GOP ad attacks Gephardt in Iowa…

A GOP ad running in Iowa this week tries to scare elderly, rural voters away from Rep. Dick Gephardt (D-MO) who is making a campaign swing through the state. The ads says:

“Gephardt is visiting Iowa this week. He’s here to get support for his agenda. Like helping block payments for our rural hospitals? Who’s he kidding?”

The ad refers to Medicare reimbursement rates that are part of a Republican prescription-drug bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Nussle (R-IA). Gephardt, however, voted for a Democratic version that had a reimbursement provision similar to the Republican bill. So the GOP ad is disingenuous, to be polite. Seems to me this bit of nastiness is premature.