Posted: 6:00 am Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Pro-Nathan Deal attack ad blasts Jason Carter’s Obamacare support 

By Greg Bluestein

Gov. Nathan Deal’s supporters launched the first attack ad Thursday against Democrat Jason Carter with a bruising 30-second spot that targets his willingness to expand Medicaid.

We told you earlier that the Republican Governors Association snapped up airtime in metro Atlanta markets and the spot you see above is the first part of that blitz. It’s supported by an ad buy of more than $500,000 on statewide broadcast and cable that could expand into seven-figure territory. And we can expect more to come.

It’s part of the GOP effort to brand Carter, an Atlanta state senator who is the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, as a tax-and-spend liberal and Obamacare lover before he can introduce himself to a wider audience. Carter has yet to air a campaign ad, while Deal’s camp has rolled out a series of upbeat television spots highlighting the governor’s jobs record.

The governor’s rhetoric has notably sharpened since his victory over two GOP challengers last week. He said Carter’s greatest asset is his “very famous grandfather” and tried to tie him to Obama’s policies. At the same time, a wave of polls show a tight race between Deal and Carter, including a survey by Rasmussen Reports, a GOP-leaning outfit, released Monday that put Carter at 48 percent to Deal’s 41 percent.

An RGA spokesman wouldn’t say whether the recent poll results spurred the ad buy. The group’s opening salvo reminds viewers of Carter’s comments that some sort of plan to expand Medicaid, either through private insurance exchanges or other means, should be “on the table.”

The fate of Obamacare resonates deeply with supporters of both candidates. An AJC poll released this month shows that Deal’s refusal to expand Medicaid, which he views as too costly in the long run, galvanized hard-core members of his party’s base but turned off a chunk of independent voters.

Carter’s camp now faces the decision of how to counter this first strike. His finance director sent a plea early Thursday for funds to answer the attack: “Until we can go on air, it’s the only information a lot of voters are going to hear about Jason,” it said.

Carter spokesman Bryan Thomas said in a statement about an hour after the release that the blitz was little more than a Washington “bailout” for Deal.

“This ad is nothing but an acknowledgment that Gov. Deal is flailing and his campaign is in serious trouble,” he said.

Here’s the transcript of the RGA ad:

“We know ObamaCare is making health care coverage more expensive. Costing us jobs. And forcing people to pay for things they don’t want or need.

So why would Jason Carter say expanding ObamaCare “should be on the table?” We don’t want more ObamaCare.

And why would Jason Carter support using Georgia tax dollars to promote ObamaCare?

Jason Carter and ObamaCare. Two bad ideas Georgia should take off the table.”

90 comments
dreluv
dreluv

This ad is disgusted, Nathan Deal is disgrace to Georgia by stopping 600,000 poor Georgian getting Medicaid.

Nathan Deal using dirty politics games it going to cost him some votes.

Bill OrvisWhite
Bill OrvisWhite

The fact is that the Medicare gov't expansion is a giveaway to the states. At some point the states have to pay that giveaway back in the form of payments plus interest. Real leaders like the honorable Governor Nathan Deal KNOW THESE FACTS and are behaving like real adults by saying, "Disrespectfully Madam "president," we disrespectfully decline your illegal health care program in my state. Go up to one of the New England states and force your unfunded mandates upon those clueless secular progressives. Here in states like Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, we believe in fiscal responsibility. You see, Madam "president," you do not possess any leadership skills so therefore, we disrespectfully opt-out of your socialistic program." HEALTH CARE IS NOT A RIGHT, FOLKS! READ YOUR CONSTITUTION! THIS IS NOT SECULAR EUROPE FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! 


There is NO DOUBT that Jimmy's grand-kid is on the same page as this failed "president." If any of you Mcflys out there vote for this kid, it goes to show that you are seriously stuck on stupid. Why? Because you do not want job growth and new businesses in the state - that's what ObamaCare DOES! OBAMACARE KILLS JOB$!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  OBAMACARE FORCES PEOPLE INTO THINGS THEY DO NOT WANT! It is an economic killer and NEEDS TO be repealed immediately! Finally someone has the guts to put together a good political ad. For those who wish to support Jason Carter, I just ask, "WHY?" Why do you want the Democrat Party agenda to ruin Georgia? Why of why do you all want handouts? GOOD NIGHT!


