May 4th, 2010
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South Carolina Republican releases new TV ad

South Carolina's Attorney General, who is running for governor of the state, released a new campaign ad Tuesday.
South Carolina's Attorney General, who is running for governor of the state, released a new campaign ad Tuesday.

(CNN) – South Carolina gubernatorial hopeful Republican Henry McMaster is out with a new television ad Tuesday that invokes Ronald Reagan and highlights McMaster's fight against Democrats' health care legislation.

The 30-second spot is the second McMaster ad to feature the role the South Carolina Attorney General played in state lawsuits over the health care bill, claiming that the bill infringes on states' rights.

Related: McMaster uses health care suit in campaign ad

"When Ronald Reagan named me his first U.S. Attorney, I thanked him for the honor," McMaster says in the ad. "And I went to work to defend freedom and to protect the Constitution. When President Obama and the Washington radicals pushed their unconstitutional takeover of health care, I pushed back. I led the fight to overturn the backroom deals – to defend freedom and to protect the sovereignty of South Carolina. Because that's my job."

McMaster hopes to win his party's nomination in a June 8 primary.

The spot will run on broadcast and cable in all of South Carolina's media markets, according to McMaster's campaign.


Filed under: 2010 • Health care • Henry McMaster • South Carolina
soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. mel

    Bad news for Republicans,a poll just came out from Telemundo,the Hispanic Cummunity now supports the Democrats 82%,thats up from 56% last month,the Gop was gaining ground on the Democrats until ARZ passed that law almost 2 weeks ago,this is very bad news for the Gop,theres no way they can win back the Whitehouse now,82% of hispanics now support the Democrats,and 65% said they is going to vote in november up from 42% a month ago,the media needs to start focusing on this,because this could be the end of the Gop as we know it

    May 4, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. lol hypocrits

    amendments to my post: dole was in north carolina.

    May 4, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. beth

    yeah, something to be proud of, moron....why would any decent human want to ensure health care for all people? thank God that these Tea Baggers are the VOCAL MINORITY!!!!! it's easy to preach to the choir. i love it, because they're going to split the republican party. come on guys you have to get over the 'if you say it enough, they're gonna believe it'. people are smarter than you think. President Obama won the ELECTION in a landslide and if CNN, FOX, and most other media weren't giving these people the exposure they do, they'd be done with. the problem is, is that Republicans are so desparate to dig up some dirt on President Obama and IT'S NOT THERE!!!!!!! so they turn to name calling and other childish acts. I must give Mr McMaster some credit. At least he refers to President Obama as 'President' Obama unlike the monkeys at Fox news who throw out OBAMA with no title. Can you imagine if the news networks would have been throwing out Bush this and Bush that and not even showing him the respect that he deserved as an elected official? It's become so ONEWAY. When President Bush was in office, the churches spoke about lifting our leaders up in prayer, whether you agreee with them or not, now in a local church, a guest pastor actually said during a sermon that they chould cut off Obama's head. Isn't that nice. I'm sorry, but the more these people speak, the more I worry what has happened to society?

    May 4, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. Brac

    Make him Governor? Just make him Colonel of the First South Carolina Infantry.

    May 4, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. Moosehead

    –'to defend freedom and to protect the sovereignty of South Carolina. Because that's my job." .
    You mean,.. to defend and pardon my fellow crooks, my rich cronies,.. all the while pumping love of country and patriotism up my butt.

    May 4, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. GOP = the great white dinosaur

    "to defend freedom and to protect the sovereignty of South Carolina. Because that's my job."

    That's why I support government intrusion into a woman's choice of abortion, that's why I support Arizona's immigration law that requires law enforcement to ask for American citizens for their "documents", that is why I'm a hypocrite and a proud GOPer.

    May 4, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. lol hypocrits

    bah dole lost. but the point still remains.

    May 4, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. j

    I believe Reagan would be surprised as to the extent the GOP has evolved into a far right wing party. There is no longer any room for us moderate republicans.

    May 4, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Patrick

    Where was the great american patriot when the "Washington Radicals" crafted the Patriot Act? You remember that right? The act that undermined the constitution like no other in the history of this nation?

    May 4, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If Ronald Reagan picked McMasater to defend The Constitution where was he when Bush walked all over it or did he just conveniently forget the Constitution until Obama became President?

    May 4, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. normajean

    Baloney ! .Lately I've had my doubts about the people of South Carolina. I just hope they are smart enough not to fall for what this loser is selling.If you vote him in, it will just add a whole lot of hell to the problems you already have.

    May 4, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    South Carolina now is the time to get rid of these wallstreet cronies. This guy care less about the people in your state, they only care about their rich republican friends. Please make a statement during your election for governor to say no to the party of no.

    May 4, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  13. Robert Warner

    Republicans love democracy right up until they lose an election- then they start crying.

    May 4, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. Captain Crunch

    How difficult must it be for a politician like this one that he needs to invoke the name of a dead president to make a point to people in his state.

    Perhaps, one day, these guys will talk about their records as politicians, not the reputation of a long-dead, detached president!

    May 4, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. Wisconsinite

    "When Ronald Reagan named me his first U.S. Attorney, I thanked him for the honor," McMaster says in the ad.

    Yeah. And I bet if Reagan were alive now, he'd be kicking himself in the backside for giving this cretin a chance.

    May 4, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. Michael

    He and his buddy Mark Sandford.
    No thanks. go work cleaning up the oil spill

    May 4, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. hypocrites

    REMEMBER-
    RR bequeathed us with the biggest budget deficit of the times.

    Be afraid America, Be very afraid-
    if a candidate embraces the politics of RR.
    His old arse left us in immense debt while he rode away in the sunset- teetering on senility and his handlers kept that fact from the voting electorate.

    Who was really running the country? We were duped Be very afraid

    May 4, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Ruty

    This man is an AIR head. Anyone who votes against health care for ALL Americans should not be a position to vote on any thing. People of S.C. GET REAL . Don't vote for this man.

    May 4, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    This man's ad is slanderous and should be stopped and his campaign fined.
    How dare anyone call the healthcare bill unconstitutional? It was voted on by elected respresentitives , under the laws of the Constitution. If it were really unconstitutional, it would never have gotten this far.
    Allof these tax-money wasting lawsuits by states like Kentucky are what is uncontitutional. They will be wasting tax dollars on political agendas and not being used to respresent the citizens of the country.
    These ultra- conservatives that think they are better than anyone else are true elitists in this country, not to mention hypocrits. They only want things there way yet claim they are doing things "for the people."

    May 4, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. GetReal

    Radicals eh? YOU LIE!!!
    Obama was elected by 8 million more voters than the Republican in democratic election and he is delivering on promises (most of them anyway) he made.

    May 4, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. Michael

    Whoa, how they always are friends to Ronald Reagan.
    Hmmmm, didn't he run up a huge deficit?
    Iran-Contra?
    I do not remember
    At that time, I ate jelly-beans

    Oh, he was lucky that at the same time Mr. Gorbaschov in Russia had enough of the iron-curtain. How much is thanks to RR?

    May 4, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. Luke Brown

    This is the guy who found nothing to prosecute in the 37 ethics violations against his buddy, Mark Sanford. Under McMaster, the Attorney General's office became just an extension of the Republican sleaze machine.

    Interesting that he is coming out with the results of his "investigation" months after the Republican legislature "investigated" the governor and voted not to impeach him.

    McMaster said it is too hard for him to figure out what constitutes personal travel and and official business in the use of the state airplane.

    Hmm ... I guess ferrying your kids around the state to athletic events is one of those gray areas where it is too tough for an Attorney General to make a call.

    Corruption. Corruption. Corruption.

    May 4, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. Ryan

    South Carolina is one of the poorest states around and run by Republicans. That's all you need to know.

    Oh and the healthcare bill does not infringe on state's rights anymore then the federal law we've had for decades "forcing" us to buy car insurance.

    Paying a mandatory 700.00 a YEAR for HEALTH INSURANCE is a STEAL people. It means when you get trapped in a mine or hit with a hurricane, you will be garuntees medical insurance and the rest of us won't have to pick up the tab because you pre-paid your portion of the coverage. Otherwise I suggest if you get hit by a car then do us all a favor and lay there in the road until you die so we aren't stuck paying for your emergency room visit because knowing you, if you're dumb enough to not take this generous offer then you're probably the mouth-breathing type of person to drive without a seat belt while texting. I'm so terribly sorry you don't have the small government that countries like Somalia enjoy. Where they have nothing.

    May 4, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. Michael from Ventura

    Another member of the Southern Strategy that reagan used- for those of us who found no trickle down action in his actions, and saw the debt grow and benefits decline, this is NOT a leader to be revered as a gop god!

    May 4, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. Mesa Mick

    Just another right wing loser from the deep south trying to re-fight the Civil War.

    It's time the "good people" of SC dump these backwards-looking rethugliCANTs and closet racists and elect individuals who are not graduates of Liberty or Regeant Univ. "biblical law schools".

    May 4, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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