Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee is concentrating its government shutdown firepower against two of the top Democrats in Congress and three Senate Democrats who may face tough re-elections next year.
The RNC said Monday it's launching robocalls in the home states and districts of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chair of the rival Democratic National Committee, as well as Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina.
"Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz thinks this shutdown is a game. She voted to cut off Florida's veterans and their benefits while the government is shutdown," says the voice in the automated call directed at Wasserman Schultz. "In a bipartisan vote, the House of Representatives wanted to make sure our veterans got the benefits they earned fighting for our freedoms. These men and women served our country with honor but Debbie Wasserman Schultz would rather put partisan politics ahead of honoring our commitment to the people who defended this country."
"The GOP shut down the government trying to take away people's access to health care and they've kept it shut for two weeks because they didn't get what they want. Maybe instead of trying to deflect blame, they ought to just do their jobs and vote to reopen the government. The votes are there. What are they waiting for?" said DNC national press secretary Michael Czin, in a response to the automated calls.
Both party committees, as well as the Democratic and Republican re-election committees for the House and Senate, have launched robocalls and web ads against the other side in the political battle over the partial government shutdown and this week's impending debt ceiling deadline.
– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.