WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee is again taking aim at top Republicans in Congress over their lack of support for the president's $787 billion stimulus bill, as the image war over the success of the stimulus continues to escalate.
In "Broke It," a 30-second TV spot, Sens. John Kyl of Arizona and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Reps. John Boehner of Ohio and Eric Cantor of Virginia are taken to task for opposing the Democratic stimulus plan.
"They supported the Bush policies that sank our economy into recession," an announcer says in the TV ad. "They broke it. Now they refuse to fix it."
The DNC offensive also includes radio spots targeted at Kyl, McConnell, Boehner, Cantor - all top GOP congressional leaders who have been regular targets of Democratic ads this summer attacking them over their opposition to the stimulus. Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, who chairs the House Republican Conference, is also being slammed in a radio spot.
Entitled "No Thanks," each radio ad highlights projects funded by the stimulus bill in each Republican's state or district.
"So when you see that sign that says 'this project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act' you can say no thanks to Eric Cantor," the Virginia version of the radio ad says.
"Broke It," will air nationally on cable and in the District of Columbia area, the DNC said Wednesday in a statement announcing the new ad campaign.
The "No Thanks" radio ads will air in Phoenix, Arizona; Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky; Dayton, Ohio; Richmond, Virginia; and Indianapolis, Indiana, according to the DNC.
As Republicans stepped up references to President Obama's stimulus package as a failure this summer, the DNC has painted opponents of the plan as foes of economic recovery, hitting critics with a string of ads, statements and grassroots pressure. Vice President Joe Biden has been making appearances at stimulus-funded projects in the lawmakers' home states as the spots hit the airwaves, visiting Ohio as a Web ad hitting Boehner debuted, and Virginia as the Cantor-critical spot was released.
The DNC has also launched attacks on much lesser-known GOP critics of the stimulus policy in key battlegrounds like Ohio and Florida.
The GOP heavyweights have fired back at Biden. "We are told Vice President Biden is in Virginia this afternoon to highlight stimulus progress, but he, along with the Obama administration, will hear from my fellow citizens that spending money does not necessarily equal success for the stimulus program," Cantor told reporters on a conference call as Biden visited a stimulus project in Richmond earlier this month. "….A stimulus bill should have an immediate economic impact and create real, long-term jobs, and this stimulus bill has clearly not created jobs or fixed our economy."