RNC targets Democrats over Obama insurance pledge
January 7th, 2014
08:53 AM ET
10 months ago

RNC targets Democrats over Obama insurance pledge

Washington (CNN) – There's no let-up in the new year in the GOP push to attack Democrats over Obamacare during the midterm elections.

Case in point: New radio ads announced Tuesday morning by the Republican National Committee that attack 12 Democratic senators and representatives, many of whom are in competitive races this November. The ads focus on President Barack Obama's broken pledge that people who liked their health insurance plans could keep them under the Affordable Care Act.

The RNC says their radio spots will target Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mark Udall of Colorado, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Mark Warner. Also in the party committee crosshairs are Reps. Bruce Braley of Iowa and Gary Peters of Michigan, who are both running for the Senate this year, and Reps. Tim Bishop of New York and Nick Rahall of West Virginia.

"So what's your New Year's resolution? Here's one you can keep. Resolve to keep [Senator/Representative] honest in 2014," says the announcer in the ad. "President Obama and [Senator/Representative] said if you like your insurance plan you can keep it under ObamaCare. They lied to you. Big time. PolitiFact called that the 'lie of the year'."

The ads are expected run Tuesday and Wednesday and the party committee says the spots will air in English, as well as in Spanish in Colorado and Virginia, Vietnamese in Louisiana and Korean in Virginia. The RNC did not disclose the buy behind the new commercials.

A Democratic source with knowledge of the ad buy tells CNN that as of now, it looks like the RNC is spending only $3,100 in 36 markets.

Republicans have vowed to make the flawed startup of the health care law, as well as the President's faulty pledge about keeping insurance plans, front and center as they try to win back control of the Senate and keep control of the House in the 2014 midterm elections.

The move by the RNC follows a multi-million dollar ad campaign by Americans for Prosperity targeting Hagan, Landrieu, and Shaheen, as well as some House Democrats, over the same pledge. AFP is a conservative group backed by the deep pockets of the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers.

Responding to the RNC spots, Democratic National Committee Press Secretary Michael Czin told CNN that "Today, more Americans have better, more affordable health care than before thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The GOP shut down the government trying to take it all away. The American people have a clear choice – and that’s a debate we’re eager to have."


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  1. The Real Tom Paine

    -just asking

    Malory Archer
    The only Dems who lost their house/senate seats in 2010 were those who sided with the TPers and AGAINST the ACA. Funny how the "librul" media never mentions that.
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    are you serious??? what dream world are you living in anyways?

    record numbers of democrats lost their seats because they voted for obamacare. and even more will suffer the same fate in 2014 now that the lies of obama and the democrats have been exposed.
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    That was also predicated on the idea that the GOP actually had a real, detailed plan as to how they would actually solve problems. They have solved nothing because they never had a plan except to play games with peoples' lives in the hopes they would win by default. Ask President Romney how well that strategy worked for him. Ask the Republican ticket in VA how well that worked for them. At the end of the day, they lost because they bring NOTHING.

    January 7, 2014 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. Malory Archer

    just asking

    Malory Archer
    The only Dems who lost their house/senate seats in 2010 were those who sided with the TPers and AGAINST the ACA. Funny how the "librul" media never mentions that.
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    are you serious??? what dream world are you living in anyways?

    record numbers of democrats lost their seats because they voted for obamacare. and even more will suffer the same fate in 2014 now that the lies of obama and the democrats have been exposed.

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    Dem voters stayed home in 2010 because they were disappointed in President Obama and the Dems for caving to the right at every turn. The fact is the MAJORITY of Dems who lost their seats voted AGAINST the ACA. Don't attack the messenger because you don't like the message. That being said, the Dems cut their losses in 2012 – you remember 2012 don't you? All they need to do is remind Americans of the all-out assault the the right has been waging against women, children, the poor, the elderly, the working class, the unemployed and the sick since that election, and it won't be the rough sailing for the Dems that the right and the "liberal media" would like you to believe.

    Aditionally, the other "lies" of which you speak were created in the bowels of rightwing think tanks, and every single one has been debunked repeatedly.

    January 7, 2014 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. ChrisM

    Go right ahead GOPers, try and take away health insurance from millions of Americans with Pre-existing conditions.
    (diabetes is considered a pre-existing condition) I dare you , you heartless Gopers

    January 7, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. just asking

    Shefter Laurent
    Months ahead before NOVEMBER, people will love Obamacare. What else these fools GOPers will run on?? Just asking!
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    you mean right when millions more americans will be receiving cancellation notices because of the employer mandate kicking in? you mean right when people already on obamacare exchnage plans get their new rates that are considerably higher because not enough young people were dumb enough to sign up and all that did sign up were old and very sick people?

    oh yeah... that is going to be quite the lead up to the election!

    January 7, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. Sheila

    " If this is the GOP plan for 2014, they will lose the house"

    it is their plan . . . they are gambling on winning – in nov 2014 -

    January 7, 2014 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. love344

    grow a spine dems and take note of those GOP reps that voted against Obamacare 41 times and how much time wasted on doing that

    January 7, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
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