Reid: 'Vast majority' of Koch ads are lies
February 26th, 2014
09:46 PM ET
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Reid: 'Vast majority' of Koch ads are lies

(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fired away Wednesday at political ads hitting Obamacare funded by the billionaire Koch brothers that he says are all "untrue."

Reid later eased off some of his comments, but continued to pile on criticism of Americans for Prosperity.

That group, backed by conservatives Charles and David Koch, has flooded airwaves with ads attacking vulnerable Democratic senators up for reelection and Senate candidates for their support of Obamacare.

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In opening remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday, Reid said "there's plenty of horror stories being told" despite 4 million enrollees in the health care program.

"All of them are untrue, but they're being told all over America," he said, calling the AFP ads that characterize sky-rocketing premiums, dropped insurance plans and other negative effects of the law "absolutely false."

Reid's comments drew swift outrage from Republicans who responded on the Senate floor and continued to highlight problems with the law.

The Nevada Democrat later "walked back" the comments but continued to accuse the Koch brothers of "trying to buy America" with false stories of Obamacare.

"I can't say that every one of the Koch brother's ads are a lie," he said, but insisted, "a vast, vast majority of them are."

"What is going on with these two brothers who made billions of dollars last year in an attempt to buy our democracy is dishonest, deceptive, false and unfair. Just because you have huge amounts of money, you should not be able to run these false, misleading ads by the hundreds of millions of dollars."

The Koch-backed group has spent more than any other outside political group this cycle.

AFP says it has spent more than $25 million in ads attacking the health care law since October. The group has unleashed rounds of commercials that hammer lawmakers for supporting Obamacare.

It has zeroed-in on Democrats like Sens. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, who are facing tough reelection challenges.

AFP responded to Reid's comments, saying they were evidence Democrats are trying to move attention away from the short-comings of Obamacare.

"Instead of admitting that the health care law is a bad deal for Americans, Senator Reid has chosen to attack the brave men and women who are sharing their personal stories about Obamacare," AFP spokesman Levi Russell said in a statement.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Filed under: David and Charles Koch • Harry Reid • Health care
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. croaton999

    It is disgraceful that Senator Reid and his fellow Democrats are attacking a cancer victim as part of their campaign against Charles Koch and David Koch. Furthermore, demonizing patients who are fighting cancer and lupus to prop up the failed Obamacare rollout shows an absolute lack of compassion for victims he has helped create. Is Harry Reid competing with Mr. Obama for the prestigious liar of the year award for 2014?

    February 27, 2014 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  2. Tampa Tim

    The Koch ads we get are negative ads about CharlinCrist, and Alex Sink. But like most ads, the republicans have no accomplishments to run on, no vision (except repeal Obamacare), and they seem more like Ted Nugent talking points. There is a Koch candidate running in the FL 19 to replace Radel, and he is running on repealing Obamacare.and creating jobs.

    February 27, 2014 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  3. Steve- Illinois

    Reid admits telling lies about others being liars. What a guy!

    February 27, 2014 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  4. reggie53

    Everything that comes out of Harry Reid's mouth are lies. This man thinks he is second in line to the "Messiah" (Obama). It is time for Reid to be put out to pasture......his brain is not working too good if he has a brain at all!!!!!!

    February 27, 2014 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  5. jboh

    We saw that under W. TEA/GOP can't help lying. Even when the truth would serve their cause just as well as a lie they still lie. What amazes me is the blatantness of the lies. FOX trying to pass off film of a sunny day July rally as Glen Beck's Sept 12 rally on an over cast day. Then showing film, with palm trees in it , and saying it was in Wisc. Then we have "death panels", slam dunk certainty of WMD's in Iraq, Iraq will last weeks, maybe months but not years, Iraqi oil will pay for it all, I knew nothing about the bridge, I knew nothing about fracking in state parks, ect, ect, ect. Any fool can see thru them, the lies are so poorly done.

    February 27, 2014 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  6. Norma Vessels

    After so many of those witnesses for Fox, have been proven ill advised or just plain unknowing, I have no regard at all, for those advertisements against the Health Care. Some of those witnesses hadn't even taken the time to go to the Health Care website to even see what they could get. They "just figured" it would be bad, like they were told by someone else.

    February 27, 2014 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    The Koch-backed group has spent more than any other outside political group this cycle.

    The Koch-backed group has spent more than any other outside political group this cycle.

    The Koch-backed group has spent more than any other outside political group this cycle.

    You can repeat it until the sun burns out, but some conservatives will deny that fact, while others will deny all of it.

    February 27, 2014 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
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