August 26th, 2009
05:15 PM ET
13 years ago

'Now is a time for respect,' conservative group says

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A conservative group that opposes President Obama's approach to health care reform said Wednesday that it is suspending its ad campaign because of Sen. Kennedy's death."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – A conservative group that opposes President Obama's approach to health care reform said Wednesday that it is suspending a multi-million dollar television campaign, because of the death of Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy.

"[N]ow is a time for respect, reflection and remembrance," Rick Scott, chairman of Conservatives for Patients' Rights, said in a statement. "Senator Kennedy's lifetime of dedicated public service transcended multiple generations. His devotion to many issues and his relentless passion made him a hero to his supporters and worthy adversary to his opponents. His voice and presence will be missed."

Related: Remembering Sen. Kennedy

Scott also said Wednesday that the group knows "the debate will continue.

"A debate Senator Kennedy embraced with vigor, and we look forward to engaging in the debate in the months ahead."

Conservatives for Patients' Rights has spent more than $4 million on ads against health care reform, including a recent ad buy intended to catch the eye of President Obama who is vacationing this week on Martha's Vineyard.

During his address to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Kennedy called health care reform "the cause of my life," and said he hoped to see legislation that would "guarantee that every American will have decent, quality health care as a fundamental right."

Related: Health care in America

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Minnesotan

    Very classy! Unexpected... but classy!

    August 26, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. Capt Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    'Now is a time for respect,' conservative group says

    Give me a break ! When have these GOP Clowns respectede anybody that disagees with them?

    August 26, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  3. Moderate Democrat

    I'll say it...that's about the first classy thing they have done, and they should be applauded for it.

    August 26, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. LacrosseMom

    Respect, eh? Today there were several callers and emails into the PBS station I was listening to from the haters on the far-right. How sad, that some people are both jury and judge of Sen. Ted Kennedy.

    Sen. Kennedy would have been the first one to admit that he is a sinner, that he is flawed and made terrible mistakes in his life.

    Yes, let's show some respect for a man who served his country for over 40 years, who lost three brothers in the service of this country.

    Say or think what you will about the Kennedys but the fact IS that no other American family has done more for our nation nor serve with more love and courage!

    August 26, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    Respect the man by passing the health care bill he was in favor of.
    Sen. Kennedy will be missed.

    August 26, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. Joann

    re. Ted Kennedy on the CNN news today – my heart goes out to his family. My husband, John, died at age 68 back in 1998 of cancer of the perotid gland. He too was a beautiful human being. He was in Public Health Service.

    God bless.


    August 26, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. kyei

    Maybe, just maybe, we can all return to civil discourse even when we disagree on the most passionate of issues and find a way to talk to one another not over each other to get stuff done for the American people.

    August 26, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. Citizen B

    Rick Scott may be a human being after all – I am impressed!!!!

    August 26, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. Grant

    Wow! Civility from the right; who ever would have thought. Maybe they are starting to figure out that we don't want nothing-but-hate from both parties. Good on them.

    August 26, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. Mike

    After reading all the news and information about Senator Edward (Ted) Kennedy today. I feel ashamed and embarassed, that I didn't kow how many important legislative bills that Senator Kennedy was involved in for the american people. He will be missed. Maybe, another look at this 'new' health care reform' bill for the american people. Maybe, call it, the " Kennedy Health Care Reform Bill". Mike in Montana

    August 26, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. Michael

    Am glad we still remember what we are; AMERICANS

    August 26, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    My God, out of a very sad event a ray of hope: now is the time for respect. Well said. Reminds me of the old Republican Party I once voted for. Thank you sir.

    August 26, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. Julia in Eugene, OR

    By golly, not all conservative groups are fear-mongering and ignorant. There have been so many lately, I was taken aback by a group that has some decency. Wow. Thank you for this. It's deserved and appreciated.

    August 26, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  14. Tom

    "Now is a time for respect..." What a sad state of affairs when someone has to die in order for respect to enter our political discourse.

    August 26, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. Farrell in Houston

    Honor and respect millions of Americans who don't have insurance while you're passing out respect.

    August 26, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  16. Frank, Las Vegas

    I find it hard to believe that this group respects anything. They certainly don't respect the Truth. If they want to show respect, stop telling your lies.

    August 26, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  17. Big Ed

    I respect that statement and sentiment. Regardless of view, we are first and foremost Americans.

    August 26, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. Vladimir

    Cowards. If anyone thinks the left is going to take a break from their campaign for a MINUTE they are delusional. If anything they are going to exploit Kennedy's death to push harder, now is not the time to back off!

    August 26, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. Peggy

    THANK YOU Rick Scott,

    August 26, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  20. cevans, tx

    Now, let's respect his effort to reform "HEALTH CARE"!!

    August 26, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  21. One For ALL

    (Condolences to family and friends.)
    His ultimate dream: quality, affordable health care for all Americans- as a right not privilege. Everything has its purpose... May your voice echo through the skies now more than ever! Rest in Peace.

    August 26, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  22. T Mckinley

    If Rick Scott, and his so-called "Conservatives for Patients Rights" really want to show some respect to Senator Kennedy, they should stop spreading their outright lies concerning what our President wants to accomplish with healthcare reform.

    August 26, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |