Yet another lobby group -- a coalition of African-American and Latino organizations including an NAACP affiliate -- is planning a major ad buy ($250,000 to $500,000) in Arkansas and several other states with large minority populations in support of health legislation that includes public insurance. The Washington Post reports that the ads target Finance Commitee members like Sen. Blanche Lincoln.
'I'm not going to let special-interest politicians throw 46 million of us under the bus," says the African-American narrator of the television ad, using a common estimate of the number of uninsured Americans.
"I'm not going to leave my grandkids' health in the hands of insurance companies that care more about profit than they do about everyday families. And as for the politicians, tell Senator Lincoln there needs to be room for all of us on this bus," the narrator concludes, as a young Latino woman and her child attempt to board a bus.
Interesting. A solid black vote has been important in Lincoln's electoral success. She's drawn attention for lavishing street money on some notorious figures in Delta get-out-the-vote efforts.