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Landrieu Openly Critical of Obama in First Campaign Ad

Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 03:11 PM

By Drew MacKenzie

Embattled Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is criticizing President Barack Obama in her first campaign commercial over his handling of the new healthcare law rollout as she begins her re-election fight in Louisiana for a fourth term.

The three-term senator comes out firing in the ad against Obama's signature healthcare law and his failure to keep his promise that people could keep their current insurance plans and their doctors under the Affordable Care Act.

"I said to the president that you told them you could keep it," she says in the 30-second commercial. "This is a promise you made. This is a promise you should keep."

The ad is aimed at highlighting Landrieu's own pending legislation aimed at helping people keep their existing plans under Obamacare.

"I'm fixing it and that's what my bill does, and I have urged the president to fix it," she says in the ad, which contains news footage primarily from interviews she's conducted since the disastrous Obamacare website launch on Oct. 1.

Under attack by conservative outside groups running ads against her, Landrieu's ad appears to be aimed at blaming the Obamacare woes on the president and at distancing herself and other congressional Democrats from the troubled rollout.

At the same time, her commercial appears to take some credit for Obama's announcement that states and insurance companies could continue providing existing health insurance plans for another year.

Landrieu's approval ratings have been falling in the past weeks and, after winning with only 52 percent of the vote in her last two elections, she may be facing another tough re-election battle, Politico reports.

Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, a Baton Rouge doctor, announced in April that he plans to challenge her next year.

"Obamacare is filled with problems that we are all witnessing as it unravels. It's understandable for Senator Landrieu to try to paint as rosy a picture as she can - she was the deciding vote for the law and continues to champion it," Cassidy said Wednesday, according to the New Orleans Times Picayune. "Her recent TV ad is simply misleading: to the many Louisianans who have had their current policies canceled and to every other American, who simply know better from reading the news."

Landrieu does not mention in the ad that she was the pivotal vote on the Affordable Care Act in the Senate, a fact that the negative ads being run against her are highlighting.

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