November 16th, 2009
01:26 PM ET
11 years ago

First on the Ticker: DNC begins ad campaign against GOP

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee is targeting 32 House Republicans in a new radio ad campaign that criticizes them for voting against health care reform legislation earlier this month.

The commercials will begin running Tuesday and are aimed at Republicans in congressional districts that voted for President Obama in the 2008 election.

"Republicans have read this wrong politically," said DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan. "They think the political peril is in voting for reform. The political peril is in voting against reform and siding with big insurance companies instead of their neighbors."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was able to marshal a health care reform bill through her chamber, although not without controversy. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to bring the Senate bill to the floor soon, but the fate of health care reform remains up in the air as Democrats remain divided over issues such as a government-run insurance option and abortion.

A full list of Republicans targeted in the new DNC ad after the jump:

· California Rep. Mary Bono Mack
· California Rep. Dan Lungren
· California Rep. Elton Gallegly
· California Rep. Buck McKeon
· California Rep. David Dreier
· California Rep. Ken Calvert
· California Rep. John Campbell
· California Rep. Brian Bilbray
· Delaware Rep. Mike Castle
· Florida Rep. Bill Young
· Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
· Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam
· Illinois Rep. Mark Kirk
· Illinois Rep. Judy Biggert
· Illinois Rep. Don Manzullo
· Iowa Rep. Tom Latham
· Michigan Rep. Dave Camp
· Michigan Rep. Fred Upton
· Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers
· Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter
· Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen
· Nebraska Rep. Lee Terry
· New Jersey Rep. Frank LoBiondo
· New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance
· Ohio Rep. Pat Tiberi
· Pennsylvania Rep. Jim Gerlach
· Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent
· Virginia Rep. Randy Forbes
· Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf
· Washington Rep. Dave Reichert
· Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan
· Wisconsin Rep. Tom Petri

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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Silence Dogoode

    How refreshing the DNC is targeting Republicans like the pro-life fanatics targeted the abortionists....this just goes to show you how loonly the donkey have become....

    November 16, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. diridi

    you do not need any ads...first work hard and stay together and pass health care with public option...thats it...if americans have win without any thing after 8 years of disasters in Finance, wars, ecology...etc., ok....bring back industrial sector to USA....thats it...

    November 16, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. D. Tree

    At least the Democrat proposal will bring down the debt, get people insured, and save Americans money on health care costs.

    The GOP has yet to offer a plan that does any of these things.

    November 16, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. Pam from Tn.

    Repub's..owned by Healthcare. Demo's..owned by Unions. We're all screwed!

    November 16, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. Pee Wee

    Woo-hoo! More earth shattering news! The DNC hates the RNC!

    As far as abortion being included, I don't want my tax dollars funding it.

    Abortion is an elective surgery, is it not? So, if you're going to cover them, you might as well include facelifts and breast augmentations and other cosmetic procedures.

    If you don't agree that abortion is an elective procedure, drop the "pro-choice" and "woman's right to choose" phrases from your vernacular.

    November 16, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. Susan Reider

    But what about the Dems who voted against it? I'm stuck with a Blue Dog as my Congressman - can I give him back? How about a trade? Anybody have a liberal they don't want? Or I'll sell him to you - you can have Tim Holden real cheap. Just ask the insurance lobby.

    November 16, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. Mauiharper

    It's about time that the DNC grew a spine and started attacking the GOP for their crimes against humanity. Everybody should know how the GOP has systematically and deliberately favored big business over personal rights and freedoms. You cannot reason with a GOP, look at what happened during town hall meeting. They are a ruthless bunch of fascist pigs and the DNC has got to stop playing nice with these underhanded crooks. The GOP is not nice!

    November 16, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. Florence

    We already know whose pockets Republicans are in, please give us the names of the Democrats who are taking kick backs from the insurance companies. They need to be exposedm, since they’re the wolf in the sheep skin. I know Dianne Feinstein of California is one those wolfs.

