Conservative group tells McConnell to not just 'hold his nose' when it comes to Obamacare

08/27/2013 01:47 PM

A conservative group has launched an ad campaign urging Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell to oppose any federal funding going toward the Affordable Care Act at any cost.

The Senate Conservative Fund — a group founded by former Republican Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina —is hitting McConnell along with five other Republican senators with ads in their states calling on them to refuse to fund Obamacare.

The ad against McConnell,“first reported by the AP”:http://www.kentucky.com/2013/08/26/2788140/conservative-group-presses-mcconnell.html , is costing the group close to $50,000 and will run on radio stations across the state beginning Tuesday, according to a release from the group .

The spot’s title, “Hold Your Nose”, gives a wink and a nod to the controversy over McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton’s comments in a taped conversation from January in which he said he is “holding my nose” as he works for the Senate Republican Leader.

“The Obamacare bill stinks, and holding your nose won’t make it any better,” the ad says.

The defunding of the Affordable Care Act is a central argument in McConnell’s primary campaign. While McConnell has strongly criticized Obamacare, he has stopped short of calling for halting its implementation at the expense of the rest of government. And he said holding back funding from the rest of the government won’t stop the Affordable Care Act anyway.

That position has attracted criticism from Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin on the topic as well as outside conservative groups claiming McConnell is “personally leading the effort to keep senators away” from a conservative effort threatening to shut down the government by blocking any continuing resolution that allows funding for the federal government beyond the end of the fiscal year.

In response to the ad, the McConnell campaign said Senator McConnell has led the fight against the law since the beginning.

“There is nobody in Congress who has done more to fight Obamacare since day one than Mitch McConnell and any assertion to the contrary is absurd,” McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore said in a statement to Pure Politics. “Senator McConnell is a co-sponsor of the repeal bill, a co-sponsor of the defund bill, and has said that if elected Majority Leader getting rid of Obamacare would be the first thing on his agenda. Senator McConnell’s primary goal is to unite conservatives rather than exacerbate differences to stop this train-wreck of a law and give us the best chance for success.”

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, took an even more direct approach to responding to the group Monday when similar ads began running against him in his state:

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