May 4th, 2010
12:20 PM ET
12 years ago

South Carolina Republican releases new TV ad

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="South Carolina's Attorney General, who is running for governor of the state, released a new campaign ad Tuesday."]
(CNN) – South Carolina gubernatorial hopeful Republican Henry McMaster is out with a new television ad Tuesday that invokes Ronald Reagan and highlights McMaster's fight against Democrats' health care legislation.

The 30-second spot is the second McMaster ad to feature the role the South Carolina Attorney General played in state lawsuits over the health care bill, claiming that the bill infringes on states' rights.

Related: McMaster uses health care suit in campaign ad

"When Ronald Reagan named me his first U.S. Attorney, I thanked him for the honor," McMaster says in the ad. "And I went to work to defend freedom and to protect the Constitution. When President Obama and the Washington radicals pushed their unconstitutional takeover of health care, I pushed back. I led the fight to overturn the backroom deals – to defend freedom and to protect the sovereignty of South Carolina. Because that's my job."

McMaster hopes to win his party's nomination in a June 8 primary.

The spot will run on broadcast and cable in all of South Carolina's media markets, according to McMaster's campaign.

Filed under: 2010 • Health care • Henry McMaster • South Carolina
soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Dano

    I'm sure all the South Carolina residents that can't afford health care now but will be able to when the bill is fully implemented will flock to vote for this man. Are Republicans politicians even capable of telling the truth or do they all have a genetic disposition to look you in the eye and lie?

    May 4, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Jane

    "...President Obama and the Washington radicals ..." Duh? These people were elected in a free and open election. They represent the wishes and hopes of those who elected them. Thus, they are not radical, just representative. Time to stop this divisive rhetoric and accept that's the way it is. If you don't like electoral democracy, go live in some theocracy or fascist state.

    May 4, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. Larry

    Hey McMaster, South Carolina could drop into the Atlantic Ocean and no one would care.

    Sanford, DeMint....that is one corrupt state.

    If you and your cronies are all that state can produce for leaders, we give South Carolina the right to secede from the union.

    May 4, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Mike, FL

    This is the same crook who found Governer Sanford comitted no ethical violation.

    May 4, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. JFS

    This guy is a perfect choice to carry on the rich GOP Soutern tradition..Hypcrocy, Stagnation, Racism, and most of all Cronnism. Truely South Carolina is an outstanding example of American Democracy at work. We can only hope the USA Government divides Federal expenditires by percentages of Tax receipts from each state. That would help to balance the federal budget and perhaps change the poltical tides of these USA freeloaders who carry much more power than their fiscal contribitions dictate.

    May 4, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. sonny chapman

    A man's man. He probably eats nails for breakfast.

    May 4, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Lilarose in So. Oregon

    South Carolina's Republican party and politics in general are a slur on my ancestral home.

    I am ashamed to even tell people that is where my roots are.

    Time for them to grow up and get some intelligent people in their government.

    And moral ones. That would help, too.

    May 4, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. BillE

    Play the GOP card. NO< NO<NO

    May 4, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. christi

    Yeah, well screw you and the horse you rode in on. I wouldn't vote for a SC politician if my life depended on it. Corrupt bunch of crooks.

    May 4, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. Steve, New York City

    Hopefully this guy is not planning to secede from the union. If so, someone please tell him that that's a half-witted, tiresome idea.

    May 4, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. Da Professor

    No matter how many lies you tell McMaster, the American public is waking up to the fact of Republican lies about the Health Care Bill, and their constant roadblock thrown up in front of positive change.

    This Republican is totally disgusted by Republican lies, control of Republicans by the right-wing extremists, and the lack of positive ideas. I will vote for the Democrats the next time around to show my absolute displeasure.

    May the Tea Party choke on their idiotic commentary. Ya gotta wonder who is paying for their transporation from event to event, for their hotel rooms, for their meals, and their signs. Come on media, tell us!

    May 4, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. SocialismBad

    EVERY state needs to elect a governor like this that will push back and challenge the relentless Federal government infringment on individual and states rights. The Constitution was supposed to prevent the federal government from becoming oppressive. But when the Federal government blatantly disregards the Constitution and takes what is not theirs, then the people need to stand up for their rights.

    May 4, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. Steve

    Another dirty republican looking to lie, cheat and steal while wrapping himself around the flag. Is there anyone with half a brain who still doesn't know Bonzo was an idiot? Palin, Quail, Bush, Regan...the endless list of stooges who read the party line and dupe the Fred Flintstones of America. Regan appointed you? You're dirt.

    May 4, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. pc


    May 4, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. Bill NY

    Its sick how they invoke the Reagan years like some bygone golden age. Ronald Reagan is more overated than the cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery. The creator of the "trickle down theory". Any middle class person or below knows fully well what trickled down. The fact that a class "C" Hollywood actor is looked upon as a great president shows how desperate republicans are for true heroes. We are living with the legacy of the Reagan era(error?). The true shame is that there are a number of US citizens who want to bring these nuts back to power so that they can finish the job Bush-Cheney Started.

