RNC Attacks Its Own On New "Hope Isn't Hiring" Site

April 06, 2011 10:13 am ET

The RNC's newfangled campaign website has a cutting-edge campaign strategy: attack President Obama for signing a policy that GOP members of the House and Senate endorsed.  In a litany of attacks on President Obama's stance on social issues, the RNC cites the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. However, the RNC elides the fact that the battle for repeal hinged on Republican support for passage. At the end of the day, 15 Republicans in the House and eight in the Senate voted to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a move that was backed by an overwhelming majority of the American people.

RNC: "Obama Repealed Don't Ask Don't Tell While U.S. Troops Are Still On The Battlefield"

President Obama Signed The Repeal Of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" With Key Republican Support In The House And Senate

15 Republican Members In The House Of Representatives Voted To Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." According to New York Magazine: "The House of Representatives just passed a repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" by a 250-to-175 vote, demonstrating that support for repeal has grown since it voted on DADT as part of a larger bill in May. In that May vote, five Republicans voted to repeal, and 26 Democrats voted to keep DADT, while this time around, fifteen Republicans voted for repeal and only fifteen Democrats were opposed. Of course, the result in the House was never in doubt - the real test will come in the Senate, if the bill is even brought to the floor." [New York Magazine, 12/15/10, emphasis added]

  • The Following Republican House Members Voted For DADT Repeal: Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL), Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), Rep. John Campbell (R-CA), Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao (R-LA), Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE), Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Rep. Charles Djou (R-HI), Rep. David Dreier (R-CA), Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-MI), Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), Rep. Todd Russell Platts (R-PA), Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA), and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). [H.R. 2965, Vote #638, 12/15/10]
  • 10 Of The 15 Members Listed Are Currently Serving In The House. Reps. Cao, Castle, Diaz-Balart, Djou and Ehlers are no longer serving. [GOP.gov, accessed 4/5/11]

Republican Sen. Susan Collins Co-Sponsored The Repeal Of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." According to Talking Points Memo: "The votes are there, according to Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME), the leading sponsors of a standalone repeal bill in the Senate." [Talking Points Memo, 12/16/10]

Eight Republican Senators Voted To Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell. According to the New York Times: "By a vote of 65 to 31, with eight Republicans joining Democrats, the Senate approved and sent to President Obama a repeal of the Clinton-era law, known as 'don't ask, don't tell,' a policy critics said amounted to government-sanctioned discrimination that treated gay and lesbian troops as second-class citizens." [New York Times, 12/18/10, emphasis added]

  • The Following Republican Senators Voted For DADT Repeal: Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH). [S.4023, Vote #281, 12/18/10]
  • 7 Of The 8 Republican Senators Listed Are Currently Serving In The U.S. Senate. Former Sen. Voinovich has since retired. [Senate.gov, accessed 4/6/11]

The American Public Overwhelmingly Supports The Repeal Of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Eight Out Of 10 Americans Believe Gay And Lesbian Troops Should Be Allowed To Serve. According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll:

[Washington Post, 12/13/10]