Turner runs first ad in South Carolina campaign for U.S. House
January 22nd, 2013
02:02 PM ET
1 year ago

Turner runs first ad in South Carolina campaign for U.S. House

(CNN) - South Carolinian Teddy Turner is airing his first ad in the Republican primary to replace Rep. Tim Scott, just over 50 days out from the March special primary.

It is a biographical spot that points to his conservatism and includes video of his family as his campaign focuses on name recognition in these early weeks of the compressed campaign schedule.

"He went there to work as a cameraman and left a conservative. Filming major developments in the Soviet Union, Teddy Turner witnessed the devastation of communism and it forever changed him," the narrator says. His bio on his campaign website adds, "Following a near-fatal car accident, as a patient in a Soviet hospital Teddy learned firsthand just how costly socialized medicine programs can be for patients and doctors alike."

"Turner will fight for more freedom and less government so our families will have a secure tomorrow."

His campaign manager, Michael Smith, confirmed that the 10-day buy amounts to $60,000.

He is one of several Republicans, including former Gov. Mark Sanford, who are seeking the U.S. House seat which Scott vacated this month to take the U.S. Senate seat which Jim DeMint resigned for a job at the conservative Heritage Foundation. Scott was appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley, also a Republican, to the Senate seat.

Turner's campaign kickoff was attended last week by 300 people, Smith said.

The television ad, which began airing over the weekend, is one of several the campaign has produced.

Turner is the son of CNN founder Ted Turner and a former employee of the network. A former businessman, he is currently a high school economics teacher.


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    So, the son of Ted Turner feels that a stint in a Soviet hospital lets him know how costly socialized medicine is? Did he get a bill? I doubt it. This type of non-sensical pap is exactly what that Righties lap up, though. No depth, no explanation, no details, no solutions, but he has OUTRAGE, and that's all they ever need. Bet he loves the money his daddy earned for him, though. There's a welfare program for you, inherited wealth.

    January 22, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    "Following a near-fatal car accident, as a patient in a Soviet hospital Teddy learned firsthand just how costly socialized medicine programs can be for patients and doctors alike."
    ----------------------
    Let's play connect the dots. He's the son of an American media magnate, Ted Turner. He somehow get injured severely enough while on Russian soil to require a hospital stay.

    CONCLUSION: The Russians did not want a negative diplomatic incident to result from their providing poor or inadequate care to a potentially high profile patient. So, the Russians provided him with the best of everything that they could provide. It was a minor expense compared to the cost of the potential damage to their international prestige of having the Soviet system exposed as a failure.

    January 22, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. California Gary

    I wonder if there is any significance in the fact that he is posing with cannons in his first campaign pic? He's not just a gun guy....he's a big gun guy!

    January 22, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. The Elephant in the Room

    Not that there is anything wrong with being a high school teacher and running for Congress but if it wasn`t for Daddy`s money would he even have a shot at it?

    how many really sharp scions go into the family firm [like CNN] and drop out? Did he fail to make the grade? Former businessman? Why, was he a failure?

    January 22, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. Tom Arnold

    A phony singer for a phony Manchurian President

    January 22, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. kayla

    and the hate keep spewing, you lost , get over it.

    January 22, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. Name VA865

    He looks older than his daddy. ..yikes. ....

    January 22, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. Abdul Hashemee

    If you can not deliver a good version of LIVE national anthem as a singer who is overpaid a gazzilion dollars then shame on you for stealing the opportunity from another singer who is better than you.
    Basically you are a thief.

    January 22, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    So, what exactly are his qualifications to serve in the US House of Representatives?

    "Turner will fight for more freedom and less government so our families will have a secure tomorrow."

    Ah. Freedom fighter. Less government. We've heard this song before from some pretty unique individuals.

    January 22, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. jena

    Talk about a shock! Son Teddy definitely doesn't follow in daddy Ted's (or the rest of the family's) footsteps. Does not now and didn't even way back when he tried (unsuccessfully and multiple times and ways) to make it in the TV & music business. It will be fun to see if those who worked with/for/under him while he was at TBS or his forays after that time, come forward. There would be some 'interesting' stories to say the least! I was there and let's just say that if every family has its 'black sheep', Teddy would be the one for the Ted Turner family! lol

    January 22, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. Jack

    A near fatal car accident in the Soviet Union. Hmm. Did he pay for the medical care? Probably not. Not sure what he means by "cost." The rich in America can afford great medical care. The poor can't always get the best care. Shouldn't all Americans get good medical care? If you belong to a union you pay to get good medical insurance. If you don't you have to purchase it on your own and that is very very expensive (unless you're rich.) If you can't afford medical insurance you end up in the ER and someone else pays (or overpays.) That is the whole point behind Affordable Healthcare Insurance that Obama got thru Congress. To level the playing field. Of course, that is so un-American– a level playing field.

    January 22, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |