Kay Hagan (NC)
Bill Nelson (FL)
Max Baucus (MT)
Kent Conrad (ND)
Mary Landrieu (LA)
Ron Wyden (OR)
Blanche Lincoln (ARK)
Tom Carper (DE)
Maria Cantwell (WA)
These nine senators may very well be the difference between meaningful (even if not perfect) healthcare reform and the bogus Republican-preferred version.
According to Alexander Bolton on the Bill Press show:
A coalition of liberal groups has launched a $1.1 million television ad campaign to ratchet up pressure on senators who have not embraced the creation of a broad government-run health insurance plan.Obviously the more pressure we can put on these nine senators now, the greater chance we of moving them in a progressive direction. American's healthcare and democracy are at stake.
The ads begin airing on Friday and will run for 10 straight days.
The ad is running in the home states of eight members of the Finance panel: Sens. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine).
Of those senators, Lincoln, Wyden and Grassley are up for reelection in 2010.
The liberal coalition is also targeting Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), who has voiced opposition to the so-called public health insurance option, and Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.). Hagan has voiced support for an alternative to the public option: health insurance co-ops, a plan pushed by Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.).