Facing criticism for not signing onto a “defund Obamacare” effort, Sen. Lamar Alexander has launched his a campaign radio ad and website devoted to stressing his past efforts to block or repeal the federal Affordable Care Act.
“Sen. Lamar Alexander have voted 23 times to get rid of Obamacare,” the ad begins. “Lamar stood up to the president at the White House Health Care Summitt.”
The radio ad, which his campaign says began airing statewide over the weekend, features a clip of Alexander arguing with President Obama three years ago over whether the health care law will increase the cost of insurance premiums. Alexander said it would; Obama said it would not. (Note: Press release and audio HERE.)
“The president and Fox News later confirmed that Lamar was right,” says the ad narrator.
Alexander has also placed on his U.S. Senate website a copy of the video of his argument with Obama along with an exhaustive review – 8,943 words, according to a computer word counter – of actions, articles and comments he has made in opposition to the law. (Note: It’s HERE)
The moves come amid increasing criticism of the senator for declining to pledge support for the“defund Obamacare” effort pushed by some conservative Republican senators. Senate Conservatives Fund, a national political action committee, began a radio ad campaign last week criticizing Alexander on the issue and the Tea Party Express held a Nashville rally criticizing both Alexander and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker. Alexander’s only announced Republican opponent, state Rep. Joe Carr, has cited his strong support of the “defund Obamacare” effort as a major difference between himself and the incumbent.
Corker, unlike Alexander, has been openly critical of the push to have Republicans refuse to vote for any federal appropriations legislation that includes funding for Obamacare. He repeated the criticism last week in Nashville, declaring the movement “sad,” “disingenuous” and “not gaining any momentum” in remarks videotaped by WKRN-TV.
“It’s kind of disingenuous, it’s unfortunate that people around our country are being sold this because it just won’t work,” said Corker, stressing that he also opposes Obamacare overall – just not the defunding effort.
“What has happened unfortunately is that they have taken an issue where Republicans are united and tried to act like some people are more opposed to it than others,” said Corker, who is a co-chairman of Alexander’s reelection campaign.