Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman who heads the Tea Party Caucus, citing MSNBC host Ed Schultz in a campaign commercial?
Bachmann’s newest TV spot uses footage from Schultz’s “The Ed Show” on Aug. 17 to tie Jim Graves, a Democratic businessman challenging her in the Nov. 6 election, to the 2010 health-care overhaul and also describes Graves as a “big spender.”
Asked on Schultz’s show if he’ll tout his support of the health law, Graves is shown saying that “it’s a good bill in many ways.” The commercial excludes the rest of Graves’ answer, including “we can make it better” and “we have to bend the health care costs.”
Bachmann, who made a short-lived bid for the Republican presidential nomination this year, has referred to the health-care overhaul as the “crown jewel of socialism.” She’s in a competitive re-election race even after her congressional district near the St. Paul-Minneapolis Twin Cities absorbed more Republicans in redistricting. Bachmann won a third term in 2010 with 53 percent of the vote.
Bachmann’s ad began running this morning in the Minneapolis market, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG.