April 14th, 2010
12:41 PM ET
12 years ago

GOP Attorney General uses health care lawsuit in campaign ad

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/19/art.mccmaster.cnn.jpg caption ="South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster is running for governor."](CNN) - On the same day a federal judge examined his lawsuit challenging President Obama's health care law, South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster launched a campaign ad touting his opposition to the bill.

McMaster is one of several state Attorneys General who filed the high-profile lawsuit in a Florida court shortly after the president signed the bill, claiming that the new legislation infriges on legal and budget matters traditionally left to the states.

But because a handful of the plaintiffs are also seeking higher office, including McMaster and Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, Democrats have accused the lawsuit of being politically motivated.

That isn't stopping McMaster from using the bill in a new ad for his gubernatorial campaign.

"Family man, Christian conservative, Henry McMaster has worshiped here his entire life," a narrator says in the ad. "As our Attorney General, McMaster challenged Obama's health care takeover and defended our state's rights."

McMaster is considered a frontrunner for the GOP nomination. His primary opponents are Rep. Gresham Barrett, Lieutenant Gov. Andre Bauer and state Rep. Nikki Haley.

Asked if the campaign had any qualms about using the legal action in a political ad, McMaster spokesman Rob Godfrey said the lawsuit is a key example of the candidate's courage and leadership abilities.

"Henry's executive experience, courage to act and ability to lead make him uniquely qualified to be South Carolina's next governor," Godfrey told CNN. "There is no better example of a time when Henry had the courage to act and the ability to lead than when he organized state attorneys general to stand up to the Obama Administration's assault on our state's rights."

Filed under: 2010 • Health care • Henry McMaster • South Carolina
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. cspurgeon

    What a bunch of slugs. They are using taxpayer money to advance their political objectives and I think they themselves swhould be investigated. I don't want my money used on frivolous lawsuits or political agenda. Maybe we need to get a class action suit going against all the involved states..Lets get some ideas out here. Are there any good lawyers out there?

    April 14, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Larry

    Most states require car insurance. What's the difference?

    April 14, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. SC-Pub "no" more

    It is South Carolina; what else would you expect from these wing nuts?

    April 14, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. Tom

    "Assault on States rights"!! If you think the state should be allowed to determine who lives or dies due to their financial situation (like being unable to afford health insurance) then McMaster is for you. "Family man, Christian conservative" – what does Christian mean? It could mean believing people walked with dinosaurs 6 thousand years ago. I don't trust the "Christian" badge.

    April 14, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. Independent_me

    Stupid man!
    And if the poor people of his State who need healthcare agree with him... they are stupid too!
    These Republicans are heartless and care nothing for the poor or the miffle class. Just like the Tea Party folks, they all have government run healthcare, or are rich enough to buy the best healthcare in the world – but want to deny others the same care.
    Yup – that the kind of moral, family values, flag-waving, Bible-thumping, Patriotic Americans they are...

    April 14, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. Jay

    They sure know how to grow them stupid in South Carolina, don't they! I wonder: is it that the entire state's population is mentally-challenged or is it just their elected officials?

    April 14, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. Voice of Reason

    He calls himself a Christian, then in the same breath denounces the ideals of taking care of our fellow people's health. The irony is almost as staggering as the hypocrisy.

    Mr. McMaster – Who is YOUR neighbor?

    April 14, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. Brink

    He's from South Carolina? "Nuff said.

    April 14, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. sonny chapman

    Just another "Fine Christian" following the words of Jesus re: being of a generous spirit as found in the Four Gospels;Matthew 5,40.

    April 14, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. GOP lover boy hater

    While we are at it...let's have South Carolina secede from the Union.. and defend our state's rights....no wait....that has already been tried in the Civil War and look what happened to that state....never has been worth a crap......looks like people never learn....what a joke...pander to that right wing

    C'mon GOP ...think of something CONSTRUCTIVE for once

    April 14, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. Wisconsonite - Be Informed; Not Just Opinionated!

    Sure . . . go ahead. Waste the South Carolina tax-payers' money on this political stunt! Un-freakin'-believable!! When are the people of South Carolina FINALLY going to get fed up with these GOP JERKS??!!!

    April 14, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. Independent One

    God Please turn SC purple or blue...It's been a repub state long enough

    April 14, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. John in WV

    If southern leaders want to use some form of "states rights" to repeal health reform in their state, they should immediately repay all debts to the federal gov't, stop all federally funded projects and run their states as they see fit with their own funding.

    April 14, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. Joseph B

    South Carolina politics has been quite a piece of work. Someone basing his campaign on filing frivolous lawsuits is par for the course.

    April 14, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. Michael

    I guess cracking down on frivilous lawsuits won't be part of his campaign platform...

    April 14, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. Sgt. USMC

    What a bunch of loons... If South Carolina falls for this, I am scratching them off of my road trip.

    April 14, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. Dan

    Is there any doubt in anyone's mind that this entire lawsuit nonsense is simply a political ploy to raise money from the right-wing nuts and teabaggers?

    April 14, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    They're not just "matters traditionally left to the states," they're matters guaranteed by the Constitution to be "...reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."

    Read the Tenth Amendment.

    April 14, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. Marc

    'But because a handful of the plaintiffs are also seeking higher office, including McMaster and Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, Democrats have accused the lawsuit of being politically motivated.'

    And proves that the Dems are right.

    April 14, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. Independent Supports President Obama

    Another family man in S. C. running for Governor. If S. C. doesn't want any part of the Federal Government stop taking money and begging. S. C. continues to borrow money from the Federal Government for unemployment benefits what a hypocrite this man is, S. C. form your own country and you can do what you want.

    April 14, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. johnkc

    Exactly how many people from his state w/o health insurance would gain coverage under the new law?

    April 14, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Sarah the baby seal basher

    This guy is a yokel,waisting the peoples money.

    April 14, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. cjr

    sure spend tax payer money! we can all afford it. SC is one of the poorest states and certainly one of the most corrupt!

    April 14, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. SC

    GOP at its best! Using the lawsuit not for the people but for himself to get elected.

    April 14, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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