September 29th, 2009
06:36 PM ET
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First on the Ticker: DNC to target seniors in new ad

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="National Democrats new TV ad is aimed at trying to convince senior citizens that Republicans are perpetuating falsehoods about President Obama's efforts to reform health care."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - National Democrats will begin airing a new TV ad Wednesday aimed at trying to convince senior citizens that Republicans are perpetuating falsehoods about President Obama's efforts to reform health care.

"Republicans are trying to scare seniors about health reform," a narrator says at the opening of the ad as pictures of Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader John Boehner flash on the screen.

"The truth is health reform will help seniors by enhancing their drug coverage, reducing the premiums they pay for drugs and medical care, and helping keep Medicare solvent," adds the narrator.

The Democratic National Committee is financing the 30-second spot, which will air on national cable and in Washington, DC. A DNC official would not say how much money was being spent on the ad, but described it as a "substantial buy."

The new push by the DNC to woo seniors comes as a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll shows that 54 percent of people age 65 and older oppose Obama's health care plan, while 41 percent favor it.

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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. micro lay sayasan

    please just do only DNC thanks

    September 29, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. A Bullseye on Their Backs

    "DNC to target seniors'

    DNC had been doing this since they proposed health care reform. What is a couple billions in savings from Medicare when they are NO SPECIFICS as to where these "savings" wouldbe realized?

    September 29, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  3. Independant Vet

    Reform needs to start with Obama.

    Time for Him to pratice his change. Stop the lieing , if nothing else , keep his mouth shut. Wright .

    As is he may be taking bids on the white house, to pay for all his mistakes. Wright >


    ? WHERE IS HE FLYING TO IN THE NEXT 8 HRS. , so he can have a couple puffs.

    September 29, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  4. Loup Garou 782

    At eighty one I'm well into the senior status, and, you don't need to target that frigging add toward me . I don't like either lying Democrats or their plan for me. You people are worse than Adolph Hitler, El Douche And Stalin all rolled into one.

    September 29, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  5. Ron Ft. Myers

    Is it or is it not a fact that they plan to cut medicare by $500,000,000.00 ? How does that help seniors?

    September 29, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  6. mjm

    "The truth is health reform will help seniors by enhancing their drug coverage, reducing the premiums they pay for drugs and medical care, and helping keep Medicare solvent.........

    Buy cutting millions out of medicare to help pay for a public option that no one wants? By cutting Medicare Advantage?

    Democrats are scarring everyone, not just seniors.

    September 29, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |

    Puerto Ricans, American Samoans, US Virgin Islanders are not written for parity in health care. They get drafted like all other Americans. Can they get healthy too?

    September 29, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  8. Duck Fallas

    Old people oppose The President's plan because they have Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security and are opposed to social programs.



    September 29, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |

    what a joke by the DNC, The main LIER is in Denmark trying the Olympics instead of making JOBS.


    Straight from Private Agenda LIEING Obama.

    September 29, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  10. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Scare tactics about scare tactics which were about OTHER scare tactics. 🙂

    September 29, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. MatthewDetroit

    The Democratic Party should try to stop lying about the health care bill.

    It is a fact that they are going to CUT the medicare spending. They have stolen from medicare and social security for years...

    The need to stay away from health care and stay out of medicare.... they are already bankrupting both.

    September 29, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  12. 2010 can't get here fast enough

    As usual more lies, just like I can keep my Doctor and insurance, oopsy, the CBO must be racist as well for telling us that seniors ARE going to lose coverage.

    Joe Wilson, what did he say, the liberal cowards were going to allow for illegals to get healthcare coverage, mmmmmm, what happened this week, mmmmmm, come on sheep, you know what your heroes are trying to mmmmm, do.

    One and done.

    September 29, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  13. Mike in MN

    If the Republicans really wanted to scare seniors they would run ads telling what Cass Sunstien and Ezekel Emanuel have written concerning government benefits to seniors. They both endorse the concept that when government is evaluating progarms that they should consider the cost of the benefits to the elderly and disabled compared to those of the young and able bodied. When government is creating programs they should consider that money spent on the young and able bodied is of greater value then that spent on seniors and the disabled. This should be a factor when making decisions regarding distributing government resources. Most of the health care bills have new committees that will be regulating health care and most will be populated by direct appointments by the President. Both Sunstien and Emanuel are part of the Obama Whitehouse administration and both were appointed by Obama. How many like minded individuals might Obama appoint to government health care committees and boards? I bet if seniors knew about these two they would believe in a possible future of death panels and health care rationing for seniors.

    September 29, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  14. Mark,B'ham,Al.

    What will th egovernment do when the public finds out that they under estimated Health Care Reform by a factor of 3 times or more as most big government programs? They are going to have to raise taxes on the middle class or cut benefits. With Medicare going broke in the next generation cuts are coming or tax hikes are coming. Personally, I do not trust what government says after what the Clinton Administration did to my free medical for life (to cut cost) after making the US Navy a career. All I can say is it is great we have private insurance through our civilain jobs!

    September 29, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  15. A Democrat of 51 years who has finally got smart to their foolishness.

    I'm upset. Even before all this hoo-law about seniors neither Democrats or Republicans gave a d...! about us. We have to seek Physicians to even accept the mess. Most in small cities don't and if your unfortunate to live in one you may have to drive sixty to 100 miles to find care. I've seen nothing that says these Physicians have to accept the medicare program up front. Oh yeaH you can pay them then they will file for it for you. But the check comes to the medical clinic and you'll play hades in ever seeing it. So they get paid twice. Medicare only pays about 66% of the national average health care charges. No wonder no one wants to treat you. Ther is nothing in Obamas plan that spells anything different. If any of these politicians had this insurance they would see things differently. When a military serviceman reaches 65 years of age he falls under medicare. He then if he wants total care must go to the Veterans or Military hospital and wait maybe three or four days for treatment. How can anyone over 65 years of age continue driving up to a hundred miles to one of these facilities. YES THE HEALTH PROGRAM NEEDS CHANGING BUT IN THE RIGHT WAY NOT OBAMA'S WAY.

    September 29, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  16. m smith

    This is good. About time they answered the dumb lies put out by the republicans. They are ruthless in trying to scare people into believing them .

    September 29, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  17. John

    Keep exposing the Lies and fear monggering from the Conservative Right and the GOP, who are nothing more than spokespeople for health insurance and Drug companies.

    Show them for the opportunists they are.

    September 29, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  18. cramit

    We have dems in thier own words saying what repubs are claiming and then in the same breath saying the repubs are lieing????//

    September 29, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
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