WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush kept a promise on Wednesday to veto a bill that would have increased the number of children covered by a state-federal health insurance program. The bill enjoyed bipartisan support and Ed Henry reports on why Bush vetoed the bill and what the political consequences of the veto may be for Bush and the Republican Party.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – As President Bush prepares to brandish his veto pen, House Democrats are wasting no time in criticizing him and several Republicans who oppose the SCHIP health care legislation.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has purchased a week’s worth of radio advertising targeting eight GOP House members for voting against the health insurance program for children, a DCCC source tells CNN. The ads will note the lawmakers are covered by a taxpayer health care plan, but oppose this program.
Congress recently approved the bill, but Bush has promised to veto it.
The source would not reveal how much money the DCCC is spending on the ads, but noted Democrats will be running 15-second spots around traffic and weather reports in districts represented by Ohio Rep. Steve Chabot, Virginia Rep. Thelma Drake, Florida Rep. Tom Feeney, Missouri Rep. Sam Graves, Michigan Rep. Joe Knollenberg and New Jersey Rep. Jim Saxton. Sixty-second ads will be run against New York Rep. Randy Kuhl and Michigan Rep. Tim Walberg.
The DCCC is expected to formally announce the ad buy later in the day.
- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston