GOP taints 2014 Dems with Obama healthcare pledge
November 5th, 2013
01:14 PM ET
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GOP taints 2014 Dems with Obama healthcare pledge

Washington (CNN) - The controversy over President Barack Obama's dialing back of his famous healthcare pledge is playing out immediately in real time on the campaign trail.

American Crossroads, a leading pro-GOP super PAC that was co-founded and is steered by Karl Rove, announced Tuesday that it's going up with paid web ads that target three Democratic Senators who face tough re-election bids next year. The spots tie the lawmakers to the President's claim that Americans could keep current health insurance under the Affordable Care Act if they preferred it.

At the same time, a super PAC supporting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is using the health care controversy to attack McConnell's Democratic challenger in the 2014 midterms.

The minute-plus Crossroads videos highlight numerous old clips of the President pledging that Americans can keep their health care plan if they like it, along with new news reports declaring that the claim is incorrect and suggesting that the White House knew that insurance companies could cancel some plans.

The internet ads are targeting Democratic Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. The videos include clips of those Senators repeating the President's claim that Americans can keep their insurance plans under Obamacare. The spots end with the tagline: "Obama lied, Begich (or Hagan or Landrieu) lied, your healthcare died."

Meanwhile, Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, a super PAC backing McConnell as the top Senate Republican runs for a sixth term in office, announced that they're spending $340,000 to run an ad statewide that links Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes with the President and his health care claim.

"Grimes and Obama. When liberals don't tell the truth, Kentucky gets burned," says the announcer in the TV commercial.

"Mitch McConnell is a walking, talking caricature of everything that is wrong with Washington. This incredibly weak ad will do nothing to dissuade Kentuckians that after 28 years it is time for a change," Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Deputy Executive Director Matt Canter told CNN, in response to the ad.


Filed under: 2014 • American Crossroads • GOP • Health care • Obamacare
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. If You Like Your Plan You Can Keep It

    Ted Cruz helped tattoo

    ===>OBAMACARE<====

    across the forehead of every Democrat in the House and Senate.

    Trying washing that one off, Dems.

    November 5, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Louisiana...you mean the state where the GOP/Teatrolls in control of the state gov't just got caught paying $2M to insurers for dead people?

    November 5, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "The spots tie the lawmakers to the President's claim that Americans could keep current health insurance under the Affordable Care Act if they preferred it."

    The circle of life (for "journalists" and the MSM):

    GOP/Teatrolls start going bonkers with new talking points and accusations -->
    MSM latches onto them and ramps them up, sensationalizes them and reports nonstop in a manner designed to just regurgitate, not analyze -->
    GOP/Teatrolls atke it and make it into campaign ads -->
    MSM gets positive reinforcement for propping up nontroversies in the form of a piece of the campaign ad spending ->
    Next talking opints to roll around, there's less incentive to analyze anything and thereby risk debunking something that could have resulted in thousands or millions of ad revenue.

    November 5, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. If You Like Your Plan You Can Keep It

    @Sniffit
    "Louisiana...you mean the state where the GOP/Teatrolls in control of the state gov't just got caught paying $2M to insurers for dead people?"
    **********************
    Yeah, Louisiana. That'is the state where Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu is scratching like a cat to get away from Obamacare because she is up for re-election in 2014.

    November 5, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. barryinlasvegas

    Of course he lied – now he has been caught and his pole numbers today on Gallup is 39% approve.

    November 5, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    "Mitch McConnell is a walking, talking caricature of everything that is wrong with Washington."
    ---------------------------------------------
    That quote is all that needs to be said about McObstruction.

    November 5, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. Tigas

    Yes-or-No: Did Obama state, on several occasions, "... you can keep your policy. Period."?

    November 5, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. Warren

    If You Like Your Plan You Can Keep It
    Ted Cruz helped tattoo

    Way better then what the GOP offered..And I proudly wear it on my forehead.

