August 3rd, 2009
03:23 PM ET
12 years ago

Liberal groups step up efforts against Democrat Ben Nelson

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Ben Nelson is the target of a new ad campaign."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Two liberal groups that have been accusing Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson of undermining health care reform are stepping up their efforts to paint the conservative Democrat as an obstructionist.

Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee - a political action committee that supports "bold progressive" candidates - said Monday that they're tripling the amount of anti-Nelson television ads running in Nebraska and doubling the number of ads running in Washington.

The minute-long TV ad, funded by online donations, features a Nebraska resident accusing Nelson of "leading the charge to delay health care reform this summer." The ad will now run 600 times in Nebraska and 100 times in the nation's capital.

The move comes after Nelson's office sharply pushed back against the ad last week, suggesting that "health care reform may be dead by the end of August" if the PCCC spots keep running. The groups interpreted that as a sign Nelson may try to derail health care reform simply because of some tough TV ads.

"Nelson actually threatened to kill health care reform for millions of Americans because of … his own bruised ego," said PCCC member Michael Snook in a message to the coalition's e-mail list on Monday announcing the new ad buy.

Last week, Nelson spokesman Jake Thompson suggested health care reform may die at the end of August. In the same statement, he called the ads "ridiculous" and disputed the notion that the senator is leading the charge against health care reform. Thompson said Nelson wants to support bipartisan legislation that reduces costs, expands coverage and improves quality of care.

Thompson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the latest move from the two groups.

Filed under: Ben Nelson • Health care
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Luke

    Attack anyone that makes sense – the liberal way. You have my vote Sen. Nelson.

    August 3, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Obama Victim

    trouble in paradise??

    August 3, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Fla.

    Sen. Ben Nelson has received over $2 million from the health/insurance/pharmaindustry. Is this another coincidence? I think not.

    Sen. Ben Nelson's alliances should be with the American people for a majority-supported public option.

    The House Blue Dogs were able to make a compromise. The Senate should do the same and pass real health care reforms for America with a public option included.

    August 3, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Cook dogg

    I WORK, so that I can take my daughter to her eye Dr. whenver she needs a treatment or procedure. I do not want a bureaucrat telling me to get in line and wait until they say it's okay for her to be seen even if I have money to pay for a Dr. visit NOW! That is what I fear will happen if my employer drops our private insurance carrier!


    August 3, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Dennis

    Senator Nelson represents the state of Nebreska where the majority of the people are opposed to this legislation. If he wants to be re-elected, he will continue to oppose this legislation himself.

    August 3, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. jm for sc

    It is so easy for people who have excellent insurance coverage and the money to pay the deductibles to fight against Health Care for others. I have insurance, but I know what it is not to have it because I have been there before.

    August 3, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. johnnie

    CNN it is time for your RIGHT WING NETWORK to come to REALITY, you are so GOP and it is NOT WORKING,and Ben Nelson is not even a factor in this , the Democrats can pass this bill with 50 votes , you get it CNN. President Obama poll numbers went back UP today, and this GOP controlled NETWORK is on the DECLINE, you are going to see the American People as a (MAJORITY) support this HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL. CNN we know who CRUSADE for THE RNC and GOP, and your going down in the ABYSS with the GOP. Ben Nelson better hope he has a SEAT in the next ELECTION. President Obama approval ratings are going to continue to RISE. Look at the STOCK MARKET today.CNN you always pushing the LOSERS the RIGHT WING. they are DONE.

    August 3, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. kas

    Hang in there Ben. Don't listen to these lunatics.

    August 3, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. Frank

    Its a shame to see Democrats spending ammo on each other. Nelson's state probably isn't able to produce anyone much more progressive at this moment in history. And he counts toward the Democratic majority as much as Kennedy or Boxer.

    But if Demopublicans like Nelson don't feel any heat from the left, the change that America voted for is not likely to happen.

    August 3, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. yuri

    This battle of the belligerent blokes bids well for the bold and reform minded Libs., and hence the moribund healt care rerform of the previous 1993-94 era can bet on a better outcome with new methods in resuscitation. The GOPs will have to swallow that bitter pill, willy nilly.

    August 3, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Confused in Neb.

    Ever though he is speaking for the people of Nebraska... I guess he's not allowed to have his own thoughts... I guess he should just say yes to EVERY thing the party says... What happend to Government of the People by the People...

    I like Nelson and I'm from Nebraska and I VOTE!!!

    August 3, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. ib

    Here is a very smart democrat and should be looked on as a hero. This country cannot keep going down this path of uncontrolled spending. At least there are some that can see that.

    August 3, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. Tatianna

    Why do dems oppose bipartisan legislation that reduces cost, expands coverage and improves quality of care? Dems consider opponents of healthcare reform as obstructionists. Obama campaigned on bipartianship. So dems are either crowning and bowing Obama as King and no one can oppose his policies or dems are impling Obama lied for votes. You can fool people some of the time – you cant fool people all of the time.

    August 3, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. dimes1

    Just like Dumbocrats to eat their own. God forgive anyone Dumbocrat or Republican that has their own opinion. Lets all be followers!!!

    August 3, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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