Grandma rips Bill Nelson as ‘more and more confused’ in New Republican PAC ad

Rick Scott ad

New Republican Political Action Committee is launching its latest attack ad charging that Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is getting confused and does nothing but raise taxes and cut Medicare, this time with those words coming out of the mouth of a grandmother during a three-generation breakfast.

The 30-second spot “Generations” launches today in a statewide TV campaign from the independent super PAC that Gov. Rick Scott set up to support his Republican bid for Nelson’s Senate seat.

As a trio of women, apparently a grandmother, mother, and granddaughter sit in a diner, the mother observers that Nelson has been running for office as long as she has been alive.

“And the things he’s been saying lately? Poor man seems more and more confused,” Grandma tells her daughter and granddaughter, hitting as hard as any of the New Republican commercials yet on the still-not-explicitly stated open suggestion that Nelson, 76, is losing his mental competence.

Grandma’s not done.

“He’s cut my Medicare and raised taxes,” Grandma asserts, as daughter and granddaughter look shocked. So Grandma adds the theme of the New Republican PAC campaign: “Bill Nelson has been in Washington way too long. It’s time we bring him home.

Grandma’s assertions have been cited in almost every New Republican PAC ad as well. Nelson’s campaign has responded by pointing out that he did not cut Medicare benefits; the cuts Grandma refers to were in Medicare reimbursement rates to hospitals, which were part of the 2009 Affordable Health Care Act bill that brought about ObamaCare. They did not reduce benefits. Nelson’s campaign also insists the tax raise claims are exaggerated.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


  • Elizabeth Hampton

    November 1, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Scott’s ads against Nelson are offensively ageist and full of lies. Scott has nothing negative to say about his opponent, so he picks on his age and lies outright about his voting record. On their other hand Scott’s corruption is well-known and well-documented. Scott’s dismal record in the environment and deliberate denial of health care to Floridians disqualify him for any office. Nelson is the better man, and the better candidate for Senate.

    • Susan Born

      November 2, 2018 at 10:23 am

      I totally agree with you. Every time I see that commercial, I’m reminded of Republican Chuck Grassley’s (who is 85) behavior at the Kavanaugh hearings. I’m offended at the attack on Bill Nelsons age, but not surprised.

  • Vinny

    November 4, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    I saw this ad on tv one time and am looking for a link to it online. Would be grateful if someone posted one.

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