Republican Guide Advises Planting Questions at Public Meetings

| by Michael Allen
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A new 31-page guide created for the upcoming House Republican Conference in August advises GOP members and their staff to plant questions at public events such as meet-ups, roundtables and health care forums.

In the guide titled, "Fighting Washington For All Americans," Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., advises her fellow Republicans to "prepare a few questions in advance" and “invite at least 3-4 people with whom the member already has an established relationship. This will strengthen the conversation and take it in a direction that is most beneficial to the member’s goal."

According to ThinkProgress.org, a spokeswoman for McMorris Rodgers said the guide detailed the “best practices.”

The guide also includes advice on how to do a "gas and groceries tour" in which Republicans should "tour gas stations and grocery stores to discuss the rising cost of gas and groceries. While touring, help constituents pump gas and bag their groceries if possible."

Most of the guide tells Republicans to have meetings at hospitals and town halls to bash Obamacare and to defend big oil and the myth of "energy independence," or that American oil companies will pump and sell American oil only to Americans for low prices.

Sources: Scribd.com and ThinkProgress.org