In an obvious effort to distance herself from her own record on Obamacare, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., released her first re-election campaign ad Wednesday, positioning herself as someone who fought to ensure President Obama kept his now-infamous healthcare promise. The ad, however, glosses over her own record on the law, Breitbart.com said.
The short 30-second ad, Politico added, is based on news clips of Landrieu hitting Obama on his broken promise without mentioning that Democrats also used the very same talking point.
“Senator Landrieu says President Obama needs to stick to his word,” one local news anchor says in the commercial.
She even took credit for Obama's announcement that that states and insurance companies could renew individual health plans for another year, Politico added.
“What I’ve said to the president is, you told them that they could they keep it,’” Landrieu told a local affiliate. Landrieu, Politico noted, wore a cross in that clip -- an apparent attempt to appeal to Christian voters.
“I’m fixing it,” Landrieu is seen telling CNN. “And that’s what my bill does. And I’ve urged the president to fix it.”
“This is a promise that you made,” she says in another clip. “This is a promise that you should keep.”
The ad is clearly intended to appeal to those who don't know Landrieu's own record or her pivotal role in getting the bill passed into law.
In March, for example, she told Politico she was proud of her vote to implement the massive healthcare law.
“I am proud of my support for the Affordable Care Act, whether my opponents want to call it ACA or Obamacare, I voted for it,” she said. “I’m glad I voted for it.”
Breitbart.com also posed a video showing Landrieu repeating Obama's lie about keeping health coverage in 2009.
"While those individuals who like the coverage they already have will be able to keep their current plan. This is a very accurate description of this bill," she said.
But as millions of Americans are now finding out, that isn't the case.
According to Politico, Landrieu has spent $250,000 to run the ad in six Louisiana markets. Voters in New Orleans, however, will not see the ad, because, Politico said, "Obama remains immensely popular among African-Americans, a constituency the senator desperately needs to turn out in a non-presidential election for her to survive."
Outside conservative groups have spent over $1 million to educate voters on Landrieu's record, Politico said.
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