Dole Gets DNC Health Reform Spot Pulled
Ad citing former GOP senator's support 'backhanded,' he says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 11, 2009 8:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Democratic National Committee is canceling a television ad touting GOP support for health care reform after protests from one of the Republicans mentioned, former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole. Dole is quoted saying: "I want this to pass...We've got to do something." The former Kansas senator told ABC that he complained about the ad to White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, who told the DNC to kill the ad.

The ad quotes a series of Republicans saying the health care system needs to be reformed, then accuses current GOP congressional leaders of "siding with the insurance companies." "I just didn't think it was fair, when I've tried to be helpful in encouraging a bipartisan solution, for the DNC to run an ad that I interpreted and I know others did as a backhanded comment about Republicans," Dole said.