House Democrats Restart Effort To Tie Vulnerable Republicans To Ryan Budget Plan

No longer the ‘Ryan Budget,” Democrats start tying controversial entitlement cuts directly to down-ballot Republicans.

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DANVILLE, Ky. — House Democrats revived their push to tie GOP candidates to Paul Ryan’s controversial budget plan following his flat performance in Thursday night’s debate.

In identical press releases sent to media in some 60 congressional Districts across the country, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee accused Ryan demonstrating the party’s “anti-middle class, anti-senior agenda on full display for the country to see” and sought to explicitly link House candidates to Ryan.

For instance, in a version of the release targeting Minnesota Rep. Chip Cravaack, DCCC spokesman Jesse Ferguson renames the GOP budget the “Cravaack plan,” implying it was the freshman Republican, and not Budget Chairman Ryan, who devised it.

“After hearing Congressman Ryan double down on Congressman Chip Cravaack’s plan to force seniors to pay more for healthcare while giving tax breaks for millionaires and Big Oil, voters will continue to reject it,” Ferguson said.

Democrats are casting a wide net, hoping to use Ryan’s budget as a weight around the necks of down ballot Republicans including Reps. Robert Dold, Sean Duffy, Ann Marie Buerkle, Allen West and Brian Bilbray, who all face competitive races this year.

The release came on the heels of a 30 second web video released Thursday afternoon by the DCC slamming Ryan’s budget.

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John Stanton is the Washington, D.C. bureau chief for BuzzFeed News. In 2014, Stanton was a recipient of the National Press Foundation’s 2014 Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress.
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