    November 5, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Michael Benjamin

    By and large, Republicans are pathetic creatures.

    November 5, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. Warren

    Why are they blaming it on the ACA, the insurance companies can no longer rip them off. whats the problem?

    November 5, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    They're as mad as flushed hornets, and they're going for the overreach once again.

    November 5, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. Anthony in California

    Easy issue to counter. Just ask for the Republican plan...
    So you cant keep your old coverage.. its not the end of the world.
    Not having affordable insurance is though.

    And Hillary still wins in 2016

    November 5, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. w l jones

    It appearing those conservative on healthcare isure begin to look like a group of people traveling in deep space and grasping for air time any way they can get it. Sorry the people have spoken.

    November 5, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. unc dig

    They need to be tied to it. After all they passed the legislation for Obama and even Pelosi said " You'll have to pass the bill to see what is in it". Guess we are seeing the results of Pelosi and the Dem blind following of Obama and Obamacare lies.

    They deserve the fallout that is coming

    November 5, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. If You Like Your Plan You Can Keep It

    It is bad enough the that the HealthCare.gov website does not work well and might not have adequate security safeguards in place to protect our personal information. The thing that scares me the most is that it is run by government employees. This means if somebody screws up really badly, they won't be fired. Just reassigned to another department where their incompetence will be allowed to continue.

    November 5, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. the hippies were right

    @Tigas, Yes Obama was led to believe by his advisors thay if you liked your policy, you could keep it. Sorry Tom I., but Bush listened to 0 advisers before invading Iraq. Ok maybe one, Haliburton! FIFY

    November 5, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. NameFrank Deery

    All the King's horses and all the King's men,
    cannot put Humpty Dumpty Obama-back together again!

    Absentee Presidents Like Obama, face The
    reality a
    of sham at some point. This is his "chickens
    coming home to roost" moment.

    Let Biden do it-for Now.

    November 5, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. love344

    sorry GOp won't work

    November 5, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    I look at it this way. Both sides can accuse the other of lying. I think one "you can keep blah, blah, blah" cancels out "death panels." Both sides can point their fingers and say the other lied to win an election. Well, it worked for Republicans in 2010, and it worked for Democrats in 2012. Once again, both lies cancel one another out. It's all square.

    November 5, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. tom l

    @Sniffit,
    What an incredibly selfish and callous statement. So this is a "nontroversy"? The president of the United States completely misleading the public? About something as personal as the relationship between a patient and his/her doctor? Tell me you don't actually believe this is not controversial. Please tell me you're not that crazy.

    November 5, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. rs

    If You Like Your Plan You Can Keep It

    Ted Cruz helped tattoo

    ===>OBAMACARE<====

    across the forehead of every Democrat in the House and Senate.

    Trying washing that one off, Dems.
    __________________________
    Try washing "TREASON" and "SEDITION" and "We blew $24 billion in an unsuccessful coup" off of GOPpers- yours is far, far worse.

    November 5, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. Gurgyl

    Does GOP still think it is alive? GOP is dead, gone to DOGS. No one with right mind will ever vote for those GOP idiots. Sorry but true. ACA is a Law. Period.

    November 5, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. ARMYCSM

    TO All of you GOPer's, Your glee will be short lived and you crackpots will all be back at the hate and tears that defines you losers. OBAMA is the most powerful man in the world...and he's BLACK! get use to it. This is the new America – Love it or leave
    it! Suceding is not an option. Leave.

    November 5, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    Tigas

    Yes-or-No: Did Obama state, on several occasions, "... you can keep your policy. Period."?
    -----------------
    Yes. Now how many times did Republicans threaten the American people with Obamacare horror stories, like death panels?

    November 5, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. Silence DoGood

    Did anyone hear who was put in charge of the Death Panels. Oh that's right, there aren't any.
    After stuff is just working, what will the frothing TeatHats talk about? I am thinking BigFoot.....

    November 5, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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