DCCC Unleashes Shutdown Ads Against GOP Lawmakers

Tuesday, 15 Oct 2013 03:24 PM

By Courtney Coren

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched a radio ad campaign Tuesday against 10 congressional Republicans, who the group says are trying to take health care benefits away from Americans while approving more health insurance coverage for themselves by way of the government shutdown.

"Americans simply can't believe that these House Republicans would engineer a government shutdown so they could take away health care benefits — even when they voted to give themselves taxpayer-funded health care for life," said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in a statement.

The House Republicans targeted in the ads are Michigan Rep. Dan Benishek, Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis, Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman, Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, New York Reps. Michael Grimm and Tom Reed, California Reps. Gary Miller and David Valadao, Virginia Rep. Scott Rigell, and Florida Rep. Steve Southerland.

"In these 10 districts and so many others, this reckless and irresponsible shutdown is hurting middle class families who play by the rules — obviously the only people who House Republicans aren't willing to hurt are themselves," Bittner added.

The radio ads feature an actor playing the voice of each congressman having a conversation with a female constituent about how the recent government shutdown is necessary to end Obamacare.

"I'm here to talk about what I'm doing these days," the actor playing Coffman says. "First, I'm working hard to take away your new health care benefits ... That's right. We'll put the insurance companies back in charge of your health care."

The constituent acts shocked and asks him if its some kind of joke.

"Oh we're dead serious — so serious the we shut down the government over it," the Coffman actor adds.

The constituent says that what Coffman is doing is "reckless" and "irresponsible," then asks the fake congressman what he's doing about his own health care.

"Oh, don't worry about me. Voted myself taxpayer-funded healthcare for life!" the male voice-over says. "So I'm taken care of, but thanks for your concern."

Democrats see the government shutdown as a political advantage for them in the 2014 midterm elections. The DCCC cites a Washington Post-ABC News poll  showing that 74 percent of Americans disapprove of the way the Republicans are handling the negotiations over the budget impasse.

However, a liberal pollster and political science professor at George Washington University says the shutdown may not hurt Republicans in the long term.

Another poll released Monday by Talk Business-Hendrix College in Arkansas revealed more blame is being put on President Barack Obama and the Democrats for the government shutdown.

National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Daniel Scarpinato told The Hill that the radio ads are proof that Democrats don't want to face the fact that the new healthcare law is a failure.

"Democrats will do anything to avoid admitting what a disaster the Obamacare rollout has been," he said. "Unfortunately it's only going to get worse for American families who will face higher premiums and less access to quality care thanks to Obamacare."

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Conservative Group Airs Ads Blaming Democrats for Shutdown
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