DONNELLY AD: Romney, Clinton Reject Mourdock’s “My Way or the Highway” Approach

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Indianapolis, Ind.--This morning, Joe Donnelly’s campaign for U.S. Senate unveiled its latest ad highlighting more rejection of Richard Mourdock’s “my way or the highway” approach to politics.

“Richard Mourdock’s ‘my way or the highway’ approach is so out of the mainstream that both Governor Romney and President Clinton reject it,” said Elizabeth Shappell, communications director.  “He not only has questioned the constitutionality of Medicare and Social Security--he would cut help for wounded veterans while giving oil companies tax breaks.  Our American heroes coming back from overseas deserve a U.S. Senator who will fight for them, not big oil companies.  That’s Joe Donnelly.”

The ad starts running today on broadcast and cable statewide.  Watch the ad here.


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Romney: My experience… as a Governor… is if I come in and lay down a piece of legislation and say, “it’s my way or the highway.” I don’t get a lot done. [Presidential Debate, 10/3/12]
V/O: Richard Mourdock disagrees. He’s all about my way or the highway – attacking Medicare and Social Security as unconstitutional
and cutting help for wounded vets while giving oil companies tax breaks.
Mourdock Challenged The Constitutionality Of Social Security, Medicare, And Medicaid. In April 2011, Mourdock spoke at a Madison Tea Party event and stated “Sixty percent of our budget, sixty percent of our budget this year, will be for Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. I challenge you in Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution where those so-called enumerated powers are listed. I challenge you to find words that talk about Medicare or Medicaid or, yes, even Social Security. You know, Article I, Section 8 says the U.S. government shall have the power to tax to pay off its debts, to pay for its defense, and then it says to provide for the general welfare.” [Madison TEA Party Rally, 4/16/11]

Mourdock’s Budget Cuts at Least $179 Billion from Veterans' Disability Compensation And Other Benefits. Mourdock's massive cuts to the VA Budget and veterans' benefits would force budget cuts to life insurance, burial benefits, pensions, disability payments, and survivors' benefits. [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities 9/24/12]

Mourdock’s budget protects $40 Billion in tax breaks for big oil companies. [ThinkProgress, 3/21/12]
Clinton: What is this idea that it’s my way or the highway?

V/O: It’s the wrong way for Indiana.
[Indianapolis Campaign Appearance, 10/12/12]
Donnelly: I'm Joe Donnelly, and I approve this message.  

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