DNC pushing its own senators on healthcare

The party launches an ad backing reform efforts that will run in some states represented by conservative Dems

By Alex Koppelman
July 15, 2009 6:40PM (UTC)
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Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee that's essentially the remnants of President Obama's election campaign, is out with a new ad supporting healthcare reform. The ad itself isn't all that noteworthy -- it's fine, though not spectacular -- but the places where the DNC has bought airtime are.

The party plans to air the ad nationally and in the District of Columbia -- a move designed more to get it coverage than to make an actual impact with voters -- but also plans to run it in several states: Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, North Dakota, Nebraska and Ohio.


Almost all of those states are notable for being represented by Democrats who might vote against the president's preferred reform plans -- Arkansas has Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, Indiana has Sen. Evan Bayh, Louisiana has Sen. Mary Landrieu, North Dakota is represented by Sens. Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan, Nebraska by Sen. Ben Nelson.

The only exceptions to that rule are Maine, which instead has two moderate Republican senators who might be convinced to vote for the Democrats' package and give it a veneer of bipartisanship, and Ohio, which is a swing state where the president's numbers have been slipping and a GOP Senate seat is opening up.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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