Democrats launch ad in North Carolina about Social Security, Medicare


RALEIGH, N.C. (WGHP) – The Democratic National Committee launched in North Carolina today a digital ad campaign to attack Republicans for what the DNC calls their plan to chop Social Security and Medicare advantages.

The ad, following Sunday’s 87th anniversary of the date when Social Security became law, is essentially positioned to bring attention to GOP comments about – and what Democrats say is a plan to eliminate – Social Security and Medicare.

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It primarily focuses on what Sen. Rick Scott (R-Florida) wrote in his “11-point plan to rescue America” and what he said in subsequent TV interviews about plans for “sunsetting” “all federal laws” in five years, which might require Congress to readopt programs it desires to keep.

Screenshot of the brand new ad released today. (PROVIDED BY DNC)

Scott’s plan calls for “Congress to issue a report every yr telling the general public what they plan to do when Social Security and Medicare go bankrupt.” Scott, in an interview on Fox News following the discharge of his report, said that those comments were “Democrat talking points.”

“No one which I do know of desires to sunset Medicare or Social Security, but what we’re doing is we don’t even discuss it,” Scott said in that interview. “Medicare goes bankrupt in 4 years. Social Security goes bankrupt in 12 years. I believe we should determine how we preserve those programs.”

The ad the DNC released Monday, which appears on YouTube and is designed to focus on North Carolina, talks about those discussions and reiterates how Democrats had supported those social programs. It follows an ad about Scott’s plan released in May and one other in April about taxes.

Jaime Harrison (WGHP FILE)

“As a substitute of celebrating Social Security on its 87th birthday, Republicans are doubling down on their ultra-MAGA agenda of cutting Social Security and Medicare, which could put the advantages that North Carolina seniors depend on in jeopardy,” DNC Chair Jaime Harrison said in an announcement released with the ads. “As Democrats are poised to lower prescription drug costs and proceed protecting Medicare for seniors, Republicans have rallied behind plans that might slash their hard-earned advantages – showing that just one party is fighting for North Carolina seniors this November.”

Democrats are touting the Inflation Reduction Act that President Joe Biden will sign into law this week. The measure, approved Friday by the House, allows Medicare to barter lower prescription drug prices and provides other health care advantages even though it focuses on climate change.

Democrats are focused on midterm elections to try to take care of control of the House and to expand their single-vote control of the Senate. North Carolina has an open Senate seat to exchange the retiring Republican Richard Burr.

Democrat Cheri Beasley and thirteenth District Rep. Ted Budd (R-Advance) are locked in a race that the majority polls find to be very close, with either candidate holding a slight margin in various polls.’s aggregation principally calls it a dead heat.

NC’s 14 Congressional races would suggest that Republicans are favored in eight (including the fifth, eighth and ninth that covers parts of the Piedmont Triad), Democrats are favored in seven (including the sixth District that features Greensboro and most of Winston-Salem and the 4th that features Alamance County), and the redefined thirteenth District is a toss-up amongst first-time candidates.

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