A new ad out from Shane Osborn this morning entitled, “From the Start“.
See it here:
This is the second consecutive “comparative”/”negative” ad from Shane Osborn. (And we would also note how rare it is for a candidate to make an on-screen, direct attack on another candidate.) Couple that with Ben Sasse’s attack on Osborn last week, and we can only conclude that the race is neck and neck going into the final weeks.
We would add that the Sasse peeps put out a release immediately after Osborn released the ad, noting,
Ben wasn’t saying that ObamaCare was an “important first step.” Rather, he was making the point that healthcare before ObamaCare was broken and having a national debate about how to fix healthcare in America was an “important first step.”
Here’s the direct quote from the speech that is referenced by Osborn and Sasse:
“Ultimately, what we passed in March is an important first step on thinking about the coverage problem in the American health care system.”
The Sasse camp asks to note the context that he was talking to a room full of Democrats, and that Ben otherwise criticized ObamaCare throughout the sppech.
Which all may be true.
But…that quote above IS a tough one to get around, if you’re just talking about the verbiage.
He doesn’t say the “national debate” was important.
He says “what we passed ...is an important first step”.
We understand the Sasse camp has to push back, but that one is pretty tough. Better to just forge ahead with the rest.
The Sasse camp is itching that you need to see the whoooole quote to understand the context.
We don’t have a problem with that, so here you go:
“The problem is you look at the U.S. Treasury’s books, the U.S. Government has $60 trillion of unfunded obligations. We owe $60 trillion more over the next 75 years – that our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are going to have to repay, that we don’t have, and that we just expect that China, every bond auction that happens in the U.S. Government, that China will loan us the money and buy more of our bonds – that’s not a given that keeps happening.
“$34 of $38 trillion dollars of unfunded obligations in the U.S. Government are promises that we have made to pay for all the health care expenses of grandma when she retires that we don’t have the money for, we don’t have any plan to tax for, and we don’t know how we’re going to get. $60 trillion dollars of unfunded obligations, and $22 trillion are the only parts Washington talks about. That broader $38 trillion, $34 of which is Medicare, is not something that has some simple fix we’re ducking, it’s that neither Republicans nor Democrats have any solution to this problem.
“Ultimately, what we passed in March is an important first step on thinking about the coverage problem in the American health care system. But, the underlying problems that drive the growth of uninsurance are not being addressed by ducking the larger entitlement problems. And a coverage-only bill [ObamaCare] that just says, “We could pay for more things out of taxes,” that doesn’t have any underlying connection to the reality of why the uninsured are growing in America is not a solution, even to the Democrats who advocate it.”
By the way, in no way do we suggest that Sasse was “in favor” of ObamaCare, per this speech. We simply mean that one can draw their own conclusion about the “important first step” part by reading what was stated.
A recent ad out from Sid Dinsdale on ObamaCare.
See it here:
(The campaign did not have it up on their YouTube site, so we offered to upload it to our site, so that YOU could see it now.)
And if you were watching the Twitter over the weekend, the OWH endorsed Dinsdale for U.S. Senate, noting:
In a race that’s been heavily impacted by outsiders, Dinsdale is beholden to none. He has rejected negative campaigning. The bulk of his support, nearly 85 percent of his individual contributions, comes from Nebraskans.
We will be watching to see if this endorsement, the Sasse-Osborn spat, and Dinsdale’s own ad bombardment will be enough to put him over the top.
The biggest signal will be if/when Sasse and Osborn start taking pot-shots at Dinsdale. It is happening on the comment boards here, but we will see if the campaign officials do it as well.
Other endorsements over the last few days…
The LJS put their arms around Shane Osborn, saying:
There is not much difference between the GOP candidates on the issues.
If Nebraska voters elect Osborn, they can expect him to represent them effectively and honorably.
The LJS also endorsed Jon Bruning in the Governor’s race, typing:
Bruning’s experience and demonstrated ability as a leader and manager in the public sector set him apart.
And in the Attorney General’s race, the OWH endorsed Brian Buescher, posting:
Buescher, of Omaha, heads the agri-business litigation division at Kutak Rock, the state’s largest private law firm. He is no stranger to leading teams of lawyers and has expertise in Nebraska’s largest and most important industry, agriculture.
And they nodded at Charlie Janssen for Auditor, kibitzing:
Janssen built a successful Fremont business that links up nurses for temporary service with health care clients. He notes that as a state lawmaker, he understands the need for agencies to spend funds as the Legislature directed. As a businessman, he says, he knows where to look for efficiencies.
We think these candidates would do a good job…in spite of these endorsements.
Ben Sasse had a big rally in North Platte on Friday with Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, and made it a really impressive event.
Say what you want about any of it, it is tough to get that many people (somewhere from 400 to 1,000, depending on who you ask) out to a campaign event, on a weekday no-less.
Will it translate into votes? We don’t know. But it couldnt’ hurt. And for campaigns, that sort of thing really pumps up your workers, and gives a sense of movement.
A nice achievement for Sasse and his staff.
Less noteworthy for the local fishwrap…
We were following along on their coverage, and noticed they included Senator Deb Fischer in their original list of who joined in at Sasse’s event.
We were surprised, as she wasn’t in any of the photos, and it was our understanding she is not endorsing in this race at all.
Sure enough, eventually Fischer’s name was taken off, and a correction was added to the bottom of the article.
We suppose these things happen, but in the context of this campaign, that was a bit of a doozy.
Speaking of Sarah Palin, Pete Ricketts has a new ad out featuring her.
See it here:
He also had another one out called “Not Your Typical Politician”.
See it here:
Ricketts is still banging the “positive campaign” drum, and fighting back against the Bruning ads.
And speaking of Ricketts, Beau McCoy made a web-video using McCoy’s Q and A of Ricketts during the last debate.
See it here:
And here is what we are hearing:
Currently Bruning and Ricketts are neck and neck.
Polling is all over the place, and it is difficult to tell who may be at the top.
McCoy has made a significant jump into the mix with them.
Foley, thought to be a front runner, has barely left a mark, and may be left behind.
We are also hoping to get some solid polling info soon, though it will likely be from a campaign, so you never know where it may lead you.
Both of these races are hot, and with all the different dynamics going on, the national peeps will be increasingly watching these races to see what happens and what it means.
If you are working on one of these races, appreciate what you are in right now.
It is not every day that there is this much competition in a primary, and that what you are doing can make a difference for your candidate.
More when we have it.