November 16th, 2009
01:26 PM ET
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First on the Ticker: DNC begins ad campaign against GOP

Washington (CNN) – The Democratic National Committee is targeting 32 House Republicans in a new radio ad campaign that criticizes them for voting against health care reform legislation earlier this month.

The commercials will begin running Tuesday and are aimed at Republicans in congressional districts that voted for President Obama in the 2008 election.

"Republicans have read this wrong politically," said DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan. "They think the political peril is in voting for reform. The political peril is in voting against reform and siding with big insurance companies instead of their neighbors."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was able to marshal a health care reform bill through her chamber, although not without controversy. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to bring the Senate bill to the floor soon, but the fate of health care reform remains up in the air as Democrats remain divided over issues such as a government-run insurance option and abortion.

A full list of Republicans targeted in the new DNC ad after the jump:


· California Rep. Mary Bono Mack
· California Rep. Dan Lungren
· California Rep. Elton Gallegly
· California Rep. Buck McKeon
· California Rep. David Dreier
· California Rep. Ken Calvert
· California Rep. John Campbell
· California Rep. Brian Bilbray
· Delaware Rep. Mike Castle
· Florida Rep. Bill Young
· Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
· Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam
· Illinois Rep. Mark Kirk
· Illinois Rep. Judy Biggert
· Illinois Rep. Don Manzullo
· Iowa Rep. Tom Latham
· Michigan Rep. Dave Camp
· Michigan Rep. Fred Upton
· Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers
· Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter
· Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen
· Nebraska Rep. Lee Terry
· New Jersey Rep. Frank LoBiondo
· New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance
· Ohio Rep. Pat Tiberi
· Pennsylvania Rep. Jim Gerlach
· Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent
· Virginia Rep. Randy Forbes
· Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf
· Washington Rep. Dave Reichert
· Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan
· Wisconsin Rep. Tom Petri

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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Bluebonnet

    THE STUPID DEMS DON'T REALIZE THAT THEIR OWN PARTY DOES NOT WANT MUCH OF WHAT WAS IN THE ENORMOUSLY EXPENSIVE REFORM BILL AND NEITHER DO MANY INDEPENDENTS. For some reason, the democratic party is stupid enough to think that the only people opposing them are republicans.

    November 16, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Fed Up

    Go ahead and give it your best. You still have a do-nothing, tax everyone Congress, Senate and President to prove what you really are. Go ahead and try to shove more stuff down our throats. You know what the American people are thinking. The poeple are too stupid to think for themselves.

    November 16, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hmmmm. Me thinks that the 'drooling liberals' have grown a pair of Wilsons! Good for them, at long last!

    November 16, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Enough

    Keep it up DNC, we Don't want this disaster of a health care bill. Democrats are the clueless Gimme party. Waiting for 2010 for the bloodbath to begin.............out with the Democrats

    November 16, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. Moderate Democrat

    Republicans, you keep yelling about how you will be taking a TON of seats in the 2010 elections. You best take a good look at that list, those are area's that favor Democratic idealogies (christian Values as well, Democrat = Christian Values in ACTION not just words).

    Us democrats MUST get our seats aligned with the policies we voted for, we MUST put the votes in the house that will get Health Care Reform passed. We can NOT depend on republicans to EVER do anything productive. Let us elect Democrats, "YES TO Public Option HEALTH CARE" Democrats.

    There is ALOT of room for us to take a HUGE, never before seen majority in the house. The time is now, VOTE for democrats ACROSS the board and ACROSS STATE LINES.

    If we wait for republicans, it will be another 150 years of doing nothing!

    November 16, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. Carlos

    Good, now show us which ones voted for it, they are the socialist we are going to vote against.

    November 16, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Ken, AZ

    I am a Democrat and I think the DNC should also begin running ads against Democratic members of Congress and the Senate who either voted against or plan to vote against health care reform with a public option. The only reason many of them got elected anyway is because they rode the President's coattails (Mary Landrau). In 2010, Democrats should find candidates to run against them in the primaries who are committed to representing the interest of the people. Otrherwise, what good does it do to be in the majority. Republicans got things done when they were in the majority, albeit all wrong.

    November 16, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    We will donate Millions for progressives, not a penny for blue dogs!!!!!

    November 16, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. terry,va

    I wonder if they are going to target the 35-40 Dem's that voted against the bill? They better get control of their own before trying to blame the other party. If Obummie could lead, he wouldn't need 1 Repub to pass a bill. If he doesn't hide under his desk when he gets back from being "America's first Pacific president" and bowing before other leaders, maybe he will make decisions on Afghan etc. Before you clowns start saying that bowing is okay, name me one U.S President that has bowed to anyone. Bowing is beneath the office, but not to Obummie. He wants everyone to like him. We need a leader, a person with a spine. We don't need Mr Congeniality.

