From NBC's Mark Murray
Firing their shot in the current battle over the budget, the liberal group Americans United for Change has launched a six-figure ad blitz (likely to exceed $700,000) that will run in states that just happen to be represented by some of the more conservative Democratic senators -- including North Dakota (home to Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad), Nebraska (Ben Nelson), Virginia (Mark Warner), Indiana (Evan Bayh), Arkansas (Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor), Louisiana (Mary Landrieu), Alaska (Mark Begich), North Carolina (Kay Hagan), and New Hampshire (Jeanne Shaheen).
The ad also will run on cable and broadcast in DC.
Largely repeating President Obama's message from last night, the ad goes: "For eight years, the Bush administration turned our economy into a house of cards. Last fall that house came tumbling down. Now President Obama has drawn up a budget blue print that will rebuild our economy on a solid foundation."
Said Tom McMahon, the group's acting executive director: "This ad is designed to engage the American people in the process of bringing about the transformational change they voted for in November by contacting their elected representatives and asking for their help in putting our country on the road to prosperity."
ANNCR: For eight years, the Bush Administration turned our economy into a house of cards.
Last fall that house came tumbling down.
Now President Obama has drawn up a budget blue print that will rebuild our economy on a solid foundation.
Jobs, health care, education, clean energy – reform.
On this foundation we can build real, long term economic prosperity – for all Americans.
Call Congress. Tell them you support President Obama's budget. Let's all get to work rebuilding America.