Republicans are now using BIDEN as the villain in ad targeting vulnerable Democrats in the midterms as his crises mount and approval rate plummets
- President Joe Biden’s popularity has dropped enough that Republicans have cast him as the villain in a new series of ads
- The National Republican Congressional Committee is targeting 17 vulnerable House Democrats with the new ads, which were released online Monday
- Until now, the House Republicans’ campaign arm has rans ads against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the so-called ‘Squad’ of progressive lawmakers
- Biden is being newly targeted by the Republican group because his poll numbers have taken a dive in recent weeks
In total, the NRCC is running the ads against 17 House Democrats the party’s House campaign arm believes can be picked off in the 2022 midterms.
New ads that were put out by the National Republican Congressional Committee feature President Joe Biden as the villain for the first time
The ads blast Biden (left), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (center) and then are tailored to take on 17 House Democrats – in this case Oregon Rep. Peter DeFaszio (right) – for a ‘$3 TRILLION TAX HIKE’
DEMOCRATS BEING TARGETED BY THE ANTI-BIDEN NRCC ADS
Rep. Matt Cartwright – Pennsylvania
Rep. Haley Stevens – Michigan
Rep. Stephanie Murphy – Florida
Rep. Josh Harder – California
Rep. Jared Golden – Maine
Rep. Vicente Gonzalez – Texas
Rep. Antonio Delgado – New York
Rep. Tom Suozzi – New York
Rep. Tom Malinowski – New Jersey
Rep. Peter DeFazio – Oregon
Rep. Elaine Luria – Virginia
Rep. Cindy Axne – Iowa
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney – New York
Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux – Georgia
Rep. Elissa Slotkin – Michigan
Rep. Tom O’Halleran – Arizona
Rep. Chris Pappas – New Hampshire
The ads begin by showing Biden talking to an audience on the campaign trail – and his comments are taken out of context.
‘If you elect me, your taxes are going to be raised not cut,’ Biden says.
At the actual event, Biden was addressing a lone audience member who had indicated that he had benefited from former President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax bill, which primarily cut taxes for the wealthy.
Previously a pro-Trump super PAC had used the Biden quote, with Polifact tracking down when the now president said it – and the correct context.
The new NRCC ads go on to say, ‘Prices are going up, paychecks are going down.’
The spots name Biden, Pelosi and then one of the 17 Democratic lawmakers they’re targeting, saying they’re ‘going to make things worse with the biggest tax hike in decades, crushing small businesses and hurting middle class families.’
The screen reads ‘$3 TRILLION TAX HIKE.’
The dig is in reference to the $3.5 trillion budget bill Biden wants Democrats to pass.
‘House Democrats are helping Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi pass the biggest tax hike in decades,’ NRCC chair, Rep. Tom Emmer, told Fox.
‘With costs already through the roof, the last thing middle-class Americans need is the government taking more money from their paychecks,’ Emmer continued. ‘Voters will hold every Democrat who votes for this reckless tax and spending spree accountable.’
Democrats have pushed back pointing out the $3.5 trillion will be spent over 10 years and the legislation includes ‘pay-fors’ – spending cuts and tax increases of the super rich – to literally pay for the bill.
Biden is being newly targeted by the Republican group because his poll numbers have taken a dive in recent weeks.
FiveThirtyEight.com puts Biden at 45.3 per cent approval, 48.8 per cent disapproval, averaging a number of recent polls.
Biden became more unpopular than popular in late August, during the administration’s messy withdrawal from Afghanistan.