DCCC targets House GOP members over Trump administration response to coronavirus

DCCC targets House GOP members over Trump administration response to coronavirus
© Greg Nash

The House Democrats’ campaign arm is targeting seven House Republicans in ads over the Trump administration’s response to coronavirus and the affordability of a potential vaccine.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Monday the new ads will appear on Facebook in English and Spanish.

The ads are centered on Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar’s comments last week on the affordability of a coronavirus vaccine. 

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“The Trump administration would rather pad the pockets of drug manufacturers than provide access to an affordable coronavirus vaccine,” text of the 25-second ad reads.

The ad cites Azar's comments that “we can’t control that price because we need the private sector” at a congressional hearing last week. 

The ad then asks if the “Washington Republican” it's targeting agrees with Azar, swapping out the name of the member in each ad. 

Versions of the ad will run in districts for Reps. Jeff Van DrewJeff Van DrewTrump campaign launches new fundraising program with House Republicans NY, NJ lawmakers call for more aid to help fight coronavirus Campaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis MORE (N.J.), who switched from a Democrat to a Republican amid last year’s House impeachment process, Ross SpanoVincent (Ross) Ross SpanoHillicon Valley: Uber lays off 3,000 | FBI unlocks Pensacola shooter's phones | Lawmakers introduce bill restricting purchase of airline equipment from Chinese companies Bipartisan bill would restrict purchases of airport equipment from Chinese companies Campaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis MORE (Fla.), Vern BuchananVernon Gale BuchananMORE (Fla.), Jaime Herrera-Beutler (Wash.), David SchweikertDavid SchweikertCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Hispanic Caucus campaign arm unveils non-Hispanic endorsements Carper staffer tests positive in Delaware MORE (Ariz.), Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerTrump, GOP go all-in on anti-China strategy House passes massive T coronavirus relief package Bottom line MORE (Mo.) and Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungHillicon Valley: Apple, Google launch virus tracing system | Republican says panel should no longer use Zoom | Lawmakers introduce bill to expand telehealth House lawmakers introduce bipartisan bill to expand telehealth services Campaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis MORE (Alaska). 

Spanish ads will run in districts led by Spano, Buchanan and Schweikert.

Azar’s comments came in response to a question from Rep. Jan SchakowskyJanice (Jan) Danoff SchakowskyHillicon Valley: Trump signs order targeting social media legal protections | House requests conference with Senate after FISA vote canceled | Minneapolis systems temporarily brought down by hackers Democrats call on FTC to investigate allegations of TikTok child privacy violations Hillicon Valley: Facebook permanently shifting thousands of jobs to remote work | Congressional action on driverless cars hits speed bump during pandemic | Republicans grill TikTok over data privacy concerns MORE (D-Ill.), who asked if a coronavirus vaccine will “for sure be affordable for anyone who needs it.” 

“We would want to ensure that we work to make it affordable, but we can’t control that price because we need the private sector to invest,” Azar responded at the hearing.