May 11th, 2010
02:53 PM ET
12 years ago

SBA List launches campaign to support Nevada Republican

(CNN) – An anti-abortion group, Susan B. Anthony List, announced Tuesday that it is launching a campaign to support Nevada Republican Sue Lowden's bid for the Senate.

Lowden is one of several GOP challengers vying for the chance to face off against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is up for re-election this November. Reid's lead role in helping to get the recent health care legislation passed has made him a particular target of conservatives this election cycle.

As part of its support for Lowden, SBA List is running a $50,000 radio ad campaign focused against the new health law. The 30-second radio spot criticizes Reid for helping to pass the legislation which, the group argues, expands the availability of taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion.

"More than ever, America needs committed pro-life leaders," Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the SBA List, says in the ad, "leaders like Sue Lowden. In the state Senate, Sue Lowden led the fight for legislation that required parents be notified if their teen daughter was seeking an abortion. I know we can trust Sue Lowden to fight abortion. Call her . . . and thank her for being a pro-life champion."

The radio ad is running 70 times a day in Nevada through May 14, according to SBA List. The group also said that the $50,000 radio campaign was part of a larger effort to support Lowden with a total budget of $100,000 that will also fund e-mails and automated phone calls to likely primary voters.

A mid-April poll showed Lowden leading Reid in a hypothetical three-way general election race that included Scott Ashjian, who is running as the Tea Party candidate. Nevada primary voters go to the polls on June 8.

Filed under: 2010 • Abortion • Nevada • Sue Lowden
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. GetReal

    These ads are paid for by chickens and squirrels

    May 11, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Duck Fallas

    GOP supports retro-active abortion.

    May 11, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Julia- Idaho Native American

    Sure she's pro-life, it's after they get here she changes her tune, "if they get sick, they can just die quickly," This is the truth, I ask my doctor if she would take a chicken for payment, She told me I didn't need an internal medicine physician, I needed a psychiatrist. Great Idea Chicken Hick, from Nevada!

    May 11, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. re: Born

    Message to Sue:

    Small Government includes not having the government involved with reproductive decisions of women.

    May 11, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. Susan

    This group misuses the name of Anthony, who was against drinking, against war, and for the rights of women. She had no anti-abortion stand.
    I am against war, my father was a mean drunk who died at 61 from alcohol and cigarette abuse, and I am also not FOR abortion, but I am against dictating to all women what I believe. When these anti-abortion groups also become anti-war and pro-women, THEN they can use Susan's name. Until then, they are just opportunists.

    May 11, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Enough

    Bye, bye Harry!

    May 11, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. Kitchen Police

    These lizard brains can't wait to take over the country so they can start their race wars, end health care, protect big banks and insurance companies.

    May 11, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Dano

    It shows how short sighted the American electorate is if this is the only qualification this group thinks is necessary to be a US Senator. Being pro-life or pro-choice should just be one consideration a voter should use to determine who to vote for. Our country has more pressing matters to attend to than taking away a woman's right to choose. If only groups like this cared as much for human life AFTER birth there would be less poverty and America would be involved in fewer wars!

    May 11, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. Whimsy1

    It seems to me to be very misleading when those who are against abortion are called Pro Life. If they were pro life, they would be against sending our sons and daughters to needless wars, would oppose the death penalty and so on. They are more rightly anti-abortionists... not pro life.

    They also don't seem to understand that this is not a perfect world and sometime teenage girls are having abortions because a father, step-father or other male relative have raped her so requiring doctors to tell the parents may not always be in the girl's best interest. This is not a black and white world and those who think so just have their heads in the sand.

    And finally, health care reform is not about using taxpayer money to fund abortions. It is about keeping the insurance industry from denying coverage to those who have paid premiums but have so-called preexisting conditions and to keep the industry from dropping very ill patients who have also paid premiums.

    I object to taxpayer money being used to support wars that are needless even though all the men in my family going back generations are veterans and were proud to serve.

    Honest debate is the cornerstone of democracy but distortions and emotional lies help no one.

    May 11, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. I won't vote for him again

    Lowden is an establishment corrupt politician that shut down the Convention because Ron Paul was going to win the republican nomination. She doesn't want the people's voice to be heard, she's a big government NEO CON

    May 11, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    The chicken lady gets big bucks to fight abortion, but it is OK for conservatives to kill thousands of civilians in an illegal war, and deny health care to over 30 million Americans. SBA and Lowden sending out more of the Toxic Conservative Manure. (TCM)

    May 11, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. Mike, Albany

    Surely, there are more important issues than this on which to base the suitability of a candidate: health care, the economy, the environment, immigration,... This is one of the old staples that the GOP likes to trot out just before each election, but it's getting old. However, since the point has been raised, let me try to point out the illogic of the anti-abortion position. Pro lifers would like to equate abortion with murder. If you go down this path, then there are a host of other lesser crimes that should be considered as well.

    For example, suppose a woman has had a series of miscarriages but continues to try to carry a pregnancy to term knowing that the probability of another miscarriage is high. This action intentionally places a fetus in danger. If there is another miscarriage, is she guilty of second degree murder? involuntary manslaughter? endangering the welfare of a child?

    Suppose a woman smokes, drinks, and/or takes certain medications during a pregnancy with the result that the child is born with a birth defect. Should she be charged with reckless endangerment? Suppose she has a child at an advanced age, knowing that there is a high probability of the child being born with Down Syndrome and that this is, in fact, what happens. Should THIS woman be charged with reckless endangerment or endangering the welfare of a child? Suppose a pregnant woman smashes her car into a wall or tree because she was texting while driving and kills her unborn child while only injuring herself. Is she guilty of involuntary manslaughter or reckless endangerment in this case?

    If you are going to restrict reproductive rights, then all of these scenarios need to be considered, and someone like Sarah Palin (and many other women) would need to be charged with one or more serious crimes.

    May 11, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. Mark

    She should be pro rights of the American people instead of forcing her will on the American people. Another Republican wasting air.

    May 11, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. Pragmatic

    Miss Anthony would be spinning in her grave! It was conservatives who worked for centuries against women's rights and woman sufferage! How does this group get away with using Miss Anthony's name???

    , Sue Lowden,is the woman who got caught up in a controversy over whether she favors returning to the days when people paid their medical bills by giving the doctor a couple of chickens.

    Lowden has yet to explain how much poultry it would cost for an upper/lower GI. No one should be egging this silly woman to continue! No plans – just winging it and not all she's cracked up to be!

    May 11, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Raymond H. Burgoon-Clark

    Butbutbut ... my doctor won't ACCEPT a chicken in payment for open heart surgery!

    May 11, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. Derrick

    Sue Lowden will lose. She doesn't know anything about true Nevadan culture nor does she know anything about Nevada laws.

    She certainly hasn't been in a leader in Nevada on anything or any issue.

    Bandwagon is what comes to mind.

    May 11, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. Republicans is smart in the head area

    How many chickens pays for an abortion in Nevada?

    May 11, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  18. SWB

    I hear Sue Lowden wants people to pay for abortions the same way she wants them to pay for health bartering with chickens.

    Thanks Sue! Can't wait to have you making public policy for the country. (snark)

    May 11, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. th

    Tge Repubs need to stop ramming their beliefs down everyone's throat. They don't act like christians, if they did they would be for what President Obama is trying to do to help all people.

    May 11, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. Ben

    Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans – "The chicken lady gets big bucks to fight abortion, but it is OK for conservatives to kill thousands of civilians in an illegal war, and deny health care to over 30 million Americans"

    Rubbish. Where do you get this crap? Any facts to back up your opinions? Since when did the Repubs sanction killing 30 million people? Put the crack pipe down.

    May 11, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. normajean

    Do you voters from Nevada really want to send the "Chicken lady" to the Senate?I'm sure she didn't really mean you should pay your doctor with a chicken, which they did back in the 20's and 30's, but the fact that she would even mention it at the time when we have very serious economic problems makes me wonder......She either has a bizarre sense of humor or there's something missing there. Think twice voters.

    May 11, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |