Campaign 2010

Nov 30, 2011

DCCC Launches New Campaign On Republican Budget Priorities After Super Committee

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee today launched a new paid and grassroots “Drive for 25” campaign to hold 30 vulnerable Republicans accountable for forcing the Super Committee to fail by demanding more tax breaks for billionaires while insisting the Medicare guarantee be eliminated. The campaign includes robo calls, live phone calls, online advertising and an online action center where voters can write letters to the editor about House Republicans’ priorities. The calls begin in targeted districts today and urge voters to call their Member of Congress directly.

Each of the targeted Republicans signed conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform pledge to protect tax breaks for the ultra wealthy at the expense of the middle class and seniors. Leading House Republicans are now opposing extending the payroll tax cut for middle income Americans.

“The Super Committee debate in Washington unmasked Republicans’ real priorities – more tax breaks for billionaires and Big Oil at the expense of the Medicare guarantee for seniors and creating jobs for the middle class,” said DCCC Chairman Steve Israel. “Republicans want seniors who depend on a Medicare guarantee to be the first to sacrifice while billionaires wouldn’t have to sacrifice a penny. House Republicans are going to face a chilly reception from voters for trying to defend the indefensible.”

An example of the automated phone call script running in Representative Daniel Webster’s (FL-08) district follows:

Hi, this is Rick calling on behalf of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee calling about Congressman Dan Webster’s and Republicans forcing the Super Committee to fail.

Americans demanded a bipartisan, big, bold, and balanced plan to reduce the deficit and grow our economy – but that’s not what we got.  The Super Committee failed because Republicans insisted on extending the Bush tax breaks for millionaires and refusing to include a jobs proposal – while ending the Medicare guarantee!  That's something that Democrats stand strongly against.

By rejecting a balanced approach, Republicans chose to protect the wealthiest one percent at the expense of seniors and the middle class. Now they’re even talking about raising the payroll tax.

Please call Congressman Webster at (407) 654-5705 and tell him it’s time to focus on us.

The full list of districts in this campaign include:

  • Paul Gosar (AZ-01)
  • Dan Lungren (CA-07)
  • Jeff Denham (CA-10)
  • Scott Tipton (CO-03)
  • Mike Coffman (CO-06)
  • Steve Southerland (FL-02)
  • Dan Webster (FL-08)
  • Vern Buchanan (FL-13)
  • Allen West (FL-22)
  • David Rivera (FL-25)
  • Robert Dold (IL-10)
  • Judy Biggert (IL-11)
  • Tim Johnson (IL-13)
  • Bobby Schilling (IL-17)
  • Dan Benishek (MI-01)
  • Tim Walberg (MI-07)
  • Jon Runyan (NJ-03)
  • Joe Heck (NV-03)
  • Michael Grimm (NY-13)
  • Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25)
  • Jim Renacci (OH-16)
  • Mike Kelly (PA-03)
  • Michael Fitzpatrick (PA-08)
  • Charlie Dent (PA-15)
  • Scott DesJarlais (TN-04)
  • Quico Canseco (TX-23)
  • Sean Duffy (WI-07)
  • Reid Ribble (WI-08)
  • David McKinley (WV-01)
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03)

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