GOP Senate Candidate: I’ll Retire If Obamacare Isn’t Repealed

Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia focuses on health care in first TV ad of competitive primary.

U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., announces his bid for the U.S. Senate at a press conference, Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  
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Kevin Brennan
Nov. 12, 2013, 8:26 a.m.

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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