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Dems Renew Attacks on GOP Health Care Plan

Donnelly and McCaskill are taking issue with the DNC's abortion messaging.

April 27, 2017, 11:13 a.m.

With the GOP discussing a vote on a different health care proposal, the DSCC “is re-upping the digital video ad it released in March, when House GOP leadership first pushed its health care plan. The DSCC is targeting women and older voters on Google search and Facebook in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, North Dakota, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Florida, West Virginia and Michigan.”

In addition, Priorities USA is running a six-figure digital campaign "in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida, Ohio, Nevada and Arizona, all home to 2018 Senate races," that will attack the GOP plan.

The ads from both groups "accuse Republicans of stripping coverage for Americans with preexisting conditions while exempting themselves." (Roll Call)

ABORTION DEBATE. Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) criticized the DNC’s message on abortion, in which DNC Chair Tom Perez said candidates should support the party’s stance on abortion rights.

“I couldn’t disagree more with what Tom Perez said, I think it’s not correct that our party should have litmus tests about who wants to join our party,” said McCaskill, “who has a 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s congressional scorecard.”

Donnelly, who identifies as anti-abortion: “What Mr. Perez said makes no sense to me. This is a deeply personal issue, and we should be about respecting one another.” (The Atlantic)

RANKINGS. A handful of vulnerable senators up in 2018 ranked high in the “Bipartisan Index” of the 114th Congress, produced by the Lugar Center.

Donnelly was the second most bipartisan senator, while Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Dean Heller (R-NV) placed fourth and seventh, respectively. (release)

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