The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) on Monday announced plans to launch online ads targeting 17 Republican lawmakers over their votes for Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget.
The ads open with Ryan describing his budget as the GOP’s “vision” and an “expression of our governing philosophy,” before cutting to clips of pundits describing the policy as “Robin Hood in reverse” that would adversely affect “the poorest people in the country” while giving “huge tax cuts” to corporations and the highest earners.
“Republicans say this budget is the best way to communicate their ‘governing philosophy,’ so we’re telling the people what that means: more for millionaires and corporate special interests, less for the middle class and seniors,” DCCC spokesperson Emily Bittner said in a statement. “That might be the Republican Congress’ governing philosophy – but it certainly isn’t the right philosophy for America’s middle class.”
Late last month, the House approved the Ryan budget in a 221 to 207 vote, and House Democrats have since focused on tying House Republicans to the budget in a series of press conferences, floor speeches, YouTube videos and cable news interviews.
Republicans are betting that the public will be receptive to the Ryan plan’s measures to balance the budget in just 10 years, through lowering tax rates, $5.7 trillion in spending cuts and a repeal of the president’s healthcare reform law.
The plan also calls for changing Medicare into a voucher system — a move Democrats charge would cut benefits for seniors.
The DCCC ads will run in districts Democrats believe hold vulnerable Republican incumbents in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington.
The ads are targeting GOP Reps. Tim Griffin (Ark.), Tom Cotton (Ark.), David Valadao (Calif.), Gary Miller (Calif.) Mike Coffman (Colo.), Larry Bucshon (Ind.), John Kline (Minn.), Erik Paulsen (Minn.), Lee Terry (Neb.), Jon Runyan (N.J.), Michael Grimm (N.Y.), Tom Reed (N.Y.), David Joyce (Ohio), Jim Renacci (Ohio), Mike Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Scott Rigell (Va.) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.).
National Republican Congressional Committee spokeswoman Andrea Bozek shot back, blasting the DCCC strategy in an email to The Hill.
“If Democrats believe they are going to win Republican House districts on a platform of touting support for ObamaCare and a budget plan that never ever balances, then please – hit the campaign trail,” she said. “In 2012, Republicans won our second-largest House majority since World War II precisely because Democrats are in denial about our nation’s spending problem and ObamaCare’s job destroying taxes.”