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Conservative group targets Nolan on Medicare

Posted by: Corey Mitchell under 8th District, Minnesota campaigns, Minnesota congressional Updated: March 7, 2014 - 2:54 PM

A conservative advocacy group led by former Minnesota Republican Sen. Norm Coleman will spend $50,000 on television ads targeting Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan.

The American Action Network ad highlights proposed Obama administration cuts to the Medicare Advantage program that could lead to higher health care costs and reduced services for seniors.

The ads are a part of a $1 million campaign targeting vulnerable Democrats around the country. The anti-Nolan commercials begin airing this weekend in northern Minnesota.

In the 30-second spot, three people sit in the waiting room of a doctor’s office as President Obama appears on a television saying, “Nobody is talking about reducing Medicare benefits.”

As an image of Nolan appears, a female narrator cuts in to say: “We know that’s not true because, for the second year in a row, the Obama administration has proposed deep rate cuts to the Medicare Advantage seniors rely on. So call Representative Nolan and tell him to fight the president’s April 7 Medicare Advantage cuts.”

Noting that Nolan has co-sponsored several bills in the past year designed to improve Medicare, spokesman Steve Johnson dismissed the ad as misleading.

“Please know that I will oppose any plan or budget deal that privatizes, reduces, or in any way compromises this successful and necessary program or the benefits it provides,” Nolan said in a statement.

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