March 16th, 2010
11:12 AM ET
10 years ago

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.

Filed under: GOP • Health care • Political ads
soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. mike

    lets say any republican who votes against healthcare reform will be
    voted out of office what makes you so sure that you will get voted in
    because you are the party of no it seems to me that the tides are beginning to change and you may have your on katrina

    March 16, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Avg Guy in Red State Kansas


    The GOP began its "Tradition of Hate", its campaign of "No Way, No How" when W first ran in 2000. He proved smearing an opponent and LYING work.

    It is in this "fine" tradition that the latest GOP ad offers only lies and hatred and no solution to the fine mess our country's leaders over the last 20 years have gotten us into.

    Sadly, there's is no indication from EITHER mainstream political party that the hatred, the lying, the cheap shots fire by these little minds lurking out in the weeds will EVER stop.

    And, judging by the sad reality that these greedy, petty simpletons won't be kicked out of office by the rest of us there doesn't appear to be much hope for the return of civility in our country!

    March 16, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    GOP are part of a corrupt process called taking bribes from insurance lobbyist to stop health care reform. Big insurance companies are under AIG and who bailed AIG out, we the taxpayers. The GOP or anyone who accepts money from insurance lobbyist are double dipping in tax payer fraud. This is wrong, wrong wrong and I don't understand why Americans aren't looking at the whole picture. WE BAILED OUT AIG AND THE GOP ACCEPTS tax payers MONEY FROM THE SAME PEOPLE, LOBBYIST.

    March 16, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. D.

    "corrupt" is an understatement!
    The "change" nonsense slogan is really ending up being a substitute for "new levels of deception, corruption, and bullying legislative behavior."

    March 16, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Jon

    They're not ramming it down my throat. I'm all for health care reform, and my representatives know it. The corruption I see is from the GOP, the party of Big Insurance.

    March 16, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. John

    And the same people assulted the Dixie chicks for saying the president was embarassing. They have nothing to run on but mud. It only makes them look more desperate and pathetic.

    March 16, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. I am the Wizard of Rush and I Say . . .

    Democrats who vote "yes" will be viciously attacked by the Republicans.
    Democrats who vote "no" will be viciously attacked by the Republicans.

    See the difference? (me neither)

    March 16, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Michael

    While I am not overly thrilled with a government controlled health care system costs are out of control. So what is the republican plan to curb health care costs? NOTHING! Same as their reaction to our economic woes. Do NOTHING! I remeber a movie years ago. American President, in which the presidential character refered to the republicans as a party "cares about 2 thing: making you affraid of it and telling you who is to blame". That description is dead on. All their tax breaks did notning to curb our economic disaster. They saw nothing wrong with it. Now they have the same attutude toward the health car mess. Feed the rich, screw those who can't afford to live. God is turely smiling on these people who have no souls. However, they do have money. Maybe they can buy their way to heaven?

    March 16, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. Moe, NY

    The only thing corrupt here is the Republicans. I just got off the phone after calling my Senator's/Rep urging them to vote in favor of health care reform. I urge all citizens to call their Sen/Rep and urge them to vote in favor of health care reform. The republicans are, once again, acting as obstructionists. Remember people, the republicans/conservatives do not care about the american people, and have proved this over and over again through the years. If something will actually benefit the american people, then the republicans are always against it happening. Enough of the fear tactics and lies from the republicans, it has gotten very old and, I, for one am very tired of hearing the same garbage repeatedly.

    March 16, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. Harry in Texas

    How can anyone in either party even think of calling another corrupt? The entire political process is corrupt. Campaign contributions are nothing more than bribes...we can spit out euphemisms all day long, but in the end its money for influence.

    If my largest campaign contributor is a health care interest group (front group for the insurance companies themselves), then will I be willing to commit political suicide by actually representing the best interests of those whom I represent? Let's to get elected to my cushy job that ensures me financial security for life, or get health care for the little folks? [Reader - you fill in the obvious answer]

    And before you say that the majority of Americans are not for health care reform, remember that were it not for the smear ads maligning reform, most of them would actually be for doing something positive. There is a lot more money riding on keeping costs high than there is in reforming the system.

    It is much more important for America to support the extravagant lifestyles of the health care companies' board members, than it is to provide affordable health care to the little folks. Right??

    March 16, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. Jill-IN

    DNCC can respond in turn – getting our checks ready now.

    March 16, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. Blink

    Looks entertaining. Run it – the truth hurts.

    March 16, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. HypocriCNNstigators!

