March 16th, 2010
11:12 AM ET
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GOP cuts post-health care campaign commercial

The NRCC has cut a new television ad that will air during the March Madness basketball tournament.

The NRCC has cut a new television ad that will air during the March Madness basketball tournament.

Washington (CNN) – House Republican leaders have cut a new television commercial that they vow to run against Democrats who vote in favor of health care reform.

The ad will run during the NCAA "March Madness" basketball tournament in congressional districts of Democrats who do not reject the bill, National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Ken Spain tells CNN.

GOP leaders unveiled the commercial Tuesday as part of its "GOP Code Red" campaign that is focused on the upcoming health care vote.

"Any Democrat who votes for a government takeover of health care will be held accountable for rubber-stamping this corrupt bill and for being part of a corrupt process to ram it down the throats of the American people," Spain said.

Releasing the commercial early gives the NRCC a twofer: It allows House Republicans to issue the threat while health care reform is being debated, and the GOP will likely receive additional coverage from local media once the ads being to run after the vote.

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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Jilli

    After 8 years of bush, cheney, et al, they honestly think the dems are corrupt. At least the majority will benefit from health care reform, whereas the bush admin only took care of the top 1%.


    March 16, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. Duck Fallas

    I think David Vitter got a Cornhusker Kickback when he made his Louisiana Purchase. It was rammed down his throat.

    March 16, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. tom

    how exactly is this a government takeover? by offering people a choice of private plans? by cutting waste from medicare (in other words, reducing the amount spent on a government program)? can a reporter actually do their job and force the republicans to defend this?

    March 16, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Kevin in Ohio

    These people deserve all the adverse publicity that is possible should this bill pass..... the politically corrupt and unconstitutional maneuvering by Pelosi, Reid, and Obama is disgusting, and signals a departure from the democratic principals on which this once great nation were founded.

    March 16, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. A Kickin' Donkey

    Time to make The Liars Pay – Take the Gloves Off DCCC

    Government Takeover of Healthcare ... IT"S a LIE ... Your Healthcare Will Remain exactly the same ... same doctors ... same insurance company ... they just won't be able to hose you like they can today.

    Time to run the PARTY-of-NO Ad that shows a blond haired little girl whose daddy dies from Black Lung ( coal miners) Disease because he was DROPPED by his Insurance company.

    The DCCC should tell the voters that under the Democrats little Becky will have her father walking her down the asile ... under the Republicans ... she will be walking to his gravesite a week before her wedding.

    I know it's hard hitting ... but its the type of thing the low life Republicans would do .... heck they did it .... Remember that "Mushroom Cloud" ad .... the 3 AM call ad ....

    March 16, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. DAW, NC

    here we go with the threats, scare and misinformation from the repubnate party. what about the 30+ million people who would have medical coverage in the future. the ability to get health care coverage if you have a pre existing condition. lets scare people rather than help them out.

    March 16, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. Jeff

    Can the GOP please do something else then just try and instill fear. If you don't like the bill, please tell us what is wrong with it and how to fix the bill. The CBO says that it will lower the cost of health care in the long run. It is more econimical to pass this bill with a public option than not pass this bill. If you really were a fiscal conservative, you would adopt a single payer system. It will save this country trillions of dollars over the next couple decades. Look at what the average cost per person in every other industrialized country, it's half what we pay now and they give health care to all their citizens. The only thing the GOP cares about is what goes into their pockets.

    March 16, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. Minnesota gal

    C-O-R-R-U-P-T gee I always thought that was how you spelled republican.

    Course there are a lot of other ways crooked, liars, obstructions, egomaniac...all mean the same. Yet they are trying to get the public believe it applies to someone else. After the previous administration and their enabling the ruination of this country there is not one word in the dictionary dispiciable enough to spell republican...

    March 16, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. who cares

    one more thing the GOP doesn't get......not only are people mad at Capital Hill, Dems and Repubs alike – people don't like to politicians mud slinging!!!!!!

    March 16, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. America First

    The GOP - the no ideas party of NO. They simply want to keep accepting their government healthcare while denying healthcare to regular Americans and allowing their insurance company buddies to keep jacking up our insurance rates with no consequences. Why anyone would listen to their hypocrisy is beyond me.

    March 16, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    It is not a government take over of health care! How stupid do you have to be to believe that without a public option or anything remotely resembling universal single payer this resembles anything close to a government take over. This is basically a Republican plan, ie Mitt Romney R-MA. Actually, in typical republican style, it is barely anything at all.

    March 16, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. GI Joe

    I've learned where the mute button is. And any republican robo-calls will meet with ire from one angry person here.

    March 16, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Rich

    Could anyone explain to me how this is a government takeover of healthcare, when the insurance companies are about to get 30 million new customers. The RNC are just lying to the public to protect their biggest donors Cigna Wellpoint.... Since when is giving insurance to those without a bad thing?

    March 16, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Politics of Fear

    The people have cought onto your fear mongering republicans. We know that 30 millions Americans insured is the morally right thing to do. Your proposal covers 3 million. Your days are numbered GOP.

    Death of the GOP 11/10

    March 16, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. johnrj08

    Why should the lying and fear-mongering stop just because the bill is passed? This isn't news. The GOP will never change.

    March 16, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. Lori in St Pete

    I'm sick to death of the anti-healthcare reform punks whining about things being "crammed down their throats". Honestly, if the dems were "trying to cram" anything down their throats, they would have choked to death by now. Frankly, the vast majority of real Americans were angry about the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania and his handlers cramming two unnecessary/unfunded wars down our throats. We were berated and called every derogatory name in the book. We were right about those failed wars, and we're right about healthcare!

    March 16, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. AXH

    Speaking the truth, the Dems think they know better; Americans DO NOT want this health care bill!!!!!!!!

    What is not clear about that, STOP this bill!!

    VOTE NO!

    March 16, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. Johnathan

    It is the republicans who will have to explain their no vote on healthcare ...FOR THE NEXT 50 YEARS!

    March 16, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. cspurgeon

    And the Republicans will be held accountable for a hate filled obstructionist stance against Obama and or anything that might help the country. Go Wackos...

    March 16, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. BK

    Ram! one of the 3 words the GOP knows best...No, Ram, and Socialist. Gotta keep it simple for the simple folk!

    March 16, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. Tom C

    Dems need to comeback with an ad. "So and so, dead because of no health care, so and so dead because of no health care". Fight fire with fire here.

    March 16, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. Carl Justus

    I do not believe the scare tactics will do any good, especially if the candidates stand their ground.

    The republicans know they are in trouble if this bill passes and are doing all in their power to try to intimidate those who will vote for it,

    March 16, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  23. RG

    It's unfair what the GOP is during. GOP state the American people don't want this Health Care Reform. They don't speak for me million of people are facing medical bills due to no health insurance. GOP have never experience no health insurance cover which a family member need doctor care. I pray that this Bill PASS. Our Democrats must wake up and back your PRESIDENT. He experienc no Health insurance for a sick members. GOP stop crying like a BABY.

    March 16, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. Politics of Fear

    The NRCC and the GOP can spend all of this money to oppose healthcare insurance reform, but they can't come up with a way to cover 30 million Americans. All I've seen from the republican party is political posturing. I don't know how they live with themselves. ANY DEMOCRAT THAT VOTES AGAINST THIS BILL WILL BE PRIMARIED. COUNT ON THAT!!!

    March 16, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. p

    What else is new with these kooks?
    Just wait till healthcare reform passes, and the folks with new access to a doctor get their chance to vote.
    We will remember all the dinosaurs, feet planted in concrete, on the wrong side of history.

    March 16, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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