Amen, Bill

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

The d @$$es don't realize that Georgia tax dollars already to go Obamacare, just not to Georgians!

honested
honested

Will the next rga ad state:


"Governor deal will work tirelessly to strip healthcare coverage from as many Georgians as possible by repealing the ACA and continuing to close rural Georgia hospitals at a rate many consider alarming, but the rga considers 'the market at work".


Good stuff rga.

Let me see ..the majority republican state legislators has refused to give more than 400,000 Georgia citizens medical care by not expanding Medicaid , that is covered by federal money at 1005 for three years. The republican majority state legislators by refusing to accept Medicaid Expansion has lost Georgia citizens  over 70,0000 jobs.  Their policies are  requiring us to close rural hospitals. . Georgia is the 5th poorest state in the country and electing  and having these people in office is severely hurting us as citizens. 

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

PAC ads are not allowed to be coordinated by a candidate's campaign.  Carter will have them on his behalf, too.  One man's view of "disinformation" is considered "spin" by others (both sides).

NOlongerRepublican
NOlongerRepublican

Slowly, very slowly I might add, intelligent Georgians are beginning to realize that Obamacare and Medicare expansion are not the big bad monsters that the Fox News crowd and right wingers claim. It is actually helping people, reducing costs and creating jobs where it is in place. That is the Republican's worst nightmare since they have built their entire campaigns around convincing people that this would destroy the country. When get past all the lies and misinformation there is actual real policy that is helping this country. Carter would do well to embrace this and spend his ad dollars explaining the reality of it to get more people to understand that Republicans have been lying about it since its inception. Carter wants to focus his campaign on education and that is admirable since Deal has so severely cut public education in Georgia, but he is going to have to deal with Obamacare too and help people realize they have been severely misled for years.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Only a partisan would term this an "attack ad" when it correctly points out vivid policy differences.

Carter's means testing desire for the Hope SCHOLARSHIP will also be brought up.


DS
DS

I'm surprised Nathan Deal decided to bring up Obamacare, but I'm glad he did.

First of all, let's dispense with Deal's lies: Obamacare doesn't cost jobs---it adds jobs. Just ask the Congressional Budget Office, Goldman Sachs, Kaiser Family Foundation, William Custer (Georgia State University), or Tim Sweeney (Georgia Budget and Policy Institute). They've all reported that expanding Medicaid in Georgia would be a huge boost to our local economy and add jobs.

Second, Obamacare doesn't raise costs, it lowers costs. Insurers have already refunded $1.5 billion in excess premiums to insured people over the last two years thanks to Obamacare. And Hospital Corporation of America has reported that uninsured admissions in states that have expanded Medicaid have dropped drastically, saving HCA and taxpayers costs. Meanwhile, uninsured admissions have increased in states that have not expanded Medicaid, like Georgia. Hospitals in states without expanded Medicaid face greater risk of bankruptcy.

Finally, Georgians are in favor of expanding Medicaid. Unlike Nathan, most Georgians want to return federal taxes to Georgia. We're already paying most of the cost of expanding Medicaid; we just aren't taking advantage of the benefits.

Nathan is on the losing side of this argument. I hope he keeps bringing it up.


Baumer_1
Baumer_1

Well, we all knew this was going to happen. More conservative politicians misinforming conservative voters about the ACA.

Why can't conservatives being data driven decision makers like their progressive counterparts?

Not one of the conservative talking points on the ACA survives empirical scrutiny. Same goes for their talking points on the national debt, taxation, unemployment, climate, science more broadly, Dodd-Frank, immigration, and trade.

Mustang100
Mustang100

Democrats = Obamacare. Get used to it. They OWN it.

hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

The Affordable Care Act is simply not making health care more expensive. In the long run, paying for things we don't need will be reduced, but then the same detractors will say that's the result of 'death panels'.

If the incumbent wants to battle it out on  this issue, Carter should embrace and educate. More Georgians benefit from ACA than not. Hundreds of thousands more would benefit if medicaid were expanded.

Many want to grouse about the welfare state, but caring for the elderly who need our help should be a priority.

Yes, the challenger should take this one. Here's betting more people support it (even quietly) than oppose the ACA.

