Obama campaign highlights Medicare and veterans in two new TV ads
May 23rd, 2012
07:30 AM ET
8 years ago

Obama campaign highlights Medicare and veterans in two new TV ads

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is out with two new TV ads Wednesday that tout what they say are the president's commitment to preserving Medicare and his pledge to honor the country's veterans.

The campaign says the commercials are part of their previously announced ad buy of $25 million to run spots this month in many crucial battleground states.

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"To you and your loved ones, Medicare is personal. And to a president raised by his grandparents, it's personal too. And starts with protecting your Medicare from health care scam artists who prey on seniors," says the narrator in a spot titled "Personal."

The narrator then asserts that "President Obama is leading the most successful crackdown on health care fraud ever. Already recovered $4 billion from health care scams last year alone, to preserve health care now and for the future. A commitment to Medicare as personal as yours."

The spot is running in Florida and South Carolina.

In the spot titled "Sacred Trust," the president speaks into the camera and says, "The sacrifices that our troops have made have been incredible. It's because of what they've done that we've been able to go after al Qaeda and kill Bin Laden and when they come home we have a sacred trust to make sure that we are doing every thing we can to heal all of their wounds, giving them the opportunities that they deserve to find a job and get the education they need. It's not enough to just make a speech about how much we value veterans. It's not enough just to remember them on Memorial Day."

The ad is running in Florida.

The Romney campaign reacted to both new spots.

"President Obama and his campaign can't distract voters from three years of broken promises on Medicare and our commitments to our veterans," said Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg. "In a week when his own supporters called his campaign attacks on free enterprise 'nauseating' and 'very disappointing,' President Obama is now trying to rewrite his record in an attempt to change the narrative on his campaign's terrible week."

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Health care • President Obama • Veterans
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    You do have to worry about the Ryan plan that expects seniors to be able to find, get and afford a health insurance plan at the age of 65. If there was no way to be denied, then maybe it would work. That would require the Affordable Care Act to be active.

    May 23, 2012 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Nation needs to watch with tvs, Florida may rig elections....this time put all cameras....

    May 23, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  3. John, PA

    Now the Obama ad is out, let’s see how much of this ad is lies!

    Let’s not we forget the Obama ad using Bain Capital where Mitt Ronmey was supposed to be the vampire and ran GST Steel into the ground. The fact is Bain Capital keep the plant running for 8 years and when the plant went under, Mitt Romney had not been a part of Bain Capital for 2 years.

    The fact is Jonathan Lavine; (an Obama bundler) was the Managing Director at Bain Capital when GST Steel went under.

    May 23, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  4. Blindersoff

    Good Job Mr. President! The sacrificed children of this great nation (sons and daughters), putting their young lives on the line to preserve our way of life, so that all will continue to have a fair and equal shot at the American dream. Question, why is it the very ones who stand to reap the less (the middle class and the poor) are the first to lay their lives on the line for freedom only to return home and find their potential jobs that they fort so hard to preserve, have been shipped overseas, shipped to the very ones who would rather see America fail, while the sons of the rich stay home and live the 1% death free life or join some useless missionary. The privileged life of the Rich. Who said "It is easier for a camel to fit through an eye of a needle, then it is for a rich man to get into heaven"?

    May 23, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  5. FedUp

    Veterans? Why is Obama sitting down with terrorists.? That's what Janet Napolitano called any military, or retired military. This is his head honcho so he must feel the same. Guess he needed another photo op.

    May 23, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  6. WiredweirdinSF

    Two programs rife with fraud, much like this incompetent, corrupt, inept, union toady himself.

    May 23, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  7. jimstaro

    The only ones, not only in the government except for the many small groups, orgs. and individuals, we serve the Whole Country not just groups within who continue to fight for the need for funding, has been this Executive branch, and for two congresses, the 110th and 111th, even with the obstruction as they tried taking the issues ignored by the previous two and the previous executive admin. related to veterans, who have continued working on veterans, military and their families issues. Doing what they can as an executive branch, not holding the purse strings nor oversight and even going beyond. That stated during their campaign and has continued throughout these past couple of years!

    No Revenues {nor private capital economic investments} = No Sacrifice = No Support = DeJa-Vu all over again!. Now a decade and counting, told to go shopping, added to the previous decades of under funding the VA, while the peoples reps Still try and lay blame on the Agency, after rubber stamping wars and costs of and those represented cheer on these wars!

    While the wealthy and other investors garner their booty, still, from both and many have the chutz·pa to call themselves more patriotic{?} then others wrapped in those false flags, using false slogans and various cheap symbols of and then seek one day events or parades to wave all that patriotism, call it "Supporting the Troops", then go home and either ignore or forget about those that actually sacrificed for the country!

    USN '67-'71 All Shore GMG3 Vietnam In Country '70-'71

    May 23, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  8. jimstaro

    On FLOTUS & SLOTUS "There is this sense that this is genuine," says Raezer. "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer – December 30, 2011

    What wasn't done by those who should have, that administration, those congresses, that VA administration, More Importantly the Country: "In 2004, we invaded Iraq," he said. "At that point, the VA should have seen it coming." Richmond attorney Matthew A. Kapinos, a veteran of Army service in Iraq and Afghanistan – May 13, 2012 – and obstructed since!

    May 23, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    "President Obama is leading the most successful crackdown on health care fraud ever. ..."
    They also need to crack down on private doctors who double dip when it comes to being compensated. They charge the patient and then submit a claim to the patient's health insurer. If the patient does not follow up and check on the doctor, which most patients do not, then it is very easy for doctors to get away with it. From personal experience, dentists and other specialists are among the worst offenders.

    May 23, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  10. Vets2Work

    Let’s create jobs for our veterans one call at a time.

    Both sides need to address the growing unemployment rate of our returning veterans. Almost every major company in the US has outsourced jobs offshore while our returning military veterans are looking for gainful employment. Valuable jobs in technical support and customer service are great entry-level positions for our veterans and offer advancement within their respective industry.

    The next time you either place and/or receive a call from a company please inquire if you are talking to a USA based representative. If you learn that your call is outside the USA please ask to be connected to a USA representative. Driving calls back to the USA not only creates demand for our workforce and veterans it will keep your valuable information within the laws that protect you.

    Let’s bring these jobs back to the USA One Call at a Time.

    May 23, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |