GOP: Dem attack ad on Medicare reform ‘shameless scare tactics’

The National Republican Congressional Committee struck back Tuesday at a Democratic ad that attacks House Republicans for voting for a GOP deficit-reduction plan, calling the ad "shameless scare tactics."

The ad is part of a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee media blitz targeting congressional Republicans for voting in favor of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) 2012 budget proposal. Democrats charge that by voting for the budget, Republicans are voting to eliminate Medicare.

The ad features an elderly man first selling lemonade at a children's lemonade stand, then mowing someone else's lawn and finally showing up at a party dressed as a fireman, saying "Did someone call the fire department, because it's about to get hot in here!" — presumably behaving as a male stripper.

"Seniors will have to find $12,500 for health care," the ad says.

In a statement to The Hill on Tuesday, NRCC spokeswoman Joanna Burgos labeled the ad and the DCCC's push "shameless scare tactics."

“The Democrats’ shameless scare tactics are merely a way to mislead voters and cover up the real Democrat plan to watch Medicare die a painful death, an unacceptable option for America’s seniors," Burgos said in the statement. "The reality is that the Republican budget blueprint saves Medicare for future generations with no disruption for those in and near retirement, while the Democrats’ plan cuts Medicare benefits and raises taxes on job creators and every person who receives a paycheck.”

The DCCC’s media blitz is targeting 25 Republicans in vulnerable congressional districts who voted for the Ryan plan. The initiative also includes Internet and radio ads, as well as automated phone calls and emails to constituents of the 25 districts.

In an interview Tuesday, DCCC Chairman Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) repeated the Democrats’ strategy to hammer Republicans for voting for the Ryan plan. Israel said Democrats are optimistic that they will be able to flip the 25 House seats and regain control of the House in 2012.

Watch the ad below: