June 19th, 2009
02:53 PM ET
13 years ago

MoveOn.org targets Democratic senator

(CNN) - MoveOn.org is targeting a Democratic senator Friday over her apparent opposition to the health care proposal President Obama has proposed.

In a radio ad airing in the New Orleans market, the liberal political action committee criticizes Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu for expressing opposition to legislation that would provide Americans with a choice of public health care.

"Why is Mary Landrieu opposing the president's plan to provide health care choices for all Americans, including the option to join a high quality public health insurance plan?" the ad's narrator says, noting the senator has received "$1.6 million in campaign contributions from the health care industry - the same industry that's now spending millions to stop the president's plan."

After initially signaling she would be in favor of a public option last year, Landrieu told reporters last week she was against any health care reform package that offered such a policy.

"I'm not open to a public option," she said. "However, I will remain open to a compromise, a full compromise. [A] public option is not something that I support. I don't think it's the right way to go."

But Landrieu, whose vote could be decisive in blocking a potential Republican filibuster against a health care bill, said she may still vote for a package that includes a public option.

"It would be unlikely, but I'm not saying no," she told reporters.

The radio spot is set to air through Wednesday.

Filed under: Mary Landrieu • MoveOn
soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    Leave it to the party of diversity, tolerance, and inclusion to eat their own.

    June 19, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. truthsayer

    The American people need to take a stand like the Iranian people and say enough is enough. lets march on Washington and demand that these corrupt senators do the bidding of the people who they are elected to serve

    June 19, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Bonnie in Texas

    Targeting Mary Landrieu with this kind of advertising is not likely to win her over to Obama's side. Who are these thugs that are targeting reasonable opposition? Is this the kind of country we want – one that doesn't allow opposing views to be expressed? Wow – we've come a long way baby and I don't mean that in a good way.

    June 19, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. Dawn In Pa

    Here comes the lobbiest... This Country does not really care about the citizens, they could care if someone dies... Well if you are uninsured and if you have cancer, and you cannot go to the hospital, I can tell you the Government can and will intervein and if you cannot pay the high cost, well your screwed. Back down you lobbiest and let the people have health care.

    June 19, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. John H.

    She is from Louisiana – what do you expect? It is just taken for granted that all Louisiana politicians can and have been bought off. Her father was a felon (just not convicted) and she is of the same ilk!

    June 19, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. DT

    Leave it to the party of diversity, tolerance, and inclusion to eat their own.

    It's not like Repugs havent been eating there own...

    June 19, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. Neutralizer

    moveon is losing its steam. I used to be a member of the said organization when it started in the 90's (Clinton – Lewinsky scandal, what is "is" – remember?). But I've noticed the organization is moving too far left; they have no place for moderates like me – I left the organization and stop sending my contribution. I'm socially liberal and fiscally conservative, I don't believe in extremism either left or right. It was moderates like me who put democrats where they are now, next year election it would be moderates like me who will take them down. Polls done by gallup this year, over 40% of US voters are now conservative, 36% are moderates. The democraps have destroyed trust and confidence moderates have bestowed on them.


    June 19, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. Jon in CA

    Yep – CHANGE you can believe in!

    This fascist administration will target and silence ANY who disagree with their agenda... including their traditional supporters.

    Ask Rev Wright what happens when you speak the truth about Barack Obama being a "politician".

    June 19, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. Proud Liberal

    So it's considered eating your own when you hold someone accountable for doing what they said they were going to do? I don't care what party you are. If you don't support the healthcare that a large majority of the country wants then you don't get my support. Democracy only works when citizens hold their elected officials accountable.

    June 19, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. minan59

    "senator has received "$1.6 million in campaign contributions from the health care industry"

    I am sure she is not the only politician sticking it to the American public while supporting their campaign contributors.

    June 19, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Mississippi Mike

    MoveOn.org is the president's unofficial attack dog. They will do anything they can to protect his socialist, anti-American policies. Why does anyone even care what they have to say anymore?

    June 19, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    @DT "Leave it to the party of diversity, tolerance, and inclusion to eat their own.
    It's not like Repugs havent been eating there own…

    That's it? The whole argument for critics of the Dems is: well the Repubs do it too. If the Dems and Repubs are so much alike, what was this BIG Change I heard all about?

    Cue The BIG silence.........

    Start thinking independents NOW from the grass roots up.

    June 19, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. Steve (the real one)

    The liberal establishment making a meal of a liberal democrat? Well well!!

    @Bonnie in Texas.. Move on targets anyone who is not in complete agreement with them ask any conservative! It is however, surprising they are targeting another liberal democrats wh otherwise might have agreed with the administration 99.5 % of the time!

    June 19, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. Jerry

    @@@Neutralizer June 19th, 2009 3:18 pm ET


    You are Wrong. Actually we have taken back our Country from the Hands of Crooks, Scoundrels, Criminals, Rascals Republicans.

    Republicans are done. Republicans are History. You are advise to keep sucking the Republican Lolly Pop !!

    June 19, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. RahmAxleRod SuperTroopers

    Democrats need to be fiscally responsible also, socially I vote with the dems, fiscally I vote when the republicans... somtimes they come at a cross roads.. I want a new party 🙂

    June 19, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. lovable liberal

    There's no meaningful reform without a public option.

    June 19, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. Emma

    Sack her! Put a Democrat in her office who will support genuine health care for all Americans. I am so sick of these pompous, no gut Democrats who shy away from their own shadows. It is obvious to me that she and her family have great coverage otherwise she would be able to empathize with middle American because she has been there.

    Send the rich packing if they do not do as the electorate wish. I am sure she was for everything when she was a candidate and now that she has a job with superb medical insurance she has become a SNOB!

    June 19, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. Bingo

    re truthsayer:

    Sen Landrieu is following the views and wishes of the voters and the state of Louisiana whom she was elected to service. Louisiana is a solid Republican state and does not want to burden its citizens with additional taxes, costs and charges to provide taxpayer funded health care for the rest of the country.

    June 19, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. John

    Look, I don't like any politician, but maybe, just maybe, this Senator is balking because the cost for the "pie in the sky" health plan is $1.6 trillion. Maybe she realizes that reform can occur without breaking the country's back.

    June 19, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. tim

    Landrieu flip flopped and it sounds like she did for campaign donations. We desperately need health care reform and the health care industry is buying people like her off. Shame.

    June 19, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. SLM

    Moveon.org is a full of lie crappy site anyway. Only fools actually believe any of the crap they post.

    June 19, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. G SMITH PA

    Do I hear a Republican comeback. YES.

    June 19, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. cjr

    Mary – it's not about what you want! it's about health care for those who need it badly. If you can't understand that – then you should probably resign. After all, you can be replaced.

    June 19, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. Taa Taa

    Mississippi Mike, you're on this site and 4 others, spewing that same old stupid nonsense.. Go on and admit you are Rush Limbaugh...

    June 19, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. Terri

    Liberal senator?! Since when is Mary Landrieu a liberal senator? Have you actually seen her voting record?

    June 19, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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