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DCCC Hopes to Capitalize on Sequestration With New Web Ads

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February 21, 2013

Amid signs of rising Republican worry over the politics of sequestration, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released digital ads in 27 congressional districts targeting House Republicans over the coming budget cuts and layoffs.

The online ad, which the DCCC indicated was the first part of a campaign highlighting the "consequences of tea party" budgeting, features news clips detailing the coming cuts, part of the budget sequestration deal to raise the debt ceiling in the summer of 2011. The ad represents a low-cost feeler for Democrats eager to push the issue of sequestration, which they -- and increasing numbers of Republicans -- believe could help Democrats politically, as well as a sign of where the committee will focus its attention this year.

The video is targeted at big defense districts as well as suburban areas where education cuts would be an especially big issue, the DCCC said. That criteria brings in some Republican-held districts where Democrats struggled in 2012 and seem very unlikely to compete strongly in 2014, like three of the four Arkansas congressional seats. But the targeted districts also overlap strongly with the list of Republican-held districts President Obama carried in 2012, where Democrats are likely to play most of their offense in 2014.

Below, the full list of targeted districts and GOP representatives:

Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-01)
Rep. Tim Griffin (AR-02)
Rep. Tom Cotton (AR-04)
Rep. Jeff Denham (CA-10)
Rep. David Valadao (CA-21)
Rep. Gary Miller (CA-31)
Rep. Mike Coffman (CO-06)
Rep. Steve Southerland (FL-02)
Rep. Dan Webster (FL-10)
Rep. Bill Young (FL-13)
Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13)
Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02)
Rep. Tom Latham (IA-03)
Rep. Andy Barr (KY-06)
Rep. Dan Benishek (MI-01)
Rep. John Kline (MN-02)
Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03)
Rep. Steve Daines (MT-AL)
Rep. Joe Heck (NV-03)
Rep. Jon Runyan (NJ-03)
Rep. Michael Grimm (NY-11)
Rep. Chris Gibson (NY-19)
Rep. Tom Reed (NY-23)
Rep. David Joyce (OH-14)
Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08)
Rep. Scott Rigell (VA-02)
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03)

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