First on CNN: DCCC launches online ads in shutdown fight
September 24th, 2013
07:42 AM ET
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First on CNN: DCCC launches online ads in shutdown fight

Updated 8:38 a.m. ET, 9/24/2013

Washington (CNN) – The lurching government shutdown may be headed toward your Facebook page.

With less than a week before Congress must reach a deal to avert a shutdown, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is targeting 27 House Republicans with paid Facebook ads this week.

The ad campaign, "This is Insanity," urges Facebook users to signs petitions and tell members of Congress to take Obamacare off the table as it negotiates a spending bill to fund the government past September 30, the end of the fiscal year.

"Tell Republicans: Don't shut down the gov't to pad health insurance companies' profits," one ad reads, with a photo of House Speaker John Boehner attached.

Read: Shutdown showdown: How it plays out this week

On the other side of Capitol Hill, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee also launched online ads last week that focused on Republicans who supported the legislative maneuver.

Read: 10 ways a government shutdown would affect your daily life

The GOP-controlled Republicans passed a bill Friday that would continue funding the government but would defund Obamacare. The bill is now in the Democratic-led Senate, where it's expected to be stripped of its Obamacare provision. If the two chambers don't reach an agreement soon, the country could face another shutdown.

"House Republicans are doubling down on their insane priorities, by jeopardizing military pay and seniors’ Social Security checks – all so insurance companies have free rein over our health care decisions," said Emily Bittner of the DCCC.

Once the Senate version is sent back to the House, Boehner will have to make a choice. He could decide to sit on the measure, an action that would lead to a government shutdown, which he has said he opposes.

He could also bring the revised bill for a vote and possibly allow for new amendments, or he could allow a vote with no amendments and see if a few dozen Republicans will join House Democrats to pass the Senate bill, thus avoiding the shutdown.

Read: Can it be stopped? 8 answers on Obamacare and the shutdown

But it all has to happen before midnight on Monday, so the clock is ticking.

While Democrats don't want to see the president's health care law tampered with in the current fiscal showdown, Republicans argue they're simply listening to their constituents who fear Obamacare will have damaging effects on the economy.

“I’ll tell you what’s insane–the fact that House Democrats are so obsessed with protecting Obamacare and their wasteful spending sprees that they are willing to shut down the government," said Daniel Scarpinato, national press secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee. "House Republicans would rather stand with the American people, who are increasingly opposed to ObamaCare and desperately want Washington to get spending under control."

The DCCC's Facebook campaign targets the following members of Congress:

Rep. Dan Benishek of Michigan
Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan
Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado
Rep. Rodney Davis of Illinois
Rep. Jeff Denham of California
Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin
Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania
Rep. Scott Garrett of New Jersey
Rep. Chris Gibson of Republicans
Rep. Michael Grimm of New York
Rep. Joe Heck of Nevada
Rep. David Joyce of Ohio
Rep. John Kline Minnesota
Rep. Tom Latham of Iowa
Rep. Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey
Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia
Rep. Gary Miller of California
Rep. Erik Paulsen of Minnesota
Rep. Steve Pearce of New Mexico
Rep. Tom Reed of New York
Rep. Scott Rigell of Virginia
Rep. Jon Runyan of New Jersey
Rep. Steve Southerland of Florida
Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska
Rep. David Valadao of California
Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan
Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas

– CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Tom Cohen contributed to this report.


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Dixie

    Dems need to listen to their constituents. The majority do not want this law. If it isn't fixed so that it works don't do it. No one wants to "change" anything they just delay the parts that aren't ready. It's just the general public that will pay and pay more than we were told.

    September 24, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  2. the hippies were right

    "Republicans argue they are simply listening to their constituents who fear Obamacare will have damaging affects on the economy". What a joke! These constituents are getting their false information from these goons who say they are listening to their constituents. Such a simpleton game the right plays with itself. Prepare to VOTE in 2014!

    September 24, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  3. kirk

    It will be nice to have the Congress Democratic, I guess we will see how dumb people really are. 95% of financial gain since the stock market lows, went to the top 1%. Jeep voting gop and it will be 100% to the top 1%, and they won't stop til its done.get real people this us the plan, Koch brother want to control your life and standard of living, willing to spend a billion on politics, zero for their workers, is it really that hard to see?

    September 24, 2013 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Whatever happened to the Republican Party's makeover and reaching out? Oh, yeah. It was just words. Republicans have prided themselves on "no compromise" since Pres. Obama was first sworn in. Ted Cruz has been talking "no compromise" from the start, and urging his fellows to do the same.

    If Democrats want to rid the House of its' infestation of rigth wing extremists, then they need to demonstrate emphatically, and often, to the American People exactly how the Republicans will say and promise one thing, but do the exact opposite. Show how Repubilcans project their own big spending flaws onto the Democrats....and all the rest.

    September 24, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Rep. Scott Rigell of Virginia
    ----------------------------------------------
    As my congressman Mr. Rigell, you've aligned yourself with the cookoo caucus and therefore, you must go!!!

    September 24, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  6. Zerubbabel

    What I cannot understand is this: if the PPACA is as awful as the repubs say, then why risk their already, extremely low standing with American voters, on this defund gambit? Why not just allow, what they deem to be a trainwreck, to just occur. The POTUS and the dems would get all the blame, they could say I told you so and the repubs would gain control of the House, Senate and theOval Office by 2016, simple. Unless, they are afraid that they have cried wolf and the wolf actually was a Lamb. They then would be exposed for the frauds that they are. I mean the same individuals that deueloped Romneycare developed Obamacare. The last that I checked, Mass was ecstatic about their health insurance. It is a success, just like Obamacare will be despite the sabotage attempts by the GOP.

