March 8th, 2010
01:23 PM ET
13 years ago

Steele appears in new TV ad from RNC

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The RNC is launching a new television ad this week in Republican-leaning markets."]Washington (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele may be coming to a television commercial break near you.

The RNC is launching a new ad – to air on Fox News Channel in Republican-leaning TV markets – warning that President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are "experimenting with America." In the spot, Steele makes a direct appeal for donations, urging viewers to visit a new Web site called

"Massive government expansion, government takeovers, redistribution of wealth, and staggering debt to countries like China and the Middle East," Steele narrates in the ad. "It's wrong, we can't afford it. It threatens our freedom."

Steele himself appears on screen for 30 seconds of the one minute-long spot, and uses the word freedom no less than eight times.

"But if people pull together, people can take our government back," Steele says. "Go to Make a donation. Washington is not listening. The President is not listening."

The ad will air this week in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Cincinnati, Ohio; Greensboro. North Carolina; and West Palm Beach, Florida. An RNC spokesman said Steele will follow up his pitch with fundraising trips to each of those cities.

The RNC's financial operation is currently under fire following the disclosure of an internal fundraising presentation, which claimed the party could cash in on "fear" of the Obama administration.

Filed under: 2010 • Michael Steele • RNC
soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Big Jilm

    LOLz. The Middle East is not a country.

    March 8, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    I cannot believe that ~50% of our voting population are such drooling rubes that they fall for this rightwing garbage. The [R] party and their supporters put us into this deep hole with THEIR sustained policy failures for 8 years. And now they complain bitterly that competent people are trying to fix the disaster that THEY left us....and they even want to vote more [R] failure back into office???? The stupidity is mind-boggling.

    This is like a child who burns their hand once on a hot stove, and then not long after burns it yet again, and as the parents watch more closely to their horror the child KEEPS GOING BACK, ARMS OUTREACHED, TO THE SAME HOT STOVE, apparently unable to change its behavior to stop injuring itself. Such a child, of course, should be checked for mental or genetic disorders....and so should all [R]s.

    March 8, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. CF

    Shameful. How can any honest person with a conscience align themselves with the Republican party?

    March 8, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. hongli

    The BLACK SCAPE-GOAT for the RNC>

    March 8, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. The Voice

    The GOP= the party of "NO" and "Status Quo"!

    March 8, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    "The RNC's financial operation is currently under fire following the disclosure of an internal fundraising presentation, which claimed the party could cash in on "fear" of the Obama administration."

    And yet, so many "real Americans" are too stupid to see that this is exactly what they're doing. Keep voting against your best interest, real Americans. Maybe when you've completely lost your precious wasteful American lifestyle to predatory hypercapitalism, you'll wake up from your denial and willful ignorance. Have a nice day, consumerbots!

    March 8, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Ramon

    Steele? Republicans experiment failed from the last 8 years. Republicans created this deficit; Personal income decease, they created and started these wars. They created the Patriot Act. They justified torture. Now you what republicans to take over congress for what? To eliminate social security and Medicare. To create more free trade to ship jobs overseas and NO HEALTH CARE REFORM PERIOD.

    March 8, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. The Calabash Kid

    The Conservative propaganda being orchestrated by "think tanks" and Conservative field operatives is very effective. The hayseeds swallow it hook, line, and sinker. Their excitable imaginations are roused by every new phrase that passes from fax to mouth to ear.

    More rational Americans have a hard time debating with and refuting Conservative propaganda because it is just that: propaganda. Conservative rhetoric is not a statement of Conservative principles or Conservative plans for America. Therefore, they have nothing to defend, and they don't defend themselves. They just pursue a line of attack – never defending anything, just attacking. Whatever happened to "death panels?" Where did that issue go in the Republican mind? Did they ever believe it? Have they decided they were wrong? No, they just got all the mileage out of it that they possibly could.

    When a particular line of attack is losing its effectiveness, they simply invent another. This keeps Liberals constantly off-balance. LIberals assume that when you say something it is a representation of what you really think. WIth Conservative propaganda, that is not the case. Liberals have to stop debating Conservatives. Just ask them over and over what they would do. If they say, Obama's health plan is no good, just ask them what their goals are for America's health care? What would they do if they were in the majority?

    March 8, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Who cares what this arrogant token has to say about anything.... he's an idiot.

    March 8, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. shirley-atl

    This joker steele is the last one that the lying repubs should be using in their ads. He doesn't even know which end is up, and is no doubt causing that group not to truly add any resonable rational voters to their numbers, as evidenced by their wacky followers. Americans are so different now it seems, because repubs misleading and being dishonest, rude, crude people seem to be the norm, and a certain percentage of the population are responding to them. Where have our true values gone?

    March 8, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. Randy, San Francisco

    Good thing I rarely watch anything on FOX channel. The RNC ad is just more noise to clutter the air waves. Stick to PBS TV, better for your sanity.

    March 8, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. kate

    Here's an analysis of this ad. We live in a beautiful country - cue the patriotic geography - purple mountain majesty, fruited plains, greenery along a canal, a flag flying among trees in blossom. There are no cars, very few people, very little industry and nothing urban. We see a few people, but none of them are people of color, or elderly or even ethnic. Beautiful people in a beautiful country - now how are the Republicans going to get rid of the rest of us?

    March 8, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. Brian

    This is right in line with the RNC's "fear" presentation. He's trying to scare Republicans into thinking their "freedom" will be lost under the health insurance reform bill. This is just not true. Right now we have much less freedom because if we lose a job or get sick, insurance companies can simply tell us no, we aren't allowed to purchase insurance because helping us stay alive is too risky. I prefer a better system, like the one Obama is proposing.

    March 8, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. I am the Great and Omnipotent Wizard of Rush and I Say . . .

    "We're the RNC and we massage the "egos" of our rich donors and play on the "fear" of our smaller ones."

    March 8, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. JA/TN

    i reckon his head is out of the sand suddenly

    March 8, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Andy

    "...redistribution of wealth, and staggering debt to countries like China and the Middle East." Sounds like exactly what Bush did with his tax cuts and rising debt.

    March 8, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. AK Steve

    What is this guy talking about. Gov't grew more under "W" than any presidents since. Our debt grew under "W" more than any other president. We bought into two wars without funding them. And the gap between rich and poor, resulting in a diminishing middle class, is the largest in history.

    Typical, GOPer. Rewrite history, schew it and flat out lie – whatever they can do in order to NOT be accountable for their role in it all. I am sick of "blame and denie" politics.

    Get off your duff, stop complaining (and blaming) and do something for this country.

    March 8, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. JonDie

    Steele = bologna

    Too bad it's not the good Italian kind.

    March 8, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Steele has no credibility and has lost what little integrity he had left. There is no one in this world that I would allow their actions to deminish me to the point I apologize for their actions but then again I'm not Michael Steele. Steele doesn't deserve respect from his on party and I'm sure there are those in his own party who find him a total embarrassment.

    March 8, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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