Senator Mark Warner (D) is among a handful of democratic incumbents being targeted by the Republican National Committee (RNC) over a controversial finding by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) related to Affordable Care Act.
The CBO predicted as many as two million people will leave the workforce in order to take advantage of cheaper healthcare through Obamacare.
NBC12 was given a sneak peek of a web ad before it is officially launched Wednesday.
The RNC produced the ad that will hit seven democrats up for re-election, including Warner, who voted for Obamacare. It will be a running theme throughout the campaign as the GOP attempts to win back the Senate by tying incumbents in moderate states to the law that has had a bumpy introduction.
Warner did vote for Obamacare, but has offered lukewarm support during its rollout. He has called for changes to the application and implementation process.
The RNC picks loosely from the CBO report and accuses Obamacare of leading to "fewer workers and smaller paychecks." The claim on its face is a bit misleading. Workers won't necessarily lose their jobs. The CBO report says many will choose to seek other employment options because they won't be forced to say in their current jobs just to guarantee health coverage.
The Washington Post Fact Check rated a more direct, but similar hit by the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee has having "Three Pinocchio's."
Here is the ad:
Most anaylsts don't view Warner as being in any trouble, but the GOP seems prepared to dust him up whenever they get the chance. He has a credible potential challenger in former Bush aide and RNC Chair Ed Gillespie, but prognosticators like UVA's Larry Sabato still rate Virginia as "likely D" in their analysis.
Two early polls seemed to indicate that Gillespie's chances of upseting Warner were slim, but a new survey from the republican firm Harper Polls, released to POLITICO shows the Republican closing to within 6 points of the Democrat.
Republicans are trying to convince voters that Warner is vulnerable and they are betting that Obamacare is the issue to put him in the danger zone.
"These seven Senators supported President Obama and his disastrous healthcare law, and they must be held accountable for discouraging people from working,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.
The ad is more than just a YouTube clip. The RNC did purchase a targeted internet buy designed to reach likely voters. Their digital team will also push the clips on social media as well.