(CNN) – The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is pressing forward with its "Drive to 25" campaign to win 25 House seats in 2012. Tuesday the DCCC announced the release of newspaper ads, e-mail, and recorded phone call initiatives that hit House Republicans on Budget Chair Paul Ryan's aim to include cuts to entitlement programs in the budget coming from the majority party.
The ad isolates ten House districts including Ryan, eight freshmen congressmen including Tea Party darlings Allen West of Florida as well as Wisconsin's Sean Duffy, and 21-term veteran Bill Young of Florida. The DCCC did not respond to requests on how large their ad buy is.
In a closed-door meeting with House Republicans last week, Wisconsin's seven term Congressman Ryan promised to propose reforms for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security in the budget, but did not clarify what they would be. CNN was given exclusive access to the session, designed to get buy-in from his own caucus on changes he'll propose in his budget, especially to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, that may prove to be drastic.
The phone call recording warns listeners that "We can't turn Social Security over to Wall Street banks or make Medicare into a voucher system" while the ad accuses GOP members of want to "cut your hard-earned Social Security and Medicare benefits rather than cutting big tax breaks for big oil."
"Everyone agrees we need to cut spending, but House Republicans are making the wrong choices by forcing seniors to shoulder the burden while not asking Big Oil companies making record profits to sacrifice even the smallest amount," said Jennifer Crider of the DCCC.