Dems 'drive' for GOP seats
March 22nd, 2011
01:42 PM ET
11 years ago

Dems 'drive' for GOP seats

(CNN) - The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is pressing forward with its "Drive to 25" campaign to win 25 House seats in 2012. Tuesday the DCCC announced the release of newspaper ads, e-mail, and recorded phone call initiatives that hit House Republicans on Budget Chair Paul Ryan's aim to include cuts to entitlement programs in the budget coming from the majority party.

The ad isolates ten House districts including Ryan, eight freshmen congressmen including Tea Party darlings Allen West of Florida as well as Wisconsin's Sean Duffy, and 21-term veteran Bill Young of Florida. The DCCC did not respond to requests on how large their ad buy is.

In a closed-door meeting with House Republicans last week, Wisconsin's seven term Congressman Ryan promised to propose reforms for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security in the budget, but did not clarify what they would be. CNN was given exclusive access to the session, designed to get buy-in from his own caucus on changes he'll propose in his budget, especially to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, that may prove to be drastic.

The phone call recording warns listeners that "We can't turn Social Security over to Wall Street banks or make Medicare into a voucher system" while the ad accuses GOP members of want to "cut your hard-earned Social Security and Medicare benefits rather than cutting big tax breaks for big oil."

"Everyone agrees we need to cut spending, but House Republicans are making the wrong choices by forcing seniors to shoulder the burden while not asking Big Oil companies making record profits to sacrifice even the smallest amount," said Jennifer Crider of the DCCC.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Yolanda

    How wonderful....barely 4 months since the last election, and the focus is already on the next election. I couldn't script a stronger case for term limits. Both parties suck.

    March 22, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. Dennis B.

    Until Congressman Ryan can show that there will be private insurance companies ready to offer seniors medical insurance coverage at rates and coverage levels of medical care equal to Medicare for a lifetime and regardless of medical needs or conditions his idea of going to a voucher system for senior medical care has no credibility. Prove your idea Congressman!

    March 22, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.


    How about 125?!?!?!?!?!

    Republicorp knows how to scare old white folks in order to win elections, but then they only govern for the top 1% of their political benefactors against the interests of all the rest of us!

    End corporate welfare, deflate the bloated military budget, and end tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires! That's a couple of hundred billion whack to the deficit right there!!!

    2012 can't come soon enough! Hopefully we will still have a viable economy and country by then lest it be sabotaged by Republicorp for their own political benefit!

    March 22, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Freedom

    Crazy democrats! The GOP is right...cut the debt! GOP 2012!

    March 22, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Brandon

    And how are we supposed to start taking entitlement reform seriously when hate and fear mongering attack ads start flooding the airwaves?

    March 22, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. ConservaFascists/F.U.B.A.R.

    With all the fascism being done by the GO-BP, 25 seats is small potatoes. The union busting agenda of the entire ConservaFascists movement is doing nothing but uniting the democratic base. The middle class see clearly now that the ConservaFascists are not trying to create JOBS. They're trying to cut them while giving tax breaks to their corporate donors. They are hellbent on rebranding this country "The United Corporate Welfare States of America."

    March 22, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. Sarah B.

    Congressional approval is way down since November. Looks like neither party is too popular right now. People want cuts, but they don't want cuts to programs they like. My solution, raise revenue – increase taxes for corporations and the wealthy. End the Afghanistan war. Cut defense spending. Cut the millonaire Congress' pay. That's a fair start.

    March 22, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. confused

    Drive for 25 sounds like a nascar slogan (drive for 5.) That will not go over well with the liberal base. How about they cut spending and quit bickering (both sides) and then no one would have to worry about an election or reelection!

    March 22, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. Clwyd

    Good! Get these B's out of office as soon as possible. They are destroying America for the middle class and out to reward corporations, businesses and the rich only! The buying of America!

    March 22, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Name Creole

    Let's get all of them out there and send them PACKING

    March 22, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. TCM

    The DCCC is a group that needs abolishing.

    March 22, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. diridi

    capture all of the GOP seats, nation benefits....o.k.....good luck, fellas.....

    March 22, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Raymond H. Canfield

    Is it true that Luis Farrakan has made the statement that Khaddafy is a friend of African people and the only thing that the French, American and English people have gone against is Oil. He said it on TV and do you deni this? He also said this will cause a BLOOD BATH IN AMERICA.!

    March 22, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. Mr. Moderate

    They can get those 25 with a very simple position – "Serious leadership for serious times". Stop the ideological posturing hat accomplishes nothing like taking out your budget cuts on programs your constituency does not like (NPR, NEA, Planned Parenthood) and come up wiith some specific objectives that will set the country up for long term success – reforming entitlements, cutting defense, investing in education, innovation and infrastructure – AND STICK TO YOUR GUNS in the wake of the inevitable attacks from the right.

    March 22, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. gt

    no wonder nothing ever gets done... they are always trying to get elected.. as soon as the last election is over. here we go again.....give us a break its not been 6 months.... ugh....

    March 22, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    You couldn't get me to vote for a single Dem, after the way they have behaved, they past 2 yrs. Not ONE!

    March 22, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. Bill in STL

    As a gentleman in Germany once told me...... Propaganda .... pure Propaganda....... He was right!

    [prop-uh-gan-duh] Show IPA

    1. information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.
    2. the deliberate spreading of such information, rumors, etc.
    3. the particular doctrines or principles propagated by an organization or movement.

    March 22, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. Jilli

    Well, don't you know...all the elderly, sick and poor people will just disappear when the republicans cut their resources and safety nets. The magical fairy that makes tax cuts to the top 2% deficit neutral will work her magic once again and will make all the problem people vanish...and big business and the republicans can continue pilliaging this country.

    March 22, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans won't tell Americans what they will cut until after elections, fact. Republicans have taken Gov. Walker(WI) role of being in bed with the Koch brothers and got voted in and took advantage of voters. Don't let it happen again.

    March 22, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    The Democrats might want to change the name to "Drive to Stay Alive". If they continue on their path to running this country into the financial abyss and forcing their liberal agenda down the throats of the American people, there won't be many left in Congress after the 2012 election.

    March 22, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  21. obama retoric

    lets look at lybia, hmm, another American hating nation and hmm black president, hmmm whats it look like, looks like this black president is putting a lot of our guys in harms way to save his birth country as he leaves this country vulnerable to inside terrorism. Is this what this welfare president wants, get rid of the United States and bankrupt America, Looks like it, IMPEACH HIM.

    March 22, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. Julie C

    I never thought I'd do this but I'm going to work on "getting the vote out" in 2012. I can't stand the thought of the GOP anywhere close to gaining power. They have shown over and over again just who they represent and it's not the middle class. Didn't the GOP campaign on "jobs" and the economy? What a crock. They don't seem focused on much more than trying to defeat Obama, which is going to backfire big time. If voters are fooled again in 2012, shame on our country.

    March 22, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |