“Drive to 25” Campaign Challenges House Republicans

Liana Teixeira

The congressional battle has begun again with House Democrats launching their campaign against House Republicans for the

This new slogan refers to the 25 seats Democrats need to gain in 2012 in order to recapture a majority in the House.

upcoming 2012 elections. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is already airing advertisements which target the 19 House Republicans up for reelection in left-wing districts. In order to regain the House majority, Democrats require most of these seats. The ads which, according to PoliticsDaily.com, consist of 17 radio ads and two print ads, criticize the GOP’s “partisan plan that will cost jobs and make America less competitive.”

Dubbed the “Drive to 25” by DCCC chairman Rep. Steve Isreal (N.Y.), the week-long campaign will start on Monday and include web ads, automated and live phone calls, as well as emails to voters residing in these competitive districts. This new slogan refers to the 25 seats Democrats need to gain in 2012 in order to recapture a majority in the House. “My central job is to help us make it back to the majority,” said Isreal at a press conference, “because when we make it back to the majority we can help the middle class make it here.”

Isreal further outlined Democrats’ plans for Congress. “We’re going to offer constructive, thoughtful, and economic proposals to grow jobs like ‘Make It in America,’ and two, we are going to hold Republicans accountable when they do not support the interests of middle-class and working families in this country.”

One such example, reports PoliticsDaily.com, is Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle of New York, who has particularly come under fire for her opposition towards President Barack Obama’s plan to increase funding for research and development. A radio ad attacks Buerkle’s support of a congressional plan to decrease education, research, and technology spending by 40 percent.

Several other GOP targets include David Rivera of Florida, Joe Walsh and Bob Dold of Illinois, Jon Runyan of New Jersey, David Reichert of Washington, Robert Hurt of Virginia, Steve Chabot of Ohio, Chip Cravaack of Minnesota, Blake Farenhold of Texas, and Pat Meehan of Pennsylvania.

With plans to revitalize industrial development and create more jobs for Americans, Democrats remain optimistic about the 2012 elections.