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Thanh Truong / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- The 2014 mid-term elections are still roughly a year away, but already political attack ads have been in rotation.

In Louisiana, viewers/voters have probably seen one spot targeting Sen. Mary Landrieu and her support of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

A portion of the spot shows footage of Landrieu at a podium saying, 'If had to vote for the bill again, I would for it tomorrow.'

Landrieu says that snippet is out of context.

'But I also say in that same speech, which they don't tell you, there are many things about that (the Affordable Care Act) need to be fixed. And I think we need to come together across party lines and fix what's broken, not repeal it, not undermine it,' Landrieu said.

The political advertisement is part of a $2-million campaign in Louisiana and North Carolina launched by the conservative political advocacy group Americans For Prosperity. The concurrent ads highlight Landrieu's and North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan's backing of Obamacare.

Ed Chervanek, a political scientist at the University of New Orleans said the less than stellar roll out of healthcare.gov is giving the GOP plenty of political ammunition against Democrats.

'That's certainly an Achilles heel, not just for her (Landrieu) but for a lot of Democrats,' said Chervanek.

Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., is considered the likely Republican frontrunner and Landrieu's main contender in the November election.

Cassidy has been an outspoken opponent of the ACA. He is quick to point out Landrieu's voting record.

'Senator Landrieu has been basically fighting and winning for President Obama the last six years. And President Obama's agenda has not been good for our state, and frankly it hasn't been good for the nation,' Cassidy said.

Since the disastrous debut of healthcare.gov, Landrieu has pushed for legislation that would amend the law to allow changes such as extending the registration deadline and also allowing people to keep their current health care plans if they choose.

According to some critics and the Americans For Prosperity TV ad, Landrieu is 'backtracking.'

'Fixing something that needs to be fixed is not backtracking, it's doing my job as a senator, it's leading,' said Landrieu.

Cassidy, who is a doctor, supports similar changes.

'I'm a doctor. I've been working in the Louisiana Charity hospital system for the last 25 years. I know that if the patient has the power, then she will make the right decision for her health and her pocketbook,' said Cassidy.

Chervanek said more outside money will likely pour into Louisiana over the next year. He said the GOP is just four seats shy of controlling the Senate, and he considers Landrieu as one of the most vulnerable democrats in the upcoming election.

'The last time she was re-elected, back then the majority of registered voters were registered democrats. That's not the case today. It puts her in a difficult position, and so this why she's offering all the fixes to kind of provide some kind of political cover,' said Chervanek.

Landrieu admits the 2014 election will be 'tough,' but she said she believes voters will not focus on one single issue.

The race will be a hotly contested one, but it's an election in which Landrieu boasts better name recognition, and for now, a bigger pool of campaign money.

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