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Nunnelee Targets Michelle Obama Reports

August 3, 2010
tags: 2010 House, Alan Nunnelee, Andy Griffith, Michelle Obama, MS-01, Travis Childers
by Brett

The Alan Nunnelee campaign sent out a press release yesterday that intended to simply replay a Time magazine article that surfaced over the weekend detailing Democratic candidates who had inquired about Barack Obama’s wife, Michelle, for help on the campaign trail this fall.

The presser said this:

According to TIME Magazine Travis Childers has asked President Obama’s wife to campaign for him in North Mississippi:

“Dozens of Democratic congressional candidates, including Ohio’s Steve Driehaus, Illinois’s Debbie Halvorson and Mississippi’s Travis Childers, have asked the White House for her to appear in their districts this fall, according to a senior party official.”

- TIME Magazine, Monday, July 26, 2010

The presser didn’t make any comments and didn’t have to- they were simply trying to connect Childers with the president and the intent was obvious.

Childers denies Obama rumors. In an article from WTVA covering Rep. Travis Childers’ first campaign appearance of the year, the Congressman said this about who won’t be campaigning for him this fall. Childers said: “We actually haven’t invited any Washington public figure to campaign for us. Here’s whose endorsement we want the most, the people of north Mississippi, those are the people we stand up everyday for in Congress.”

Childers plans to spend the next six weeks campaigning in the district while the House is on recess.

Maybe we need Jean Boswell to get to the bottom of this. For the second day in a row of Andy Griffith news, we bring you a FactCheck.org article that essentially tears the Griffith-Obamacare piece apart.

From FactCheck.org:

Would the sheriff of Mayberry mislead you about Medicare? Alas, yes.

In a new TV spot from the Obama administration, actor Andy Griffith, famous for his 1960s portrayal of the top law enforcement official in the fictional town of Mayberry, N.C., touts benefits of the new health care law. Griffith tells his fellow senior citizens, “like always, we’ll have our guaranteed [Medicare] benefits.” But the truth is that the new law is guaranteed to result in benefit cuts for one class of Medicare beneficiaries- those in private Medicare Advantage plans.

Read the entire report here.

And for my Ms. Boswell comment. You may remember her from Andy on Trial where she is an investigative journalist who plays a college student trying to dig up dirt on Sheriff Taylor after he refuses to drop charges against her boss- a prominent newspaper publisher. The story causes Taylor to have to temporarily give up his badge. Maybe she could have done some digging into Griffith’s latest video, and he may have been saved the embarrassment of something so misleading.

Nunnelee’s Neshoba speech on YouTube. The Nunnelee camp has posted a video of the Republican candidates’ speech from Neshoba last week on YouTube. You can view it here.

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