Even as U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., tries to assemble enough votes from the Republican majority in the Senate to pass a measure repealing and replacing former President Barack Obama’s health-care law, the National Republican Senate Committee (NRSC) took aim at U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., with a new ad on the issue.
The NRSC launched a digital ad running on Facebook aimed towards Florida residents. The ad is expected to run for the rest of the month. The ad shows a number of Democrats--most of whom are top GOP targets in 2018--praising the law, including a clip of Nelson insisting it will “reduce Floridians’ policy premiums”
"As Democrats continue to grandstand without offering solutions, Bill Nelson’s broken promises are fresh on Floridians’ minds,” said Katie Martin, a spokesman for the NRSC, on Monday. “Bill Nelson should be held accountable for being dishonest with voters and being complacent in Obamacare’s death spiral.”
Nelson is expected to run for a fourth term in 2018 and Gov. Rick Scott has opened the door to running against him on the Republican line. On Sunday night, Nelson sent out an email looking to get ahead of the new ad.
“Mitch McConnell's national group just started running brand-new ads against me here in Florida,” Nelson wrote. It’s clear these right-wing groups are more determined than ever to try to replace me with a rubber stamp for their extreme agenda. That’s because instead of having to deal with someone like me – who will continue to fight to keep oil rigs away from our coast, slow the effects of climate change and prevent the passage of this disastrous health-care bill – they’d rather have someone like Gov. Rick Scott, who will quietly go along with their plan.”
Nelson looked to tie Scott to President Donald Trump in the email, insisting “President Trump has already recruited Scott to run against me, and that’s why Scott is now leading a new super PAC to fuel his campaign.” Nelson added “this is going to be one of the most competitive Senate races in the country" and “the other side is clearly going all in.”