DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The next congressional election is 18 months away, but you wouldn’t know it listening to the radio or watching television around Duluth and the Iron Range.

Minnesota Public Radio reports political ads are flooding the airwaves to criticize and defend freshman U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack’s vote for the Republican budget plan.

One ad paid for by Americans United for Change, which is backed by labor unions, tells the audience Cravaack voted to end Medicare. At least two other left-leaning groups bought similar ads.

But the 60 Plus Association has come to Cravaack’s defense with a $60,000 radio ad campaign. The group calls itself as the conservative alternative to the American Association of Retired Persons.

The Republican budget proposal would to eventually convert Medicare to a voucher-like program.

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Comments (6)
  1. Murph says:

    Soylent Green part II ? What a great idea for a movie! But what kind of human being would recommend it as a way not to keep your promises…a GOP person,it seems!

  2. Matt says:

    Anyone under 50 should be jumping up and down thanking the GOP for having the courage to address the huge issue that is medicare.

    The DFL’s plan is to simply let it run out of money and die, at least the GOP will keep it around for those like you and me who have contributed for years into the system and as it stands won’t get a thing out of it.

    Go Chip and thank you for kicking out that bumb Oberstar.

  3. Help says:

    Matt is very misinformed…. however typical of republicans!

    Bet he thinks the baby jesus is coming to save him as well…

  4. Help says:

    People need to wake up and see the direction republicans are driving this county. They are not creating jobs, only giving tax breaks to the rich. The only hint of jobs they may create are low paying, below minimum wage jobs preferred by large industry which they pander too…

    You must be a complete moron to be a republican nowadays!

    1. mike says:

      And where the hell are the democat answers to jobs? This whole government action or non-action is doing nothing to change things. For years now we have seen the do nothing elected people do nothing except spend the money they take from the taxpayer. Then come election time we listen to the new guy tell us that the answer is in their hands. We get nothing, but more of the same. Now we have a president ( and maybe we have had the same for some time ) that finds it nice to be able to delegate to congress to work “across the isle” to fix the nations problems while he does nothing to bring the 2 sides together. More do nothing. I think Mr. O is supposed to be our leader. Have any of us seen leadership out of this man? He seems to think that he can get the job done out of Air Force 1 which gets him to places all over the world to relax from his strenuous duties. Maybe he can see the future and wants to see as much of the world on our dime now during his first and only term.

  5. Al says:

    GOP sux. No plan, no logic, no nothin’

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