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 TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Unemployment gains lower than expected | Jobs report lights fire under coronavirus relief talks GOP senators back Christian school's push for COVID-19 carve-out Bipartisan governors call on Congress to pass coronavirus relief package 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 WagnerDemocrats projected to retain House majority Live updates: Democrats seek to extend House advantage Democrats seek wave to bolster House majority MORE (Mo.), Jefferson Van Drew (N.J.), Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinRep. Lee Zeldin fends off Democratic opponent in New York Caring for our seniors during and after coronavirus Top Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon MORE (N.Y.), Don Bacon (Neb.), Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonGOP lawmaker to Trump: Drop election argument 'for the sake of our Nation' Pressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win Republican Michigan congressman: 'The people have spoken' MORE (Mich.), and Andy BarrAndy BarrRep. Andy Barr beats back Democratic challenge in Kentucky Reclaiming the American Dream Powell, Mnuchin stress limits of current emergency lending programs MORE (Ky.).

Reps. Ross SpanoVincent (Ross) Ross SpanoGOP keeps control of Florida House seat held by Rep. Ross Spano 10 bellwether House races to watch on election night The Hill's Morning Report - Jill Biden urges country to embrace her husband MORE (Fla.) and David SchweikertDavid SchweikertHouse GOP proposed rules change sparks concern Next Congress expected to have record diversity Embattled Schweikert beats back Democratic challenge in Arizona 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 DrewDemocrats were united on top issues this Congress — but will it hold? The Hill's Campaign Newsletter: Election Day – Part 4 Van Drew fends off challenge from Kennedy after party switch 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.