Montana Senator Launches TV Ad Criticizing Bush for SCHIP Veto

By A'Melody Lee

Oct 3, 2007 2:13pm

ABC News’ Tahman Bradley reports: Senator Max Baucus, Democrat of Montana, is up on the air in his home state with a commercial whacking President Bush for vetoing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.   

The 30 second television ad — narrator to camera by Baucus — begins with the picture of a little girl named Abigail, who the Senator says is one of 14,000 Montana kids who depend on SCHIP. 

". . .I’ve worked hard to bring Democrats and Republicans together to expand health care for our kids, and that’s why I’m so disappointed that President Bush decided to veto my bill," says Baucus, the author of the Senate version of a bill to expand SCHIP.

You can view the ad by clicking HERE.

Earlier in day, President Bush vetoed the SCHIP bill citing concerns that the legislation would move health care in the U.S. in "wrong direction." 

Bush is at odds with Congress over how much money should be put into the program.  The president wants a $5 billion increase, but the Democratic-controlled Congress wants to expand it by $ 35 billion over 5 years.   

The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll found that 72 percent of Americans support expanding SCHIP.   

Baucus is up for re-election in 2008, and Republicans would like to recapture his seat in what has historically been a solidly Red state. President Bush carried Montana both in 2000 and 2004.   But Democrats have been having some successes lately.  Jon Tester was elected to the Senate in 2006 following the election of Gov. Brian Schweitzer in 2004.

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