Ben Pershing is out this week. The Morning Fix is cross-posted from The Fix, by Chris Cillizza.
Morning Fix: Nelson Strikes Back
Criticized by two liberal groups about his approach to President Obama's health care reform proposal, Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson is hitting back, evidence of the issue's potential political peril for the 13 Senate Democrats who represent states carried by Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) in 2008.
After Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee went up with ad hitting Nelson for "leading the charge to delay health reform" and accepting millions in campaign contributions from the insurance industry, Nelson launched his own commercial on Tuesday responding to the charges.
"You've probably been hearing a lot about health care reform and like too much stuff that comes out of Washington it's hard to tell what is fact and what is fiction," Nelson says in the ad, going on to outline his belief that a bill must keep spending down and aid small businesses. "You can count on me to always put Nebraska first," says Nelson at the ad's conclusion.
Paul Johnson, a longtime Democratic operative who has managed Nelson's past campaigns, insisted the DFA ads are a blessing in disguise for the Democratic incumbent.
Read more at The Fix.
August 12, 2009; 8:07 AM ET
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