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ICYMI: Democratic ad targets policy plan by Sen. Scott shunned by GOP Leader McConnell [Washington Examiner]

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Washington Examiner: Democratic ad targets policy plan by Sen. Scott shunned by GOP Leader McConnell
By Juliegrace Brufke
March 30, 2022

Key Points:

  • The Senate Democrats’ campaign arm is taking aim at a policy plan proposed by the chairman of the Senate Republicans’ own political operation, Sen. Rick Scott of Florida.
  • A Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee digital ad targets National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Scott’s “11-Point Plan to Rescue America.”
  •  The digital spot highlights a heated exchange this week between Scott and Fox News’s John Roberts over the proposal’s language calling for federal programs to be reauthorized every five years. Roberts noted in the Fox interview that this could lead to the end of Social Security and Medicare.
  • Roberts separately noted that Scott’s plan would lead to the imposition of income tax payments on millions of people because, under current rules, they don’t make enough to owe the federal government money at the end of the year.
  • The ad, titled “It’s In The Plan” and set to ominous music, accuses Republicans of wanting to slash the social safety net and raise taxes. It features a clip of Roberts clapping back at Scott’s assertion that the host was using “Democrat talking points” on policy provisions clearly laid out in Scott’s proposal.
  • The DSCC said the five-figure digital advertising campaign is slated to air in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
  • The DSCC is looking to reach older voters in these swing states, each of which could play a crucial role in deciding who wins the Senate majority in November.
  • “Fox News said it best: Senate Republicans’ plan raises taxes, ends Social Security and Medicare and spikes the cost of healthcare for hard-working Americans — and in 2022 voters will hold every GOP Senate candidate accountable for their unpopular agenda,” DSCC spokeswoman Nora Keefe said in a statement.

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