    May 4, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Turnabout is Fair Play

    As ignorant and arrogant as all your other Republican tools in Congress with the divisive rhetoric eh retard? Nice canned rant you have there too..keep trying, Obama and the "radicals" will run things the way WE THE PEOPLE want them to, not the way YOU and your Republican maggots want them run.

    May 4, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. Chipster

    "...I went to work to defend freedom and to protect the Constitution." Really? Where were you when the Bush Administration was butchering the Constitution? Where were you when unconstitutional wiretaps, illegal demands for emails and financial records were being collected, WH emails illegally deleted? I don't recall hearing a peep out of McMaster when Cheney and WH lawyers were claiming that torture was not illegal. The Bush WH attitude was that in war times the Constitution is irrelevant. That's when it's the most relevant document in the world. Now, we can claim it's strong until it's tested. They proved that fear and anger could be used to defeat it. The American people surrendered their liberty with little more than a whimper.

    Where were you, McMaster?

    May 4, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. Dave

    And I went to work to defend freedom and to protect the Constitution. When President Obama and the Washington radicals pushed their unconstitutional takeover of health care, I pushed back. I led the fight to overturn the backroom deals – to defend freedom and to protect the sovereignty of South Carolina. Because that's my job."


    Straight out of the GOP playbook... Pretend that you know something about the Constitution, deify Reagan, whine about radicals, talk like a tough guy, invoke freedom, and repeat.

    Of course, it's interesting that there are no actual ideas or solutions brought up here. Then again, does anyone really expect anything of substance from these lying, brain-dead rednecks? Oh, by the way, if SC wants to secede, feel free and take Texas with you!

    May 4, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  19. Ken in Pisgah Forest

    I guess well over 50% of the population of the US falls in the radical range since they voted for our current President. Some people only support democracy when their candidate wins.

    It's a good thing SC has a poor literacy rate (Thank God for Mississippi) or its citizens would start thinking for themselves and vote against this guy.

    May 4, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. Kelly

    Just like our Attorney General in Pennsylvania...using his position as attorney general to get votes in the election to another position. Isn't it nice to know that are taxes pay these guys so they can use their "accomplishments" to campaign?

    May 4, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. lolo

    If It helps with a democratic being apointed in S.C., I have told everyone that i know from there to vote democratic across the board. I have a huge circle family and friends. I know that all politicians tell lies, but the republican party takes the prize. They will lie,cheat promote hate and violence to win a nomination. They will definitely remember in November when they are not elected.

    May 4, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. Terry from West Texas

    Jane wrote, "...If you don't like electoral democracy, go live in some theocracy or fascist state." That is a worthy sentiment, Jane. I voted against GW Bush four times (twice for governor, twice for president). I thought then and I think now that he was the most incompetent president in American history, and we'll be paying off that $5.5 TRILLION in deficit spending that will be his lasting legacy. But, he was the elected president .

    Conservatives, however, have no respect for democracy and they do not believe that anyone but Conservatives can legitimately hold office. They would happily outlaw all parties but their own. When out of power, they actively try to make the party in power fail. They even vote against things that they know would be good for the nation because they don't want their opponents to enjoy any success at all. If the middle class must suffer, then that is ok with them.

    Their strategy is oppose everything, stop everything, delay everything, and make American government as dysfunctional as possible so that American voters will finally vote for "the other guy" namely a Conservative.

    When in power, they do nothing that the promised. They don't even consider keeping those promises.

    May 4, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. lol hypocrits

    amendments that should be made to the article:
    1. "to defend the freedom(of republicans*) and to protect republicans*
    2.protect the sovereignty of south carolina replucans* because it's my job to dismiss clearly un-ethical(and arguably unlawful) charges against my fellow republicans.

    this outta give plenty of ammo for the democrats in the state, but we gotta remember, this is the same place where elizabeth dole slandered hagan in the '08 race, insinuating that since hagan took donations from an athiest advocacy group, that she basically worshipped the devil and wanted to crush religion in south carolina.

    and won.....on that brainless accusation.

    people never cease to amaze me.

    May 4, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. Liz the First

    Yeah, that's the ticket! here's a campaign slogan for this idiot. 'i voted to let you die for lack of insurance. vote for me!' and ya know, i bet that will work on some people. how sad. we don't have enough good people in office because so many people either don't vote or can't tell a good candidate from a total idiot. remember 2000! we wouldn't be in the mess we're in today if folks had elected the person they thought could handle the job instead of the one they wanted to sit and have a beer with!

    May 4, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Here we go again with the Neo-Confederates invoking Ronald Reagan as a way to get people to think they are gaining credibility. Maybe if they start Conderate history month again like VA did – they can win over the Tea Klux Klan voters?

    May 4, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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