Ask the next to last place senate candidate how the "repeal Obamacare or go home" theme worked.

honested
honested

Look, we all know nathan (as well as most of the republiklan governors) want to prevent as many people from obtaining healthcare as possible. If people have problems paying for basic services, they are much less likely to vote republiklan so they should just hurry and die.


I wonder if the governors association realized this obvious message would bubble up from their cheap shot ad?

MHSmith
MHSmith

An RGA spokesman wouldn’t say whether the recent poll results spurred the ad buy. The group’s opening salvo reminds viewers of Carter’s comments that some sort of plan to expand Medicaid, either through private insurance exchanges or other means, should be “on the table.”

Will anyone other than me like to see Mr.  Deal and the GOP backed up into a corner and told put up a better healthcare program than Obamacare that covers everything from A to Z for everybody or just shut-up and leave office? 

Truthfully, to date the Republican's healthcare offers are things that do so little good and stink so bad even a cat would refuse cover it up with its' scratchings. 

I'll say it plain and if I could get Mr. Deal in front my face I'd tell him how disingenuous his statements are on the healthcare expansion issue. There are ways to raise the necessary funds without raising any compulsory taxes or taxes on businesses or taking one penny from the present state tax digest and budget. Simply allow casino gaming in this state and we'll have the needed revenues to pay for expanding Medicaid - on our own - even without the Federal expansion money promised.

So Mr. Deal, this he'll your raise taxes and spend our money we don't have to do it rhetoric, is plain down false. Stop lying!


I challenge lil' Grandson Carter to take this idea to the table and beat the heck out Mr Deal and the GOP with it. 

I'm conservative and have plenty of problems with President Obama and the socialist Democrats but I'm fed up this "screw the poor people" attitude the GOP in this State has simply to attack Obama over anything.     

Derwin0
Derwin0

Carter being in favor of Medicare expansion is nothing.  Wait til the ads come out about him wanted to stop upper middle-class students from getting HOPE scholarships.  That will be the endgame.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Even if Jason wins he will be a lame governor (just like his granddad) with cons in control in this state.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Jason Carter has had plenty of time to explain to us what he is exactly and even aon a simple task like that he has failed. He wants to do away with HOPE for those uber-successul kids who happen to have "evil rich parents" and he wants us to pay $20,000 to sit with him & his senile granddad in church.  I will never support this clown.

EricPearson
EricPearson

@Bill OrvisWhite  Baloney!  Radical, right wing propaganda. You're throwing a hissy fit over unadulterated BS you heard on Fox or from Limbaugh, or some other alleged 'patriot'.  The Affordable Healthcare Act has helped millions of Americans who needed it most.  Wake up and smell the coffee, Mavis.  What's good for Americans is good for America.  It's a concept that even you should be able to understand.

"The 'honorable' Governor Deal's" resistance to the new law is just one of many, many reasons not to vote for that sketchy dealer.  A bad Deal is no deal at all.

btn
btn

It turns out the sanctity of human life does have a price tag.

honested
honested

Mebbe so, but we kin have gunz in church!

honested
honested

@The_Centrist 

It's too difficult to get Georgia voters to pay attention to real issues or learn about how their government works.

We continue to slide downhill toward 'one dollar-one vote', because as Tom Grey wisely stated, "Money Changes Everything".

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Liberal solution on education = spend more money!  How is that working in the APS and even in Jason's backyard dump of DeKalb where almost twice the amount of money is spent per student than the rest of the state?

Remember his grandpa created the Dept of Education which has rewarded us with global competitive students right.

DS
DS

@The_Centrist I see your point, but this ad bases its criticism on misinformation. I wouldn't mind if Nathan Deal simply said, "Jason Carter supports Medicaid expansion---I'm opposed." And I would expect he might justify his opposition with verifiable facts. That would be a useful dialogue.

But when he tries to justify his views with misinformation, as he has repeatedly done regarding Medicaid expansion, then I take issue with Nathan Deal. He is dishonest. I don't trust him, and I don't like the way he deliberately miscommunicates with the public. He's entitled to his own points of view, but he isn't entitled to his own facts.

td1234
td1234

@DS When it is explained that expanding Medicaid is part of Obamacare those numbers turn upside down. Listen to the add closely and this ad is exactly tying the expansion of Medicaid to Obamacare and to Carter. 

