December 16th, 2009
10:00 AM ET
8 years ago

RNC to unveil new health care video

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The Republican National Committee is releasing a new Web video Wednesday that urges senators to vote against the Democratic health care bill."]Washington (CNN) – The Republican National Committee is releasing a new Web video Wednesday that urges senators to vote against the Democratic health care bill.

The 30-second "Listen To Me" video is the latest in the RNC's ongoing public relations effort to try and derail health care reform as Democrats work to get a bill through the Senate before Christmas.

As part of the GOP's strategy, RNC political and press staff have been sent to six states: Arkansas, Connecticut, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota and Virginia to coordinate individual campaigns in an effort to convince senators from these states to oppose the bill. The campaign is directed at Democrats who represent five of these states as well as Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, who aligns himself with the Democratic Party.

In addition, the RNC is spending $100,000 on ads placed on national radio shows calling for the defeat of the bill.

RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho estimates that the national party has spent about $2 million to try and defeat health care reform.


Voice: "Listen to me. Listen to me."

Senior 1: "Senator, you need to listen to me."

Senior 2: "No one in Washington seems to be listening to me."

Senior 3: "I don't want anybody fooling with my Medicare."

Voice: "Do not pass this health care bill. Listen to me."

Senior 4: "Listen…to everyone."

Voice: "The Republican National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising."



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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Rick - Ex Marine, Liberal

    GOD what a horrible campaign! Sounds like a bunch of teabagging whiners. No publlic option but don't mess with my medicare. The party of NO rocks on.

    December 16, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Jim

    Once again the Republicans are defending Medicare, the program they have been trying to cut forever. Doesn't this make anyone else think they have some other motive for their opposition besides caring what happens to Medicare?

    December 16, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. Ted from Calif.

    Looks like the party of hypocritical, angry, old white men is still spreading fear and hate. Are they capable of coming up with something new?

    December 16, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. GOPer

    The GOP is doing this only because they are being pushed by Obama and the dems. We, the GOP, are not leaders in this area, we are followers. We are in need of a leader "who gets it". And I'm sorry for all you Palin fans, she dosent "get it".

    December 16, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. diridi

    do not even beleive these biggest thugs, in the nation....idiots, and total idiots...pass this health care with public more hospitals hiring foreigners for rejecting lack of insurnace thugs robbing the nation...god bless...

    December 16, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    If this past year has proven anything, it would be that when it comes to Country First, the GOPers fall over themselves with flags, placards, videos, and messages.

    This is NOT to say, however, that the GOP favor the American people. Quite the reverse, actually. The flag, yes. The slogan, yes. American borders, yes. American businesses, yes.

    Living, breathing, people ... no, I think not!

    December 16, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. carol

    the RNC has made it clear that they are only interested in defeating democrats and that serving the voters is not on their priority list. of course they want to defeat health care – their supporters are the fat-cat phamaceutical and health insurance industries, and some super-rich folk from blackstone and kdr. why are we giving them free publicity by calling their ads "news"?

    December 16, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. Todd

    Let me guess, it will call reform a government takeover that will increase deficits and offer nothing in terms of a viable plan to fix the disasterous health care psuedo system we have.

    And the word socialism might make an appearance too.

    December 16, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    Sounds a bit like the purposely disruptive "plants" that went to the town hall meetings and shouted down any kind of normal conversation.

    December 16, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. teena

    Another ad from the "Party of NO", such a surprise.

    December 16, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. Todd

    What horse manure. "Don';t mess with my Medicare" as if this bill does that. LIARS should be the new name for the republicon party. Scrap that gop for liars.

    December 16, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. kc

    Do nothing Republican.. Go hang urself, President Obama is already holding his ink to sign the bill into law.

    December 16, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. Edwin

    "I don't want anybody fooling with my Medicare." Wow, what a misleading statement. The ad doesn't even say anything about the bill, which by all accounts does not 'fool' with Medicare. The sad thing is that lies work better than the truth.

    The GOP is so upset at this that they spent $2 million on misleading and false advertisements. Just imagine if they had spent that money trying to actually HELP people instead of trying to further their own anti-agenda at any cost.

    Yes, I know, the dems spend a lot on ads, too. But it is so sick that this party cares more about attacking the dems than about actually trying to run a country.

    December 16, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  14. Cindy Merrill

    IS anyone listening? SNAP food credit is based solely on income even though Low Glycemic Index food cost more ( 35-50%), so MILLIONS of low income seniors and diabetics are forced to compromise their health. IF Congress was serious about lowering healthcare cost, you'd think they'd address this issue. They have not.

    December 16, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. George

    $100,000 sure could help some sick people who have no insurance. This goes to show who's side the RNC is on. They hate poor Americans!!

    December 16, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. t

    Who cares about the RNC? They did nothing concerning the rising costs of healthcare when they had the majority. What have done so far- lied about the healthcare bill, proposed legislation for the health care bill and then vote against their own proposal, increased the division in Washington, and talk about the deficit (which they casued). Remember: They are reason for the deficit, this current economy, and the wars. Why do people trust them? I can not figure that out. Some people have short term memories. They took a surplus economy and turn it into the deficit that we see today. President Obama took the office with a 1.4 trillion dollar deficit. Former President Bush took the office with a surplus!!!

    December 16, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. Brian

    The funny thing about the RNC running to the aid of medicare and using it as the "reason" to oppose healthcare because we can't mess with this legitimate entity; is just like today with Health Care, the Republicans opposed Medicare when the Dems tried to push it through. In fact, the fight over Medicare was identical to the Health Care debates today. Republicans saying this is the end of private insurance, the beginning of socialism and the end of our way of life!

    And now they're using the same policy they opposed and said was going to ruin America as the reason NOT to pursue health care reform. Soooooo, they're basically using an example of their own ignorance to promote yet another example of their own ignorance.

    December 16, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  18. Randy, San Francisco

    The GOP propoganda machine is working hard again to promote health care rationing. The only death panels in operation belong to the GOP denying health care to poor or unemployed.

    December 16, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. Ben in Texas

    With the dropping of any and all provisions that would indeed reform health care, I now endorse the Repugnant call to kill the Senate bill. It is the prudent political thing for Democrats to do, because they can now lay all the blame for the current and future health care crises where they belong: at the door of the Party of No.

    Any Democrat who now votes for the health care bill will play into the hands of the Party of No. If they pass a bad bill, the Repugnants will be able to legitimately say that the Democrats forced through a bad bill. No Repugnant will vote for the bill, no matter what. They have no incentive to. So, Democrats will be left to defend a vote for a bad bill. They will not get thanks from Repugnant or Independent voters, and they will alienate their Democratic voters.

    The Repugnants have laid a transparent trap for the Democrats. The Dems only hope now is to oppose the now-bad Repugnant warped health care bill and demonstrate that the Repugnants obstructed real reform.

    December 16, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Why do the dems insist on shoving this ill-conceived bill down our throats instead of working towards a bipartisan bill that includes tort reform?

    December 16, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Sniffit

    "Joe Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, who aligns himself with the Democratic Party."

    Stop lying CNN. Please. It's bad enough everythign the "news" media does is intended to spin up controversy to gather viewers and ramp up ad revenue. The least you could do is make sure you're being truthful.

    December 16, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  22. sk of madison

    But isn't Medicare socialized medicine?

    December 16, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. Tom in FL

    After all the misinformation and lies told by Republicans on this issue, one can only imagine what their new message might claim. Perhaps that letting poor people buy health insurance would lead to the Apocalypse! Or is that a good thing to them, since their god will smite all the Democrats? Stupider and stupider . . .

    December 16, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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