First on CNN: NRSC targets vulnerable Democrats
September 27th, 2013
05:00 AM ET
12 months ago

First on CNN: NRSC targets vulnerable Democrats

Washington (CNN) – As the Senate begins getting down to the business on Friday of whether to defund the health care law backed by President Barack Obama, a national Republican political committee cautions Democratic incumbents facing tough reelection fights.

"Today, Democrats may have one last opportunity to save their Senate seat by opposing an amendment to fund Obamacare," reads a release the National Republican Senatorial Committee is sending to five states that have a Democratic senator and large numbers of conservatives.

Those senators include Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas Mark Begich of Alaska, and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire.

The release points to another Democrat from a largely red state–Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Manchin on Thursday said he favored delaying the individual mandate in the health care law.

In an example of the release, committee spokeswoman Brook Hougesen said, "Even Mark Begich's Senate Democratic colleagues are having second thoughts about Obamacare as costs increase and jobs are lost," referring to Manchin.

The NRSC is also sending the release to other Democrats running for Senate, including Rep. Gary Peters of Michigan, Rep. Bruce Braley of Iowa, Michelle Nunn of Georgia, Alison Lundergan Grimes of Kentucky and Natalie Tennant of West Virginia.

For their part, Democrats have also been targeting their counterparts in the showdown.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee have both put out online ads blasting Republicans who are trying to defund Obamacare.


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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. M.A.P.

    "Today, Democrats may have one last opportunity to save their Senate seat by opposing an amendment to fund Obamacare," – shouldn't a senators main ambition be to do what's best for the country, not THEIR senate seat? I know this is how most Republicans feel, but to assume Democrats are soo self centered is naiive and VERY telling about how Republicans consider their responsabilities. No responsability to THE NATION, just the desire to hold onto their seats at any cost. Pathetic.

    September 27, 2013 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  2. Uchenna Steve.

    I don't know why Democrats seldom out-manoeuvre republicans.

    September 27, 2013 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  3. the hippies were right

    Term limits for ALL of them would solve this problem. While we're at it make it illegal to accept money from lobbyist, end all PAC's, and end all TV and radio campaign ads. Everyone has access to the internet. All politicians running for office can have a web page showing all his/her wonderful ideas of how they can save us all. If you want info on a candidate go to his/her web site and read about them. No more blatant lies in our face for months. And then.... I woke up.

    September 27, 2013 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  4. don in albuquerque

    Time has come to get rid of the filth known as the GOTP. All they can do is threaten.

    September 27, 2013 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  5. jinx9to88

    CNN what about the GOP that may loose their seats?

    September 27, 2013 08:00 am at 8:00 am |