Democrats slam GOP on drug prices in bilingual digital ads

Democrats slam GOP on drug prices in bilingual digital ads
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The House Democrats' campaign arm Tuesday released a batch of digital ads in English and Spanish slamming Republicans for blocking drug pricing legislation while taking contributions from big pharma.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) ads, timed for release with the State of the Union address, will hit vulnerable Republicans in eight districts.

The ads, which will run on Facebook, will tie House Republicans to President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers outline proposals for virtual voting Overnight Health Care: Trump calls report on hospital shortages 'another fake dossier' | Trump weighs freezing funding to WHO | NY sees another 731 deaths | States battle for supplies | McConnell, Schumer headed for clash Phase-four virus relief hits a wall MORE (R-Ky.).

“As President Trump prepares to peddle empty promises and sweet nothings in his State of the Union address, House Democrats will remind voters that Trump, McConnell, and Washington Republicans are blocking bipartisan House-passed legislation to bring down drug prices,” said DCCC Spokesperson Robyn Patterson.

The English-language ads will target Republican Reps. Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerBottom line Campaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Members of House GOP leadership self-quarantining after first lawmakers test positive MORE (Mo.), Jefferson Van Drew (N.J.), Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Dybul interview; Boris Johnson update Sanders: 'Unfair to simply say everything is bad' in Cuba under Castro Trump allies blast Romney over impeachment vote: 'A sore loser' MORE (N.Y.), Don Bacon (Neb.), Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonOvernight Defense: Pentagon curtails more exercises over coronavirus | House passes Iran war powers measure | Rocket attack hits Iraqi base with US troops House passes measure limiting Trump's ability to take military action against Iran House passes .3 billion measure to fight coronavirus MORE (Mich.), and Andy BarrAndy Hale BarrMcGrath outraises McConnell in first quarter Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Democrats seek to preempt Trump message on health care | E-cigarette executives set for grilling | Dems urge emergency funding for coronavirus Democrats slam GOP on drug prices in bilingual digital ads MORE (Ky.).

Reps. Ross SpanoVincent (Ross) Ross SpanoCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Top conservatives pen letter to Trump with concerns on fourth coronavirus relief bill DCCC targets House GOP members over Trump administration response to coronavirus MORE (Fla.) and 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.) will be targeted with English- and Spanish-language ads.

The ads to run on Facebook will read, "STATE OF THE UNION: While President Trump is distracting Americans from the many ways he stood with special interests and kept Americans’ prescription drugs high, Mitch McConnell and Rep. Jeff Van DrewJeff Van DrewCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Hispanic Caucus campaign arm unveils non-Hispanic endorsements Lone Democrat to oppose impeachment will seek reelection MORE are breaking hearts all across our community with the same disappointing lies we've heard before."

"We need Washington Republicans to ditch their special interest backers and put everyday people first, acting to make prescription drugs more affordable for us," the ads will also say.

Democrats view health care as a winning issue for them, as it's consistently polled as a top issue for Democratic voters, particularly Hispanics, and a weak point for President Trump and Republicans in his orbit.

According to a Gallup tracking poll, 73 percent of Americans were dissatisfied with the cost of health care as of November.