The Democratic National Committee is robo-calling voters in Florida to remind them of Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's support of tying budget talks to defunding, degrading or delaying Obamacare, which has led to a partial government shutdown. Other Republicans are targeted in other states.
Rubio's fellow South Floridian, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, issued a press release noting that poll after poll shows Republicans, who precipitated the shutdown, are generally more vulnerable than Democrats. But Democrats have helped prolong the shutdown by refusing to negotiate with the GOP.
Who should give what (if anything) probably depends on your political persuasion, though Quinnipiac University's poll last week showed a majority of Americans want generic "compromise."
Rubio prefers the term "slowdown" to shutdown, as we noted recently when a passenger on his DC-bound plane relayed to us the concerns that some shared with the senator. Technical note: as a member of the minority in the Senate, Rubio's no vote on the Democratic senate's budget bills has less effect on the shutdown than the votes of the Republican House.
Here's the robo script:
Senator Marco Rubio was an architect of the GOP’s government shutdown and it’s hurting Floridians.
At the Kennedy Space Center, 99.5% of employees have been furloughed as a result of Senator Rubio’s actions.
Rubio’s shutdown is costing the economy as much as $10 billion a week and Republicans are ready to not pay our nation’s bills, potentially triggering another recession.
Press 1 to connect with Rubio and demand that he stop holding the economy hostage.
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And here's the DNC press release:
Washington D.C.- Today, the DNC launched a paid media campaign targeting Florida Senator Marco Rubio for shutting down the government and risking a default on the nation’s obligations.
The first phase of the paid media campaign launched today with robocalls and an online ad campaign utilizing Twitter and Google ads targeting voters in Florida. The paid media campaign will highlight the impact of the GOP’s shutdown on Marco Rubio’s home state. Nationally, the DNC is running a Facebook and Google ad campaign to engage supporters around the country around the GOP Shutdown. The DNC is also targeting voters in the home states of Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Rand Paul, and Senator Ted Cruz.
Additional waves of ads targeting other Republicans will be rolled out if the GOP shutdown continues and Republicans threaten to not pay our nation's bills.
"We’re holding Republicans accountable until they end this manufactured crisis, call a vote to fully fund the government through a clean continuing spending resolution, and allow the nation to pay its bills,” said DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. "The only thing stopping the government from reopening are the Republican leaders who refuse to hold a vote on a clean continuing resolution to fund the entire government. Instead of getting hard working folks back to work, they would rather hold the economy hostage to get what they want. That's unacceptable and the Democratic Party is committed to making sure that their constituents know that their representatives are not fighting for them."
Republican leaders are already taking heat for their reckless government shutdown. Poll after poll squarely blame Republicans for the shutdown that is hurting the economic wellbeing of voters in every state. Tens of thousands of Virginians working for the federal government have been furloughed. In Florida, 99.5% of employees at the Kennedy Space Center have been furloughed. In Kentucky, up to 1,400 children could be denied preschool thanks to Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell’s shutdown. In Speaker Boehner’s home state of Ohio, the shutdown is hurting workers and families. And in Texas, Senator Cruz, the architect of the GOP Shutdown, must answer to the 97% of civil servants at the Johnson Space Center who aren’t going to work and won’t get paid while the government is closed.