GOP taints 2014 Dems with Obama healthcare pledge
November 5th, 2013
01:14 PM ET
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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. rs

    If You Like Your Plan You Can Keep It

    It is bad enough the that the website does not work well and might not have adequate security safeguards in place to protect our personal information. The thing that scares me the most is that it is run by government employees. This means if somebody screws up really badly, they won't be fired. Just reassigned to another department where their incompetence will be allowed to continue.
    Yeah, because like complex programs run by the government like Social Security, or Medicaid or Medicare don't work, right?
    Get real- The program is a whole month old, the site is pretty well fixed, no one was exposed by the security issue- and that was fixed week before last. Are you scared by a web site, or just making noise for the Right?

    November 5, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. Gary

    Dems lie, some people loose there health care. Repubs lie, soldiers die.

    November 5, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. A Kickin' Donkey

    The Republicans are on the wrong side of policy and until they address that, they will not get ANY DIVIDENnDS form their anti-Obamiacare posturing. On the topic of national healthcare, America is a CENTERR LEFT nation. MOST people dont think citizens of this great country should be left to die in the streets. They also are smart enough to know that poor people getting emergency care at the 11th hour is a stupid , costly & inefficient way of treating medical/ health problems. Until the GOP faces this reality and comes up with a solutrion, they WILL NOT get traction.

    November 5, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Delos

    Can ypu smell the fear, The GOP nuts keep throwing it crap against the wall and it just wont stick, except in low IQ red State.

    November 5, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. the hippies were right

    Funny how all you Obama haters only need something to fuel the hate. Do you not realize that your side isn't recommending any alternatives to this so called travesty. Do you realize "your side" is also "the government" ? I know you consider them the finger pointers that are saving America, but their job is to legislate and solve problems. But this is OK, as long as Obama looks bad. And who is detroying America?

    November 5, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    So, does anyone really think Karl Rove has a grasp on reality? Cast your minds back to Election Night 2012: his analytical "skills" were on full display that night for all the world to see.

    November 5, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Tampa Tim

    A right wingnut was complaining because his tax cut from the stimulus is over. Thanks goopers.

    November 5, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Hammerer

    Lie – to present false information with the intention of deceiving.

    I challenge any of the obomber minions to point to one promise that obomber made that does not fit this category!
    Take all of the time you need and at least be honest with yourself.

    November 5, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. The REAL Truth...

    The Obstructionist Party is really getting desperate.. 2 and very likely 3 consecutive POTUS losses, and ALL that money spent to rile up the sheeple over ACA and get them fired up to vote Republican – without telling them that ACA is mostly a Conservative plan... its INTENT was to defund Medicare and make those funds available to the insurance companies who are participating in that free market rip-off on the exchange pools. But, they don't want you to know that, and want Obama to own it!

    November 5, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "That'is the state where Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu is scratching like a cat to get away from Obamacare because she is up for re-election in 2014."

    Unresponsive to the issue I raised, i.e., distraction/deflection. Fact: The GOPers/Teatrolls in charge of the state of LA paid $2M for dead people.

    Landrieu's always been a blue dog and knows very well that LA is chock full of RWNJs she has to pander to in order to win reelection. I'm not a personal fan of her pandering to them. At some point, you have to stand for something instead of just holding up a finger and seeing which way the wind's blowing.

    November 5, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. Tampa Tim

    It's so nice to be able to catch the right wingnut pooh flingers without having to go to the circus. Republicans on the wrong side of every issue since the 1850s.

    November 5, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. rs

    We're still waiting GOP- if the ACA is sooooo terrible, you must have a healthcare bill of your own, right? Well, then, how about a list of fixes that can escape the black hole of the House? No? Anything to help those needing health care?

    See- that's the problem here. Because the GOP has no ideas and no solutions, they are left with empty complaining- and crazy stuff like shutting down government to make their point. Their point now seems to be to show just how anti-government and anti-American they can be- maybe before they get run out.

    November 5, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. Denise

    If at first you don't succeed, try, try again GOP!

    November 5, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. Tampa Tim

    Speaking of LA, it joins Texas with the most uninsured. Vitter represents LA republican values, " We bare all, couples welcome."

    November 5, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. Hooper

    It seems it's just fine and dandy to lie if it fills the pockets of the already wealthy. Just ask your hero Bush. He lied, soldiers died, and the people on K-Street filled their pockets to the point of overflowing. Let roll out problems occur with a program to help those in need of help, and the roof falls in. I'm sure there's a place in the afterlife for people with this mindset. I hope I can avoid it like the plague.

    November 5, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. RWB1956

    These comment sections here at PT are a scream lately. These GOP people are grasping at anything that will help them forget the terrible beating Democrats and Independents gave them a few weeks ago over the government shutdown. Psst.... you lost. Nobody is listening to you. Only your base. Nobody with any sense will give up on President Obama or the ACA so easily. They will wait and see how everything turns out. So keep screeching liar with spittle flying from your mouth and see what it gets you. HA HA HA!

    November 5, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. Ta111

    The looney libs on this thread are a riot. The lib media, NBC, CBS ,WAPO and others have all confessed obama lied thru his a** and they still defend the indefensible. I can't wait until the crucifiction next year. Obama is now at 39% and tanking fast. Liberalism is truely a mentL disorder.

    November 5, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "Dems lie, some people loose there health care."

    Except that's not even accurate. They're not losing health care. Again, the issue only effects 3% of people negatively, forcing them to buy a higher-quality plan at a higher price. The vast majoirty of people who fall into that 3% category were buying horrible sub-par insurance products that functionally amounted to not being insured and were damaging the health insurance and medical industries, contributing to rising costs and damaging the economy. It's perfectly legitimate for the legislature to take all the facts and determine that certain products are damaging to people, to a particular industry and to the economy and then ban those products. It falls squarely under the DUTY to protect the health and welfare of the public and their POWER under the Commerce Clause.

    Yes, Obama overstated his case and should've known better. That changes nothing about the actual functionality of the ACA and the facts, data and evidence underpinning the reasons for the changes it made. THAT should be the focus. The GOP/Teatroll/MSM symbiote has had its fun with myopically focusing on the "lie," which is nothing more than a distraction from the facts on the ground. Where's the reports on the fraudulent and misleading cancellation/rollover letters, CNN? Hmmmm?

    November 5, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. rs


    The looney libs on this thread are a riot. The lib media, NBC, CBS ,WAPO and others have all confessed obama lied thru his a** and they still defend the indefensible. I can't wait until the crucifiction next year. Obama is now at 39% and tanking fast. Liberalism is truely a mentL disorder.
    So it must really burn that only 22% of Americans approve of the GOP then, right? Maybe if they hadn't committed treason by shutting down the government-again- for no good reason.

    November 5, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. Marie MD

    The way I read it is that you can keep your insurance if you are happy with it. If you are not happy with it then change.
    If you have a company insurance plan you can't have another insurance plan like ACA.

    November 5, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. Tampa Tim

    If you really need a laugh, tune into Fox, Limbag, and Hannity. They are pathetic, but in a funny way.

    November 5, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. 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?

    November 5, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. Tampa Tim

    The 22% of Americans who support the GOP are Birthers, baggers and bigots. Every one else has has just quietly walked away. It's a shame that baggers took a stand against uninsured Americans in their endless attempt to discredit the president.

    November 5, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. Denise

    Ask President Romney about that all you dittoheads have left?

    November 5, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  25. Tampa Tim

    John – The bar was pretty low when the Supreme Court elected Bush. Our grandchildren will be paying for his stupidity.

    November 5, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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