DSCC hits Flake on women's, veterans' issues; McMahon on Social Security


Against Flake, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is launching an ad that appeals to three voting blocs: veterans, women and seniors.

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The ad asks, "What would Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeOvernight Defense: Terrorism suspected in EgyptAir crash; McCain details funding plans Overnight Finance: Path clears for Puerto Rico bill | GOP senator casts doubt on IRS impeachment | Senate approves .1B for Zika Overnight Tech: Trade groups press NC on bathroom law MORE cost you?" and charges that he could cost veterans their homes, that he opposed requiring insurance companies to cover minimum hospital stays for breast cancer and that his support for Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanReport: Ryan close to endorsing Trump Menendez opposing Puerto Rico debt bill Overnight Finance: GOP makes its case for impeaching IRS chief | Clinton hits Trump over housing crash remarks | Ryan's big Puerto Rico win MORE's (R-Wis.) budget would cost seniors thousands more each year.

Most of the back-and-forth in the Arizona Senate race has focused on these three voting blocs — particularly women and veterans — with Democratic opponent Richard Carmona attempting to hammer Flake for supporting policies he says are harmful to both.

The Arizona race remains a toss-up, with Carmona posting a margin-of-error lead in the most recent two polls but the state leaning toward Mitt Romney.

In Connecticut, the DSCC targets McMahon's position on Medicare — an increase of $5,000 in fees for seniors, according to the ad — and Social Security — to sunset the program, the ad says. It also notes that McMahon has spent $70 million of her own funds on her two Senate bids, making her one of the highest self-funders ever to run for the Senate.

The charge that McMahon would "sunset" Social Security is a favorite of Democrats, and refers to a comment she made at a Tea Party forum about programs like Social Security needing to be reviewed every 10 to 15 years.

Though McMahon has pushed back on the attack, accusing Democrats of taking her words out of context, it seems to be one Democrats think will stick, as they've continued to drive it home.

The Connecticut Senate race is a toss-up, but most recent polls have slightly favored Democratic Rep. Chris MurphyChris MurphyWeek ahead: Pressure builds on Zika funding Dems pressure Obama on vow to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees Trump aide: Taco tweet meant ‘in the spirit’ of Cinco de Mayo MORE. McMahon, however, has managed to keep his lead to single digits and even overcome him in some polls, and she's running a much stronger campaign than she did in 2010.


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