WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is continuing its campaign to pressure Republicans - particularly members who represent districts won by President Obama in 2008 - over health care reform.
Most are on the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot program list of potentially threatened incumbents, and the DCCC's list of top 2010 targets; the majority are already facing serious Democratic challengers.
"We already know Congressman Pat Tiberi took nearly $600,000 from the insurance industry," says the narrator in a minute-long radio spot slated to run in Ohio's 12th congressional district over the August recess.
"So what do you think Tiberi talks about when he meets with the big insurance companies? How they reap record profits while your health care costs skyrocket? Or how the special interests want to stop health reform? Whatever it is Tiberi and the insurance companies talk about, it probably isn't affordable health care for you…"
Similar spots will air in areas represented by other GOP members of Congress who may face stiff re-election fights, like Dan Lungren, who won by single digits in California's 3rd congressional district last cycle, and faces another tough race next year; Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan's 11th congressional district, whose decision to introduce a resolution calling on President Obama to apologize to Cambridge police officer James Crowley drew Democratic anger; Joseph Cao, whose district – Louisiana's 2nd – is one of the most Democratic in the nation; controversial Michele Bachmann of Minnesota's 6th congressional district, who faced a surprisingly close race last cycle; Erik Paulsen of Minnesota-03; and Dave Reichert of Washington-08.
The DCCC will also be funding robo-calls and holding virtual town halls as part of the same health care push, as new polls show public support for President Obama's health care plan has slipped in recent weeks.