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GOP spreads blame for Obamacare on Cooper

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UPDATED The latest TV ad directed at Democratic candidate for governor Roy Cooper attempts to blame him for the downside of Obamacare while continuing Gov. Pat McCrory’s campaign mantra that the attorney general “didn’t do his job.”

Republicans this week have jumped on the news that premiums will increase an average of 25 percent next year for those enrolled in the federal health insurance program. Donald Trump began using it against Hillary Clinton and the bad news is working its way down ballot across the country.

This new spot is paid for by the Republican Governors Association. It criticizes Cooper for not fighting against the Affordable Care Act, which is generally supported by Democratic politicians.

The ad features testimonials from several women saying families are struggling with health-care costs. The women were also in the previous RGA TV ad, which hit Cooper over problems with the State Crime Lab.

“This is just another ready-made political attack from a desperate campaign,” Ford Porter, Cooper’s campaign spokesman, said in an email. “It's even got the same cast as the last false attack — just with a new script. The reality is that North Carolina families are ready for a new governor — that's why they aren't buying Governor McCrory's ridiculous rhetoric.”

Craig Jarvis: 919-829-4576, @CraigJ_NandO