RNC Puts 'Seniors' Bill of Rights' on the Air
By Ben Pershing
The Republican National Committee is looking to win increased attention for its "Seniors' Bill of Rights," launching a new ad starring RNC Chairman Michael S. Steele outlining the party's health-care manifesto.
Republicans unveiled their bill of rights last week, as they sought to capitalize on polls suggesting that seniors are particularly fearful of changes to their health care and wary of President Obama's reform proposals.
The GOP is now hawking the document in a TV spot that will run on "select national cable networks" and in Florida. An RNC spokeswoman said the size of the ad buy is "significant," particularly in Florida, but she would not specify the campaign's exact price tag or how long it would run.
"Let's agree in both parties that Congress should only consider health reform proposals that protect senior citizens," Steele says in the ad, before ticking off the line items in the GOP's proposal, including vows not to cut Medicare, "ration health care based on age" or inject the government into end-of-life decisions.
Taken together, Republicans' proposals do not add up to a reform plan, but rather represent an effort to contrast the GOP's positions with what the ad implies Democrats' reform plans would do.
Factcheck.org calls the ad "a mix of false, true and misleading claims." Democrats have said it is "riddled with lies," and some liberals have suggested conservatives like Steele are being hypocritical in their vows to protect Medicare -- a government-run health-care program -- while at the same time warning that Obama's plans will lead to government-run health care.
Posted at 2:50 PM ET on Sep 1, 2009
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