Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Eight Republican SCHIP Nays, Including Sam Graves, Are Being Called Out By The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

The Democratic Campaign Committee has decided to target 8 Republicans with an SCHIP ad. Guess what, Sam Graves of Missouri's 6th District is one of them.

Steven Thomma and Tony Pugh of McClatchy Newspapers are reporting tonight that the

Democrats are airing radio ads to pressure eight Republicans in the House of Representatives to support expanded spending for children's health insurance: Reps. Steve Chabot of Ohio, Thelma Drake of Virginia, Tom Feeney of Florida, Sam Graves of Missouri, Joe Knollenberg of Michigan, John "Randy" Kuhl of New York, James Saxton of New Jersey and Tim Walberg of Michigan.
The ad can be heard at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee website.

More after the break.

McClatchy reports that Bush's SCHIP veto could prove to be a big loser for Republicans.
Two new polls — one nonpartisan and one sponsored by a labor union — showed that solid U.S. majorities want to cut the financing for the war and increase spending on children's health insurance.

Democrats and allied interest groups know it. They're launching ad campaigns to increase pressure on Republican lawmakers in vulnerable seats to support the increased spending — or face great risk in next year's elections.

"This is a fight that Democrats ought to welcome, that Republicans ought to fear," Democratic pollster Geoff Garin said.

"The battle over spending priorities is the most important fight since the showdown over privatizing Social Security," said Gerald McEntee, the president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. "I don't think we need to remind Bush who won that battle."
Apparently, nobody ever told President Bush that "you've got to know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em." I wonder if Sam Graves learned that lesson.

Blue Girl if you want to know all there is to know about SCHIP at the policy level you should start with the McClatchy story and then move to FactCheck.Org's analysis.