Paul Ryan’s Budget Inspires Democratic Attack On 17 ‘Vulnerable’ House Republicans

This morning, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a new online ad campaign aimed at 17 “vulnerable” House Republicans who backed Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget. DCCC spokesman Jesse Ferguson told TPM the group targeted by the ads aren’t necessarily the most vulnerable GOP House members and are a sampling of the larger group of Republican seats the Democratic campaign organization sees as potentially changing hands in 2014.

“This group is a sample of the 50-60 we see in play. All of those are potentially vulnerable,” Ferguson said.

Ryan plays a starring role in the ads, which describe his budget as a “radical vision for America” and feature a clip of Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Senior Fellow Jared Bernstein describing Ryan’s plan as “Robin Hood in Reverse. The DCCC launched a similar attack on Ryan’s buedget late last month, but these web videos name each of the targeted House members as sharing Ryan’s “radical vision.” Ferguson said the 17 Republicans named in the ads were chosen for targeitng based on a “variety of factors” including their perceived vulnerability for attacks based on the Ryan budget. 

View the full list of House Republicans named in the ads and the version of the video made for California Congressman David Valadao below. 

AR-02             Tim Griffin

AR-04             Tom Cotton

CA-21             David Valadao

CA-31             Gary Miller

CO-06             Mike Coffman

IN-08              Larry Bucshon

MN-02            John Kline

MN-03            Erik Paulsen

NE-02             Lee Terry

NJ-03              Jon Runyan

NY-11             Michael Grimm

NY-23             Tom Reed

OH-14             David Joyce

OH-16             Jim Renacci

PA-08              Mike Fitzpatrick

VA-02             Scott Rigell

WA-03            Jaime Herrera Beutler

 

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