Osborn’s New Ad Hits Sasse’s Obamacare Past

The two candidates are the two front-runners in Nebraska’s GOP primary.

US President Barack Obama speaks about the healthcare reform laws, known as Obamacare, at an Organizing for Action event in Washington, DC, November 4, 2013.  
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April 28, 2014, 2 a.m.

(This post has been up­dated at 11:42 a.m. on April 28, 2014.)

A new ad from former Neb­raska state Treas­urer Shane Os­born takes a swing at his Re­pub­lic­an primary op­pon­ent for mak­ing com­ments in sup­port of Obama­care in 2009 and 2010, Os­borne says in the ad, a char­ac­ter­iz­a­tion Mid­land Uni­versity pres­id­ent Ben Sas­se’s cam­paign vehe­mently chal­lenged after the ad’s re­lease.

The 30-second ad shows foot­age of Os­born from 2009 speak­ing out against the then-bill, a con­trast, it says, from Sas­se’s own am­bigu­ous his­tory of op­pos­i­tion.

Crit­ics ac­cuse Sas­se, a former Health and Hu­man Ser­vices of­fi­cial un­der the George W. Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion, for once back­ing the health law and its in­di­vidu­al man­date. Sas­se, who has the en­dorse­ment of con­ser­vat­ive out­side groups like the Club for Growth and Sen­ate Con­ser­vat­ives Fund, calls him­self as one of the law’s pre-em­in­ent crit­ics. 

Sas­se’s cam­paign says the in­stances lis­ted in the Os­born ad were taken out of con­text and that the can­did­ate has con­sist­ently warned against the dangers of im­ple­ment­ing Obama­care. 

“Here in Neb­raska, hon­esty mat­ters but Shane Os­born’s dis­hon­est at­tack is proof that he is will­ing to do and say any­thing to get elec­ted,” Sas­se spokes­man Tyler Grass­mey­er said. “Neb­raskans know the truth: no one has fought Obama­Care harder than Ben Sas­se.”

Sas­se is now cam­paign­ing on a re­peal-and-re­place plat­form, mak­ing his Obama­care al­tern­at­ive a center­piece of his cam­paign.

The ad is the Os­born cam­paign’s second in two weeks, both of which seek to frame Sas­se as a D.C. in­sider. A pre­vi­ous spot high­lighted his time spent liv­ing and work­ing in Wash­ing­ton, while this one ties him to a pres­id­ent and law that are both un­pop­u­lar in the state. 

Os­born and Sas­se are among a hand­ful of Re­pub­lic­ans com­pet­ing for the nom­in­a­tion in a May 13 primary.

Os­born’s cam­paign says the buy is about a $200,000 in the state’s four top me­dia mar­kets, reach­ing about 93 per­cent of the state.

Sas­se, a former Health and Hu­man Ser­vices of­fi­cial un­der the George W. Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion, had praised both the health care law and its in­di­vidu­al man­date, say­ing it wouldn’t be re­pealed. Sas­se is now cam­paign­ing on a re­peal-and-re­place plat­form, mak­ing his Obama­care al­tern­at­ive a center­piece of his cam­paign. The ad is the Os­borne cam­paign’s second in two weeks, both seek­ing to frame Sas­se as a D.C. in­sider. A pre­vi­ous spot high­lighted his time spent liv­ing and work­ing in Wash­ing­ton, while this one ties him to a pres­id­ent and law that are both un­pop­u­lar in the state.  Os­borne and Sas­se are among four Re­pub­lic­ans com­pet­ing for the nom­in­a­tion in a May 13 primary. Os­borne’s cam­paign says the buy is about a $200,000 in the four top me­dia mar­kets, reach­ing about 93 per­cent of the state.A new ad from former Neb­raska state treas­ure Shane Os­borne (R) takes a swing at his primary op­pon­ent, Mid­land Uni­versity pres­id­ent Ben Sas­se (R), for com­ments he made in sup­port of Obama­care in 2009 and 2010.Sas­se, a former Health and Hu­man Ser­vices of­fi­cial un­der the George W. Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion, had praised both the health care law and its in­di­vidu­al man­date, say­ing it wouldn’t be re­pealed.Sas­se is now cam­paign­ing on a re­peal-and-re­place plat­form, mak­ing his Obama­care al­tern­at­ive a center­piece of his cam­paign.The ad is the Os­borne cam­paign’s second in two weeks, both seek­ing to frame Sas­se as a D.C. in­sider. A pre­vi­ous spot high­lighted his time spent liv­ing and work­ing in Wash­ing­ton, while this one ties him to a pres­id­ent and law that are both un­pop­u­lar in the state. Os­borne and Sas­se are among four Re­pub­lic­ans com­pet­ing for the nom­in­a­tion in a May 13 primary.Os­borne’s cam­paign says the buy is about a $200,000 in the four top me­dia mar­kets, reach­ing about 93 per­cent of the state.
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