FACT CHECK: Karl Rove Ignores Donnelly Record, Misleads on Jobs

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Indianapolis, Ind.--Today, Joe Donnelly’s campaign for U.S. Senate responded to Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS ad yet again misleading Hoosier voters.

“Karl Rove and his billionaire backers can mislead all day long, but Hoosier voters are too smart for this,” said Paul Tencher, campaign manager.  “Joe Donnelly is one of the most independent Members of Congress, putting Indiana before party.  Karl Rove’s nameless backers are attempting to nationalize this race because Richard Mourdock’s ‘my way or the highway’ campaign is being rejected by Hoosier voters.  We need more leaders willing to work together, not Mourdock-style gridlock that will get us nowhere.”


The Truth

V/O: Indiana’s unemployment is stuck above the national average. Indiana’s unemployment is down from a peak of 11.6% in February 2010. [Bureau of Labor Statistics]
What’s Joe Donnelly’s jobs plan? Joe Donnelly has a jobs plan.  Richard Mourdock does not. [www.joeforindiana.com/jobs]

Joe Donnelly wants to crack down on the Chinese government’s unfair trade practices that hurt Hoosier manufacturers. Richard Mourdock earned the endorsement of the Club for Growth, an organization opposed to curbing Chinese currency manipulation, after changing his position on foreign currency exchange.

Joe Donnelly opposes the unfair trade deals that ship Hoosier jobs overseas. Richard Mourdock supported NAFTA.
Joe Donnelly wants to eliminate all loopholes that encourage some large corporations to ship jobs overseas.  Richard Mourdock supports protecting the loopholes that encourage companies to outsource Hoosier jobs.

Joe Donnelly wants to cut taxes for Indiana job creators, including making permanent the research and development tax credit and giving small businesses the ability to write off up to $250,000 in qualified investments in equipment and software. Richard Mourdock supports a consumption tax--raising taxes on 80% of Hoosiers.

Joe Donnelly wants to fix federal job training programs so they teach the skills Hoosier employers need now. Richard Mourdock wants to eliminate the Department of Education, destroying these job training programs completely.

Joe Donnelly fought tooth-and-nail to save the thousands of auto industry-related jobs in Indiana. Richard Mourdock led the charge to force the liquidation of Chrysler all the way to the Supreme Court, calling it his “Rosa Parks moment.”

[www.joeforindiana.com/jobs, accessed 5/15/12]]
Donnelly voted for President Obama’s budget, including over $1 Trillion in tax hikes. Joe Donnelly has voted against $2.4 trillion in federal spending. [2011 Roll Call 690; 2011 Roll Calls 154, 179, 253, 268; 2009 Roll Calls 369, 502, 623, 625, 636, 991; H.R. 1105 Roll Call #86; 2011 Roll Call #941; 2007 Roll Calls #454,456, 457, 467, 468, 520, 524, 539, 545, 571, 572, 601, 602, 659, 681, 682, 683, 709, 710, 740, 741, 742]

Joe Donnelly has returned more than $600,000 to the Treasury from his office budget since being elected to Congress. [disbursements.house.gov, 2007-2011]

Joe Donnelly supports a Balanced Budget Amendment. The Evansville Courier & Press reported that Donnelly would vote yes on the Balanced Budget Amendment, writing “U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, the only Democratic candidate in the race, said he will be among the “yes” votes when the House on Friday takes up a constitutional amendment that would require Congress to balance the federal budget.” [Evansville Courier & Press 11/17/11]
Higher taxes on small businesses.  He voted for Obamacare, saddling small businesses with more job killing taxes. The ACA provides American families and small businesses with $828 billion in tax credits. This breaks down to $806 billion in tax credits for American families to help them afford health care.  This also includes $22 billion in tax credits for small businesses to help them provide health care for their employees. [Senate Finance, 7/29/12; CBO, 3/2012]

Health care reform reduces our deficit. In 2011, the Congressional Budget Office estimates the ACA will reduce the federal deficit by $210 billion in Medicare savings and tax revenue sources by 2021. [Congressional Budget Office, 3/30/11]

Joe Donnelly supports major change to the health care reform bill, while
still making sure health insurance companies cannot deny coverage and prescription drug companies can't price gouge consumers. Donnelly is independent of President Obama, routinely voting against Obama-Democratic budgets because of overspending. He supports a line item veto, opposes increases in the gas tax, and wants to take tax breaks away from companies that ship jobs overseas. [Kokomo Tribune, 3/13/10; Fort Wayne News Sentinel, 6/2/12]
When we needed him to fight for jobs, Joe Donnelly voted with Barack Obama.  So why would he vote any different if we gave him a promotion? Joe Donnelly opposed the President more than 30% of the time and broke with his party more than all but six Democrats. [CQ Custom Member Profile, 2/2012; National Journal Vote Rankings 2011]



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