    November 16, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. mjm

    Radio ads? Where are they going to run them? Air America? That 'ought to reach 10 people.

    Republicans own the air waves.

    Good luck with that.

    November 16, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. Pee Wee


    How about some coverage of the first bill submitted this year that could help our democratic republic get back on track. The DeMint bill.

    I think the majority of Americans will stand behind this bill, I would say in the high 90+% range. Unfortunately, the ivory tower majority in DC probably won't even put it through committee.

    The discussion on that would be far more productive than the half dozen he-said/she-said Palin articles you've posted today. Are you guys getting ready for a merger with People magazine?

    November 16, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. brandon

    Can we see the new add campaign on

    November 16, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. Jane/Seattle

    We need to target the Dems who are obstructing progress and hoping to water this bill down to nothing also. It would be the hope for making no significant change that drives so many of these corrupted legislators of both parties. NO CHANGE=Mo Money for election cash from their funders in this Corporatocracy! We must keep on them relentlessly or the big lobbies will win! We also need to fire anyone who does not back us for reforms. We need Universal Single Payer. The fact that this is so remotely NOT going to happen is also the measure of how much our government is bought and paid for right under our noses! I say NO MORE! It is ONLY WE who can stop this problem so entrenched in our government. Peace

    November 16, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. Patty in California

    Palin must have a LARGE family to cover that 28%

    November 16, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. Dennis

    Are they going to run the ad against the 39 Democratic members who voted against the bill?

    November 16, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. Richp

    You are going to get nationalized health care whether you wan it or not, period, we, the Democrats know whats best.

    November 16, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  16. jaye

    It's about time the democrats start fighting back at all the LIES and hate the republicans have been spreading for months.
    The republicans are no better than nazis.

    November 16, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. indianadoug

    that's funny. i think the voters in Virginia and New Jersey are a much better source than the DNC to determine who and what agenda is detrimental!

    November 16, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. Nea

    They need to go after the Republicans they have been playing polictics throughout this whole process. But wait a minut DNC you really need to look within your own party if this donot get pass you are the ones who will get blamed for it so you can so much blame it on the Republicans alone but it starts with you first all the Republicans wants to do is keep causing distractions so nothing will get done in a bill.Please listen to Bill Clinton!

    November 16, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. Guest

    About time the DNC starts aggressively campaigning for this bill. /facepalm! You'd think after Obama's campaign they would have a good idea how to do it. This bill won't be won in Congress. It will be won on the internet, television, and radio. Get to work Dems!

    November 16, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. Scott

    The Democrats are now trying to turn the fact that Republican's voted against their health care bill as siding with Big Insurance Companies. Why wouldn't it be they are just voting against a bill that is going to cause our country to become insolvent in a quicker amount of time. If you really want reform. Stop spending more money than you are making. Because you can't just print up more and make the problem go away. And the answer to America's woes won't be taxing them more to make up the deficit, because then you are just going to put a bigger burden on people who are already living pay check to pay check. And believe it or not, it's not the responsibility of the rich to provide for the rest of us, so taxing them a larger amount isn't the right thing to do either. Heck, the government can't even effectively run the stuff they are already responsible for, now you want to give them a "public option" to handle. Get Real!

    November 16, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. T'SAH from Virginia

    Ahhh, two from VIRGINIA... Let's keep that in mind during election time!!! (i never voted for them anyway!!!)

    November 16, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. EcoAZ

    And where are the mountains of money coming from to pay for these dirty attack ads?


    November 16, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. Melissa

    You know, just like this behavior is childish for the Republicans, its childish for the Democrats too.

    November 16, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. Fitz in Texas

    These ads by the DNC will only help these Republicans.

    November 16, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  25. Four and The Door

    The real political peril is in spending another $1 trillion now for something that not only does not create jobs, but it raises the cost of health care in America.

    The Democratic Party lost sight of what's going on in America right now. They are still too busy congratulating each other for 11'08's historic election victory.

    November 16, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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