Obama-Claire: Group seeks to unfavorably tie McCaskill to Obama
May 31st, 2012
11:10 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama-Claire: Group seeks to unfavorably tie McCaskill to Obama

(CNN) - There was Obamacare, Romneycare, Obamneycare - and now, Obama-Claire.

The conservative group Crossroads GPS looks to tie Sen. Claire McCaskill to the health care reform law and broader agenda of President Barack Obama in a new ad released Thursday morning, citing a study showing the Missouri Democrat cast nine out of 10 votes with the president.

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"Obama-Claire brought us Obamacare, and that's bad medicine for health care," the ad narrator states. A vote analysis conducted by The Washington Post shows she has sided with her party on 81% of votes this term.

Crossroads is investing $516,000 on the ad against the first-termer, and told CNN it will air in St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, Columbia, and Joplin, as well as Paducah, Kentucky - across the Mississippi River from Missouri. It is the group's latest investment in the state, one of four it is focusing on this cycle.

The ad hits McCaskill for what they say are the results of the health reform law, including cuts to Medicare which would hurt seniors, and creation of "a board of unelected bureaucrats with the power to restrict seniors' access to medical care."

A spokesman for McCaskill said the ads, funded by "insurance companies," are airing dishonest "anonymous smear ads." Crossroads is in a category of groups which need not publish their funders.

"They are lying about Claire's record and they're lying that she voted to cut Medicare because she has always put Missouri's middle class families ahead of the insurance companies' bottom lines," spokesman Erik Dorey said in a statement.

At least three Republicans are in the race to challenge McCaskill, and will face off in a primary on August 7. A national tea party group, the Tea Party Express, is backing Republican challenger and former Missouri State Treasurer Sarah Steelman. Also in the race are 6-term Rep. Todd Akin and the former chief of Germ-X, John Brunner.

Crossroads GPS, a 501(c)(4) issue advocacy non-profit and the aligned super PAC, American Crossroads, are pouring millions into the presidential race, and American Crossroads said in late April it had raised $100 million so far this election cycle. Crossroads GPS is investing in US Senate races to be held this cycle in Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana and Nebraska.

The non-partisan Cook and Rothenberg political analysts rate the rate the race as a toss-up, with Rothenberg noting it as leaning Republican.

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Filed under: 2012 • Claire McCaskill • Crossroads GPS • Missouri • President Obama
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Fred

    Obamacare is obviously bad medicine for most Ameircans, not to mention UNCONSTITUTIONAL!
    And studies are now showing that once businesses have a viable alternative - such as the insurance exchanges that enable workers to purchase their own insurance that are laid out in the Affordable Care Act - then there are NOT a lot of reasons for them to continue to offer health care coverage, "The vast majority of organizations are better off taking those resources and offering employees something else, like more money or paid time off. You get a much bigger bang for your buck,"
    -Corporate Executive Board

    May 31, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. Fair is Fair

    She's toast. Bank on it.

    May 31, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Luke

    This is so sad. The guilty by association crap is so pathetic it SCREAMS child-temper-tantrum. Claire McCaskill is one of the most conservative Democrats in the Senate, and defends her state better than most. Isn't it funny Republicans want to vote her out b/c she voted with Obama, but they don't want to vote out Scott Brown. Or Olympia Snowe. Or Susan Collins when they voted with Obama. Hmmm.... now isn't that something...

    May 31, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. GI Joe

    People crack me up – they complain about premiums going up. GUESS WHAT – That part of Obamacare (The Affordable Care Act) does NOT kick in until 2013, and it PREVENTS premiums from being raisded.

    It gives people a choice when their big business Insurance Company pulls some slick little trick on them in order to not pay what they owe. get real people.

    May 31, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. James

    Newt Gingrich used this tactic in 1996 against Bill Clinton

    May 31, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. dnick47

    The Party that bemoans fetus murder (abortion) and claims that it is the Part of God is against allowing people without the means to afford the super-overcharged-health are premiums access to health. Liars! If you claim to be pro-Life that means you support and safeguard life from conception to grave. To stop it after birth tells me that your are using the issue and not seving the issue.

    May 31, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. Mike in Texas

    Most Americans are uneducated and misinformed when it comes to politics. A majority of Americans still give GW the blame for the economy yet some of these people think Romney will be better for the economy than Obama even though Romney's policies are the same as Bushes. Many of his advisers are from the Bush White House. If the Republicans had passed Obama's jobs bill the unemployment rate would be under 7%.

    They said it cost too much, but Republicans had no problem spending on wars, medicare prescription D and tax cuts that did not help the economy.

    The deficit only became an issue for Republicans once they lost Congress and then the White House.

    Romney's current plan will blow up the defecit. Unpaid tax cuts and unpaid defense spending increases are all Romney offers. Until he comes up with what he plans on cutting you have to go off the belief he won't cut spending thus increasing the deficit.

    Under Obama, the deficit spending in decreasing and your taxes are lower. 2009 spending is under Bush not Obama. Obama's spending is 2010-2013.

    May 31, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    "GUESS WHAT – That part of Obamacare (The Affordable Care Act) does NOT kick in until 2013, and it PREVENTS premiums from being raisded."
    ---------
    I'm not sure where you got that little factoid... but it's 100% WRONG and you make yourself look foolish by stating it.

    May 31, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. Mr 1% the "VULTURE CAPITALIST BUSINESSMAN" will outsource all the poor, disabled, unemployed and elderly, to China and sell America to the highest bidder!

    If that is the best the GOP can do, what are they going to do when the neo-con activist judges, deny precedence, and legislate from the bench and strike down ACA as unconstitutional?

    May 31, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    Not to dis Minnesota or anything like that, but this is the same state who elected Michelle Bachmann and was governed by a loser who left the state with billions of dollars of debt. As far as Obama-Claire goes, she should wear that as a badge of honor. And that goes for any democrat. WE, Democrats, passed the most significant legislation in a generation. That is something to be proud of.

    May 31, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Larry L

    It's typical that a huge majority of Americans are in favor of every provision of the Obamacare Bill except the one that makes it possible – requiring everybody to participate. We want the healthcare but we don't want to pay for it. WIthout that provision quality healthcare will be too expensive, especially in a few years, for snybody but the rich.

    May 31, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    "Not to dis Minnesota or anything like that, but this is the same state who elected Michelle Bachmann and was governed by a loser who left the state with billions of dollars of debt."
    ------–
    SOMEONE needs to learn the difference between Minnesota and Missouri, methinks.

    May 31, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. obama victim

    Claire and Bare are going down...................sweeeeeeet

    May 31, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. Pander Bear

    Karl Rove...yawn.

    May 31, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. mmad5camp

    Hey people, don't worry when many of you vote against your interest (and you will), and Romney is in office, all will be right with the world. The employment rate will go down, pay checks will go up. Every American will be able to afford basic health care, and Karl Rove will rule America.

    May 31, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. Scott

    Shocking... tieing two politicians from the same party together... what an unconventional strategy.

    May 31, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. Larry L

    @Fair is Fair

    "GUESS WHAT – That part of Obamacare (The Affordable Care Act) does NOT kick in until 2013, and it PREVENTS premiums from being raisded."
    ---
    I'm not sure where you got that little factoid... but it's 100% WRONG and you make yourself look foolish by stating it.
    -------------------------------------------------------------
    It's a complex law and should keep premiums lower. Still, as I read the provisions of the law I can't see hard evidence to directly support either of your claims. I can't see much required of individuals until 2014 but the law is being slowly phased-in since 2010. Many states are dragging their feet for political purposes. In 2014 the law requires persons to obtain “acceptable” health insurance coverage ( the individual mandate) or pay an annual penalty. Families will pay half the amount for children, up to a cap of $2,250 per family. This provision is required to make the math work – since most of the law is designed to help physicians and patients rather than insurance companies and HMOs.

    The "make yourself look foolish" comment is just a childish cheap shot I'd expect from a poorly-informed Jr. High kid.

    May 31, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. Alice

    The ads they've been running in the St. Louis area have been really childish. They literally run all the images in black and white except for Claire and the President, who are in dark red. Looks like a 5 year old's drawing. Sarah Steelman had a disastrous interview on the radio last month, of the Sara Palin v Katie Couric kind in that she was unable to answer even simple questions. Replace the good and sensible Claire McCaskill with that idiot zealot? I don't think so. The ads have had the opposite effect of the one intended, in that they were so juvenile I was moved to support the candidate they were slandering. McCaskill 2012!

    May 31, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |