DCCC to return to Medicare attacks against vulnerable Republicans

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee plans to return to attacks against vulnerable House Republicans on Medicare and spending in the wake of the failure of the supercommittee to achieve a long-term deficit solution.

The Web ads, calls and robocalls will slam 30 House Republicans for backing Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) plan to privatize Medicare while lowering tax rates for the wealthy, a plan they all voted for earlier this year and which was brought up again during the supercommittee discussions.

Ryan's Medicare plan helped Rep. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.) win a special election in a Republican-leaning district earlier this year, and the DCCC hopes to replicate the victory elsewhere next fall.

The call's script also criticizes Republicans for opposing an extension of the payroll tax cut.

The DCCC's target list largely reflects freshman Republicans in swing districts or those whose districts have or could be made more Democratic in redistricting. One member not on the list: Ryan himself, whom Democrats had made a target earlier this year. They now seem to have accepted he'll be tough to beat in a Republican-leaning exurban Milwaukee district.