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 TrumpTrump on Kanye West's presidential run: 'He is always going to be for us' Marie Yovanovitch on Vindman retirement: He 'deserved better than this. Our country deserved better than this' Trump says Biden has been 'brainwashed': 'He's been taken over by the radical left' MORE and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHouse chairman asks CDC director to testify on reopening schools during pandemic Senate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick Pelosi says House won't cave to Senate on worker COVID-19 protections 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 WagnerSEC's Clayton demurs on firing of Manhattan US attorney he would replace Trump, GOP go all-in on anti-China strategy House passes massive T coronavirus relief package MORE (Mo.), Jefferson Van Drew (N.J.), Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinUS lawmakers call on EU to label entire Hezbollah a terrorist organization Democrats release bilingual ads on police reform bill GOP lawmakers voice support for Israeli plan to annex areas in West Bank MORE (N.Y.), Don Bacon (Neb.), Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonGOP lawmaker: Refusal to wear masks is 'tragic' The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Teachers' union President Randi Weingarten calls Trump administration plan to reopen schools 'a train wreck'; US surpasses 3 million COVID-19 cases Karen Bass's star rises after leading police reform push MORE (Mich.), and Andy BarrAndy BarrThe Hill's Campaign Report: The political heavyweights in Tuesday's primary fights Democrat Josh Hicks wins Kentucky primary to challenge Andy Barr McGrath fends off Booker to win Kentucky Senate primary MORE (Ky.).

Reps. 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.) and David SchweikertDavid SchweikertHouse Republicans urge White House to support TSA giving travelers temperature checks Campaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Hispanic Caucus campaign arm unveils non-Hispanic endorsements 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 DrewNew Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Van Drew wins GOP primary in New Jersey Amy Kennedy wins NJ primary to face GOP's Van Drew 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.