Thursday, April 21, 2011

Group's ad defends Buchanan for Medicare vote

The 60 Plus Association, a conservative group, said it will spend $800,000 on radio ads and other advertising to express support for Republican members of Congress, including Rep. Vern Buchanan, who voted for a budget that would overall Medicare.

"Rep. Vern Buchanan proved he is different from many in Washington," said Jim Martin, Chairman of the 60 Plus Association. "Rep. Buchanan did what he promised he would do: protect Medicare for Florida's seniors. He voted for the House budget proposal, which strengthens and preserves Medicare, and in doing so, helped ensure the program would be available for current and future seniors."

The one-minute radio ad was set to start running today. To listen to the radio ad, visit
Earlier this week, Democrats said they would target with ads Buchanan and other congressmen for exactly the same reason.

Determined to have the final word, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee responded in a news release to the 60 Plus Association's support of Buchanan.

“Last week Representative Vern Buchanan votes to end Medicare, this week Buchanan gets rewarded with false ads from a shady money group that supports ending Medicare and privatizing Social Security,” said Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Representative Vern Buchanan and his shady money group friends have an agenda – end Medicare, reduce health care benefits and increase costs that seniors have earned in order to pay for Big Oil taxpayer giveaways and the ultra rich’s tax breaks.  That’s not right”

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