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Conservative Seniors Group Targeting Dem Reps Over Health Care Vote
Evan McMorris-Santoro –
The 60 Plus Association has a message for those participating in the next phase of the health care debate in Washington: "Senators Beware!!!"
60 Plus, the self-proclaimed "conservative alternative to the AARP," promises to go after Senators who vote for a health care bill that includes the changes to Medicare funding found in the House version of the bill. To prove its threats aren't idle ones, the group launched a TV ad campaign today aimed at Democratic Representatives who voted for the bill in the House Saturday night.
"I have a warning for Congress," 60 Plus president Jim Martin said in a statement. "There is a senior citizen tsunami flooding towards the halls of Congress, unless it subsides, they can expect their offices to be flooded with angry voices."
The $1.5 million ad campaign targets 15 Democratic Representatives in swing districts across the country. Like other conservative groups, 60 Plus is hoping the health care vote will cost swing Democrats their seats next year. The seniors group is focusing on Medicare funding found in the bill, which Republicans claim Democrats cut in cahoots with the AARP.
One target is North Dakota Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D), who national Republicans plan to target next year. Here's a look at the ad 60 Plus is running against him: