of office and prohibited to run again, til a new breed of honest caring compassionate republicans emerge.

    November 23, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. Too True For You

    Yeah, we all know how republicans hate centrists. Interesting that now they are going after moderats not even in their own party.

    I can only guess that their universal hatred of moderates stems from the fact that moderates enable things to get done, and we all know how much the party of "No" abhors things getting done. Too much progress and they"ll lose their comfy spot on the sidelines where they can launch cowardly attacks at those actully accomplishing things.

    November 23, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. Sea.gem

    CNN, where are your headlines on the Landrieu 'bribery' for Health care votes...if Abramoff gives 300 dolars to a politican itis corruption...Reid gives $300 million dollars of tax payer money to an irresponisble politician in La. for her vote and this is givena wonder those that can think for themselves are rushing the exit door of the Dems...

    November 23, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Scott, Tucson

    Guess the cost of the obamacare plan is going to go up since it appears that Harry Reid would now be buying votes from his fellow democrats. Hey, it's only our tax dollars being spent.

    November 23, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. Audrey in Georgia

    At this point and time, the fiscally conservative thing republicans should
    do is leave a card displaying the word "NO" in their seats in Washington,
    return home and stay home until 2016. The American people know how you will vote. Now do your part for "less government" and stay home so
    President Obama and the Democrats can run our country effectively
    without obstructions.

    November 23, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. mjm

    Mary Landrieu's vote cost tax payers $100 million. Must be nice to just write in $100 million bribe into a 2000 page bill just to get a vote

    Considering Repbulicans cannot write bribes into the bill, I'd say this bill is going to pass.

    Pay to Play is alive and well.

    November 23, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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