A new ad attacking Republican Laura Bradford's position on health care has been circulating on TVs across the Grand Valley. Now, the state representative candidate is fighting back.
The ad, paid for by Denver based political group Colorado Values, accuses Bradford of putting insurance company profits over public health, and says she does not support health insurance companies covering the costs of cancer screenings.
Colorado Value's attorney tells 11 News that claim comes remarks she made in a debate, where she said she does not support mandates on health insurance carriers -- which in the state of Colorado includes cancer screenings.
During a press conference Friday, Bradford called the ad a complete lie. She says she supports people being able to pick and choose what they want in a plan, to help lower health care costs -- for many young people, that may not include mammograms or prostate exams.
She says she is one-hundred percent for cancer screenings and that things like mammograms and prostate exams save lives. She says in addition to twisting her words, she feels the ad crossed the line.
“I found the ad offensive simply because I myself have survived cancer," said Bradford. "It’s offensive to anyone who has ever had cancer and quite frankly, it’s offensive to anyone who has ever run for office.”
Bradford says she and her opponent, Bernie Buescher, have both run clean campaigns, and it's unfortunate that outside political groups are turning the race dirty.