GOP taints 2014 Dems with Obama healthcare pledge
November 5th, 2013
01:14 PM ET
9 years ago

GOP taints 2014 Dems with Obama healthcare pledge

Washington (CNN) - The controversy over President Barack Obama's dialing back of his famous healthcare pledge is playing out immediately in real time on the campaign trail.

American Crossroads, a leading pro-GOP super PAC that was co-founded and is steered by Karl Rove, announced Tuesday that it's going up with paid web ads that target three Democratic Senators who face tough re-election bids next year. The spots tie the lawmakers to the President's claim that Americans could keep current health insurance under the Affordable Care Act if they preferred it.

At the same time, a super PAC supporting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is using the health care controversy to attack McConnell's Democratic challenger in the 2014 midterms.

The minute-plus Crossroads videos highlight numerous old clips of the President pledging that Americans can keep their health care plan if they like it, along with new news reports declaring that the claim is incorrect and suggesting that the White House knew that insurance companies could cancel some plans.

The internet ads are targeting Democratic Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. The videos include clips of those Senators repeating the President's claim that Americans can keep their insurance plans under Obamacare. The spots end with the tagline: "Obama lied, Begich (or Hagan or Landrieu) lied, your healthcare died."

Meanwhile, Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, a super PAC backing McConnell as the top Senate Republican runs for a sixth term in office, announced that they're spending $340,000 to run an ad statewide that links Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes with the President and his health care claim.

"Grimes and Obama. When liberals don't tell the truth, Kentucky gets burned," says the announcer in the TV commercial.

"Mitch McConnell is a walking, talking caricature of everything that is wrong with Washington. This incredibly weak ad will do nothing to dissuade Kentuckians that after 28 years it is time for a change," Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Deputy Executive Director Matt Canter told CNN, in response to the ad.

Filed under: 2014 • American Crossroads • GOP • Health care • Obamacare
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC


    I challenge any of the obomber minions to point to one promise that obomber made that does not fit this category!
    Can't do that. Nobody knows who this "obomber" guy is. Never heard of him. BTW, Pres. Obama promised Bin Laden. đŸ˜‰

    November 5, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    -John, PA

    Obama and the Democrats in Congress just like Anthony Weiner – LIARS. The Democrats will stand there and lie thru their teeth to achieve their agenda, no matter what it costs or affects. Democratic Party Health Care (Obamacare); another Obama FAILURE

    Oh; and when did the bar get set so low for a president; that the president can just flat out lie to the American people?
    When the GOP pushed a failed actor, a thrice-failed business man, and a corporate raider as candidates, they lowered the bar. And they all lied through their teeth, even as they swapped weapons for hostages, sent us into a war on cooked intel, and tried to convince us that the man who shut down your plant and pocketed the money was the ideal person to lead the country out of the economic crisis they were instrumental in creating. Oh yes, the GOP lowered the bar, and every time the American people try to raise it, they scream " Communist!".

    November 5, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Denise

    What does Anthony Wiener have to do with the ACA?

    November 5, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Hammerer

    Rudy, on what do you base that statement?
    obomber told you?

    November 5, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Tampa Tim

    The 22% of Americans who support the GOP are Birthers, baggers and bigots.
    Brithers, Baggers, and Bigots. Oh, my!
    Brithers, Baggers, and Bigots. Oh, my!
    Follow the lil' red neck road.

    November 5, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Oh; and when did the bar get set so low for a president; that the president can just flat out lie to the American people?"


    November 5, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. Dollymama

    GOP, the Democrats are not laying down. We will fight back and win. The American people are not buying it. The ACA is here to stay. The GOP has barked so much until no one is listening. The American people are wondering why are the GOPTea Party afraid of Americans having health insurance. The Deomocrats will take the house back in 2014, watch and see.

    November 5, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. PaulCat

    Will not work GOP.
    You are out of there.

    November 5, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Can't do that. Nobody knows who this "obomber" guy is. Never heard of him. BTW, Pres. Obama promised Bin Laden. đŸ˜‰ "

    Indeed hehe. There's some good websites out there tracking all the promises he's kept, hasn't kept or has yet to fulfill, Hammer. Do your own research. And here's a hint: don't start with World Net Daily or Breitbart if you want something other than tinfoil hatted trash.

    November 5, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC


    Rudy, on what do you base that statement? obomber told you?
    TRANSLATION: He's got me there. Ooh! I know what to say. Denial!

    Actually, I missed the announcement because I was watching "Game of Thrones". Seeing how no more secret Bin Laden videos have surfaced...... Seeing how videos that were released right afterwards promised revenge....... But, seeing how the right wing completely flipped out and denied it that he was killed is what convinced me the most.

    "Nice try, but we gotcha."

    November 5, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. If You Like Your Plan You Can Keep It

    TO All of you GOPer's, Your glee will be short lived and you crackpots will all be back at the hate and tears that defines you losers. OBAMA is the most powerful man in the world...and he's BLACK! get use to it. This is the new America – Love it or leave it.
    At ease, sport. Let me remind you Obama was elected President of the United States not King of the United States. . Last time I checked Obama works for me (us). I can always tell when you lefties are starting to panic because you guys start throwing the "Obama Is Black" anyone cares.

    November 5, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. w l jones

    Back when the conservative did there big talk yet not one come up with an alteration to this healthcare policy make one remember when they rode a horse and call it a mule.

    November 5, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. 2012liberal

    I'll vote 4 ppl that took a pledge 2 help 99% of american w obamacare than the pledge for the 1% of grover norquist.

    November 5, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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