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Nation: New Radio Ads Hit McConnell, Wicker

In advance of the Senate’s second effort to invoke cloture on the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act, the liberal advocacy group Americans United for Change is hoping to put pressure on two of the legislation’s opponents by dropping new radio ads in Kentucky and Mississippi.

The ads are running on the top radio stations in each state’s major media markets. The one-minute ads specifically call on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) — who are both being targeted by national Democrats this fall — to allow the legislation to move forward. They give out the Senators’ Capitol Hill office numbers and encourage listeners to call the Members to tell them to “do the right thing.”

Americans United for Change communications director Jeremy Funk said Tuesday that after nearly unanimous passage in the House, “this critical and urgently needed legislation fell just one vote shy of moving forward when Sen. Wicker, obstructionist in chief Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Bush Republicans decided they were more interested in their loyalty to the president and insurance companies than standing up for seniors, people with disabilities, pharmacists and doctors.”

NFIB Endorses White and Johanns for Fall

The National Federation of Independent Business recently announced the backing of two Republicans running in open seats.

The group is backing former Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns, who is running for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.).

Johanns, who also previously served as Nebraska’s governor, is facing 2006 3rd district Democratic nominee Scott Kleeb in November.

In New Mexico, Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White (R) received the NFIB’s other nod. He is running for the 1st district seat being vacated by Rep. Heather Wilson (R), who retired to launch what turned out to be an unsuccessful Senate bid.

White is facing former Albuquerque City Councilor Martin Heinrich (D) in the general election.

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