August 11th, 2009
04:07 PM ET
14 years ago

Liberal groups continue to target Democratic senator

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Liberal groups said Tuesday that they will continue to target Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska even after the senator put out an ad defending his views on health care reform."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Liberal critics of Sen. Ben Nelson's position on health care reform sent out a new plea Tuesday asking for financial help in keeping a statewide television commercial that targets the Nebraska Democrat on the air.

For the past week, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America have run a 60 second ad on Nebraska cable in an effort to pressure Nelson to embrace President Obama's approach to health care reform. This week, the organizations moved the commercial to local broadcast stations in Nebraska and Nelson, himself, has begun airing his own 30 second commercial to explain his position on health care reform.

Related: Nelson buys TV time to frame health care debate

"Ben Nelson's new ad says nothing about the public option, and for good reason –Nelson's efforts to undermine the public option are out of step with the overwhelming majority of Americans, including many rural voters and even Republicans," Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee said in an email to CNN.

"We'll keep holding Nelson accountable until he bucks his special interest contributors and supports a public health insurance option for his constituents."

Filed under: Ben Nelson • Health care • Nebraska
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. reggie

    Ben Nelson is a smart man and will do what is right for Nebraska. So, the liberal activists might as well save their money. he will not be swayed by their tactics.

    August 11, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. trueblue

    If Democrats such as Ben Nelson show that they are more willing to follow their corporate donors than do what is right for Americans, then citizens should vote them out. I'm glad someone is trying to show him for what he is–a wolf in Democratic clothing.

    August 11, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. Darko

    Public option is a deal breaker. No private entity can ever compete with the govt... why? the govt sets its own rules and can print its own money. Your private insurance may be available this year and the next, but it will eventually be overrun by the public option. Once that happens, you have no options which means loss of liberty and washington will determine your healthcare. Not you, not your doctor...

    Everything that Obama says he wants reformed can be achieved without a public option. The republicans have it right on this one. Pool smaller groups together, allow interstate competition, tort reform... except Obama is an idiot if he thinks this thing is anything close to being budget neutral.

    August 11, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. Jimmy the Greek

    WAIT! I thought it was UN-AMERICAN to protest congressional representatives (per Nancy Pelosi)...

    .... ohhh... this was a liberal group attacking Ben Nelson??? Well THAT's patriotic then!!

    (eyes rolling)

    Liberal hypocrisy abounds!!

    August 11, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. m jeff

    This fake phoney Nelson will be remembered come next election.

    August 11, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. katiec

    When Nelson says the American people are against Public Option he is LYING!!
    He does not want public option because it would force his insurance companies to become competitive. This so called co-op solution has proven inadequate and most certainly not the answer. Could the
    billions of dollars they request to get these co-ops going factor
    into anything??
    The majority of the people want, need, support Public Option.
    The politicans who are putting campaign funding, personal gains
    or interests before the welfare of the American people are

    August 11, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. Bell

    He will continue to garner my vote and I am a Republican. Do not take any trash from the haters on the luny left Senator.

    August 11, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. Proud Member..Party of No

    Opposition to Der Fuhrer Obama will NOT be tolerated!

    August 11, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. Dyan

    CNN, why don't you report on how much money Nelson has taken from the health insurance industry? That's an important part of the story that explains why progressive groups continue to run ads against him.

    As as for anyone who says these ads are hypocrisy, you're missing a key difference. No one is shouting Nelson down and stopping him from having his voice heard too. But then I suspect some of you don't really care about the facts. it's far easier to twist reality.

    August 11, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. Bob

    Some of the greatest examples of hypocrisy come from the Democratic Party and their activist groups. At the same time that they state their love of activism and free speech, they ruthlessly and personally attack anyone not going along with their ideas.

    This guy is WAY more in step with the majority of Americans than Greene and his group, and he's probably doing exactly what he's supposed to the voice of his constituents. Congressional representatives are NOT loyalty to be served by the people (as Pelosi, Reid et al. believe) but rather the opposite. Nelson believes this as well and the radical left is trying to barbeque him for it.

    If we had more Democrats like Nelson, we'd be in much better shape as a country.

    "If Obama has a bad day, you can bet that they'll make sure that a Republican has a worse day".

    August 11, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. mjm

    People do not want a public option.

    We want reform, not a whole new government insurance.

    If you want to reform, knock yourself out.

    But to create a whole new government run insurance is going too far.

    The government can't even run the post office let alone health care.

    August 11, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. MN thinker

    I am originally from Nebraska and it says a lot that a democrat was selected in a usually Republican state. However, the reason Ben has remained in politics for the state of Nebraska is that he does not always do what democrats do. I have heard on these boards about who cares about Nebraska, well the problem with that is they have just as much say as anyone else. I wish more senators would at least think about the bill and what it would mean for their state before they jump on one side or another.

