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The SEIU, NEA and AFSCME are launching a new round of ads pressuring potentially wishy-washy Democratic senators and Republican House members to oppose cuts to Medicare and Medicaid in fiscal cliff curb negotiations. The six-figure ad buy will target Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) and Pat Tiberi (R-OH).
"Cutting hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare and Medicaid will short change the people who need it the most," the ads say. "So if you don’t want seniors to come up empty, call [lawmaker] and tell [him/her] 'Don't make a bad deal that cuts our care.'"
An earlier round of ads also ran in Colorado, targeting the Democratic senators there, and in "several dozen" Republican House districts.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 10:51 AM PST.

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  •  Not sure if the ads should have that funny (2+ / 0-)
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    message. It doesn't make the messaging look serious.

    •  I disagree (0+ / 0-)

      We just came off a political season (year -- oy!) that was full of commercials loaded with FEAR DOOM! SCARE!!! based ads. A humorous ad will likely do a better job of cutting thru the defensive mechanisms lots of folks have in place.

      To me progress is not so much a goal as it is a process and I believe it will not follow a straight course. Remember, the drops of water that form the river may not take the shortest path but they will still reach the ocean.

      by ontheleftcoast on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:29:56 AM PST

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    •  I agree - the comedy is too easily dismissed (1+ / 0-)
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      Cute ad but it does not illuminate why we should be so concerned.  

  •  I've seen this ad several times already (1+ / 0-)
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    Timothy J

    on CNN and MSNBC, and I live in Central Texas, not really their target market.

    They always say to call Mark Warner too.

    Are they wasting money, or is this a national ad buy? Or are they just trying to raise more awareness of the issue? It doesn't seem well-targeted, because it doesn't ask me to call my Texas senators.

    "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

    by Brooke In Seattle on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:20:15 AM PST

  •  And there have already been rumbles about Warner (1+ / 0-)
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    ... running for president in 2016.

    The Second Coming of Evan Bayh...

  •  Thanks for the reminder, Laura (1+ / 0-)
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    I just emailed and also called Senator Warner's office.

    Also republished to Virginia Kos. If every Virginian on Daily Kos contacted Warner, it would have an impact. 100+ calls/emails. Remember, when you contact a congressman, he feels like your representing a lot more people who are just too lazy to make the call.

    Here's the contact information for Senator Warner:

    Washington, D.C.
    475 Russell Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Phone: 202-224-2023
    Fax: 202-224-6295

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    by JamieG from Md on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:46:01 AM PST

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