Democrats and their allies are attacking vulnerable Republicans who backed Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanThe “Do-nothing Congress” moved the needle on drug reform How Republicans can move past Trump’s politics of personal ambition Speaker Ryan: Clinton's classified briefings should be suspended MORE's (R-Wis.) budget, saying they voted to "end Medicare to give tax breaks to millionaires."
The ads from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Americans United for Change and AFSCME preview a line of attack that will likely be used all the way through Election Day.
AFSCME (the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), a major government workers union, and Americans United for Change, a pro-health insurance reform group, are targeting Ryan, as well as vulnerable freshmen in senior-heavy districts in the upper Midwest: Reps. Sean DuffySean DuffyDistrict Court right to target CFPB Tech groups file court brief opposing internet transition suit Yellen defends Fed from Trump attacks MORE (R-Wis.), Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) and Dan BenishekDan BenishekTea Party class reassesses record Michigan Republican to retire The Republicans who voted to withdraw from ISIS war MORE (R-Mich.). The total television ad buy is in the "mid five figures," according to a source.
The Medicare plan in the Ryan budget would create a new "premium support" system for seniors that would be offered alongside traditional Medicare. That system would provide a subsidy to help seniors obtain private insurance.
The DCCC is targeting more Republicans in potentially vulnerable seats with radio ads: Benishek and Reps. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), Tom Latham (R-Iowa), John Kline (R-Minn.), Joe Heck (R-Nev.), Francisco "Quico" Canseco (R-Texas) and Reid RibbleReid RibblePoll: GOP has edge for open Wis. House seat Trump may pose problem for Ryan in Speaker vote Speaker Ryan tries new Trump strategy: Ignore him MORE (R-Wis.). Most of those districts are slightly Republican-leaning, and Democrats indicate with this attack they believe it can play well with senior swing voters who might be more conservative on other issues.
Watch the Americans United for Change and AFSCME ad: