Republicans Respond to Pro-Abortion Health Care PR Campaign With Ballot Votes

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 8, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Republicans Respond to Pro-Abortion Health Care PR Campaign With Ballot Votes

by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 8
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — Republicans in several states are responding to the new $125 million publicity campaign by Democrats for the pro-abortion health care law with their own idea. Relying on polling data showing a strong majority of Americans opposed to the pro-abortion plan Obama signed, they’re pushing ballot votes.

The ballot measures condemning or seeking to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care scheme that involved massive taxpayer funding of abortions, could energize voters in key states.

Joel Sawyer, executive director of the South Carolina GOP, told The Hill: "What we’re trying to do is give voters an added reason to show up to the polls. It’s a voter turnout tool.”

With ballot measures turning out an additional one to two percent of the base — in this case pro-life advocates opposed to pro-abortion health care — pro-life candidates have a better shot at getting the extra spark they need to win close elections.

Grover Norquist, a conservative anti-tax activist, says the ballot measures "will play to independents" and to the tea party voters that are more likely to turn out this year than abortion advocates.

He told The Hill that ballot measures have reliably turned out pro-life advocates — such as when President George W. Bush won nine of 11 states in 2004 where voters could support bans on same-sex marriage. Norquist says as many as 1 million more voters for Bush came to the polls because of the ballot measures.

South Carolina and Missouri voters will get to consider ballot proposals against the pro-abortion health care law while Arizona, Florida and Oklahoma will have measures responding as well.

As reported Monday, Obama and top Democrats have unveiled a new $125 million publicity campaign over the next five years to promote the pro-abortion health care law. Obama officials are replying on a pro-abortion former senator and a former official of a top pro-abortion group to make the case for the law.

Former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle and Victoria Kennedy, wife of the late pro-abortion Sen. Ted Kennedy, will head up the new public relations campaign.

Andrew Grossman, a veteran Democratic operative, will head up to day-to-day operations of the new effort, dubbed the Health Information Center, according to a Politico report. Grossman is already raising money from unions, corporations and foundations to help defend the health care scheme.

Today, Obama will kick off a series of public events designed to boost support for the pro-abortion health care program in advance of the coming November elections that appear likely to have numerous pro-abortion Democrats losing their congressional seats.

But with some of the major portions of the health care law not going into effect until 2014 and with Obama’s own job on the line in 2012, the public relations effort is seen as necessary to bolster his own lagging approval ratings.

Politico indicates the Health Information Center will eventually have a Washington office and more than a dozen staffers. That will include Sheila O’Connell, longtime political director for EMILY’s List, a radical pro-abortion group that only endorses candidates who support forcing taxpayers to fund abortions and oppose bans on partial-birth abortions.

The Obama administration has a long way to go to persuade Americans to support what they term ObamaCare as, according to a CNN poll, just 43 percent of Americans are in favor of the health care scheme Obama signed that includes massive abortion funding and rationing concerns. A much higher 56 percent of Americans oppose it, yielding a -13 percent rating.

And a Rasmussen poll of likely voters finds 63 percent want to repeal the law compared with 32 percent who oppose repealing it. That tops the prior poll with a near high of 56-39 percent supporting repeal.


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