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UPDATED: DNC targets Cantor’s district over shutdown

The Democratic National Committee is applying pressure to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in his own backyard over the government shutdown.

The campaign, launching today, includes robocalls in his district and an online campaign using Twitter and Google ads to target voters in Virginia.

Cantor, R-7th, is among several Republican Congressmen whose districts are being targeted, including Speaker of the House John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Sens. Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, according to the DNC.

The call in Virginia starts: “I’m calling from the DNC with a GOP shutdown alert.”

“Congressman Eric Cantor was an architect of the GOP’s government shutdown and it hurts folks in the Richmond area.”

The call says “Tens of thousands of Virginians working for the federal government have been furloughed — and they won’t get paid until after Cantor reopens the government.”

The House this weekend passed, with Cantor’s support, a measure that would pay federal employees retroactively for their furloughed time. It has not been taken up by the Senate.

Megan Whittemore, a spokeswoman for Cantor, said Tuesday that “While Democrats are playing politics, Congressman Cantor is working hard to address our nation’s spending and debt crisis on behalf of Virginia’s hard working middle class families. It’s time to set aside partisanship and work together.”

The call talks about the impact of the shutdown on Virginia and offers an option to connect the voter with Cantor’s office and “demand that he stop holding the economy hostage.”

UPDATED:  Michael Short, a spokesman with the Republican National Committee responded: “By refusing to compromise and allowing the government to shut down, President Obama and the Democrat majority in Washington have failed the most basic responsibility of governing.

“In an era of divided government, Washington Democrats cannot insist on getting 100 percent of what they want. The DNC would be better off bringing members of their own party to the negotiating table, where Republicans are waiting and the American people expect them to be.”