Anti-Obama Group Halts Health Ads Until Kennedy Burial

By Gorman Gorman

Aug 26, 2009 10:36am

ABC News' Teddy Davis reports: Conservatives for Patients' Rights, a group which has been on television for months trying to defeat a government insurance option, has decided to halt its ad campaign in the wake of the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., a long-time champion of universal health insurance. "We know the debate will continue — a debate Senator Kennedy embraced with vigor — and we look forward to engaging in the debate in the months ahead," said C.P.R. president Rick Scott. "But now is a time for respect, reflection and remembrance.  Senator Kennedy’s lifetime of dedicated public service transcended multiple generations.  His devotion to many issues and his relentless passion made him a hero to his supporters and worthy adversary to his opponents.  His voice and presence will be missed.” A CPR spokesman tells ABC News that the group expects to return to the airwaves following Kennedy's burial. The group was currently on the air with two ads: "Surf's Up" was airing locally during President Obama's vacation on Martha's Vineyard and "Squeeze Play" was airing nationally. Watch "Surf's Up" HERE. Watch "Squeeze Play" HERE.

ABC News' Elizabeth Gorman contributed to this report.

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