The ads are a clear signal that the package will be used as a campaign weapon by Democrats, despite Obama’s continued push for bipartisan support for a stimulus bill that could cost $1 trillion.
“Republicans’ champagne wishes and caviar dreams simply don’t connect with middle class families struggling to make ends meet and furious that their tax dollars are going to bail out banks, build schools in Iraq, or send American jobs overseas,” Brian Wolff, the DCCC’s executive director, said in a statement.
The ads, which start running Tuesday in House districts from Alaska to New York, cite individual votes taken by Republican lawmakers to portray them as out-of-touch. The ads also highlight the votes of some Republicans to oppose the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
“Did you know Congressman Eric Cantor voted to bail out big banks, but opposed tax breaks for 95 percent of American workers? Times are tough, tell Eric Cantor to put families first,” reads the script in one ad.
“Did you know Congressman Ken Calvert gets health care at taxpayers' expense, but Calvert voted against health care for 11 million uninsured children? Times are tough, tell Ken Calvert to put families first,” reads another.