    OMG! ...I'm Sure That Just Has Democrats Shaking In Their Boots! ...Are You People Serious?

    March 16, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. carlos

    REPULSIVE and the middle of the ocean....nothing will be missed

    March 16, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. The Calabash Kid

    Conservative leaders have no political beliefs of any kind. Their goals are simply power and money for themselves and the global corporations that fund them. This means, of course, reduced power and less money for the middle class – or 'loser class' as they would call it. Conservative leaders never consider the welfare of the lower class – the poor do not exist.

    They have developed a library of all-purpose arguments that they use to oppose anything and everything: states' rights, small government, free market, local control, individual freedom, etc. In fact, they believe none of it. They choose to violate all of those so-called principles at any time it will get them an advantage. Do Conservative leaders give a crap about the sanctity of marriage? Of course not. Do they believe that the federal government instead of the states should define marriage in violation of the states' rights concept? They don't care, but they know the hayseeds applaud for them and vote for them when they call for it.

    Conservative voters are the biggest suckers on this planet.

    March 16, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. smokey

    Here we go with more of the same old crap from the GOP.. This coming from the party of who side with insurance companies ? You have got to be kidding !!!! They have nothing to offer except the same old tired scare tactics, because they certainly have no ideas as we all witnessed on C-SPAN...So GOP keep it coming and Bring it on !!!!

    March 16, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. John

    I love how the Repugnuts lie. Government takeover? They knowenly lie about that. It isn't a takeover at all. They must really hate Americans if they fear this health bill that would help the health of millions of Americans including the young and the old. Oh I'm sorry I forgot. the first thing they did when they won in 94 was to cancel programs that helped the young and older Americans. Now that's being a compasionate conservative. Their so called Christian values are showing again. all for my friends(tax cuts ) but nothing for you(better health).Bush's and the Repubs tax cuts lowered the top taxes to around 16% when they were paying 30%. Guess who had to take up the slack? Right the rest of us.our taxes went up, not down. So under their watch we got tax upon tax raises while their have mores got tax cuts. So typical of the Repubs. So what is the reason you want them back in power? Oh yes, because they understand where we're coming from?Really? Better look again. Check out the facts. See that they are no friend to the average American and give they the California wave.

    March 16, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    What have the Republicans added to the process to let more people get health insurance and thereby access medical care they can afford? It seems like they have done nothing. It was never in their interest.

    March 16, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. Marcus Tate

    I don't agree with the GOP on much, but this bill leaves a number of questions unanswered. It sounds good to say we are passing a heathcare bill, but as they say "the devil is in the details."

    – If people cannot afford health insurance now, what good will it do to pass a bill stating that people must buy it or be fined?

    – How are the unemployed, many who have been out of work for more than a year, supposed to pay for this?

    – What about all the people on welfare?

    – What about the nation's estimated 30 – 40 million illegal immigants?

    Are we going to require some people to buy healthcare under penalty, yet hand it out to others for free?

    In addition, this bill is almost 3,000 pages. I guarantee that NO ONE, not even the people pushing this the hardest, have read it.

    I will vote against anyone who votes to push this through, especially using slimy tactics that do not require a fair vote.

    March 16, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. kd

    more lies from the GOP. Pathetic. Every line of that commercial and every single visual is a blatant lie. Just how stupid does the GOP think conservatives are? VERY stupid, apparently.

    March 16, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. Ken in NC

    The GOP (Grand Ole Party) henceforth and forever after shall be referred to as the GOP (Grumpy Ole People). These people are a Wholly Owned and Operated arm of the Insurance Industry. They operate like bullies. They try to use fear to scare people into giving them what they want even when they are out of power. It is their way or "NO" way.

    Well to the Grumpy Ole People I say, "NO WAY".

    March 16, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. Fitz in Texas

    And I'll keep sending them money to continue to run these commercials.

    The Republican Party lost me for awhile, but as it stands now, they have my support.

    March 16, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  23. dave

    and the slime running these commericals are the living manifestation of corrupt...bought and paid for by the health insurance thieves who own the country and the Senate and the RNC

    March 16, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  24. Robert in Texas

    Everyone knows that the professional republicans in Washington are an extension of the insurance companies and big business. They are the party of the status quo, the do-nothing and the just-say-no. The GOP has been on the wrong side of the major issues in this country for many many years. It's in the Democrat's blood to try to help the middle class and poor and the American small businesses. They can't help it!

    March 16, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. Jan

    Excellent Idea!!

    March 16, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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