RNC ads target 60 centrist Dems on healthcare

The Republican National Committee's (RNC) radio ad blitz on healthcare legislation will target 60 centrist Democrats, many representing districts in swing states.

The RNC will spend almost $1 million on the radio ads targeting centrist and vulnerable lawmakers in 33 states in addition to television ads airing in Nevada, North Dakota and Arkansas. The ad blitz urges the members of Congress to oppose the healthcare reform proposals currently being debated in the House and Senate.

The RNC is especially focusing its radio ads on Ohio and Pennsylvania, targeting five lawmakers in the Buckeye State and four in the Keystone State. Congressmen in swing states Arizona, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia will also feel the heat.

"The Democrats targeted by the RNC radio ad have campaigned on fiscal responsibility, and now these Democrats are being held accountable to their campaign promises as they prepare to vote on a government-run healthcare bill that will cost American taxpayers $1.6 trillion, add to the record budget deficit and burden American families and small businesses with higher taxes," said RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho.

The ad blitz comes as healthcare negotiations wrap up in the House and Senate and lawmakers prepare to head back to their states and districts for the August recess before returning to Washington to continue work on reform legislation.

Listen to a sample radio ad and view the list of targeted lawmakers at The Hill's Blog Briefing Room.