    November 16, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. victim of republican greed

    The GOP claims to be pro constitution, yes has no faith in our judicial system. They are pro life, yet pro war. They are alleged Christians, but choose the health insurance industry over the American People. They want small government, less government interference, yet want the government to control women's bodies. They claim to be fiscal conservatives, but had no trouble wasting hundreds of billions of dollars on an unnecessary war and bailing out the banking industry. They want to send 40,000 troops to Afghanistan to support a corrupt Kharzai administration at a cost of over $40 billion, but refuse to spend money to help Americans.

    It would seem that the majority of voters should target the GOP as well.

    November 16, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. valwayne

    This is a good one. The Democrats actually telling people that Republicans oppose the corrupt Obamacare plan with its lies and trillions and trillions in cost. Maybe the Democrats can run ads next in Republican districts telling people that Republicans oppose Obama's plan to bring murdering terrorists to the U.S and spend hundreds of millions of dollars on O.J. like Circus trials and hundreds of millions of more dollars bringing the rest of the murdering terrorists from Gitmo to the heartland of the U.S. I can see the ad now: "Republicans oppose having a murdering terrorists living next to you, vote for Obama and the Democratic party who are bringing the murderers to live next door, and spending hundreds of million of your tax dollars to do it" Those poor Republicans are sure in trouble.

    November 16, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. Idiot_Pelosi

    Where's the ad against the DUMocRATS who voted for this SOCIALST tax bill?

    The PELOSI house plan is such a joke, you'd have to be a complete MORON to vote for it, but we are talking DUMocRATS.

    November 16, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Right Leaning Independent

    The Repubs seem to understand better than the DNC! Many of us want reform but we do not want the reform being forced through Washington. We want insurance companies to be required to provide insurance to anyone regardless of a pre-existing condition. We want to prevent insurance companies from dropping high cost customers. We want to grant insurance companies the right to compete over state lines to create competition and to bring down premium costs. We want tort reform. We want Americans without insurance to have a bridge policy for a period of time until they are back on their feet. We do not want to pay for them to ride the system! We want the plan to be deficit neutral! Eliminate some other wasteful program you folks in Washington support. It is time to put your priorites in line of importance. Ramming a program down our throats that leads to more debt and government control over our health care is a prescription for disaster...

    November 16, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. Edward

    Why not pass the bill on the basis of what is agreed to? What is the criteria for abortion that can be agreed to that should be paid for? What is the criteria for a so-called "public option" that can be agreed to that should be paid for.

    Hundreds of thousands of dollars are being wasted because of these debates and/or disagreements. Let's get this agreed to and passed quickly.

    November 16, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. tom in Tennessee

    Much about this bill is totally irresponsible, it is not about health care, it is about control. Does not address tort reform or allow the purchase of insurance across state line. Once again the DNC can only promote what is good for their party and not what is good for the American people. If they really cared they would have been trying to create sensible healthe care reform instead of destroying it with a 2000 page partisan piece of garbage.

    November 16, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. chubby

    Go ahead and identify those Republicans who voted the way the majority of Americans feel, it can only help them and hurt the demorats.

    November 16, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. J.P.

    1994 was not an accident.

    It is Democrats who read this wrong.

    November 16, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. terry,va

    Man, wait until you guys see me in my rickshaw hat. I cut a deal with the Chinese. They are going to send Wal-Mart 100 million hats. I get to keep $2 for each one sold to go toward my 2012 campaign. I also got them to agree to send 100,000 Chinese criminals over to replace the Acorn workers that I had to throw under the bus.

    November 16, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. sharon

    Yep................that's right. A "NO" vote must mean they do not wish to return to office. Pass the names along and remember them at voteing time......................unless they get a grip and realize that a "NO" vote would NOT let people have the change they voted "FOR" in Nov.,2008.

    November 16, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. My

    Good, there needs to be other Tea Party and Republicans on this list!!!

    November 16, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    I said you need a game changer, not an ice breaker Dems.

    But that's an interesting list, considering mostly all of them were states my boy has won before, except with Nebraska, if I'm not mistaken.

    Will it work? Maybe. Can it show improvement? Maybe. Will it help increase their agenda towards Health Care? Maybe. But will it change American voters? Well, that I think is open for debate.

    November 16, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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