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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 TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell makes failed bid to adjourn Senate after hours-long delay Paul Ryan to host fundraiser for Cheney amid GOP tensions Senate Democrats near deal to reduce jobless boost to 0 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 snipe on policy, GOP brawls over Trump Six ways to visualize a divided America House panel spars over GameStop frenzy, trading apps MORE (Mo.), Jefferson Van Drew (N.J.), Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinMajority of New York voters say Cuomo should not be reelected: poll GOP lawmaker 'actively exploring' run for New York governor Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers weigh in on Trump impeachment trial; Biden administration eyes timeline for mass vaccinations MORE (N.Y.), Don Bacon (Neb.), Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonBiden convenes bipartisan meeting on cancer research Republicans, please save your party Democrats snipe on policy, GOP brawls over Trump MORE (Mich.), and Andy BarrAndy BarrFinancial regulators home in on climate risks House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Energy issues rule allowing companies to develop own efficiency tests for products | GOP lawmakers push back on Federal Reserve's climate risk efforts 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 SchweikertBiden meets with bipartisan senators to discuss potential infrastructure bill Lawmakers offer competing priorities for infrastructure plans The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Which path will Democrats take on COVID-19 bill? 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 DrewLawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food New Jersey lawmakers press for SALT cap repeal in next relief package Sunday shows preview: Riots roil Washington as calls for Trump's removal grow 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.