Liberals took aim at Republicans, including Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), in their own backyards on Monday, launching TV ads taking aim at the House GOP 2012 budget.
Americans United for Change launched local television ads against four Midwestern Republicans, seizing on the Republicans' recently passed budget and accusing them of sacrificing Medicare to pay for tax cuts for wealthy Americans.
The ads are part of a sustained effort by Democrats and partnering liberal groups to turn up the heat on Republicans over the budget they approved before leaving for recess. In particular, Democrats have focused their attacks on the changes to Medicare proposed in Ryan's budget.
"This is not a 'Path to Prosperity,' " said Tom McMahon, the executive director of AUC, echoing the name of Ryan's budget plan, "only a path to bankrupting seniors so Paris Hilton and BP can have another tax break.”
Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, has been subject of particularly strong scrutiny. Regarded as one of the GOP's top public faces, Ryan has won reelection comfortably since first having been elected in 1998 in a relatively centrist district that President Obama carried in the 2008 election.
Ryan has felt the pressure upon returning home for the district work period. He was met with jeers from some constituents at a town-hall meeting last week, and The Washington Post on Sunday portrayed Ryan's constituents as being deeply mixed about his budget plans.
The other Republicans are expected to face pressure in their 2012 reelection efforts. Duffy and Cravaack are from centrist districts that historically have sent Democrats to Congress, while King is expected to face a tough challenge from Christie Vilsack, the wife of Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, in a redrawn district.