(CNN) – President Obama’s political operation will begin running television ads Wednesday targeting fellow Democrats and centrist Republicans urging them to support the president’s call for health care reform this year.
The 30-second TV commercial will run in eight states: Arkansas, Indiana, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Ohio for two weeks, according to a preview of the ad provided to CNN by Obama’s Organizing for America (OFA).
The commercial, which features five people discussing health care problems, will also run on national cable television, in Washington, D.C., and online, according to OFA, which is now housed at the Democratic National Committee.
The ad running in the eight states does not mention the senators by name, but it does ask viewers to call Capitol Hill, and provides the telephone number for the U.S. Capitol switchboard. Two of the states, Arkansas and North Dakota, are represented by a pair of Democratic senators, while the six remaining states are represented by centrist Democrats and Republicans. The commercial that is running nationally follows the same script, but it does not ask people to call their senators.
Stewart said the people in the commercial “were among hundreds of thousands of people who shared their stories with OFA.” Next week, OFA will hold news conferences, town halls and other grassroots events to shine a spotlight on healthcare reform, a major domestic priority for Obama. The president has called on Congress to deliver a healthcare reform bill by October.
Full script follows
"It's Time"Woman 1: My son has cerebral palsy and epilepsy. He's four.
Man 1: When I lost my job, I lost my health insurance too.
Woman 2: My health insurance wouldn't fully cover me when I got sick.
Man 2: My father in-law walks with a limp because he didn't have health care.
Woman 3: My husband's job covered us, until he was laid off.
Man 1: It's time.
Woman 2: It's time.
Man 2: It's time.
Woman 1: It's time for health care reform.
VO: The Democratic National Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising.
CHYRON: It's time for health care reform. Join the fight: healthcare.barackobama.com
[State Version]: CHYRON: It's time for health care reform.