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DSCC Ad Ties Thom Tillis to Ryan Budget

Tillis, right, at an event Wednesday with ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is going up with a new TV ad Friday in North Carolina that attacks Republican Thom Tillis on Medicare and continues to push the theme that he cares more about the wealthy.  

The spot, provided first to CQ Roll Call, ties the state House speaker to Rep. Paul D. Ryan's 2012 budget proposal, which would have cut spending on Medicare and used a voucher-like system. Tillis expressed support for certain aspects of the Wisconsin Republican's plan.  

In the ad, an older woman named Marie Grauerholz, says that would be a problem for her.  

"I'm not a millionaire and I don't own a private jet," she says. "I depend on Medicare. I think the fact that Thom Tillis wants to cut Medicare just shows that he doesn't know what people in North Carolina are like and what the average person needs." www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAswpb4WeFU  

The ad is part of the DSSC's $9.1 million buy through Election Day. It will run statewide, according to a DSCC spokesman.  

Tillis is challenging Democrat Sen. Kay Hagan in a top pickup opportunity for Republicans. The GOP needs a net gain of six seats to take control of the Senate.  

The race is rated Tilts Democratic by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.  

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