8 May 2023

AAN Launches New Issue Advocacy Campaign Urging Biden to Negotiate on Debt Ceiling

The $250,000 TV ad campaign will run heavily on D.C. cable this week

WASHINGTON – American Action Network (AAN) is launching an issue advocacy campaign – a new effort urging President Biden to negotiate to pay our bills and get our fiscal house in order. The $250,000 cable ad campaign will air in the D.C. market this week, running heavily on CNN and MSNBC. The ad shows how Biden is driving America to default and calls on him to change course now.

The new ads follow a recent AAN battleground survey that showed the House-passed reforms are quite popular, and also that voters oppose increasing the debt ceiling without passing commonsense reforms to lower America’s debt, by double-digit margins. Click here or below to view the ad:

“President Biden is driving America to its very first default, and there will be no one but him to blame,” said AAN President Dan Conston. “The House met the moment and passed popular reforms that avoid default and address America’s runaway spending. It’s time for the President to wake up to reality and get serious about a deal to avoid default.”

BACKGROUND: 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.

AAN’s latest debt ceiling survey shows that the contents of this legislation are incredibly popular with voters:

  1. Voters oppose increasing the debt ceiling without cutting government spending. (Oppose: 50% to Support: 37%)
  2. By large margins, voters in battleground districts agree more with the Speaker’s overall position on the debt ceiling than President Biden’s. (McCarthy/Republicans: 53% to Biden/Democrats: 39%)
  3. Americans believe that Speaker McCarthy is negotiating in good faith with President Biden (52% to 36%), and a majority say President Biden will be to blame if a compromise is not reached (51% to 40%).
  4. There is overwhelming support from battleground voters for the proposed savings by Speaker McCarthy.
  5. Americans in battleground districts are far more persuaded by Republican arguments than Democratic arguments on the debt ceiling, with Republican arguments polling nearly 20 points higher than Democrat ones.

Courtney Parella

Communications Director