LAS VEGAS (AP) — Medicare is the focus of a new campaign ad in Nevada’s Sept. 13 special election to fill a vacant U.S. House seat.

State Treasurer Kate Marshall’s spot seeks to align her Republican rival, Mark Amodei, with a GOP proposal to privatize Medicare for anyone younger than 55.

During the ad, Amodei is shown at a Republican debate in June praising Republican Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget plan, saying he likes “a lot of what he has to say in terms of Medicare.”

In various press interviews, Amodei has applauded Ryan’s budget overhaul, but has been less clear about how he feels about the Medicare component. He told The Associated Press last month that he didn’t know enough about how the Medicare plan would be implemented to offer an opinion on it.

Republicans enjoy a voter registration edge in the northern Nevada House seat up for grabs after Republican Dean Heller was appointed to the Senate.



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