Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched a new ad and fundraising campaign Thursday targeting 44 House Republicans over their party's stance on Medicare and raising the debt ceiling.
The efforts, titled "Accountability August," are the latest steps taken as part of the committee's "Drive for 25" campaign to win control of the House in 2012.
Radio ads will run in House districts during August that the DCCC deem vulnerable in the next election. Congress adjourned this week after passing legislation to raise the debt ceiling that drew fire on both sides of the aisle.
"Congressman ______ voted to end Medicare forcing seniors to pay more to protect tax breaks for Big Oil and millionaires," the ad says. "Tell ____ stop choosing millionaires over seniors."
The ramped up campaign efforts, including billboards, door-to-door canvassing, phone banks and automated calls, will criticize 44 Republicans over their votes in support of House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan's plan that included changes to Medicare and the refusal of House Republicans to consider increasing taxes on the wealthy as part of an agreement to raise the U.S. borrowing limit.
DCCC Chairman Rep. Steve Israel said Republicans "will have to explain to their constituents why they voted to end Medicare three times and raise seniors' health care costs."
"House Republicans' priorities are clear – they have repeatedly chosen Millionaires and Big Oil over Medicare and voters are holding them accountable for it," Israel, D-New York, said in a statement.
Paul Lindsay, Communications Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said Democrats are ignoring "the economic crisis they helped create."
"House Democrats can't talk about their agenda that is destroying jobs, so they are relegated to repeating the same pathetic demagoguery to distract from their plan to bankrupt Medicare," Lindsay said. "It's a worn out page from their political playbook that ignores the economic crisis they helped create."
oh really... the way the economy and jobs has been under obama . i would think they would not use the words change , jobs or accountability... just stay under the radar till things get better .. america has had a gut fool of all you guys...
Medicare program is not sustainable as-is. Sorry to break this news.
Stick it to them.
It's fine if you stand by your actions, but these slimey Repubs just want to rely on their "word-crafting" to make their simpleton followers have faith in them. Like the TV preachers swindling (scaring) old people out of their savings. The Repubs tell their followers "we're saving medicad", while pushing to end Medicaid and make them pay insurance companies to reduce their care by the 30% profit margin. Amazing how stupid the reds are.
The sad part is the Democrats just sat back and watched them do it.
Both parties help create the debt problem,but to cut seniors that are currently drawing benefits while keeping loopholes and subsidies for those that do not need them,is not right. I have probably voted GOP for the lat time.
Finally we have a smart democrat who knows how to play the republican game.... Go Steve Israel, you encourage me.
It is good to see that this campaign is starting now while congressional approval is at an all time low and the Republicans are shouting victory. Let them own the victory for what it is. At the same time we should be supporting the Democratic candidates in those districts. Also we need to emphasize that the reason the Democrats lost Congressional races in 2010 is because Democrats did not show up to vote. Woody Allen said "80% in life is showing up." Maybe we can get him to let us use the quote.
It will be great if the Dems can get the house back during the next election. If this does happens their major task will be sticking together on the issues.