In a new TV ad, the campaign for Sen. Lamar Alexander continues to get as much mileage as it can from a clip of the senator challenging President Barack Obama over aspects of the Affordable Care Act at a health care summit.
The new 60-second ad, which is Alexander's second TV spot of the 2014 campaign cycle, seeks to emphasize the senator's stance against the president's signature health policy. The commercial comes as outside conservative groups target him for not being fully committed to opposing every avenue of implementing the law.
"Sen. Lamar Alexander led the conservative fight against Obamacare, voted 23 times against it, stood up to the president at the White House health care summit," the ad's narrator says.
The commercial then cuts to a clip from CSPAN3, which has been used by the senator at events across the state over the years and is featured in a recent radio ad released by his campaign. The clip shows Alexander challenging Obama on the details of the law and its effects on the costs of insurance premiums.
"The president and Fox News later confirmed that Lamar was right," the narrator says, after the clip is done playing.
Alexander's campaign did not reveal how much it planned to spend on the new ad or indicate how long the spot would run. The ad will be aired on state television networks starting Thursday.
The ad comes one day after Alexander told Rotarians in Kingsport that he would not support a shutdown of the federal government later this fall in order to prevent elements of the new law from being funded. Several Republicans, as well as outside groups like the Senate Conservatives Fund, have called on senators to "defund Obamacare" by not supporting any funding bills that include provisions for implementation of the policy.
"I understand the passion who are against Obamacare," Alexander was quoted saying in a Kingsport Times News report. "I voted against it 23 times. But I'm not with the shut-down-the-government crowd."
After the release of Alexander's ad, Senate Conservatives Fund Director Matt Hoskins accused the senator of trying to hide "his liberal record" of supporting past funding bills that included monies marked for the policy.
"[Alexander] wants voters to think he's fighting to stop Obamacare, but he supported the individual mandate, and he voted for a bill that funded Obamacare earlier this year," Hoskins said in a news release.
Last week, Hoskins' group released a radio ad targeting the senator on health care.
Alexander drew a primary challenger last week in state Rep. Joe Carr.
The Republican Senate primary is Aug. 7, 2014.
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