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

The GOP was in favor of the bill that became the ACA. That was back in a time when some of their members were policy driven...a whole 7 years ago.

Then a newly elected president who wanted a political win suggested that his congressional party get health insurance reform done by adopting a Republican bill. That way they could also talk about rising above ideology and partisanship.

Little did he know how childish the GOP really was.

honested
honested

@Mustang100 

Thanks!

We are glad to 'own' the first successful inclusion of (eventually) ALL American Citizens to share the bounty of American healthcare research and development!

Why should Americans with medical needs suffer at the hands of republican mythology?

Derwin0
Derwin0

@MHSmith Casino gambling would require a constitutional amendment, as currently non-lottery cash gambling is constitutionally prohibited.   Good luck getting 2/3'rd of the General Assembly and 50%+ of the voters to sign off on it.

MHSmith
MHSmith

Yeah meant..

So Mr. Deal, this he'll  "raise your" taxes and spend our money we don't have to do it rhetoric, is plain "down right" false. Stop lying!


Excuse me for being fired up and mad.

td1234
td1234

@MiltonMan Just like Medicaid expansion has been taken out of the hands of the governor and put into the hands of the legislature during the last session. 


I am sure Cagle and Ralston are already dreaming of how many more powers they could remove from the governor if Carter happened to actually win since they will still hold a veto proof majority in the legislature. 

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

They literally don't need HOPE. They are rich. ..they have hope in spades.

Also, that 3% of the population is already voting GOP.

Derwin0
Derwin0

@MiltonMan putting income limits on HOPE kills Carter from getting the middle class vote, and without that he's looking at a Mark Taylor (The Big Guy also wanted income limits on HOPE) type loss as opposed to just a Roy Barnes level loss.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Whoa there's a shocker - he's not getting your support?

Darn....

honested
honested

@MiltonMan 

It's working quite well here thank you.

The kids who come out of Dekalb County schools are smart enough to hire....

Those from the auslands, not so much.

But keep cruising on the cheap, that isn't working but you aren't paying attention.

td1234
td1234

@DS @The_Centrist You are attacking the wrong person. Deal did not run the ad and since it is a third party ad has absolutely no control or say so in the content of the ad. 

DS
DS

@td1234 No, the numbers don't turn upside down. I understand that the ad is tying Medicaid expansion to Obamacare and Carter. The economic impact of that has been well-studied and reported, and it's overwhelmingly positive.

MHSmith
MHSmith

@Derwin0 @MHSmith Um... the Lottery required that big bad constitutional amendment as well and 2/3'rd of the General Assembly and 50%+ of the voters to sign off on it, which actually happened. It can happen again.


However, no federal benefit the has ever been given has been repealed or replaced. And this state went from Democrat to Republican in one election cycle it can change back the other way around.


So I'm not the one who needs that luck bub, Obamacare is here to stay the GOP needs to get over it or leave. 

Derwin0
Derwin0

@td1234 @MiltonMan As Medicaid would increase spending (the 10% after 3 years), the governor constitutionally didn't have the power to approve it anyway.  

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

HOPE is not need based it is merit based but hey you are a liberal and you would not know that.  We will take it easy on you due to your ignorance.

honested
honested

@Baumer_1 

Shhhhhh!

Let them keep whining about it because they apparently don't see how foolish the argument against 'means testing' really is.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

...says the token little lib from an uber-con county.  How lovely that one enjoys the fruits of a sound con county yet bashes them ad nauseam.  The uber-lib counties of Clayton & DeKalb not do it for you?

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Nope. I read his book Palestine:  Peace not Apartheid.  I told myself that would be the one and only book I would read from the moonbat.

honested
honested

@td1234 @DS @The_Centrist 

I do hope the Carter campaign is quick to notice the interest of the rga, for poor people  to just die and get out of the way quickly.

td1234
td1234

@DS @td1234 I understand what you are saying. What the RGA and Deal will do to turn suburban voters off voting for Carter is the same thing that was done earlier this year in the special HOR election in FL. They will make expanding Medicaid the same as Obamacare. Or in plain english a vote for Carter will be a vote to expand Obamacare. 

