First on CNN: DCCC targets Republicans over House budget
April 1st, 2013
06:00 AM ET
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First on CNN: DCCC targets Republicans over House budget

(CNN) - Thought the battles over budgets were over?

They’re not, at least in the political sense.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching online ads against 17 Republican representatives it considers vulnerable, the group will announce Monday.

The Web videos highlight House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's budget, which passed the GOP-controlled House in March. That was given no chance of passing the Democrat-led Senate, and the plan approved by Senate Democrats was considered a nonstarter for the House.

The videos describe Ryan's budget as "radical" and include clips of commentators and analysts describing cuts to education and health care programs. The budget is "Robin Hood in reverse," the spot says.

“Middle class families want solutions that reduce the deficit and are fair to the middle class, but Republicans in Congress voted for more partisan ideology instead,” the DCCC's Emily Bittner said in a statement.

“Republicans say this budget is the best way to communicate their ‘governing philosophy,’ so we’re telling the people what that means: more for millionaires and corporate special interests, less for the middle class and seniors. That might be the Republican Congress’ governing philosophy – but it certainly isn’t the right philosophy for America’s middle class.”

The members targeted in the spot are Tim Griffin and Tom Cotton of Arkansas; David Valadao and Gary Miller of California; Mike Coffman of Colorado; Larry Bucshon of Indiana; John Kline and Erik Paulsen of Minnesota; Lee Terry of Nebraska; Jon Runyan of New Jersey; Michael Grimm and Tom Reed of New York; David Joyce and Jim Renacci of Ohio; Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania; Scott Rigell of Virginia; and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington.

The group did not disclose how much or for how long the buys were.

Andrea Bozek, a spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said in response to the videos, "If Democrats believe they are going to win Republican House districts on a platform of touting support for ObamaCare and a budget plan that never ever balances, then please – hit the campaign trail. In 2012, Republicans won our second-largest House majority since World War II precisely because Democrats are in denial about our nation’s spending problem and ObamaCare’s job destroying taxes.”

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  1. Marie MD

    The battle will never be over as long as the rethugs continue to lie and obstruct.
    The lyang altar boy and his family needed welfare but now he is trying to take it away from others who need it.
    The weeper of the house and the racist from KY (pick either one of the two) are all losers, liars and one of them always likes to have one too many along with a cigarette and tan.

    April 1, 2013 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  2. Name lynn

    The news media is talking again about what is going in the white house between the republicans an democrates nothing about what the president says. The republicans an the deomcrates is not the president, the president name is obama. once again people.

    April 1, 2013 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  3. James Bond

    Because more monet to the already wealthy has proven to work ssoooo good. just look @ 2008, and then of course that had nothing to do with it right donna freedom, put down the koolaid, and get real, your party nearly destroyed our country, and your too stuborn to admit it. and the war, all in good faith? no foul play, i ahve never heard a word on that issue from either, no suprise. defecits dont matter, until we think we can make the blackman look bad, your party is shameless.

    April 1, 2013 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    This Ryan budget is worst than the previous one. He's really hell bent on privatizing Medicare.

    April 1, 2013 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Let's put the current debt and annual deficits aside for a moment. The Ryan Plan 3/0 creates an estimated $5 trillion in new debt over a decade. He says that the cost would be offset by growth in the economy. Let's do what Rep. Ryan admitted last summer, that he had not done, that he "hadn't run the numbers yet." Pres. Obama called it "simple math."

    It would take a lot of middle class and minimum wage jobs raise $5 trillion over a decade. I'm focusing on jobs because conservatives want to eliminate capital gains taxes, and significantly reduce corporate taxes, if not eliminate them completely. If you assume that a $50,000 per year job pays roughly $5000 in federal taxes after deductions, then it would take 100,000,000 of those jobs to raise $5 trillion over a decade. And that's assuming that they all just suddenly popped into existence on day one, and were sustained throughout the entire decade. It's simple math. Try it.

    April 1, 2013 08:28 am at 8:28 am |