-By Amanda Terkel
July 22, 2011– WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee is out with a new Spanish-language ad meant to reinforce the party's appeal to Latinos and counter a similar ad running from a conservative group.
The first ad buy by the DNC in the 2012 season, the spot accuses Republicans of wanting to "end the Medicare guarantee while protecting tax cuts for the very rich," while stressing that President Obama "extended health insurance to our children," financial aid for students and middle-class tax cuts.
The DNC spot will be running in Reno, Las Vegas, Tampa, Orlando, Miami, Denver, Albuquerque and Washington, D.C.
The ad hits back at Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS, which also went on the air with a Spanish-language ad on Monday. That spot ran in Denver, Colorado Springs, Albuquerque, El Paso, Las Vegas, Reno, D.C., Miami, Orlando and Tampa.
"The special interest-funded Crossroads is trying to hide the fact that the Republican Party would end Medicare as we know it to pay for tax cuts for the very rich," said DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) in a statement.
"They are trying to hide the fact that Republicans are supporting a budget plan that would roll back our economic progress and place additional burdens on seniors and the middle class. But the Administration’s record is clear. President Obama has been focused from day one on strengthening economic security for working and middle class families. That’s why he extended health insurance to millions of children, expanded financial aid for our youth and cut taxes for the middle class."
CG: REPUBLICAN ATTACK AD
VO: Behind the ads that pretend to care about our children …
CG: REPUBLICAN AGENDA: END MEDICARE GUARANTEE / TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH
VO: It’s the Republicans who would end the Medicare guarantee while protecting tax cuts for the very rich.
CG: OBAMA RECORD: INSURANCE FOR OUR KIDS
VO: It was the President who extended health insurance to our children …
CG: OBAMA RECORD: FINANCIAL AID FOR STUDENTS
VO: Financial aid for students …
CG: OBAMA RECORD: MIDDLE-CLASS TAX CUTS
VO: And cut taxes for the middle class.
VO: We know who to trust, and who we can’t. Because it’s our job to protect our families.
VO: The Democratic National Committee is responsible for the content of this ad.