RNC puts shutdown heat on some key Democrats over veterans benefits
October 14th, 2013
08:39 AM ET
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RNC puts shutdown heat on some key Democrats over veterans benefits

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.

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"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.

Filed under: Congress • Debt • Government Shutdown • RNC • Veterans
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    Hm, blaming the Democrats for your shutdown, eh?

    Problem here is, there aren't enough veterans to fool that would help you in 2014, GOPhers. The majority knows you're to blame, veterans or not.

    October 14, 2013 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Good luck with that, GOP: its going to be hard to convince independents that Obama has it out for veterans when the GOP are the ones who sent us off to war without adequately armored vehicles and body armor for our soldiers. Remember the enlisted man who confronted Rumsfeld over that? Please, the GOP care about vets? They've done everything possible in recent years to shut the VA hospital in my area, which would strand vets from across western NY to drive over 4 hours for treatment that could not be handled by the outpatient clinics they've also tried to close.

    October 14, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    NC got to be idiotic to elect another GOP idiot. Now they are repenting Pat McRory the thug of all times. Shame. CNN, better publish and show free-speech is alive well here.

    October 14, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  4. Wake up People!

    Nothing but a bunch of liars.

    October 14, 2013 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  5. Southeast

    Get rid of the gop, playing the same old games.

    October 14, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  6. rs

    Republicans are desperate. They shut down the government, then they are shocked, SHOCKED, to find out that useful, and needed services (Parks, agricultural disasters, Veteran's benefits and more) get shut down. Naturally, they're running from that heat.
    You simply can't fix stupid. They should get jail for this little stunt!

    October 14, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  7. Marie MD

    When all else fails just lie, lie, lie.
    The shutdown is thanks to the teatards who campaigned for a shutdown.
    I am sure the DNC can come up with video of some of those traitors and domestic terrorists calling for it when campaigning.

    October 14, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  8. the hippies were right

    The bottom line is, the republican base is full of gullible sheep who can't be convinced their party is taking advantage of their ignorance. This is all such a mess, we can't even have a debate anymore about factual issues. I am beyond bewildered.

    October 14, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  9. Name

    Only a uneducated people will believe the republicans lies ,wait few months from now when the American people start enjoying their new health care then you will know the truth about republicans

    October 14, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Rence is pathetic and these attempts to distort are futile. 70% of America blames Republiklans for this debacle. These poll numbers aren't lying. So what does Rence do? He starts a smear campaign. I would too if my approval rating as a party is at it's lowest EVER(24%).

    R.I.P.G.O.P. 11/14

    October 14, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  11. Wake up People!

    Why are the democrats always labeled as "vulnerable"? But the rabid right isn't??
    Is this the new fair and balanced site?

    October 14, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  12. Anonymous

    cut the pay of all congress, the presidents and all past members. They do not have the right to pay if everyone else has to be cut. They should have been the first things cut and work for free.

    October 14, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    I see Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz and Rand Paul spent the weekend trying to drum up their "hate you neighbor" base of intellects. I also see that CNN spent the weekend covering their hate-fest to the fullest.

    October 14, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  14. Randy, San Francisco

    This is just another despicable political smear job by Republican Tea Partiers who have an ideological dislike of anyone receiving entitlement benefits like veterans and seniors.

    October 14, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  15. john matte

    how can any of these guys get apaycheck is beyond me all these people have only accomplished is to throw the vets under a bus while giving welfare and illegal aliens our money away to

    October 14, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  16. Tom

    Does the RNC have a branch office in the CNN newsroom? This is yet another article that is nothing but Republican spin.

    October 14, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. Kd

    First of all democrats and repiblicans need to come up with a deal. To have a balance budget the democrats need to give in. All they want to do is spend. For every dollar that comes in they spend two dollars. No wonder the republicans want a budget. All u democrats that voted for obama and lied about obama care are paying the price.

    October 14, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  18. jinx9to88

    You got to hand it to the GOP, only the dumb voters can believe the crap that comes out of the GOP mouths. Camera shows the GOP members clapping as the come out of the meeting that shutdown the government but then try to blame the Dems for shutting down the government.

    October 14, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. smith

    Anyone (dnc or rnc) voting to cut active duty or veterans benefits needs to go. Time to end this stupid shutdown. Im disgusted with both parties and the president.

    October 14, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |