In Rebecca Yanisch, we have something fresh, something new, something real - that's the kind of leadership we need in the U.S. Senate.Penny highlights Yanisch' background as a single mother without health insurance who worked her way through college and became a successful businesswoman. The spot shows colorful images of Yanisch talking to women and children at an outdoor event, and seems designed to showcase her as the only woman in the race. Analyst Dean Alger, the Minnesota director of the Alliance for Better Campaigns, says there aren't any inaccuracies in the ad, but there also aren't many specifics to critique.
Jeannie: .. Came out after a four to six hour surgery and told my husband that he'd better call my entire family down to my bedside ...Ciresi successfully sued the IUD manufacturer to get the product off the market. Yet Alger points out that Ciresi's picture only appears in the final few seconds of the ad.
Bill: ... Cause there was a very good possibility that she might not make it through the night. ...
Jeannie: My tubes were so scarred that I would never have kids. And he just said, you should just be thankful that you're alive. ...
Bill: ... We can't have children, and it still hurts.
The Dayton plan: Require employers to provide health care to all their workers, make health plans pay for all the treatments their doctors provide, cover prescription drugs for seniors under Medicare.The ad points out that Dayton is the only one of the major DFL Senate candidates to support immediate universal health care. In another ad, Dayton appeared to retreat from that by saying he would start by insuring children, but Dayton has since reiterated his support for immediate universal health care. Alger says Dayton's ads include more specifics than those of his primary opponents, but they also lack some important details, such as how to pay for universal coverage.
With the rising cost of medication today, it could wipe out anybody at any time. Yet Senator Rod Grams sided with the drug industry. He voted "no" to guaranteed Medicare prescription benefits that would protect seniors from runaway prices.Alger says the ad accurately points out Grams' vote on a specific Medicare drug benefit bill. But it neglects to mention that Grams has introduced his own plan for a Medicare drug benefit, so Alger says it is misleading. The spot is what Alger calls a "cookie-cutter" ad - airing around the country with the name of a particular Republican candidate inserted, depending on the location of the ad.