NASHVILLE -- U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., launched a new campaign ad featuring his opposition to the federal Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.
The two-term senator also announced he raised $900,000 in the second quarter, which ended June 30. That leaves him with $3.4 million in cash on hand with early voting in the Aug. 7 GOP primary election starting July 18.
Alexander's ad starts with an announcer stating, “Republicans chose Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander to lead" and features footage of a 2010 health care summit with President Barack Obama and congressional officials, including Alexander.
In the clip, the Tennessean and the president spar over Alexander’s assertion the president’s plan would lead to more costly health insurance premiums for individuals.
Alexander says he was later vindicated.
Both of Alexander's two main primary opponents, state Rep. Joe Carr, R-Lascassas, and Memphis physician and businessman George Flinn, have criticized Alexander for not doing enough to oppose Obamacare.
Carr and Flinn both have their own television ads running.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...