DS
DS

@td1234 When pollsters ask about "Obamacare," the approval ratings are low. But when pollsters ask about the provisions contained within Obamacare the approval ratings for most of these provisions are high.

Republicans have run a smear campaign against Obamacare, and many sheeple have been persuaded by this. But many of those who don't approve also don't understand it very well.

For example, let's take one aspect of Obamacare: Medicaid expansion. Georgians have consistently polled in favor of Medicaid expansion, yet they disapprove of "Obamacare."

I'm not going to go on one of those rants about how stupid voters can be. Obamacare is a complex program, and most people don't spend their free time studying government policy.

But Obamacare is already having a positive effect on health care delivery in this country. As more people hear the good news, they'll support it, no matter what we call it. 

Georgia legislators don't have to be afraid of Obamacare, including Medicaid expansion. Many people are already way ahead of them on this.

Derwin0
Derwin0

@Ralph-43 @Derwin0 I know the difference, if you had read my reply you'd have seen that I said I mistyped it (easy to do with closely spelled words).  But I guess you prefer to insult as oppose to debate.  Reminds me of the legions of spelling/grammer nazi's on most internet forums.

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

@Derwin0 If you don't know the difference between Medicare and Medicaid, you clearly do not understand the funding of either.  Probably better to read and study rather than spout off, misinforming others.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@MiltonMan


It should probably be a little bit of both. Having a primary merit selection followed by a needs based rule governing the reward levels.


I don't care.  I don't live there and my grandchildren come from a wealthy family.  They will be able to go to any college of their choosing regardless of merit.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@MiltonMan 


Who said anything about listening or thinking people are viable candidates?


While I believe Nunn is an excellent candidate I also believe she has no chance of winning.


Vernon is a POS, by the way. 


MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Whining???  You libs are the ones who whine about everything to include not having any of your chumps being elected at a state-wide level.  The majority of Georgians do not like your Roy Barnes, Big Boy Taylor, Vernon Jones, Jason Carter, Mary Nunn, etc., etc. but keep listening to The AJC about your candidates being good & viable - heck they might win one day.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Good for you.  Given all the crime, the bad schools, the crooked politcians, crooked clergy, etc., etc. you do indeed need to hide in DeKalb. 

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Kind of creepy that you always respond to my posts.  I need to get a life but you always respond to my posts???  Crawl back into our hole.

honested
honested

@MiltonMan 

We're just happy here in Dekalb that you have a place to hide.

One less fool in the left lane of the freeway with his left blinker on.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Kind of creepy that you keep worrying about where I choose to live..  You really do need to get a life....

But you know what?  There are some of Those People living in my subdivision too.

Boogedy boogedy boogedy.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@MiltonMan


Carter doesn't detest Jewish people (not that I speak for all of the Jewish people, but as a Jewish individual I have not read that into his text...he has issues with the Israeli right-wing, but not with Jewish people).  Stop with the hyperbole, it gets you no where.


Also, Congress created the Department of Education...not Carter. 

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Segregation created by both the UN and middle eastern countries that wanted to destroy Israel - not the Jewish people themselves that Jimmie Carter so detests.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Why not that one???  It was a #1 bestseller on the NYT but it was predictable.  Carter even alluding to Palestine is a joke since it no longer exists and Jewish people = bad; "Palestinians" = Good.  Old man Carter created the Depts. of Energy & Education which has yielded what exactly other than a couple of thousands comfy government jobs.  His grandson wants to get rid of HOPE to well deserving kids who just happen to have "evil rich" parents.  No thanks Jason - please go back to representing the dump DeKalb district 42.

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@Baumer_1


Palestinian Peace not Apartheid that is.


It really wasn't all that original though.  Situations like the one found between Israel and Palestine are not uncommon...the level of airtime that one gets is.  


Peace is not going to be achieved through segregation...it will only make matters worse as both camps are socialized to believe the 'other' is an enemy/threat.  Their ability to build social capital is basically prohibited and so long as policy stands in the way no middle ground or mutual understanding will be fostered.


Baumer_1
Baumer_1

That was an excellent book.

bllbrwn423
bllbrwn423

@MiltonMan What made you decide to read even one, and why that one out of all the choices?