First on CNN: New spot in ad-wars over Obamacare
January 15th, 2014
07:30 PM ET
8 years ago

First on CNN: New spot in ad-wars over Obamacare

Washington (CNN) - A conservative group that's spent millions attacking Democrats over the new health care law this election cycle is going up with a new TV commercial supporting a Republican congressman in Montana who's running for that state's open U.S. Senate seat.

The ad by Americans for Prosperity thanks Rep. Steve Daines for his fight against the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

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"Congressman Steve Daines said no to Obamacare. He knew it would hurt Montana families. Steve Daines voted to stop Obamacare," says the narrator in the spot.

The narrator also says that "Daines worked to protect our right to keep our doctors and health care choices," before using a clip of President Barack Obama saying "If you like your current insurance, you keep that insurance."

Late last year PolitiFact called that controversial line from the President the 'lie of the year'.

AFP says they're spending $400,000 to run the commercial for three weeks statewide on TV in Montana.

Daines is running for the seat currently held by longtime Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, who last year announced he wouldn't run for re-election in 2014. National Republicans see the seat as a strong pickup opportunity.

AFP group, backed by the deep pockets of the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, has spent nearly $22 million so far this midterm cycle to attack Democratic lawmakers and praise Republican members of Congress over the health care law.

Earlier this week, they launched new ads criticizing Democratic Reps. Bruce Braley of Iowa and Gary Peters of Michigan, who are both running to keep open Senate seats in party hands.

Earlier this month the group went up with a multi-million dollar ad campaign targeting Democratic Sens. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire over Obama health care pledge.

All three Senators are up for re-election this year, and Hagan and Landrieu face challenging bids to keep their seats. The group has also hammered some House Democrats over the pledge.

House Majority PAC, a group that backs House Democrats, says it will go up with TV ads Thursday supporting two of those representatives under attack by AFP: Ron Barber and Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona. The PAC says they'll spend $200,000 to run spots in Phoenix and Tuscon for a week.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is also pushing back against AFP, with words.

"The Koch brothers are worth over $100 billion so it’s no surprise they are spending a fraction of their fortune to buy themselves a U.S. Senate that works for them and against the middle class. The Kochs and other Washington special interest groups will continue to spend millions in order to send more Tea Party Republicans to Washington so they can push their reckless and irresponsible agenda that includes ending Social Security and Medicare as we know it, eliminating student loans, stopping the renewal of unemployment benefits, fighting against raising the minimum wage, and pushing our country to the brink of default in order to pay for bigger tax breaks for the wealthy and big corporations," said DSCC Press Secretary Justin Baransky, in response to the new ad.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Liz the First

    Thank him for fighting to deny people access to doctors???? Thank him for keeping people away from livesaving treatment??? reeeeeeeeeeally? why not thank him for sticking a hot poker in your eye? these thugs are actually proud of being this rotten. how has this country sunk so low that people like him are considered viable candidates for ANYTHING?????

    January 15, 2014 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  2. Smiotty

    Its a noble idea, HOWEVER, it isn't going to work, one size fits all never does. With the money spent on Oblunder care, how many clinics thru out the U.S. could we have opened???? How many Drs. could of been trained ??? The law on this stinks, everyone knows it, its time to change it.

    January 15, 2014 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    I hope this horse's behind never needs medical attention when he first gets elected and finds himself unemployed.

    January 15, 2014 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. Dan5404

    If those right-wingers spent as much on helping the uninsured in their state get affordable care, the healthcare problem in this country would be on the way to better days. Unfortunately, right-wingers don't really care about people, only the rich billionaires and their own election.

    January 15, 2014 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  5. DENNA

    That's right you GOP/TP, make sure those nasty poor people don't get health insurance. I've got mine, the heck with the taxpayers. We don't give a darn about you, we just want to screw with the President because you darned Americans put him in office.

    January 15, 2014 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    Is there a republican in our country, who is not bought and paid for by the Koch brothers?

    January 15, 2014 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  7. Tony in Maine

    He's working hard to screw you over, so if you vote him into a job with that much more power, think of how great it'll be when you end up either dying because no doctors will see you or basnkrupt because they will.

    I will never understand why any person not a millionaire would vote for any Republican who is running for any office.

    January 15, 2014 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  8. Name Uche Agonsi

    Can anyone out there see the triumph of Deception in US via Media Ads ?..... You dont keep your healthcare if you dont have any healthcare to keep. You are even asked to stay alive without food and without jobs by the GOPers. The spent millions making you belive that, no thanks to media ad and end up living you desolate. American Voters need to get real to know who their real friends are . The casualties of Obamacare should not stay with Cruz and his Govt shutdown but with the entire GOPers, the Teabaggers, Koch brothers. Money must not buy US but the will to be free and enjoy their lives ......and that includes the poor.

    January 16, 2014 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  9. ep tor

    Love to see the Koch twits spend a billion to try to buy some Senate seats – and lose.

    January 16, 2014 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  10. J.V.Hodgson

    the guy himself better be promoting his senate election bid based on more than just health care repeal... I.d want to know what his alternative would be. I think voter will recognize in 2014 that its a non issue really until 2016 as Obama will veto any repeal attempts If he does not cover the economy and jobs in his policy ideas at a better way that existing Senators he loses in my opinion.

    January 16, 2014 01:48 am at 1:48 am |

    Guns Over People tea potty wingnuts are desperate in January. November comes quickly for all of them.

    January 16, 2014 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  12. Minnie Mouse

    Steve, it doesn't matter how much money you spending try to fight against the ACA because it's not going away. You are just one person. The law is the law, is in place and is effectively working for millions of people. Save your money for another use!

    January 16, 2014 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  13. Enough is Enough

    How about this subject for the midterms? I know Obama isn't running – but it describes a number of lefties who are –

    "President Obama has been judged to be ´chronically incapable´ of conducting a coherent military strategy and ´has no sense of what he wants to do in the world´, according to Oxford University professor, Sir Hew Strachan – one of the UK´s most respected and senior military advisers."

    January 16, 2014 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  14. BeenThereDoneThat

    The only way the Koch brothers will win is if backcountry Bubbas continue to vote against their own best interests!

    January 16, 2014 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  15. current state of the union

    And this is why only two kind of people vote gop, rich, and stupid .

    January 16, 2014 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  16. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    CNN, don't you mean a Koch brothers commercial , the GOP anti environmental stooges?????

    January 16, 2014 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  17. current state of the union

    It really just comes down to this, the gop economic solution to having no money is centered around giving the richest and big businesses more money via tax breaks, which starves our government for money even more, to offset they promise jobs, when in reality they will cut the life line of more than just the poor, they want you to believe its the poor, how does cutting my ss I paid into over thirty years helping me, the middle class, by giving more money to the rich, which they will spend telling more lies, and pushing more laws to give the rich more money and more control, hell the gop are mere puppets at this point, ask yourself how that scenario helps your situation, most know it won't help them either, they simply have nothing to offer the working but a lower standard of living, so the rich keep more of their money, so they can create all those jobs they promised, maybe we just haven't given them enough yet.

    January 16, 2014 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  18. current state of the union

    This isn't rocket science, the more money we allow in our political system, the worse the average americans lives get, and the better for the wealthy, really simple.

    January 16, 2014 07:54 am at 7:54 am |