August 12th, 2009
05:29 PM ET
5 years ago

First on the Ticker: House GOP targets Kagen in new ad

WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Republicans are trying to pressure Rep. Steve Kagen, D-Wisconsin, to oppose his party's approach to health care reform in a new television commercial that begins airing this week in the Green Bay market.

The ad seeks to tie Kagen to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and uses footage of the Wisconsin Democrat responding to a question on health care posed by - and caught on camera by - a Republican campaign staffer.

This is the first ad on health care that the National Republican Congressional Committee has run this year. NRCC spokesman Ken Spain would not reveal much the GOP was spending on the commercial, but he did characterize it as a "significant buy" and noted it would run for one week.

Script after the jump:


"Congressman Steve Kagen, he voted with Nancy Pelosi on the wasteful stimulus; on the budget; on the national energy tax; and now what does Kagen say about the Pelosi health care plan? 'I am writing the health care bill what would you like in it?' Since you asked, how about no government run plan; no tax increases on small businesses; no cuts to Medicare. Call Steve Kagen, tell him to write a health care plan for us, not Nancy Pelosi."


Filed under: Health care • NRCC
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Brig

    Being tied to a large boat anchor and thrown in the Gulf would be better than being tied to Pelosi. She is a disgrace.

    August 12, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. Independent Thinker

    Why why why still talk about her, she retired she is finished. Whay are there still polls, I do not understand. She is no longer a politician just a citizen getting the shaft like the rest of us.

    Stick a fork in her she's done or like I like to say, put a stick in her she's through. Let her rest in peace.

    August 12, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Typical Republican

    Forget this fight over Health Care, we need to save money on the BIGGEST government expense of all, because we are worried about our deficit, we need to focus there first.

    Disband the MILITARY, and NOW.

    Plus, there is no way for our mercenaries to compete with a government funded competitor. Mercenaries would be SO much more reliable too, because profit ensures that they will do the right thing for us when we go to war!

    I refuse to be a hypocritical dirt bag that doesn’t want Health Care, but acts like a coward and hides behind a government military when I should be standing proud being protected by a whole bunch of mercenaries, headed by CEO’s that have monthly earnings meetings and talk about what country would be most easy to attack, and which ones to call a ‘pre-existing threat”.

    August 12, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. Rush Goebbels

    Can anyone guess where they got the bagmoney for this?Come on,three guesses and the first two dont count.hahaha

    August 12, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. Dude

    Interesting requirements, considering none of those things are in any of the bills being worked on (outside of a public option in some cases).

    Seems like they already got their wish.

    August 12, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. Greg in Houston

    Imagine that, the home of UnitedHealth Care, the single largest "death panel" in the nation pushing to fight healthcare reform.....

    FYI the WORST health insurance I ever had.

    August 12, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. Obama Victim

    anyone who aligns themselves with Pelosi is too stupid to be in Congress

    August 12, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. Rob

    Let's just put it as it is. Anyone who votes with Pelosi on this thing better be looking for a new job come November 2010.

    August 12, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. Leesa -ABQ

    Come on Kagen, your constituents picked you to stand up for them. DO NOT give in to Republican propoganda and do the right thing for WI. I know you have it in you!

    August 12, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  10. Libertarian

    In United Health Groups own back yard. Why am I not surprised this is where they would launch their attack from? LOL Please...could the REpubs be more obvious about their "attack funding".

    United Health care STILL has legal action pending against them from years ago. You want to install fear in people....tell them to buy UHC policies! LOL

    August 12, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. Cathy in AZ

    I am not the biggest support of Nancy Pelosi but folks she is not the only one responsible for this mess – there is enough blame to go around. It's about time to deal with issues and realize we need some form of health care reform and the sooner everyone takes a step back, quits shouting and starts listening the better off we will be.
    I do suggest the GOP quit with the scare tatics or they will be the ones looking for new jobs in 2010!

    August 12, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. Four and The Door

    How about putting some efforts into cutting costs rather than creating another ineffective government bureaucracy? Believe it or not, those extra 50,000+ new government jobs to oversee ObamaCare would not help our economy. They would just add cost and not be productive. Again...we need to lower the cost of health care.

    August 12, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. Moe,Larry and Curly

    Target?Dont tell Rush,he claimed his side has more guns on his program today.

    August 12, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. Terry, TX

    There is nothing wrong with the ad.....what we have is the creepy left police now dictating ads.....what is with the creepy left.....they want to dictate speech....gatherings....dissent....no this is democracy in action...get use to it.

    How quick we forget......
    For those who don’t remember Pink invading Congress and recruiting stations, recruiters being assassinated, homosexuals invading churches, knocking down old lady with crosses, protesters at soldiers funerals, President Bush being called heinous names, the acorn protest, the seiu protests and beatings, the black panthers who intimidated voters then were found guilty and then let off by Eric Holder, Jackson and Sharpton protesting and demanding peoples jobs whenever they need to make money with their phony racist witch hunts…..on and on.... hello……

    August 12, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |