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NRCC Airs Ads Against Pomeroy, Snyder and Spratt

The National Republican Congressional Committee is targeting three veteran Democrats who voted for the House version of the health care reform bill in a weeklong round of television ads that will begin airing Thursday.The new 30-second spots hit Democratic Reps. Earl Pomeroy (N.D.), Vic Snyder (Ark.) and John Spratt (S.C.) for their votes by using the words of fellow Democratic Members who opposed the legislation.Among the statements that the NRCC uses in the ad against Pomeroy is one released by the office of Rep. Dan Boren (D-Okla.) when he announced he was going to buck his party and vote no on the bill two days before it came to the floor.“The worst thing we could do during a recession is raise taxes and this bill does just that,— Boren said in his statement.That quote and others by Democratic Reps. Bobby Bright (Ala.), Travis Childers (Miss) and Chet Edwards (Texas) are juxtaposed against a picture of Pomeroy.“The reviews on Earl Pomeroy’s health care bill are in, and they’re not good,— an announcer says before the statements by dissenting Democrats are read.“And that’s just what fellow Democrats say about Earl Pomeroy’s national health care bill,— the announcer says. “Earl Pomeroy, tell him we can’t afford it any more.—Pomeroy, Snyder and Spratt all won re-election with relative ease in 2008 despite the fact that they each sit in districts that went for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in last year’s presidential contest. But as the NRCC looks to spread the field ahead of what many expect to be a better environment for the GOP in 2010, it is putting pressure on several veteran Democrats.Recent polling has shown that Snyder would be in for a tough election against any of three Republicans who have already announced they are running against him. Spratt recently picked up a challenge in October from state Sen. Mick Mulvaney (R), and Pomeroy is facing a challenge from little-known insurance salesman Paul Schaffner (R).The ads are set to run for a week in the Little Rock, Ark.; Bismarck, N.D.; and Charlotte, N.C., media markets. An NRCC spokesman called the size of the buy “significant— but declined to go into any further detail. A Democratic source said their party’s ad buy tracking showed the buy was small but also would not provide exact details on its scope.

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