DCCC to run ads tying 11 House Republicans to Trump remarks on entitlements

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is targeting 11 House Republicans over remarks President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE made at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week that suggested he could consider budget cuts to entitlements.

The ads target 11 districts where Democrats think they have a chance of picking up seats in this year’s elections. One is held by Rep. Jeff Van DrewJeff Van DrewTrump campaign launches new fundraising program with House Republicans NY, NJ lawmakers call for more aid to help fight coronavirus Campaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis MORE (R-N.J.), a former Democrat who switched parties last month over Trump’s impeachment. 

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The six-second videos, which feature no audio, appear with the caption, “Trump’s turning his back on seniors. Will Washington Republicans follow his lead?”


At Davos, Trump in response to a question about whether entitlements could ever be considered for cuts said he was willing to take a look at them. 

“We have tremendous growth. We’re going to have tremendous growth. This next year I — it’ll be toward the end of the year. The growth is going to be incredible. And at the right time, we will take a look at that,” he said. 

“We’re going to look,” he added when asked specifically about if he would explore the option of cutting Medicare.

On Thursday, Trump appeared to try to walk back those remarks, tweeting that he would save Social Security, another entitlement that came under question given his remarks in Davos.

The DCCC ads, which will be featured on Facebook, target Van Drew and fellow GOP Reps. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickBipartisan group demands House prioritize communities of color in coronavirus relief bill Fitzpatrick to face Democrat Christina Finello in key Pennsylvania House race Key races to watch in Tuesday’s primaries MORE (Pa.), Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryPennsylvania Democrat Eugene DePasquale wins House primary Key races to watch in Tuesday’s primaries House Democrats make initial ad buys in battleground states MORE (Pa.), Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerTrump, GOP go all-in on anti-China strategy House passes massive T coronavirus relief package Bottom line MORE (Mo.), Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinFlynn urged Russian diplomat to have ‘reciprocal’ response to Obama sanctions, new transcripts show The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Surgeon General stresses need to invest much more in public health infrastructure, during and after COVID-19; Fauci hopeful vaccine could be deployed in December The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Mnuchin sees ‘strong likelihood’ of another relief package; Warner says some businesses ‘may not come back’ at The Hill’s Advancing America’s Economy summit MORE (N.Y.), Don Bacon (Neb.), Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerHispanic Caucus endorses Washington Latina House candidate Cornell to launch new bipartisan publication led by former Rep. Steve Israel Campaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis MORE (Wash.), Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotOhio is suddenly a 2020 battleground House passes bill to grant flexibility for small business aid program Ohio Democrat Kate Schroder wins primary to challenge Steve Chabot MORE (Ohio), Ross SpanoVincent (Ross) Ross SpanoHillicon Valley: Uber lays off 3,000 | FBI unlocks Pensacola shooter’s phones | Lawmakers introduce bill restricting purchase of airline equipment from Chinese companies Bipartisan bill would restrict purchases of airport equipment from Chinese companies Campaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis MORE (Fla.), John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoBipartisan group demands House prioritize communities of color in coronavirus relief bill Expanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support States plead for cybersecurity funds as hacking threat surges MORE (N.Y.) and Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonHoyer: Infrastructure package to hit floor this month Republicans walk tightrope on police reform Bipartisan Senate group offers new help to state, local governments MORE (Mich.).

All 11 Republicans represent districts the DCCC has added to their target list of seats they hope to flip in November.

“Voters deserve to know if House Republicans will also blindly support his plan to gut Medicare,” DCCC Spokesperson Robyn Patterson said in an exclusive statement to The Hill. “Americans now face a clear choice between Democrats who are fighting to lower drug prices — and Washington Republicans who won’t stop attacking their health care.”