Democrats Pounce on Health Care Vote, Attacking All Republicans

DCCC launched digital ads targeting Republicans who voted against the bill

Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock voted against her party’s health care bill, but she’s already the target of DCCC digital ads against the legislation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats seized on the health care vote in the House Thursday afternoon to attack Republicans — and not just those who supported the legislation.

Minutes after the vote, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced it was launching digital ads in 30 GOP districts. On their target list were several members who voted against the bill, including Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman, Ohio Rep. David Joyce, Pennsylvania Reps. Ryan A. Costello and Patrick Meehan, Texas Rep. Will Hurd and Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock

A few of those members, like Joyce and Hurd, were not definitively known to be against the bill until Thursday’s vote. But the DCCC’s statement on the ads made it clear that the party will be targeting all Republicans, not just those who voted for the legislation.

“They will be hitting vulnerable Republicans whether or not they voted for the bill today,” the DCCC said about the ads in its release.

The ads are running on Facebook and Instagram, previewing what the DCCC said was “more to come next week.”

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee joined in, as well, announcing six-second non-skippable YouTube ads tying Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and Nevada Sen. Dean Heller to the House GOP’s health care bill.  

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