In the first television ad run by any candidate in Georgia’s Senate race, Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey on Tuesday issued a promise: If Obamacare isn’t repealed during his first term in the Senate, he won’t run for a second one. Gingrey’s spot focuses exclusively on the issue that national Republicans hope to ride to a Senate majority.
“As a doctor, I took an oath to do no harm,” Gingrey says in the spot while dressed in a white doctor’s coat. “And Obamacare is so harmful, I voted to repeal or defund it over 40 times.”
Gingrey’s commercial underlines the central role Obamacare promises to play in all kinds of races across the country next year. Not only are Republicans eager to force Democratic candidates to answer for the problematic rollout of the health care law, they also are using it against one another in competitive primaries. One of Gingrey’s rivals for the GOP nomination in Georgia, former Secretary of State Karen Handel, has been running radio ads in the districts represented by Gingrey, Rep. Paul Broun and Rep. Jack Kingston—all of whom are seeking the GOP nomination for the open Senate seat—saying that “Congress gets special treatment” under the health care law. And now Gingrey is upping the ante in his first ad, promising to leave the Senate if he doesn’t help repeal the law in six years.
Gingrey’s spot will run on cable over the next 10 days in Atlanta, Macon, Columbus, and Augusta, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A spokeswoman said Gingrey’s campaign is spending “six figures” on the ad buy.
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