17 May 2023

AAN Launches New Ad Campaign Imploring Biden to Avoid Default

The new $250,000 ad campaign will run heavily on D.C. cable and digital

American Action Network (AAN) is up with a new issue advocacy campaign imploring President Biden to come to a compromise on the debt ceiling to avoid default. The $250,000 ad campaign will air in the D.C. cable market this week, running heavily on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News, as well as running nationally on digital platforms.

The ad highlights Speaker McCarthy and the House majority’s work to raise the debt ceiling while passing commonsense spending reforms and calls out President Biden’s unwillingness to seriously compromise and come to an agreement. Click here or below to view the ad:

“The clock is ticking, and this default will be squarely on the President’s shoulders given his unwillingness to compromise,” said AAN President Dan Conston. “The House has passed commonsense spending reforms that responsibly prevent default and start getting our fiscal house in order. We are out of time for political games.”

BACKGROUND: AAN previously launched a six-figure D.C. cable buy to urge Biden to negotiate on the debt ceiling ahead of the scheduled White House meeting on May 9th. Immediately following the House’s passage of the debt ceiling plan, AAN went up with a six-figure digital ad campaign to hold Members of Congress accountable for their vote against the Limit, Save, and Grow Act of 2023, which Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates would reduce the deficit by $4.8 trillion over next decade.

Prior to the debt ceiling vote, AAN released the results of a survey conducted in 87 battleground congressional districts to gauge public sentiment on the debt ceiling battle. The poll found that voters oppose increasing the debt ceiling without cutting government spending (Oppose: 50% to Support: 37%). By large margins, voters in battleground districts agree more with the Speaker’s overall position on the debt ceiling than Biden’s (McCarthy/Republicans: 53% to Biden/Democrats: 39%). Americans believe that McCarthy is negotiating in good faith with President Biden (52% to 36%), and a majority say Biden will be to blame if a compromise is not reached (51% to 40%).

Courtney Parella

Communications Director