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NRCC asks House Dems to pledge to run on Obamacare

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is asking vulnerable House Democrats to sign a pledge to run on Obamacare in the 2014 mid-term election.

The NRCC began sending the “Obamacare Campaign Pledge” to vulnerable Democrats in early January. The pledge is, obviously, tongue-in-cheek. It’s based on comments from high-ranking Democrats — including DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) — that Obamacare would be an issue on which Democrats will run this year.

Here’s what the NRCC — which has sent the pledge out to media outlets and blogs covering the 2014 election — is asking targeted Democrats to sign:

Obamacare Campaign Pledge

Despite what Wasserman Schultz and Pelosi have said, a political action committee (PAC) tied to Democratic leadership recently spent $200,000 on an ad for Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) which criticized the rollout of the disastrous Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov.

Still, the NRCC sent out another round of emails just yesterday to note that targeted Democrats haven’t responded to the pledge, two weeks after the drive began.

Here’s what NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek had to say about Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA): “If Ami Bera actually believes this disastrous law will help his district, he should pledge to campaign on it. Voters deserve to know that he is standing up for higher premiums and canceled plans. What is he waiting for?”

AZ-09: Vulnerable Dem says fundamentals of Obamacare are good

Kyrsten Sinema

In 2008, at the height of the recession, then-Republican presidential nominee John McCain tried to ease Americans concerns, proclaiming that the “still the fundamentals of our economy are strong.”

Though his campaign was an uphill battle to begin with, in retrospect, the statement was, arguably, a turning point in that election. Barack Obama and his subordinates hammered away at McCain, using it as evidence that he was out of touch with “ordinary Americans.”

More than five years later, the economy is still recovering from the recession and Americans are uncertain about how key parts of President Obama’s agenda will effect them.

One of the main concerns being Obamacare, which caused health insurance premiums to rise and, through its regulations, millions of health plans to be canceled. But worry not, says Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), the “fundamentals of the law are good.”

During an interview last weekend with a Phoenix-based NBC affiliate, Sinema, one of several vulnerable House Democrats up for reelection this year, tried to downplay problems with Obamacare and the federal exchange website, Healthcare.gov.

“[T]he fundamentals of the law are good,” said Sinema, who was tapped by the White House in 2009 to help craft Obamacare. “When the law is implemented appropriately, it will help more Americans get greater access to cheaper coverage,” adding that she supports changes to Obamacare to “make it more workable.”

Randy Forbes: An example of why Republicans have problems with Millennials

A poll released this week by Harvard University found that Millennials, particularly those who are college-aged, are disenfranchised by President Barack Obama. This crucial voting bloc disapproves of his job performance and 52% of 18- to 24-year-olds would vote to recall him, if they could. What’s more, 57% of young people disapprove of Obamacare.

Republicans immediately seized on the numbers. “Young Americans put President Obama in office, but don’t think that means they agree with how he is handling his job as President,” said Raffi Williams, Deputy Press Secretary for the Republican National Committee, in an emailed statement. “Obama has increased Millennials insurance premiums and lied to them about keeping their coverage.”

“Young Americans aren’t daft, they know a bad deal when they see one and that is why they are abandoning the President and no amount of spin can change the facts that just like MySpace, Millenials are over Obama,” he added.

Williams is absolutely right.

President Obama’s economic policies, including Obamacare, have really hit young people hard. They are having a difficult time finding jobs or are underemployed, and those who graduate from college are leaving school with an average of $29,400 in student loan debt.

NRCC goes on the offensive, blames Reid for government shutdown

 Reid's Shutdown

The National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) has launched a new ad that touts the spending bills that House Republicans have passed to fund parts of the federal government, including Veterans Affairs and the National Institutes of Health, and slammed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for refusing to bring them to the floor for a vote:

Reid refuses to bring any of the piecemeal bills to the floor, demanding that House Republicans pass a so-called “clean” Continuing Resolution (CR). Including the three CRs passed before the government shutdown, the House has now passed 12 different measures that would open all or parts of the federal government.

Obama-backed group hosts climate change rally, no one shows up

OFA

Back in June, President Barack Obama laid out a series of anti-consumer executive actions he was taking in an effort to combat climate change. The message appealed to his radical environmental base, but it fell flat with most Americans.

Like most organizations across the ideological spectrum, President Obama’s grassroots group, Organizing for Action (OFA), was hoping to use the August recess to push activists to get involved on a number issues, including promoting ObamaCare and the White House’s climate change agenda.

There’s only one problem — no one is showing up. That’s right, Organizing for Action has hosted a couple of events this month to push President Obama’s agenda only to find little or no attendance at all. Here’s the story via the NRCC:

We already knew that Organizing for Action, President Obama’s former campaign arm, was going to ignore jobs and the economy during the group’s “Action August.” We were’t surprised that this announcement came just days after the President’s “pivot” back to the economy.

But we are a little surprised that, apparently, even liberals aren’t showing up to push the President’s unpopular big government agenda (okay, we aren’t surprised.) OFA earlier this month kicked off their Action August with an event in Virginia touting ObamaCare – only one attendee showed up. [On Tuesday], OFA organized an event in Washington, DC promoting Obama’s climate change agenda, and NO ONE showed up to that one.

House Democrat wants repeal of ObamaCare’s employer mandate

John Barrow

Rep. John Barrow (D-GA) says that the administration’s delay of ObamaCare’s employer mandate is not enough and that Congress needs to fully repeal of the onerous provision.

In speech yesterday from the House floor, Barrow urged leadership bring H.R. 903 — the American Job Protection Act, legislation sponsored by Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) — up for a vote before the chamber.

“Just over a week ago, the Administration announced a one-year delay of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act.  While a temporary delay is a good thing for businesses, a full repeal would be even better,” said Barrow. “Businesses in my district in Georgia have made very clear that the employer mandate would prevent them from expanding their businesses or hiring workers.  One of the main reasons I voted against this law in the first place was because too many job creators in my district simply can’t afford the costs of the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act.”

“We can fix this, however. I’m proud to be leading the effort to fully repeal the employer mandate, along with two of my colleagues from across the aisle. We know that this can be fixed, and we’ve got the bipartisan legislation to do it,” he added. “I urge my colleagues to swiftly bring up the full repeal of the employer mandate and make this delay permanent, so businesses across the country can get back to creating the jobs we need.”

The mandate would cost employers $150 billion over the next 11 years, according to information provided on Barrow’s House website, and lead to a loss of more than 3 million jobs.

Obama has Lost Control of His Administration

Congress may be out of session for the next couple weeks, but the IRS scandal that has plagued the Obama Administration isn’t going away. There is still a lot of concern about the targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups being expressed from both sides of the aisle, but the White House and most congressional Democrats are still pushing back against an independent investigation of the embattled agency.

But with polls showing increasing disapproval with the IRS and the scandal only deepening, more will need to be done to allay the concerns that are now being expressed by the American people. The agency knew that these groups were being targeted, even as members of Congress were asking questions, and choose to remain silent.

BREAKING: Mark Sanford Wins South Carolina Special Election

Mark Sanford will defeat Elizabeth Colbert Busch in the special election for South Carolina’s First Congressional District. Votes are still being counted, but with nearly 75% of precincts reporting, Sanford leads by a 9-point margin, and not enough votes are left for Colbert Busch to win.

Democrats poured money into the district in the hopes that Colbert Busch, perhaps better known as comedian Stephen Colbert’s sister, would win the seat against a candidate whose personal trials are well-known. She was ahead in the polls a week ago, but Sanford managed to close the gap.

They were able to tie Colbert Busch to Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) national Democrats, and labor unions. The fact that she gave a vague answer as to whether or not she would vote to repeal ObamaCare, an important issue in a strong Republican district, didn’t help her with voters.

Cautious Optimism for Republicans in SC-01

A little more than a week ago, many reporters seemed more than ready to write Mark Sanford’s political obituary. Public Policy Polling had him down by 9 points to Elizabeth Colbert Busch, perhaps properly known as “Stephen Colbert’s sister,” and the spin of a Democratic Party win in South Carolina’s First Congressional District, which strongly leans Republican, was already beginning.

But there has been a notable shift in the race over the last few days. Sanford’s campaign has nationalized their message, making the race about former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the Democratic Party, and big labor. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and grassroots groups like FreedomWorks and the Tea Party Express have also went to bat for Sanford when the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) wouldn’t.

NRCC’s contradictions on spending

John Barrow

Yesterday, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) released two statements attacking Rep. John Barrow (D-GA), who has been a GOP target for the last few election cycles and has been the subject of periodic attacks since the end of the 2012. Needless to say, Barrow is on their radar in 2014.

However, after reading both of them back to back, I can’t help but be a little puzzled.

The first statement, which came in just before noon, slammed Barrow over his vote for the Budget Control Act. This bill was a result of the debt ceiling fight back in 2011 and was supposed to cut spending by $1.2 trillion at the beginning of the year. Fear of the so-called “fiscal cliff” delayed those cuts until March 1st.

The NRCC is trying to lump Barrow and Obama in the same boat. The statement called the cuts about to take place the “Barrow-Obama Sequester” and claims that “John Barrow’s continued support of Obama’s Sequester is about to hit hardworking middle class and military families in Georgia.”

Of course, it’s an inconvenient truth to point out that Barrow, a Democrat, joined 174 Republicans in voting for the sequester. Despite the fact that nearly 75% of their caucus voted for the sequester, some Republicans have been losing their minds over the defense spending cuts that are scheduled to take place. They’ve tried to substitute those cuts with non-defense discretionary spending, but have been unsuccessful in moving them through the Senate.


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