Republicans Target ‘Lie of the Year’ Democrats in New Ads

The spots will run in 12 states

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Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., shown in a Dec. 2012 file photo, is one of the targets of the RNC ads

This post was updated on Jan. 8 at 11:20 a.m. EST

The Republican National Committee launched a new 2014 ad campaign against Democratic incumbents on Tuesday, with commercials that focus on the much-criticized and unfulfilled promise that people could keep their health insurance under Obamacare.

The promise — “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it” — was made repeatedly by President Barack Obama and many other Democrats, and was named the 2013 Lie of the Year by Politifact. Eying the midterm elections, Republicans are airing local media spots in 12 states highlighting the Lie of the Year.

“Democrats are eager to change the subject, but Republicans aren’t going to let that happen,” RNC chairman Reince Priebus told reporters on a conference call. Democrats have recently emphasized income inequality.

“We want to hold Democrats and the president accountable,” Priebus said.

The spots target lawmakers in Louisiana, Virginia, Iowa and Oregon, among other states.

“President Obama and Senator [Mary] Landrieu said if you like your insurance plan you can keep it under Obamacare. They lied to you. Big time,” the ad running in Louisiana says. “2014 is your chance to hold Senator Landrieu accountable. Tell her this is one New Year’s resolution you’re sticking to.”

Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy is running against Landrieu.

Other lawmakers targeted by the ads include Sens, Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Reps. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) and Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.).

The ads will run in English, Spanish, Korean, and Vietnamese in states where there are large factions of non-English speaking populations. Though the commercials probably won’t be heard much: the total size of the ad buy is about $3,100, according to a Democrat tracking media buys, a pittance for ad spending. The RNC has not confirmed the size of the ad buy, though a spokesperson says they will run in 40 markets in the 12 states for two days.

“Obamacare is going to be the No. 1 issue of 2014,” Priebus said.

Michael Czin, the National Press Secretary of the Democratic National Committee, responded to the RNC’s recent ad campaigns in a statement sent to TIME.

“Today, more Americans have better, more affordable health care than before thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The GOP shut down the government trying to take it all away,” the statement read. “Now they’re standing in the way of unemployment insurance and an increase in the minimum wage. If that’s the agenda they want to campaign on, they can go right ahead.”

On Jan. 7,  this post was updated to include the statement made by Michael Czin, the National Press Secretary of the Democratic National Committee. On Jan. 8, this post was updated to include the cost of the total ad buy, Democrats tracking media buys say the total buy was $3100.

34 comments
BruceS78
BruceS78

Do we really have to spend the next year with these ads on our TVs?  I wonder how many more people will stop watching and find something better to do with their time. 

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

IF you are a Republican THEN this is the only thing you can do to get re-elected in November.  Because you, your party leaders and your entire party are devoid of any promising, positive and reasonable plan forward the only trick you have is to smear the opposition and try to make them look worse than you are.

Memo to the GOP - start working for the country instead of against it.  If you are worried about covering your ss in the run up to November consider this; do your job well and for the right reasons and your ss is automatically covered!

The corollary to this is that if you continue to do more nothing (in the hopes of not making a mistake) then you are not doing your job, are unproductive and deserve to be fired....Just like in the real world We the People live and work in.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

The biggest lie all year was Boehrner saying that the Republican's only focus would be "jobs, jobs, jobs" followed by 42 attempts to overturn the ACA but the U S House did nothing  with the Senate to actually create even one job.  And to show their contempt for the American people, they worked less than 3 days a week and only every other week.

roknsteve
roknsteve

Republican campaign pledge for 2014: No Jobs, No Healthcare, No Social Security.  Oh, And Free Money for Corporations. 

paulejb
paulejb

Predictions for 2014.


2014 will see a net loss of people covered by health insurance.

paulejb
paulejb

'“Today, more Americans have better, more affordable health care than before thanks to the Affordable Care Act.'


Blatant lie. Five million people had their health care policies cancelled while perhaps two million signed up for insurance on the exchanges. You may add to that 4.4 million people now signed up for Medicaid at your expense.




BillDonnelly
BillDonnelly

Some things don't turn out the way they were intended.  Does that make the person a liar or does it mean the person saying that just wishes to incite a riot?  When George bush said there were Weapons of mass destruction in Iraq or that "mission accomplished" was he lying or mistaken?

GOP just trying to incite the ignorant about nothing

jmac
jmac

"I doubt that there has ever been a more cynical political action than the effort by Republicans to destroy a law based on ideas that they themselves conceived and first put into practice . . . "  (ltr to Ed)

 Obama gave us a Republican health care plan based on private  market-based insurance.   Obviously, health insurance companies can get rid of a doctor, or he decide to move, or he dies or the plan you pick doesn't have that doctor in it's list of doctors.   That's always been the case.   Romney implying that without this one sentence from Obama, he might have won the presidency shows they simply do not believe  Americans can actual use their brains and think.     

"This nation is fundamentally handicapped in its quest for cheaper health care:  All other developed countries rely on a large degree of direct government intervention, negotiation or rate-setting to achieve lower-priced medical treatment for all citizens.  That is not politically acceptable here."  


