Sen. Nelson Responds to Liberal Attacks with Ad

Moderate Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson has taken to the airwaves to defend his position on health care reform, after liberal groups accused him of delaying the effort by undermining the proposal for a government-sponsored health insurance option, or "public plan."

"Like too much stuff that comes out of Washington, it's hard to know what's fact and what's fiction," Nelson says in a new ad. The senator says his priorities are keeping spending under control, helping small businesses, improving care, "and most of all, the plan needs to work for Nebraska."

The spot follows an ad from the groups the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and Democracy for America (DFA), featuring a small business owner who says Nelson is "leading the charge to delay health reform this summer."

While Nelson is not up for re-election until 2012, he has actively responded to the pressure from the liberal groups, personally calling the business owner featured in the attack ad.

Adam Green, co-founder of the PCCC, points out, however, that Nelson does not address his position on the public plan. Still unsatisfied, the group will continue to run its ad against Nelson for another week and is raising money to keep it up longer.