    September 24, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    There are many more names that could be added to that list, i.e.: Rep. John Fleming, R-LA, for starters. He's only the second Republican to hold that seat since Reconstruction. He's stereotypical of the dysfunctional, "no compromise". "my way or the highway" mindset among House Republicans. He's got to go if Americans want to see Congress functional again.

    September 24, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  8. Gurgyl

    Just remember all these 27 thugs of GOP and send them home Unempolymnt lines permanently in 2014. Period.

    September 24, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  9. the hippies were right

    @ Dixie, where do you get your information, because you come across as very confused?

    September 24, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  10. Data Driven

    Online ads are cool and all, but ads on cable get the message out better. I fear the DCCC is preaching to a pretty hipster audience that already agrees with them, an audience willing to seek out such ads.

    Convince the other people.

    September 24, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  11. Fair is Fair

    "95% of financial gain since the stock market lows, went to the top 1%."
    --------
    The Golden Rule of stock market investing is "buy low, sell high". When the market tanked in '08-'09, I adjusted my 401(k) and put the majority of it into the market. Made a lot of dough simply by following that rule. And I'm nowhere near the top 1%.

    September 24, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  12. ghostwriter

    Republicans had 3 years to suggest any changes they thought were necessary. Now they wanna wait and try to fix what they think is wrong?

    Gas face to conservatives.

    September 24, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  13. April S

    This is ridiculous! I am repulsed by the obama care plan. This is not right to the American people. I don't know what to say!

    September 24, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  14. GonzoinHouston

    It occurs to me that this battle is more about the Tea Party trying to take over the GOP, as several of their leaders predicted after the 2012 election. Every Republican who votes to avoid the shutdown can be primaried by the Tea Party, who can accuse them, however dishonestly, of "supporting Obamacare".

    "It was necessary to destroy the party in order to save it:"

    September 24, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  15. ghostwriter

    Fair, you are right about that one. A quick shift saved me some cash.

    September 24, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  16. Wake up People!

    Dixie, please don't attempt to speak for the democrats. If we didn't want the ACA, we wouldn't have voted President Obama back in.

    The Civil War ended a long time ago. Your side lost.

    September 24, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    "95% of financial gain since the stock market lows, went to the top 1%."

    The Golden Rule of stock market investing is "buy low, sell high". When the market tanked in '08-'09, I adjusted my 401(k) and put the majority of it into the market. Made a lot of dough simply by following that rule. And I'm nowhere near the top 1%.
    -------------------------------
    No, yours is part of that 5%, which went to the 99%. So, what's your point?

    September 24, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  18. Warren

    The same thing happened with Medicare.

    Some conservatives opposed the enactment of Medicare, warning that a government-run program would lead to socialism in America:
    Ronald Reagan, as part of Operation Coffee Cup in 1961, stated that: “[I]f you don’t [stop Medicare] and I don’t do it, one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.”[108]
    Barry Goldwater in 1964: “Having given our pensioners their medical care in kind, why not food baskets, why not public housing accommodations, why not vacation resorts, why not a ration of cigarettes for those who smoke and of beer for those who drink?
    In 1995 Bob Dole stated that he was one of 12 House members who voted against creating Medicare in 1965. “I was there, fighting the fight, voting against Medicare ... because we knew it wouldn't work in 1965.”

    September 24, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  19. Fair is Fair

    "No, yours is part of that 5%, which went to the 99%. So, what's your point?"
    --------
    My point, O ever-critical one, is that if more of the 99% had half a brain, they'd have been able to obtain a greater portion of the gains.

    September 24, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. S.B. Stein

    The idea that people in Congress would "shut down" the government over one program or law is a sign of foolishness. These people either need to look at all the different parts and slowly take parts out and replace them with something better or accept it.

    If these people don't want it, then form a private non profit insurance company that covers the country and accepts everyone. That would limit the need for the government to do these social welfare functions. There are needs of citizens and the government is doing that. Health care is one of them. If no one group or company is there do it, then government has to step in.

    September 24, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. kirk

    Fair, as did I, but then just how much did they Make? do you seriously think that the Koch brothers are pumping hundreds of millions on off year elections to promote policies that favor you? I watched bill moyers with Robert Reich, he was spot on, he also said the ss scare is BS, exempt the first 15000 and raise the limit considerably, guess what the top tax rate was when our country was great,92%. And since Ronald Regan it was truckle down and look now, mitt Romney would have then pay 1.8%, and convince people like you its to your benefit. Just sad, like Walmart 8.80 an hour, from a company who accounts for 39% of global sales, he suggested 15$ min.wage for large retailers, but I'm sure you believe that they can't afford it, I'm sure your degree in economics is more credible than his?

    September 24, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. kirk

    That's 30 % I dont know latest figure

    September 24, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  23. kirk

    92% under a republican no less, imagine that

    September 24, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    -April S

    This is ridiculous! I am repulsed by the obama care plan. This is not right to the American people. I don't know what to say
    **************
    So, not denying people fro pre-existing conditions makes you physically ill? Do you also get excited by reading actuarial tables?

    September 24, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. kirk

    Your missing a fudemental point, they controlled the stock market and what they did was criminal, now commonplace, what happens when the inequality hits a certain point, and how far away? And how quickly are we getting there? And, who is promoting the policies that accommodate this ideology? Keep thinking your not in the group with the rest of us, they count on it to succeed . George bush giving tax evasion tips to billionaires? This is your gop, not mine, I recognize my enemy, and they need no help: but thanks

    September 24, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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