GOP Super PAC Dings Nebraska Democrat on Medicare-for-All

Kara Eastman is taking on GOP Rep. Don Bacon in 2nd District

Kara Eastman is the Democratic nominee in Nebraska’s 2nd Disrict. (Courtesy Kara Eastman for Congress)
Kara Eastman is the Democratic nominee in Nebraska’s 2nd Disrict. (Courtesy Kara Eastman for Congress)
Posted September 18, 2018 at 5:00am

The Congressional Leadership Fund is launching a new television ad knocking Democrat Kara Eastman over her support for a Medicare-for-All proposal, a sign Republicans view the attack as a salient one in the competitive Nebraska district. 

The 30-second ad, which launches in the Omaha media market Tuesday, will run for roughly two weeks. Eastman is taking on Republican freshman Don Bacon in the 2nd District, which President Donald Trump carried by by 3 points in 2016. 

“We already know that liberal Kara Eastman supports a 32 trillion-dollar government takeover of health care,” the narrator says in the ad, referring to the estimated cost of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-All legislation as calculated by the Tax Policy Center

The ad does not refer to the proposal as “Medicare-for-All” but describes Eastman’s position as a “government takeover of health care,” a “radical plan,” and a “liberal health care plan.”

Eastman notes on her campaign website that she supports the proposal because she believes it would bring down the cost of prescription drugs and “mean that once and for all every American will have the health care they deserve.”

CLF, a super PAC aligned with House GOP leadership, has aired similar ads in other competitive House races, demonstrating that they see this line of attack as effective in painting Democrats as too liberal and their proposals as too costly.

The latest ad is part of a broader $1.6 million ad reservation CLF has made in the 2nd District. Its Democratic counterpart, House Majority PAC, has reserved $896,000 in the Omaha market. 

Eastman upset former Democratic Rep. Brad Ashford in the primary in May, focusing on a progressive platform and a field operation aimed at turning out new Democratic voters. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee backed Ashford in the race, but has since added Eastman to its Red to Blue list for strong candidates.

Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the 2nd District race Leans Republican.

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