The conservative Salem Radio Network is not at all enamored of the idea of government involvement in America’s health care system, and its roster of Talkers managed to get 1.3M of the network’s fans to sign a petition to that effect. And a strong slate of Republican leaders in Congress accepted the document.
Salem conducted the campaign in conjunction with the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA).
The congressional posse included members of both houses. Attending from the Senate were Commerce Committee Ranking Member Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ). House members in attendance included Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), House Republican Conference Chair Mike Pence (R-IN) and Republican Study Committee Chair Tom Price (R-GA).
Salem talent involved with the project included Mike Gallagher, Bill Bennett, Hugh Hewitt, Michael Medved, Dennis Prager and Janet Parshall.
“With the mainstream media as determined as ever to aid and abet the liberal Washington establishment, talk radio has once again proved to be the counterweight that can keep the debate alive and elevate the concerns of Americans across the country,” said SRN president Greg Anderson. “That more than a million people took time out of their busy lives to sign this petition shows just how opposed our audience has become to a debate-free imposition of government-run health care.”
RBR/TVBR observation: All politics aside, this story demonstrates radio’s unparalleled power to get its fans to take action. This time they signed a petition. Next time, they may be buying your product or service. Think about it.