Dems Wage Health Care Offensive On House Republicans

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will put the heat on some House Republicans this August with a month-long health care campaign waged against the lawmakers on its 25-member target list, which National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (TX) and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (VA). Starting Monday, the DCCC will air radio ads in seven districts--those held by Michele Bachmann (MN), Joseph Cao (LA), Charlie Dent (PA), Dan Lungren (CA), Thaddeus McCotter (MI), Erik Paulsen (MN), Dave Reichert (WA), and Pat Tiberi (OH).

All 25 districts will get volunteer or automated calls on President Obama's health care initiative, volunteer calls into talk radio shows, letter writing drives, and drives for letters to the editor and op-eds in local papers; there will also be district-specific tele-town-halls, an online petition campaign, emails, and a fact-checking initiative on GOP members statements on health care. Democratic reforms haven't seen any GOP support in the House to speak of, and, if Republicans won't back Obama's plan, the DCCC seems determined to hammer their more vulnerable members for it.