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In case there was any doubt that the 2012 campaign season is well under way, House Democrats on Monday launched a week-long ad blitz targeting 19 Republicans facing reelection next year.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said the ads -- 17 on radio and two in print -- will hold the GOP lawmakers "accountable for choosing a partisan plan that will cost jobs and make America less competitive."

The media campaign is part of the DCCC's "Drive to 25" grassroots endeavor that will also include web ads, phone calls, and emails in targeted districts.

A radio spot calling out Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-N.Y., touts President Obama's plan to increase funding for research and development by technology firms.

"That plan makes a lot of sense," the narrator intones. "But Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle supports a plan in Congress that would cut education by 40 percent. And her plan would cut science and technology research by 40 percent, too. Research and development is how we get the new products that create new jobs. How does cutting that help us compete with China and India? It doesn't make sense."

The narrator goes on to ask New York voters to "tell Ann Marie Buerkle to work with President Obama to create jobs, instead of supporting a partisan plan that costs jobs."

An ad targeting Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., gets personal. It reminds voters that the lawmaker missed his official swearing in earlier this month.

The GOP targets are:

Lou Barletta (PA-11)

Charlie Bass (NH-02)

Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25)

Steve Chabot (OH-01)

Chip Cravaack (MN-08)

Robert Dold (IL-10)

Sean Duffy (WI-07)

Blake Farenhold (TX-27)

Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08)

Nan Hayworth (NY-19)

Joe Heck (NV-03)

Robert Hurt (VA-05)

Thad McCotter (MI-11)

Patrick Meehan (PA-07)

Dave Reichert (WA-08)

David Rivera (FL-25)

Jon Runyan (NJ-03)

Joe Walsh (IL-08)

Allen West (FL-22)

Listen to examples of the ads here.

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amerigom

Anorther new "Word"! That's just what we need, Mr. Weiss. I hasve heard it before! I didn't think much of it, the first time I heard it! When writing about politics, it is important to write "new" words, people might understand the old ones!

February 01 2011 at 6:38 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
bob

you say they are "targeting" 19 republicans, is that like getting them in the "crosshairs"? seems such a short time ago repubs were accused of causing death using these terms. the old do as I say, not as I do marches on.

February 01 2011 at 6:02 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
depotofam

The Republican party's main objective is to see that President Obama is a one term president. If they help pass a bill that would create jobs, unemployment may go down. That would make Obama look good and they can not let that happen.

February 01 2011 at 5:36 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
John Vilvens

How about run on what you stand for. Demonizing the other person does not make your ideas any better. Why does this author only print list of republicans being targeted? Where is the list of democRATS being targeted? I forgot only democRATS can use the word target if republicans use it they are trying to get some one to shoot a democRAT.

February 01 2011 at 5:28 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
viking103

"Targeting" I thought the Left Wing Liberals and Media just had a cow over those same words just a few weeks ago. I thought Obama and his lot asked for that kind of speak to subside. They must have a extremely short retention span. Oh, I guess they agree that its ok it they the Dems. do it but no one else.

I guess most Dems forgot who pushed through the NAFTA Trade Agreement. I wish they would report how many jobs that Trade Agreement were created or were saved. I wonder why those facts are never brought up by the Dems. NAFTA was the begining of the end for American Manufacturing. And the Dems. say they are for the working man. What a joke. I wish the truth about American History was taught in schools but the Liberals won't let the truth be taught anymore. The Liberals are to worried about Political Correctness. I'm glad I'm an Independant Voter because I tend to vote for who tells the truth. I'm sorry but the Dems are the biggest liars right now.

February 01 2011 at 3:46 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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Huck James

I am now reading The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History written by Thomas E. Woods, Jr., Ph.D. It has many amazing facts left out of text books currently being used in schools today. If everyone read this book then we all would know how America's history is being distorted.

March 22 2011 at 6:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
claws67639

Dems& libs, rino's, took over both houses Jan 2007, unemployment 4.7, Gas under 2.00, no banking crisis, no gov owned car co's, no gov student loans, no cash for klunkers, etc! How's that hope and change?

February 01 2011 at 3:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kent

"But Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle supports a plan in Congress that would cut education by 40 percent. And her plan would cut science and technology research by 40 percent, too. Research and development is how we get the new products that create new jobs. How does cutting that help us compete with China and India? It doesn't make sense."

Did Thomas Edison get a government grant to invent the light bulb? Did Alexander Graham Bell get a government grant to invent the telephone? Did Steve Jobs get a government grand to invent the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad? Did Bill Gates get a government grant to invent Windows? Seriously, if he had government money, the feds would have made some versions of Windows worse than they were.

All of these people used their own money or the money of investors to fund the R&D necessary to invent the products that became commonplace.

February 01 2011 at 1:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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goodspkr

Good points Kent. And certainly it makes a lot more sense than the money they are putting into deadend green jobs. Spain's unemployment has now topped 20% and they were the green job capital in Europe.

February 01 2011 at 3:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ebmamabear

GO 19............I'm going to forward this list and encourage support of these guys. Just the fact that they have been singled out this early shows me (duh) that the other side has absolutely no intention of rolling up their sleeves and trying to solve very serious problems that affect everybody. They really do only care about politics their way.....really sad. Confirmed again today by Sir Reid chastising Obama for saying he would veto any bill with earmarks. I never thought I would say this but I think he might be growing up (still too early to tell)....Reid obviously feels he is the man in charge based on this......HMMMMM.
AGAIN......GO 19!!!!!

February 01 2011 at 1:34 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
smayo721

Author Weber (reporting Democratic political attacks) repeats verbiage verbatim; dumbly, numbly without commentary about Republican Rep. Buerkle allegedly supporting a plan that would "cut education by 40%." All very well and good. But Weber must surely know that cutting some federal spending by 40% concerns only federal outlays; surely he recognizes that the vast majority of spending on education is by state/local governments.
But in another "Politics Daily" feature, author Lawrence (citing ideological conservatism in the Federal judiciary) cannot resist slamming U.S. District Court Justice Vinson for his likening of the Democratic Congress to King George III. C'mon guys/gals. If the writer wants to air her/his opinions, well I guess this is the place to do it. But please, when reporting on politicians (in this case, Democrats) desperately airing misleading radio spots to save their legislative seats, don't put your brains on ice. If there is something inaccurate or misleading about the ads, point out to the reader the errors or distortions, regardless of the sponsor's political affiliation, and regardless of your own political leanings. Regardless of whether you are reporters or commentators, it is only fair that you apply the same standards or accuracy to the political class, Democrat or Republican.

February 01 2011 at 1:20 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
themaskctf

AHHHHH...the sweet sound of civility, Democrat-style...with a heavy dose of hypocrisy mixed in. More of the same misinformation hum-drum that the Party Of Donkeys is SO expert at spewing out. Didn't the clowns at DCCC get the message from the voters in November that the Democratic status quo is no longer welcome? Apparently not!

February 01 2011 at 1:19 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

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