Democrats want to capitalize on the Senate debate over extending jobless benefits by portraying Republicans as “out of touch.”

“Senate Republicans and Republican Senate candidates are nearly united in their opposition to extending unemployment benefits even as their leadership calls for extending the George Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest of Americans without paying for them,” Sen. Robert Menendez (N.J.), chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said in a statement. 

Menendez reiterated Democrats’ belief that November’s vote will be about a “choice” between their party and “Republicans who want to return to the failed George Bush economic policies of the past.” 

“When Republicans prefer unpaid tax cuts for the richest Americans over helping those who need it most, they make that choice crystal clear for voters,” he said.

The DSCC blasted releases hitting Republican Senate candidates in Missouri, Kentucky, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, North Carolina, Iowa, Nevada, Arkansas, California, Indiana, Wisconsin and Washington state for being “out of touch” for opposing the extension.

Several GOP Senate candidates have already been tripped up by this issue. Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R), for instance, tried to appear hawkish on the deficit by opposing the extension but sounded callous for portraying the unemployed as “spoiled.”