GOP robocall, Twitter campaign whacks Democrats, demands probe of VA scandal

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The Republican Party on Wednesday launched a campaign through Twitter and automated phone calls to demand action on the Veterans Administration scandal, blaming President Obama and compliant Democrats for ignoring the life and death problems.

With their Twitter and robocall effort, the Republican National Committee is also demanding an independent investigation into the Department of Veterans Affairs and reports of delaying life-saving help to vets. Obama has not gone that far.

The GOP effort targets 10 Democrats in a bid to tie them to the scandal and Obama and force them to endorse a broader investigation. They are: Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Mark Udall of Colorado, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Tom Udall of New Mexico, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, and Virginia's Mark Warner as well as Reps. Bruce Braley of Iowa, Gary Peters of Michigan, and Rick Weiland of South Dakota.

In a letter, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said, “Under President Obama, veterans have not received the care they need and deserve at VA healthcare facilities. Five years ago, President Obama said there was a problem at the VA and that he would fix it. But reports in recent months show that he failed to act and that the problems were far worse than many imagined.”

Here is a sample robocall script:

Our Veterans have served our country and protected our freedom at home and abroad. Now we're learning that this Administration's Department of Veterans’ Affairs is failing our veterans. They are being denied the care they deserved and the Department is covering it up. So why won't the President launch an independent investigation to get to the bottom of this? Call Senator ___ at (XXX) – XXX-XXXX and tell him/her our veterans deserve an independent investigation -- not another political cover-up.

And an example of the tweets being sent out:

Will @SenatorHagan support an independent investigation into the #VA? http://gop.cm/6016c6pQ Sign & demand answers for our veterans.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.