Donnelly Ad: Nothing Gets Done By Yelling from the Bleachers

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Indianapolis, Ind.--Today, Joe Donnelly’s campaign for U.S. Senate released its latest ad, demonstrating the clear difference in the race to be Indiana’s next senator. 

“Joe will be the bipartisan, common-sense U.S. Senator Hoosiers have come to expect,” said Elizabeth Shappell, communications director. “He will work across party lines to balance the budget, cut spending, and close loopholes that benefit big oil companies and Wall Street hedge funds. The difference is clear between Joe and Richard Mourdock. Mourdock’s approach is to yell from the bleachers, inflicting his extreme views on Hoosiers; while Joe wants to get on the court, work together, and get things done.

“Mourdock and his supporters have spent millions attacking and distorting Senator Lugar's record, and began the general election attacking and distorting Joe's record. His negative campaign reflects his negative approach to bipartisanship. For him it's all about attack, distort, ‘my way or the highway.’ It won't create one job or help one Hoosier family, and voters will reject his partisan approach."

The ad will air across Indiana on broadcast and cable starting this morning. Watch the full ad here



Joe: For years I coached our kids in baseball and basketball – always preaching teamwork. But in Washington, the teams just bicker. As Senator, I’ll work with across party lines to balance the budget and cut spending.

The Indianapolis Star reported that Donnelly would vote yes on the Balanced Budget Amendment, writing “Most of Indiana's House members--including one Democrat--voted Friday to support a balanced-budget amendment. Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly, who is running for the Senate, was one of 25 Democrats who joined all but four Republicans in voting for the unsuccessful amendment.” [Indianapolis Star, 11/19/11]


Joe Donnelly is for balancing the budget and reducing our debt by cutting spending and closing corporate loopholes like tax breaks for oil companies and companies that outsource jobs. [S 627, Vote #676, 7/29/11; Congressional Documents and Publications, 5/17/11; HR 5982, Vote #514, 7/30/10; HR 1586, Vote #518, 8/10/10]

Joe: Richard Mourdock insists on tax breaks for Wall Street and oil companies.

Mourdock Signed The Taxpayer Protection Pledge. According to a May 2011 press release from Americans For Tax Reform, “Indiana U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Mourdock, who is currently State Treasurer, will face off against longtime incumbent Senator Richard Lugar in the Republican primary. Lugar, who is running for his seventh term, is the Senate’s most senior Republican... ‘I want to congratulate Mr. Mourdock for taking the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The American people clearly showed their displeasure in November with the tax-and-spend policies coming from Washington. They want real solutions that create jobs, cut government spending and get the economy going again,’ said Grover Norquist, president of ATR. ‘By signing the Pledge, Richard Mourdock demonstrates that he understands the problems of hard-working taxpayers nationwide, but especially the taxpayers of Indiana.’” [Americans For Tax Reform press release, 5/19/11]


Mourdock: “Dramatically Lower The Capital Gains Rate, Lower The Corporate Rate.” In July 2011, the Evansville Courier & Press published a transcript from WNIN-PBS’s “Newsmakers” which quoted Mourdock as saying, “I think certainly we need to lower the tax rates on individuals. I'd love to see us dramatically lower the capital gains rate, lower the corporate rate. As far as those loop holes that are out there, I think the government does a poor job whenever it issues subsidies to try to develop its favorite industry. It's never worked; it's not working now; and it's a way that I think that we can see some real saving and make government more efficient.” [Evansville Courier & Press, 7/16/11]


Mourdock Called For Elimination Of Capital Gains, Estate Taxes. In an October 2008 op-ed for the Evansville Courier & Press, Mourdock wrote, “We should use the current crisis as an opportunity to move forward with common sense steps to truly make us competitive in the global economy. This crisis should not be used as an excuse to bring our financial sector under government control. Such common sense steps should include eliminating capital gains taxes, as well as the elimination of the ‘death tax.’” [Richard Mourdock, Evansville Courier & Press, 10/13/08]


Mourdock supports the Ryan Budget, a budget plan that preserves $40 Billion of tax breaks for oil companies. [ThinkProgress, 3/21/12; Indy Defenders Of Liberty West TEA Party Event, tracking transcript, 5/23/11]

Joe:And like that one guy in the stands, he thinks he’s got all the answers.


Mourdock: Hey Donnelly, it’s my way or the highway!


[Video of Richard Mourdock on MSNBC’s Daily Rundown, 5/9/12]

Joe: You know, nothing gets done by yelling from the bleachers. It’s time for Hoosier common sense. I’m Joe Donnelly and I approve this message.







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