Democrat Underwood features new Ads in Illinois 14th Congressional District race
With just 35 days until Election Day and early voting underway, Lauren Underwood has unveiled her second campaign commercial of the general election. The ad, “It’s On”, tells the story of how the campaign came to be––with a broken health care promise from her Republican opponent in the IL-14 congressional race.
“He stood in front of us and promised to protect health care coverage for more than 300,000 people in our community with pre-existing conditions. Just a few weeks later, he cast a vote that would have jeopardized coverage for the people who need it most,” Underwood said. “When my congressman made that promise, I believed him. I believed him because it was personal. I’m a nurse who has taken care of patients with chronic illnesses and I have a pre-existing heart condition myself. I’m running for Congress because this community deserves better.”
The ad, released after Underwood closed the final FEC filing quarter of the general election with a community fundraiser in her hometown of Naperville, represents a significant investment for the campaign. The commercial will run on broadcast and cable.
Underwood recently received the endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden, who joined former President Barack Obama in supporting her campaign. In late September, Underwood was selected as one of seven Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives for whom Ben & Jerry’s will name an ice cream flavor.
Underwood’s team will host a Women’s Day of Action in her four campaign offices across the 14th District Oct. 2. The campaign hosts phonebanks and canvasses daily.
Underwood: “I have a heart condition that’s considered a pre-existing condition. At my congressman’s one and only public event of 2017, he said he was only going to support a version of Obamacare repeal that let people with pre-existing conditions keep their healthcare coverage.”
Hultgren: “Any type of replacement has to have pre-existing conditions.”
Underwood: “That’s what he said. He lied about taking away my healthcare coverage. Randy Hultgren voted against people like me with pre-existing conditions. And I decided, you know what, ‘it’s on, I’m running.’ I’m Lauren Underwood and I approve this message.”