Democrats are going after a top-ranking freshman House Republican, accusing her of pushing for steep spending cuts without knowing exactly what programs she wants to eliminate.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) targeted Rep. Kristi Noem (S.D.), a freshman member of leadership, after a recent newspaper interview in which she wouldn't name specifics when grilled over cuts she would support.

The committee also pointed to a tweet from Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), touting a separate interview with Noem in which she says she wants spending reductions to be as large as possible.

"Speaker John Boehner's favorite budget-cutting member turns out to not have any budgets that she can identify to cut," said DCCC spokesman Jesse Ferguson.

Democrats are looking to score political points against Noem in the context of the heated Capitol Hill spending debate.

The freshman congresswoman unseated Blue Dog Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D) in November and is considered a rising star in the freshman class, and Democrats are targeting her for defeat in 2012.

Noem's office, however, pushed back against the notion that she was unable to name spending cuts. Joshua Shields, her spokesman, noted that she cited the House Republicans' original spending proposal during her interview with The Daily Republic

"Rep. Noem supported $61 billion in specific cuts when she voted for H.R. 1, which is $61 billion more than Democrats have identified," he said in a statement.

That legislation, which failed to pass the Senate, proposed cuts to scores of different programs related to agriculture, homeland security, defense, foreign aid and healthcare, among others.