    August 11, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. AEK

    Senator Nelson needs to keep in mind that the second district in the State of Nebraska, which is the most populace, voted for President Obama in the last election. The people of Nebraska allow the electoral votes in each district to go to the candidate who garnered the most votes in that district. Obama was awarded that vote, yep, a vote for a Democratic Presidential candidate from Nebraska. Unprecedented?Watch out Ben, the liberals are a comin'!

    August 11, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. Mike in MN

    Obama lied today in his town hall when he said, " the plan has been stalled due to strong Republican oppositon". If anyone doubted Obama is a lier, that statement should end it. If 100% of the Republicans in Congress were opposed, it would not be enough to stall health care reform. It is Blue Dog Democrats like Nelson that have brought the process to a halt. Obama is protecting his own party by lying to the American people that it is the fault of the Republicans.
    At the same time polls show over 50% of the American peolpe are opposed to the bill. Republicans don't even total 40% of the American people. Polls show a majority of independents do not support the bill.
    Obama needs to stop lying. He can pass this piece of junk if he can sell it to Blue Dog Democrats like Nelson and moderate independents. He needs no support at all from the Republicans.

    August 11, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. donttreadonme

    It is time to end employer, state controlled health plans. I want private, national, portable health care plans. Healthcare reform doesn’t mean Government run.
    When the Government fixes Medicare, Social Security and balances the deficit then they can talk about adding more Government.

    Time to take State Restrictions off of Insurance. Smart reform not Government control.

    August 11, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. I am glad I'm not a Repulse-lican

    The blue dogs Dems will live to regret their stalling the Healthcare reform bill and we will make sure of that, but what the Rethugliklans don't know is all of this hooligan behavior will definitly back fire on them. They have not behaved as "Christians" during these town halls and they are an embarrassment to this country. I have noticed that the ones standing up at these town halls screaming are already on Government controlled health plans it's called Medicare but maybe their too old to know what they have. They have coverage, 46 million don't and their screaming because what? Many Americans can be so stupid it's unbelievable.

    August 11, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. donttreadonme

    I wonder when the bluedogs will realize that their party has been hi-jacked by the liberial extreme.

    August 11, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. Shelly

    A health care plan for teaching parents on how to raise their kids?

    It's outlined in sections 440 and 1904 of the House bill (Page 838), under the heading "home visitation programs for families with young children and families expecting children." The programs (provided via grants to states) would educate parents on child behavior and parenting skills. The bill says that the government agents, "well-trained and competent staff," would "provide parents with knowledge of age-appropriate child development in cognitive, language, social, emotional, and motor domains ... modeling, consulting, and coaching on parenting practices," and "skills to interact with their child to enhance age-appropriate development."

    August 11, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. Whazzup

    Now the libs are cannibalizing their own.

    August 11, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  20. Republican All The Way

    Just cuz the poor guy is expressing his true opinion doesnt mean the dumb liberals have to scare him into agreeing with them. Just because you are with a certain party does not need to mean you do evrything they do.

    August 11, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  21. Idiot_Pelosi

    I have the answer. Let's let LIBERALS pay higher tax rates to pay for all this OBAMA crap.

    I will not pay any more taxes or fees. I will cheat before I pay another cent.

    Liberals want and want, but never have a plan to pay for it. Let them pay for it for once.

    You mark on your 1040 Form, I am liberal or I voted for Obummer. Good, that will be an extra 10% on your taxes.

    Problem Solved.

    August 11, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  22. D. Tree

    All we want is access to the same choices our Senators get and that includes a Public Option.

    Senate opponents of a public option are hypocrites: they gets a public option for themselves, don't they think the rest of America deserves the same?

    August 11, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. Flex

    "Just cuz the poor guy is expressing his true opinion doesnt mean the dumb liberals have to scare him into agreeing with them. Just because you are with a certain party does not need to mean you do evrything they do."

    Dear hillbilly hypocrite, you will be among the first opponents of Obama, to sign up for his health care reform bill. It will be cheaper, and better, than what the private industry can provide.

    August 11, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  24. Republican All The Way

    If this healthcare plan is ever passed i am moving right away. My goal is to be a doctor and that is gonna be nearly impossible with plan. i work with a doctor and i know that they already go through a lot of trouble. the new plan is gonna suck. there is already a lack of doctors the new plan is not gonna help matters.

    August 11, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  25. Rural Nebraskan

    "including many rural voters and even Republicans" Where is Mr. Green from, does anyone know? I am a rural Nebraskan. I have also studied the various proposals to reform health care. Most Nebraskans are against spending more money for the good of the urban centers throughout the rest of the country. We pay our own bills and our own taxes, why should we pay for the metropolitan areas problems. They need to fend for themselves.

    August 11, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
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