DNC’s New Television Ad “No Plan At All” Calls Senator DeMint And The 'Party Of NO' On Their Strategy To Play Politics With Health Insurance Reform While Families And Small Businesses Across The Country Suffer Under The Burden Of Skyrocketing Health Care Costs






Washington Post’s The Fix: “Morning Fix: DNC Goes After DeMint”: The Democratic National Committee is up with ads in South Carolina hitting homestate Sen. Jim DeMint (R) for his much-publicized comment that a defeat of President Obama's health care plan would amount to a "Waterloo" for the chief executive. "Senator DeMint is playing politics with our health care," says the ad's narrator. "The only plan Jim DeMint supports is no plan at all." The ad will run on cable stations in the Greenville and Columbia media markets as well as in Washington, D.C. ... The goal, however, isn't to defeat DeMint -- after all, he isn't up for reelection to a third term until 2014. Rather, the White House wants to send a message that opposition to its legislative plans will not be taken lying down, and is putting a marker down for future fights. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/morning-fix/072309morning-fix-last-thought.html?wprss=thefix

CNN: “First on the CNN Ticker: DNC blast senator in new ad”: The Democratic National Committee is blasting Sen. Jim DeMint for his comments about President Obama’s health care plan in a new television ad that will begin airing Thursday here in the nation’s capital and in South Carolina. Speaking on the issue of health care, the South Carolina Republican recently said "if we're able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo.” DeMint immediately came under fire from the president’s supporters and now the DNC has cut a 30 second TV ad against the South Carolina Republican. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/07/22/first-on-the-cnn-ticker-dnc-blast-senator-in-new-ad/


Politico: “DNC: ‘No Plan At All’”: The DNC says it's going up in South Carolina and Washington, D.C. with yet another shot at DeMint's threat to "break" Obama and cause his "Waterloo," a battle the White House loves. "The only people Jim DeMint will break are South Carolina families and business owners," says the narrator. "The only health care plan Jim DeMint supports is no plan at all." http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0709/DNC_No_plan_at_all.html?showall


ABC’s The Note: From the other side: Democrats are launching a new Web ad, “Playing Politics,” highlighting the Republican strategy to “ ‘kill’ health care reform and ‘break’ the president while millions of Americans struggle under the burden of sky-rocketing health care costs,” per a DNC official. (Featuring Rush Limbaugh, Michael Steele, and senators Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Jim DeMint, R-S.C.) http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2009/07/the-note-all-in-will-obama-get-pushy-in-health-care-push.html


The State: “DeMint Targeted by Democrats in TV Ad”: U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint has been targeted by the Democratic National Committee over his opposition to President Obama's call for Congress to mandate health insurance for all Americans. DeMint said a failed bid by Obama to get a health care reform plan through Congress would be Obama's "Waterloo." DeMint opposes the plans going through Congress that would mandate health coverage for all Americans and would pose new fees on businesses and new taxes on the wealthy to help pay for universal coverage. (Video) http://thestatecom.typepad.com/ygatoday/2009/07/demint-targeted-by-democrats-in-tv-ad.html


National Journal’s Hotline On Call: “DNC’s ‘No Plan At All’”: (Video) The DNC has released a new TV ad in SC knocking Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) for trying to "kill" health care reform. The ad, titled "No Plan at All," will air on cable news stations in Greenville (DeMint's hometown) and Columbia, as well as in DC. The ad highlights GOP efforts to thwart passage of a package. DeMint suggested, and affirmed again today, that he believes health care will be Pres. Obama's "Waterloo." "The politicization of health care reform by Senator Jim DeMint and Republicans is a desperate and shameful ploy by the 'Party of NO' to score a political win on the backs of struggling American families and small businesses," said the DNC's Brad Woodhouse. "What's worse is that this strategy originates from the same Republican Party who ignored health care reform for the past eight years, letting costs spiral out of control while protecting their special interest friends." http://hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com/archives/2009/07/dncs_no_plan_at.php


Real Clear Politics: “DNC: GOP 'Playing Politics' With Health Care”: The Democratic National Committee released a web video today accusing Republicans of "playing politics" with health care reform. The video highlights a oft-cited quote by Sen. Jim DeMint, who said recently that health care reform could be President Obama's "waterloo" if the GOP "is able to stop him on this." Obama has responded to the DeMint quote, which has also been cited today by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen. "While President Obama and House Democrats are offering solutions to fix America's broken health care system, Congressional Republicans are offering nothing more than the same old Washington finger-pointing and their just-say-no defense of the status quo," Van Hollen said in a press release that called out Republicans for "playing politics." http://www.realclearpolitics.com/politics_nation/2009/07/dnc_gop_playing_politics_with.html


Huffington Post: “DNC Targets DeMint In TV Ad As Health Care Fights Heat Up (VIDEO)”: The Democratic National Committee is releasing a new television advertisement accusing DeMint of politicizing health care reform and symbolizing the "Party of No" characteristic of the GOP. "Jim DeMint and congressional Republicans are trying to kill health care reform," the ad reads. "Senator DeMint is playing politics with our health care, putting the special interests in Washington ahead of South Carolina families and business. The only health care plan Jim DeMint supports is no plan at all." The ad titled, "No Plan at All," is the latest effort by Democrats to make GOP opposition to health care the key and defining feature of the reform debate. Republicans have generally defended DeMint, saying that Democrats are making him a straw man. But there are others within the Republican ranks who also have begun saying that the South Carolinian's rhetoric was too aggressive. The spot, according to a DNC source, will air on cable news stations in Greenville (DeMint's hometown) and Columbia, S.C., as well as Washington D.C. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/07/22/dnc-targets-demint-in-tv_n_243063.html

Christian Science Monitor: “How Jim DeMint did Obama a favor”: DeMint can be especially useful in keeping Obama’s left flank with him on health reform, as the president contemplates the inevitable compromises. The campaign wing of Obama’s operation, called Organizing for America – and based at the Democratic National Committee – has also leaped on the DeMint comment. On Tuesday, OFA director Mitch Stewart sent an e-mail to supporters, citing DeMint’s “Waterloo” comment and asking them to sign a “declaration of support” for Obama. The DNC itself released a Web ad, also riffing on DeMint’s remarks – throwing in conservative talker Rush Limbaugh and South Carolina’s other Republican senator, Lindsey Graham, for good measure. “Tell Republicans: Stop rooting for failure and start fighting for the American people,” the ad concludes. http://features.csmonitor.com/politics/2009/07/21/how-jim-demint-did-obama-a-favor/

Daily Kos: “New DNC Ad Blasts GOP”: Sen. Jim DeMint on Vow to "Break" Obama on Health Care”: The Democratic National Committee has a devastatingly effective ad up in South Carolina highlighting remarks from that state's Senator, Jim DeMint, to make health care President Obama's Waterloo. "It will break him." http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/7/23/91929/5678


The Plum Line: The DNC, keeping up its health care offensive, goes up on the air in South Carolina with a new spot hammering Jim DeMint’s claim that health care failure will be Obama’s “Waterloo”: ...The spot, which links DeMint’s efforts to broader Republican efforts to “kill” health care reform, is also running in D.C., which is to say, it’s targeting an insider audience. http://theplumline.whorunsgov.com/probes-of-bush-administration/happy-hour-roundup-49/


New York Daily News: The DNC's new Web ad accuses the Republicans of "playing politics" with health care reform. http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2009/07/odds-and-ends-501.html