NRSC Pushes Casey on Warren and Single Payer in Facebook Ad
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is going on the offensive against Senator Casey in the healthcare debate by trying to tie him to comments made by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.
The NRSC is starting a Facebook ad pushing Casey on Warren’s comments that Democrats should run on a single payer healthcare plan.
“Now it’s time for the next step. And the next step is single payer,” Warren told the Wall Street Journal.
“Pennsylvanians deserve to know if Casey is going to sacrifice their well-being to support Elizabeth Warren and her extreme government-run health care plan,” NRSC spokesman Bob Salera said in a release announcing the ad.
The ad, which has no audio, is a series of visuals, the first one saying “Elizabeth Warren doesn’t think Obamacare goes far enough.”
It then asks if Casey agrees, and says that Casey has voted with Warren 92% of the time.
You can view the ad here:
These sorts of ads are not often used to move the numbers during a debate, but are used to fire up the base. Facebook ads allows campaigns to target specific audiences who are more likely to engage with the ad and share it, increasing the reach of an ad.
The Pennsylvania Democratic Party sees the ad as an attempt by Republicans to draw attention away from their own healthcare plans.
“It’s understandable that Senate Republicans are desperate to distract from their disastrous health care bill and its 17% approval rating. Senator Casey will continue to fight against their plan, which would send premiums for older Pennsylvanians skyrocketing, end protections for those with preexisting conditions, and limit efforts to combat the opioid crisis,” Pennsylvania Democratic Party spokesman Max Steele said in an email.