Early Air Wars:
The health care repeal vote did spur the beginning of yet another TV ad war. Immediately after Wednesday's vote, the liberal-leaning campaign watchdog group Public Campaign Action Fund announced they were going up with ads hitting three vulnerable Republicans for voting in favor of the bill's repeal.
PCAF's initial ads target Reps. Jim Renacci
(R-Ohio), Jon Runyan
(R-N.J.) and Tim Walberg
"New Year, new Congress, same old Washington corruption," the ads
begin, going on to point out that each freshman took campaign contributions from health care and insurance interests so that "they can deny you coverage for pre-existing conditions, kick your kids off your plan, and jack up premiums. Is this the change we voted for?" PCAF hasn't ruled out expanding the buy to other freshman GOP districts, either.
On the flip side, the Tea Party Express is also going up with an ad
calling on the Senate to have a vote on repeal.
The Starting Five
1. Another day, another good poll for Obama this week as a third national survey shows
his approval rating above 50 percent.
2. Hartford Courant
columnist Kevin Rennie
, who had the news that Sen. Joe Lieberman
(I) was retiring first earlier this week, reports
that Rep. Chris Murphy
will announce his Senate campaign on Thursday. That'll set up a show down with former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz
in the Democratic primary.
3. Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams
with the Texas Tribune
about the Texas Senate race and his candidacy, as former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz
4. Former Rep. Mike McMahon
(D-N.Y.) sounds like
he's gearing up for a rematch with Rep. Michael Grimm
5. Rep. Mike Pence
(Ind.) and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels
, two potential Republican presidential contenders, met privately
earlier this week.
Jessica Taylor contributed to this post.