October 2, 2018 Press Releases


With Casten Surging, Campaign Releases New Ad Highlighting Peter Roskam and Donald Trump’s Attacks on Health Care, Social Security, and Medicare

(Downers Grove, IL)  October 2, 2018 – This week, Sean Casten released a new ad highlighting Peter Roskam and Donald Trump’s efforts to cut Sixth District voters’ health care. The ad is currently playing on Chicago broadcast and cable as well as on digital platforms. The campaign released the following statement:

“Peter Roskam and Donald Trump are still coming after Sixth District resident’s health care, and we intend to ensure voters this November do not forget,” said Greg Bales, Campaign Manager for Sean Casten. “Instead of standing up to Donald Trump, Peter Roskam has been a rubber stamp for his agenda. Peter Roskam voted to kick 30,000 people off their health insurance, voted against protecting individuals with pre-existing conditions, and passed a tax scam that adds $2 trillion to the deficit – which they intend to pay for by cutting Social Security and Medicare.”

The ad highlights how Peter Roskam voted with Donald Trump 94% of the time and how Roskam voted to weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions, raise premiums, allow insurance companies to charge older Americans five times more than younger people, and kick more than thirty thousand people in this district off of their health insurance, calling that legislation “a good bill.”

The script of the ad follows:

Sean: I’ll stand up to Donald Trump. I’ll expand health care coverage, defend Social Security and Medicare, and protect people with pre-existing conditions.

Narrator: Peter Roskam supported Donald Trump’s plan to kick 30,000 people in our district off health insurance.

And Trump would charge women and older Americans as much as five times more for healthcare.

Trump and Roskam added $2 trillion to the deficit, threatening cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

Roskam and Trump together 94% of time: hurting Illinois families.

Earlier today, Casten announced his campaign raised over $2.6 million in the third quarter and that the campaign has received support from over 79,000 contributors. Even though Roskam and his allies have spent millions of dollars on mailings, TV and digital ads attacking Casten, recent polling shows Casten has a 3 point lead.

Recently, Inside Elections moved the race to “Tilt Dem” just as Politico becomes the fifth key political prognosticator to join Cook Political Report, Election Projection, and Larry Sabato all to list this race a toss-up. The Casten campaign poll, as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, and the New York Times latest public polling confirm that momentum.