Updated 1:10 p.m. | The National Republican Congressional Committee launched a counterpunch ad in North Carolina's 7th district knocking incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre (D) for his vote against the controversial budget of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (R), providing a window into how Republicans will fight back against Democratic attacks that GOP candidates want to "essentially end Medicare."
The new NRCC television ad begins with a short clip of a recent DCCC ad in a TV box in which the narrator said, "David Rouzer's budget would essentially end Medicare."
Then a male narrator's deep voice says, "Hold it!" as those words appear over the TV. "The truth: David Rouzer will preserve, protect and strengthen Medicare. But career politician [Rep.] Mike McIntyre doesn't want you to know: He voted against giving prescription drug benefits to millions of seniors," the NRCC narrator says.
"And since Obama's been president, McIntyre's voted against every plan to save Medicare from going bankrupt. Isn't it time Mike McIntyre put seniors before politics? You decide," the narrator says.
The new NRCC ad began airing Sunday in the Raleigh and Wilmington media markets. It is backed by a $163,000 buy for the week.
The NRCC also began airing ads against former Rep. Dan Maffei (D) in New York's 24th district, where he's attempting to unseat Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R); against Rep. Jim Matheson (D) in Utah's 4th district, where Saratoga Springs' Mia Love (R) is giving the incumbent a strong challenge; and against hay farmer and former state Rep. Gary McDowell (D), who is taking on Rep. Dan Benishek is Michigan's 1st district.