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DCCC targets Crawford, Griffin

Posted By on Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 3:03 PM

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is kicking off a campaign against Rep. Rick Crawford and other Republicans for "choosing millionaires over medicare." From the release:

“House Republicans’ priorities are clear — they have repeatedly chosen Millionaires and Big Oil over Medicare and voters are holding them accountable for it,” said DCCC Chairman Steve Israel. “Republicans will have to explain to their constituents why they voted to end Medicare three times and raise seniors’ health care costs in order to protect tax breaks for millionaires and Big Oil. Republicans will have to defend the indefensible.”

The release doesn't mention Rep. Steve Womack. Think this means the DCCC believes he's safe?

DCCC Launches Campaign To Hold Rick Crawford Accountable for Choosing Millionaires Over Medicare

Today the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is launching an aggressive “Accountability August” grassroots and paid campaign to hold Representative Rick Crawford (AR-01) accountable for “choosing Millionaires over Medicare.” The DCCC will launch radio ads to hold Crawford accountable for voting to end Medicare and raise seniors’ health care costs in order to protect tax breaks for millionaires and subsidies for Big Oil. As part of the DCCC’s “Drive for 25” campaign to win the House, the DCCC will hold 44 Republicans, including Crawford accountable for their wrong priorities. Week one of Accountability August begins on Monday with these radio ads.

“House Republicans’ priorities are clear — they have repeatedly chosen Millionaires and Big Oil over Medicare and voters are holding them accountable for it,” said DCCC Chairman Steve Israel. “Republicans will have to explain to their constituents why they voted to end Medicare three times and raise seniors’ health care costs in order to protect tax breaks for millionaires and Big Oil. Republicans will have to defend the indefensible.”

The DCCC’s Accountability August campaign will include billboards, gas station advertising, and opportunities for voters to get involved in town halls and community meetings, door-to-door canvasses, phone banks and virtual phone banks in various districts. The campaign also includes an action center at MillionairesOverMedicare.com where voters can participate in virtual phone banks, use tools to write or call Crawford and find out how to get involved during the August recess at town hall meetings or protests.

Text of radio ad targeting Representative Rick Crawford (AR-01) is as follows:


“Congressman Rick Crawford voted to end Medicare forcing seniors to pay more to protect tax breaks for Big Oil and millionaires. Tell Crawford stop choosing millionaires over seniors”

Griffin Voted for the 2012 Republican Budget Proposal that Would “Essentially End Medicare.” In April, Tim Griffin voted to end Medicare by supporting the Republican budget. The Wall Street Journal reported “The plan would essentially end Medicare, which now pays most of the health-care bills for 48 million elderly and disabled Americans, as a program that directly pays those bills.” [H Con. Res. 34, Vote #277, 4/15/11; Wall Street Journal, 4/4/11]

Griffin Voted for the Cut, Cap and Balance Plan that is More Extreme than the Republican Budget. The non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities wrote: “The measure […] stands out as one of the most ideologically extreme pieces of major budget legislation to come before Congress in years, if not decades. […] The legislation would inexorably subject Social Security and Medicare to deep reductions.” [H.R. 2560, Vote #606, 7/19/11; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 7/16/11]

Voted to deem the Republican Budget as having been passed by Congress. Representative Tim Griffin voted to end Medicare by supporting a “deeming resolution” in H. Res. 287 which states “the provisions of House Concurrent Resolution 34 […] shall have force and effect […] in the House as though Congress has adopted such concurrent resolution”. [H. Res. 287, Vote #382, 6/1/11]

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