GEORGE W. BUSH: New Ad Contrasts Differences on Rx Drugs
In the latest ad released by Texas Gov. George W. Bush (R), the GOP presidential candidate contrasts his views to those of Vice President Al Gore on a number of issues, including prescription drug plans. Titled "Compare," the ad states: "Al Gore's prescription plan forces seniors into a government-run HMO. Gov. Bush give seniors a choice." The ad concludes with the Bush campaign's new slogan: "Gov. Bush has real plans that work for real people." The ad began running yesterday in an undisclosed media buy. The new Bush ad is similar to a Republican National Committee ad that began running Wednesday (Braverman, NationalJournal.com, 9/14). Titled "Federal," the new RNC ad resembles the controversial " Rats" ad. The new ad states: "Under Clinton/Gore, prescription drug prices have skyrocketed, and nothing's been done. George Bush has a plan: Add a prescription drug benefit to Medicare." Bush adds: "Every senior will have access to prescription drug benefits." The ad continues: "And Al Gore? He says he wants to fight for the people against HMOs, but his prescription drug plan forces seniors into one HMO selected by the federal government." The ad concludes, "Al Gore: Federal HMO. George Bush: Seniors choose." The RNC ad is running in seven states -- Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, New Mexico, Oregon and West Virginia (Samuels, NationalJournal.com, 9/14). To view "Compare," please click here. To view "Federal," please click here. Note: You will need RealPlayer G2 to view the ad.This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.