The Democratic National Committee launched a campaign Tuesday against prominent Republican lawmakers, blaming the shutdown and a potential default on the GOP.
The DNC is using robocalls and targeted online ads to hit House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in their home states.
“We’re holding Republicans accountable until they end this manufactured crisis, call a vote to fully fund the government through a clean continuing spending resolution, and allow the nation to pay its bills,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), DNC chair, said a press release.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the calls targeting Cantor’s constituents in Virginia start with, “I’m calling from the DNC with a GOP shutdown alert.”
The calls then explain how the government shutdown is impacting Virginia.
“Tens of thousands of Virginians working for the federal government have been furloughed — and they won’t get paid until after Cantor reopens the government,” the calls say.
The Republican National Committee pushed back Tuesday against the DNC and called for Senate Democrats to curb spending, according to CNN.
“The DNC might want to remember the words of Senator Obama who voted against raising the debt ceiling in 2006 after saying that ‘raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure’. Since he took office the national debt has doubled,” RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer told CNN. “So instead of playing games, they should demand Senate Democrats allow a vote to open the government and cut spending to avert a debt crisis.”