(CNN)–The latest volley between Democrats and Republicans as they try to gain the public relations momentum in the battle of the budget comes from the House Republicans. On Tuesday the National Republican Congressional Committee, responsible for electing Republicans to the House, went up with a campaign aimed at 13 Democratic incumbents.
The committee, launching a similar effort to its Democratic counterpart, is launching radio ads, robocalls and other measures to try to put pressure on the Democrats.
The back and forth comes over the proposed House budget, pushed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), that passed earlier this month. The plan would cut the nation's debt by dramatically reforming Medicare and Medicaid as well as cutting taxes. Democrats have been hitting the GOP saying that proposal would kill those programs while Republicans argue major changes are needed to keep them growing.
"The federal government is $14 trillion in debt. And what did Congressman [insert name of Congressman] do to cut spending? Drum roll please." The drum rolls and ends with a thump– at which point the announcer in the NRCC ad states: "That's it, nothing. In one day [insert name of Congressman] refused to vote for any of the budget proposals that would cut spending or reduce the deficit. Five separate plans."
Among those targeted in the GOP campaign are: Reps. Jason Altimire (Pennsylvania); John Barrow (Georgia); Dan Boren (Oklahoma) Jim Costa (California); Ben Chandler (Kentucky); Peter DeFazio (Oregon); Joe Donnelly (Indiana); Larry Kissell (North Carolina); Jim Matheson (Utah); Mike McIntyre (North Carolina); Mike Ross (Arkansas); Kurt Schrader (Oregon); Heath Shuler (North Carolina).
Many of those members belong to the "Blue Dog Coalition," a largely fiscally conservative group of House Dems who are more conservative than others in their party.
Several Republican-leaning groups have also weighed in promoting the Ryan budget while several Democratic organizations have launched media campaigns warning of the dangers of that proposal aimed specifically at vulnerable House freshmen.