DavidStrayer
DavidStrayer

The GOP is trying to deflect attention from the absence of a Republican agenda, from the fact that the GOP has nothing to offer the American people and the fact that the only goal they have is to siphon money from the rest of the country to the wealthiest individuals and corporations.


They do this by distorting everything.  In the process, they seek to avoid responsibility for their biggest lies:


the fabrication of an entire war based on non-existent weapons of mass destruction.  The result: 4500 Americans killed, $1T+ spent, the Middle East destabilized, over 100,000 Iraqis dead, continuing instability and killing.


Should the GOP ever -- EVER -- try to pin a few misstatements on the Democrats, they should hang their heads in shame.  Oh yes, I forgot: they're shameless.

dellflorida
dellflorida

Here is the big 'LIE- Obama promised that in the future,after Obama care,people could keep their own insurance...Obama made a predictioin,not a promise- as he doesn't control the insurance companies-it was a foolish statement to make-but not a LIE. Basically he said he would do allhe scould to make sure people could keep their insurance...But he stupidly made it a blanket promise-....of something he had no control over....so hit him with a wet noodle- he made a Mistake.Now,  For a real lie that  killed people,Look at George Bush and Cheney's  m,anufactruing evidence to start the war in Iraq;(there was articles on it in Atlantic magazine and other places)....now that was a real Lie...

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@roknsteveYou just made another entry for lie of the year. Wonder what is it in libturds that finds truth same way vampires dislike sun shine.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@paulejb Better find a second source to confirm this, paulie, this source has been known to repeatedly falsify data and videos.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@paulejb Well, 6 million lost their drug coverage the day that Bush's Medicare D program kicked in.  I was one of them.  The Bush program had higher co-pays and that damned do-nut hole that my policy didn't have.  Thanks, GOP!

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@BillDonnellyBlame Hillary for that. She was one of the Democrat
senators who approved the invasion of Iraq, based on the report of George Tenet Bill Clinton`s CIA director. You should be more honest. Do not leave or omit anything that could disprove your contention. Honesty is the best policy. Do not be like your role models, Hillary and Obama. Liars all.

tommyudo
tommyudo

@BillDonnelly 


The ignorant are their base, so it may be bad policy, but in their eyes great governance.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@jmac Actually, most of us wanted single payer which would have been a boon to doctors by reducing their office staffing significantly.

reallife
reallife

@DavidStrayer you're really making a move for the "idiot # 3" spot there, bud.  LOL


it's Bush's fault!  it's Bush's fault! it's Bush's fault!  


news for you idiot, Bush has been gone for 5 years now


hahaha


unbelievable!



ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@dellflorida Since about half the people in the country have their insurance changed every year by the companies reducing their coverage or increasing their costs.  Otherwise, they couldn't increase their costs every year to an individual or a company which they have done for years.

curt3rd
curt3rd

@dellflorida Take your head out of your a$$.  Obama knew that millions would lose their health insurance and lied to the American public because he knew the law would never have been passed otherwise.  It happened to Clinton when he tried it for that same reason.  They all knew.  Many Republicans were telling you this was gonna happen and the media refused to cover it. Oh wait, those nutjobs over at Fox were reported it

reallife
reallife

@dellflorida and I was calling the guy above an idiot!  wow the competition is fierce!


LOL



ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@ARTRaveler@paulejbHere we go again. You do not gain anything by saying at least Obama is not as bad as Bush. You gain by proving Obama is better than Bush, which by the way things are going shows he is not. His approval ratings are much lower than Dubya and only Nixon is much lower. And even that is dubious as you know how media will protect Obama.

jmac
jmac

@reallife @jmac Keep running on destroying health care, real.    That's all you've got now that your Benghazi 'witness' blew a gasket.   Maybe you can go back to Fast and Furious.  

DavidStrayer
DavidStrayer

@reallife @DavidStrayer 

Reallife:


Do you have any skills besides name-calling?  


It's one thing to disagree.  It's quite another to be disagreeable. 

tommyudo
tommyudo

@reallife @DavidStrayer 


Eight years of Cheney/Bush left us  with a mess like a load of elephants in a circus parade. It takes a long time to clean up the  droppings of the animals.

jmac
jmac

@reallife @DavidStrayer You're equating Obama's statement to Bush lying us into an invasion of Iraq?  


I can see that in the history books one hundred years from now - not.  

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@reallife @jmac Let's see-Fast and Furious started under Bush 2, the IRS thing is a non-issue since the truth is known and everyone but FAUX admits that both liberal and conservative groups were held up and only 1 liberal group actually was turned down, and Bengazi was a tragedy but when you start on that, think about the 13 that died in 87 incidents during Bush 2 which the GOP (gangsters, plutocrats, and oligarchs) didn't seem to care about these dead Americans.

reallife
reallife

@jmac @reallife dont worry... we have a whole smorgasboard of issues in front of us... and we're planning to use all of it 

LOL



reallife
reallife

@DavidStrayer @reallife what you call "name-calling" I call expressing my contempt for misleading, lying weasels like you and your hero en the white house.


there is no other way to deal with your ilk, saying that I disagree with you would be saying that I respect you, and that would be lying