(CNN) - Democrats looking to capitalize on voter anger at Congress began targeting Republican incumbents in the House of Representatives Wednesday, saying they were responsible for the failure of the bipartisan super committee to reach a deal cutting the country's federal debt.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching robotic calls to voters in 30 GOP-held House districts, saying: "The super committee failed because Republicans insisted on extending the Bush tax breaks for millionaires and refusing to include a jobs proposal – while ending the Medicare guarantee."
The effort is part of the "Drive for 25," a bid by the DCCC to regain the majority in the House by winning vulnerable Republican seats in the 2012 election. The effort launched Wednesday goes after Republicans in 16 states, including five in Florida and four in Illinois.
In a statement, the chairman of the DCCC said the super committee's failure lay squarely on Republicans who refused to compromise on raising taxes.
"The Super Committee debate in Washington unmasked Republicans' real priorities – more tax breaks for billionaires and Big Oil at the expense of the Medicare guarantee for seniors and creating jobs for the middle class," said Rep. Steve Israel, the DCCC chairman. "Republicans want seniors who depend on a Medicare guarantee to be the first to sacrifice while billionaires wouldn't have to sacrifice a penny. House Republicans are going to face a chilly reception from voters for trying to defend the indefensible."
While not mentioned in the robotic phone calls, a release announcing the effort notes that all the members being targeted have signed a pledge, sponsored by the conservative group Americans for Tax Reform, promising not to raise taxes. In the aftermath of the super committee's failure, many Democrats pointed to the pledge as a reason for the panel's failure.
In addition to the robotic calls, the effort includes live telephone calls, online advertising and a center where voters can send letters to newspapers.
Responding to the phone call campaign, the National Republican Congressional Committee said it was Democrats who would be held responsible for failures in Congress.
"Democrats are the only party in Washington who cut $500 billion from Medicare to pay for their government healthcare takeover," NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay said. "No matter how hard they try, they will never be able to escape the wrath of voters on this issue or on their job-killing agenda that has made a bad economy even worse."