As Democratic challengers to Republican senators try to harness momentum from Donald Trump’s many controversies, a conservative group said it will spend big to hit them over President Obama’s own polarizing signature achievement: the Affordable Care Act.
Americans for Prosperity, a group funded by the billionaire Koch brothers, launched a million dollar ad campaign on Tuesday pointed at voters in eight states with competitive Senate contests, from states where the Republican is way ahead, such as Ohio, to the tightening contests in Missouri and Indiana.
The messages focus on Obama’s 2010 federal health care law, which former Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, a Democrat who is challenging Rep. Todd Young for his old seat, voted for, and which candidates such as Katie McGinty in Pennsylvania or Deborah Ross in North Carolina have praised.
“Obamacare has flooded us with lie after lie,” a narrator says atop ominous music. Featuring Obama, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid praising the law, the narrator says the Democratic candidate will “make the Obamacare disaster worse.”
An ad-buying source said the group would spend $1 million to promote the spots on the internet, with three weeks left until Election Day.
“We’re reminding voters that many Senate candidates have been bending over backwards to support Obama’s disastrous healthcare law at the expense of the people in their own states, and we expect they’ll remember that on election day,” said Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity.
A Gallup poll from early September found just more than half of American disapprove of Obamacare.