AARP launches campaign opposing entitlement cuts as part of debt-ceiling deal

The television ad, which began running Wednesday, is aimed squarely at seniors and tells them that lawmakers are considering "cutting your benefits so Washington can pay its bills."

The campaign comes as House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorRyan seeks to avoid Boehner fate on omnibus GOPers fear trillion-dollar vote is inevitable Insiders dominate year of the outsider MORE (R-Va.) said Tuesday that Republicans are demanding "real reform, real cuts this year."

Cantor told a group of physicians that the upcoming vote on raising the debt ceiling is "the biggest leverage moment of this [legislative] session" for dealing with entitlement reform.

"We're going to make sure that we have firm commitments," he vowed, "and the ability to deliver on those commitments."