10:59 AM, Apr 15, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democratic senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is in a tough reelection battle because of her support for Obamacare. So its not surprising her latest TV ad focuses on the one high-profile fight she's had with the Obama administration, over oil and gas exploration. The 60-second spot features people watching Landrieu arguing for expanding energy exploration in Louisiana and criticizing Barack Obama for its restrictionist policies. Watch the video below:
Most of the clips the ad features are from her appearances on local and cable TV news. But watch the clips of Landrieu around the video's halfway point. They feature the senator speaking in what looks like a congressional hearing, excoriating a faceless witness. "They have to sit here and listen to the federal government say, 'We can't share a penny with you'? I will not rest until this injustice is fixed," Landrieu says. "Do you think there are a bunch of fairy godmothers out there who just wave a magic wand?"
The clips feature a chyron at the bottom of the screen for a program called "Eye on Washington." Below that is the headline, "Obama administration says it won't support increased oil and gas revenue sharing." The problem is that the video clip doesn't come from C-SPAN or any other real TV show. In fact, the clip is a reenactment of a real committee hearing from last year, viewable here. The relevant lines that Landrieu recreated for the campaign ad begin at about 2 hours and 30 minutes into the video.
The reenactment fixes a verbal flub from Landrieu's original speech. Originally, she said "Do you think there are a bunch of fairy godmothers out there that just wish a magic wand?" The line is cleaned up for the campaign ad.
There are clues from the ad that the clips of her talking tough on energy are from a reenactment. Landrieu is wearing a different jacket and has a different haircut. Her nameplate that reads "Sen. Landrieu" is a larger size, and the aides sitting behind her are different, in a room that is clearly not the Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing room.
Landrieu is in a tough reelection battle against Republican congressman Bill Cassidy and other candidates in Louisiana's open primary. If she is unable to break 50 percent support in the November primary, she'll most likely face Cassidy in the December runoff. In the Real Clear Politics average for the head-to-head matchup between Cassidy and Landrieu, Cassidy holds a 2.4-point lead.
10:14 AM, Mar 17, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Americans for Prosperity has two new ads running in Colorado and Louisiana knocking those state's Democratic senators, Mark Udall and Mary Landrieu, respectively, for their support for Obamacare. The ads, which are a version of earlier AFP ads targeting Democratic House members, feature a woman talking directly to the camera about how "Obamacare doesn't work. It just doesn't work." Watch the Colorado ad below:
10:52 AM, Feb 12, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new TV ad running in Louisiana from Americans for Prosperity focuses on how the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has negatively affected citizens' lives. Democratic senator Mary Landrieu, who voted for Obamacare in 2010, is up for reelection in Louisiana this year.
The ad features three people receiving letters in their mailboxes, with voiceovers from each reading out their letters informing them of changes to their insurance policies due to Obamacare.
9:59 AM, Jan 2, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A free-market group has launched television ads in three states whose Democratic senators are up for reelection this year, targeting those senators for their support for Obamacare.
Americans for Prosperity released 30-second ads on Monday in New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Louisiana that criticize Democratic senators who voted for Obamacare in 2010 and are facing reelection for the first time since those votes.
12:08 PM, Nov 7, 2013 • By ADAM J. WHITE
By now it's an understatement to say—as Senate Democrats said to President Obama yesterday—that Democrats face a national "crisis of confidence" in the Affordable Care Act. And their confidence likely wasn't buttressed by the closing weeks of the Virginia gubernatorial campaign, in which the botched Obamacare rollout whittled Democrat Terry McAuliffe's once-substantial lead down to a surprisingly close margin.
5:30 PM, Nov 4, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senator Mary Landrieu, the Democrat from Louisiana, has introduced a bill called the "Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act." The bill recognizes that Americans are losing their individual health plans because they don't conform to the new regulations under the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:00 PM, Nov 4, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on Obamacare suffering from the one-two punch of 'misstatements' and failing policies.
9:58 AM, Nov 4, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Losing the argument and running out of ideas, Louisiana senator Mary Landrieu resorts to a tactic that worked wonderfully for President Obama.
10:02 AM, Nov 1, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senate Democrats, including those up for reelection in 2014, voted three years ago against removing a grandfather rule from Obamacare. Because that rule remains in the law, insurance companies are being forced to cancel policies that don't comply with the Obamacare regulations. CNN's Chris Frates reports:
Landrieu to introduce bill to keep Obamacare promise of "if you like your health plan, you can keep it."5:31 PM, Oct 31, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Mary Landrieu, the Democratic senator from Louisiana, will introduce her own bill to allow Americans who like their health insurance plan to keep that plan. Landrieu, who said Wednesday she would be open to sponsoring legislation of that kind, released a statement about her intention:
12:41 PM, Oct 30, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senator Mary Landrieu, Democrat from Louisiana, tells Politico's Manu Raju that she'd be interested in supporting a proposal to allow Americans who like their current health insurance plan to keep it for next year. Here's the story from Politico:
8:01 AM, Oct 30, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In December 2009, Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu assured Americans that the Obamacare legislation being debated in Congress would not affect those who like their plans. Watch the video of her speech on the floor of the Senate:
“While those individuals who like the coverage they already have will be able to keep their current plan," said Landrieu at the time. "This is a very accurate description of this bill before us."
2:33 PM, Oct 24, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senator Kay Hagan, a Democrat from North Carolina who is up for reelection in 2014, says she supports delaying the deadline for signing up for health insurance under Obamacare's individual mandate. Hagan, who voted for Obamacare back in 2010, also says the fine for not signing up for health insurance should be waived.