October 2nd, 2009
04:05 PM ET
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First on the Ticker: New DNC ad hits Kyl on women's health care

The DNC spot slamming Kyl hits the airwaves Monday.
The DNC spot slamming Kyl hits the airwaves Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Democrats are planning to hit Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl in his home state next week with a new television ad that accuses the Arizona Republican of being out of touch on health care issues - a pitch aimed squarely at women voters.

The 30-second commercial features video of a Senate exchange between Kyl and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan. In the clip, Kyl says he doesn't need maternity care, and requiring that coverage in his insurance policy would be unnecessary and expensive. Asked whether he thinks insurance policies should be required to cover pre-natal health care, Kyl's response included an offhand remark that "over 60 years ago, my mom did."

"TELL JON KYL: COVERING MATERNITY CARE ISN'T A JOKE FOR WOMEN," reads the ad's on-screen text.

The TV ad, which is the latest element of the Democratic National Committee's "Call 'em Out" campaign, will begin airing Monday in Tucson and Phoenix. A DNC spokesman calls the buy "open-ended."


On Thursday, the DNC said Kyl would be the latest Republican picked for this campaign. Last month, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio were the first two GOP leaders that were targeted

The DNC has also asked supporters to pressure Kyl and other foes of the president's health care reform plan by phone, and via social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

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soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. TH - ATL

    No it's not a joke for woman but if it's not needed than why should one have to pay for it?

    October 2, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. phoenix86

    Yes, the dems want to ensure coverage for abortions and end-of-life. That gives them the ability to institutionalize murder at both ends of the spectrum. Sounds a lot like the Nazi ideology.

    October 2, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  3. Wade

    victim of republican greed
    I pay my premiums. Where did you get the idea that insurance would be free?
    ----------------------------
    I never said it was, but you would be surprised at how many people who never owned a home, think that it is.
    After all, it's government run right... so it should be free.
    That's heavy on the sarcasm btw.

    I have several friends in Iowa who lost everything to the floods a few years back.
    They paid their premiums only to be insulted with checks that barely covered %40 of the cost to fix their houses.
    This is not covering anything that was inside the house like personal possessions, just basic foundation repairs, paint, drywall, that type stuff. They had to take out loans to fix the rest.
    Remember, homeowners insurance doesn't cover flood damage.
    The feds made sure they were the ONLY choice in town for that one.

    This is what we will get with a public run health care system.
    Poor service, low quality and a high tax bill for many who will never use it.

    October 2, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  4. Ray Ray

    pa independent and fiscally responsible October 2nd, 2009 5:50 pm ET

    Please explain to me how the WH can put a gag order on insurance companies explaining the consequences to medicare if Obamacare is passed and while the morons of the DNC can spew their contorted viewpoints. I am truly sick of the one sided game the dems play! How can anyone believe the dems with the men the president has at his side…."former" domestic terrorists and a past president who swore on a Bible to tell the truth and lied! The direction of this country makes me absolutely sick and I am tired of the "we won" attitude so it is our way….not a democratic view!

    ____________________________________________

    Actually, what Fox News failed to tell you is that thoe specific companies have a contract with the government to receive funds, and their scare-mongering, LYING ads were a BREECH OF CONTRACT.

    October 2, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. hadelaide

    Another knuckle dragging caveman. These are the folks that want to invade a woman's womb and decide what she can or cannot do (without a clue about her condition). Kyl, you mama didn't need it 60 years ago because giving birth back then cost about $20.00

    October 2, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. hadelaide

    Viagra and Cialis will not be covered. Kyl, McCain, Newt, and the other douche bags will not get laid. Then, we'll see the real outrage.

    October 2, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  7. hockey dad

    The Arizona desert is a refuge for snakes and scorpions,.. KYL is one of those creatures, ..with apologies to all desert dwelling life.

    October 2, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  8. whhhhhooooooaaa

    I don't understand, his point is mute, the reps have no power. everything is ran by the left so why is it Obama can't get anything passed? whats the hold up? oh yeah that's right THE PEOPLE see through all this BS from the left. The left has NO CLUE what they are doing so they pile on a rep and still blaming bush .... oh so funny

    October 2, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  9. Buddy Gilmour

    Pretty sad. Its a national interest for kids to be born healthy, whether their Mom's can afford pre-natal care or not. Left to their own devices the GOP would ruin our nation, and they almost did under Bush-Cheney. Dems need to get their act together. I'm starting to think Obama should pick a few more out to throw under the bus.

    October 2, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  10. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Kyl is.....well....no comment....he just isn't worth the money to have as our Senator.

    October 2, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  11. Tom Kociemba

    Dear
    pa independent and fiscally. I too have been financially independent and responsible. But now I have no health insurance because of a pre existing condition.. I cannot get health insurance which puts me one illness away from being on the street and leaving my family destitute.

    Life is not always fair. Of course we could throw all like me under the bus don't you think.

    October 2, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  12. Terry of Gilbert

    As a resident of Arizona I'm embarrassed by the actions of my 2 senators. McCain, I used to be so proud of but, now his 'straight talking express' bus seems to be driven by crazies Limbaugh and Beck. My once proud Republican Party is in shambles following these strident pied pipers. I cry that they have taken over the thoughts and actions of my grand GOP. These leaders need to tell the crazies to shut up and encourage proper civics lessons we learned in school. My old GOP party is is is is letting the lowest of people to speak for us.
    Sen. Kyle head is so far stuck underneath the desert sand he does not even understand the concept of natal care women have to have.
    GOP rational leaders PLease Please find the citizens of Arizona some new thought and problem solution people to run for office in our great state.

    October 2, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  13. Doug

    The Democrats vision of health care is free access to abortion on demand.

    The republicans, they say, want you to die quickly when you get old.

    Well, correct me if i'm wrong but, abortion kills you before you get old.

    soo........I'll take the republican plan.

    October 2, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  14. The Dude

    "What I don't understand is how come the DNC isn't laying the blame on Bush. That fact that he's been out of office for 10 months doesn't make a difference does it?"

    That's right, he has been out of office for ONLY 10 months. You can't fix eight years of screw-ups in 10 months.

    October 2, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  15. big papa

    Kyl, DeMint , McConnel et al are vile, specious TRAITORS...

    ...it would be PATRIOTIC to ensure that they don't get re-elected...

    ...and are made paupers...

    ...May they (their supporters and families) suffer more than any animal on earth...

    October 2, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
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