September 29th, 2009
06:36 PM ET
12 years ago

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. Susan

    My mom is 79 and healthy, and she is FOR the changes. I'm sure that my in-laws, about the same age and on no drugs, feel the opposite, because they listen to Rush and are sure the Democrats are always after their money and up to no good (even though the last time we had a surplus was under Clinton.) So I hope this helps, but I'm not sure that you can convince people who don't want to be convinced.

    September 29, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. Nea

    POLITICS AND FEAR thats all we keep hearing its clearly about polictics, Ok Republicans whats are you really proposing and i know its not you are posting on your web-site. That Americans can go and buy there own insurance and WHY? so you can keep protecting the insurance companies.

    September 29, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. victim of republican greed

    Most seniors are their own worst enemy. They would not know if it was good or bad, so they have Fox entertainment explain it to them, with that Fox bias.

    September 29, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. vick

    PARTY OF nooooo GOP you are done

    September 29, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  5. Steph

    Yes, please stop the lies! Good ad.

    September 29, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  6. Gerry

    I am a senior citizen and Obama is noot telling the truth about his promises. Medicare under Obamas plan will remove medicar advantage, so you can't keep that. Abortions may be allowed if in the plan there is no admendment against abortion. Treating illegals can't be enforced if there is not requirement to prove citizenship. In the center for diesease control Q&A section it states that people over 65 are at a lease rick than other all other age groups and will not be treated first as they have been in the past. This is change alright.

    September 29, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  7. Fed Up

    Seniors are not as stupid as Obama thought. They KNOW that cutting Medicare funding will result in cutting life saving tests and procedures. Democrats promise of cutting spending and increasing benefits, just doesn't add up. Seniors can do the math that teenagers can't.

    September 29, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  8. We Won Get Over It

    We see what a crooked bunch of people republicans are. They target the most vunerable group of people in this country. They don't care, as long as they can fill their pockets with health and drug companies money.

    They are not for the American people, there are now and have always been for big business. And the democrats in congress such as the blue dogs, if you can call them democrats, and baucus and lincoln are just as bad.

    They would rather grab that money than help people. It is such a shame that we don't have term limits. Then these people would not be able to scam their way into office over and over again. By the way I am one of the people that the republicans can't scare. I know the difference in lies and the truth, and I AM 76 YEARS OLD. There are some of us out there who are fighters. I wish to Hades there were more.

    September 29, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  9. Farrell in Houston

    I am a 66 year old senior and well informed on healthcare and how there are many out there misinforming seniors to just say no. It's wrong to mislead the elderly to believe that President Obama's healthcare reform bill is a threat to seniors when they are the real threat. There is nothing in President Obama's healthcare reform that hurts us seniors, absolutely nothing.

    September 29, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  10. Jon-In-CA

    The DNC crying about Republicans is about as legitimate as ACORN crying foul about the video tapes of their employees advocating fraud and tax evasion!

    Hey DNC – it was Senate Democrats who voted DOWN the "public option".

    September 29, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  11. Peter

    Too late! the seniors are running scared! why wait for the liars to scare people ? then when its late you start trying to repair the damage . Fight fire with fire! or strike the rod when its hot!! call out the liars immediately!!

    September 29, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  12. Larry

    It truly is a sad day for this country when so much time, effort and money goes towards defending the truth, let alone the time, effort and money used to distort it

    Then add to that, the pain these lies can bring to those that get confused by all of it

    I am so glad that the American people have woken up, and realize the deceitful ways of the Republican Party Of NO ... truth

    Th Republican party is so quickly falling down upon their own swords, and I for one am so glad to see it happening on a daily bases

    They will soon be extinct ...

    September 29, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  13. Haily

    haha, shameless self-promotion for @prestoncnn ;D

    September 29, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  14. annie against biased news

    Well for what it is worth I read the HR3200 and the only one lying is bo! This bill as it is in HR3200 all but destroys all health care for senior citizens! obama even stopped their meager increase in social security. obama is definitely out to destroy anyone over 65 and what will the age group next yr. 55 to 60? So the elderly don't feel too bad he also believes in murdering babies and denying care to the chronically ill.

    September 29, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    How is cutting Medicare funding by $200 billion to help pay for a Public Option bureaucracy that people don't want supposed to help keep Medicare solvent?

    Someone needs to tell the DNC that senior Americans are just older, not stupider. They are the Greatest Generation. We should be thanking them instead of trying to take advantage of them like the Democratic proposals do.

    September 29, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. Jay T.

    As they should. It takes some courage to tell seniors how Democrats want to take away their Medicare while you, as the Republicans are, are trying to do just that.

    September 29, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  17. Fed Up

    Sorry but Seniors are smarter than that, they know when things just don't add up and this doesn't add up. The promises made to the general public that we can keep our plan if we like it............guarantees please, oh but that isn't possible, since our health care choice is made by our employers. Wake up DNC, Seniors may be old, but they are wiser beyond your years!

    September 29, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  18. Obama is a Disaster

    Democrats lying to the very people they intend to screw over. Such deceit is lower than low, even for this crop of lefty Democrats.

    September 29, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  19. loves old ppl

    it will save money, i guess thats the only thing were concerned about is cost, wow thats why the ppl on my christian station are in an uproar, i rly doubt cost is a problem

    September 29, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  20. ib

    Kaine is over the DNC now. I live in Va and you can't believe a word Kaine says except when he says he is going to raise your taxes. Then you believe him.

    September 29, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  21. Right Again

    Seniors are already target by Democrats.

    Robbing Medicare to pay for health care already sound like a shaft to seniors.

    September 29, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  22. Mike Dallas

    A very selfish case of "I have mine, so screw you!"

    Seniors of which I will soon be one(58) have paid into Medicare but will reap 3 dollars for every one they paid in just in the first 10 years. So, skip the argument "we paid for it" because we didn't.

    That is what I call government run health care, and the selfish do not want anyone else to have anything close to what they have "earned"

    Reminds me of those blue haired, Luby gummers saying "just say no to Socialism" and then screaming "leave my Medicare alone"! "Grass roots" indeed!

    Grassly on CSPAN said Medicare was part of the "American fabric" which would be the same Medicare republicans voted against 40 years ago.

    Hopefully, our kids will be able to say that universal healthcare is part of the "American fabric" sooner than 40 years from now.

    September 29, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  23. Andrea Texas

    If folks would learn the value of the truth, this trumped up negative notion of "government takeovers" would stop. Remember, everyone needs help, even the rich that have forfeited so much. Folks ask for help and a lot of people desperately need it. We are always going to pay taxes. This nonsense of "What is going to be left to the next generation?" is a bunch of propaganda to scare the American people. Our President has done the very best he can with what he has to work with.

    September 29, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  24. Kelsey

    Just where is the Republican lie? That purchase of insurance will be mandatory? That's not a lie. That it will cost people thousands to opt out of insurance? That's not a lie. That Medicare will take on massive cuts? That's not a lie. That adding millions to the insurance rolls will cause massive amounts of health care rationing? That's not a lie. That everyones quality of care will be reduced? That's not a lie.

    Where's the lie liberals?

    September 29, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  25. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    President Obama stated he will call out the liars, glad to see it actually happening.

    I paid my donation to the DNC today!

    Keep it coming!

    September 29, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
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