The Democratic National Committee today plans to launch a new television ad promoting the “growing list of prominent Republicans” who they say support President Barack Obama's health care plan.
Their list includes former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, of Tennessee, former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, former Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
But Republicans point out that, with the exception of Schwarzenegger, none of the Republicans on the list are major players in politics these days, and Frist has walked back his support of an $829 billion health care bill sponsored by Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., telling ABC news “There are five bills on the floor now — none of them are perfect. People try to put words in my mouth saying 'You support the Baucus bill.' I don't support the Baucus bill as written today.”
The ad will begin airing on national and D.C. cable stations beginning on Monday.
“Congressional Republicans, the Party of No, were put on their heels this week as one prominent Republican after another endorsed reforming our health insurance system, as the Congressional Budget Office report on one reform bill showed it would reduce the deficit and expand coverage and as public opinion polls showed support for reform growing as the GOP's handling of the issue continues to decline,” proclaimed DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse.
You can watch the ad here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzcbmXzZAwk