FACT CHECK: Mourdock Ad Leans On The “Lie Of The Year,” Repeats Claims Rated False By Non-Partisan Fact Checkers

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Indianapolis, Ind.-- Today, Joe Donnelly’s campaign for U.S. Senate responded to Richard Mourdock’s latest misleading ad, citing non-partisan fact checkers who dubbed a central claim in the ad the “lie of the year.”

“Richard Mourdock has one direction in politics and that is ‘my way or the highway.’ His misleading media campaign reflects his one-way approach and it is the wrong way for Hoosiers,” said Paul Tencher, campaign manager. “Richard Mourdock wants to inflict his Tea Party agenda on Hoosiers and if you disagree that social security is unconstitutional or that cancer coverage shouldn't be mandatory he will do everything he can to distract. Like the divers in his commercial, Richard Mourdock is all wet.”

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V/O: When it comes to the “Washington Way” of bigger government and more wasteful spending, Joe Donnelly and Barack Obama are perfectly synchronized. 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]

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]
The $700 billion dollar Wall Street bailout: yes. 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]
Raising the debt ceiling to spend trillions we don’t have: you bet. The possibility of defaulting on the nation’s obligations and “potentially causing harm to our already-fragile economy,” was “not an option” Donnelly said. [Indianapolis Star, 8/03/11; US Fed News, 8/01/11]

Donnelly called the debt limit agreement “far from perfect,” but said the economy depended on it. “This messy process has continued to threaten our economy because too few of my colleagues were willing to seriously negotiate until the last minute,” he said. “Americans deserve better from both sides of the aisle.” [South Bend Tribune, 8/02/11]
The job killing government takeover of healthcare: perfect again. Independent fact checkers have dubbed this the "Lie of the Year."  The government is not taking over medicine, taking over hospitals, or controlling doctors. Americans can stay on their employer-provided health care.  They can keep their doctors.  The ACA does not have any government-run insurance plan.  [PolitiFact, 12/16/10]

Joe Donnelly supports major changes 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.  [2011 Roll Call #361, 2011 Roll Call #162, 2011 Roll Call #789]

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 changes 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]

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 IN Tea Party 4/16/11 event transcription, youtube.com, accessed 5/20/11]

Mourdock Allied With Tea Party In Pursuing Chrysler Lawsuit That Would Have Eliminated More Than 4,000 High-Paying Indiana Jobs. In 2009, Mourdock brought a lawsuit that challenged Chrysler’s bankruptcy restructuring, risking more than 4,000 high-paying Indiana jobs. Reported the Kokomo Tribune, “Allied with the Tea Party, Mourdock had fought tooth and nail to kill Chrysler's bankruptcy reorganization, preferring to see the company -- and more than 4,000 high-paying Kokomo jobs -- liquidated.” [Kokomo Tribune, 11/20/10]

Center For Automotive Research Study Found That Slowing Bankruptcy Settlement Could Endanger More Than 1 Million U.S. Jobs, Including More Than 100,000 In Indiana. Reported the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, “More than 1 million U.S. jobs - and more than 100,000 in Indiana - are riding on whether the bankruptcies of Chrysler LLC and General Motors Corp. are quick and orderly, according to a prominent research center's study. . . . The jobs study, by the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich., says that almost 250,000 U.S. jobs will be lost by 2011 if the Chrysler and GM bankruptcies go smoothly. It said Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, respectively, will be hardest hit, with 85,000 losses. But if the bankruptcies are protracted, consumers will desert the carmakers, creating massive disruptions in the supply chain and huge job losses, the study said. In Indiana, 13,000 jobs would be lost by 2011 under the best- case scenario. But if the bankruptcies become open-ended, 124,000 Hoosier jobs could be lost, the study said.” [Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, 6/9/09]

Mourdock On Chrysler Lawsuit: “I Didn't Take A Pledge That I Would Support Every Job In Indiana.” In 2010, reported the Indianapolis Star, “Mourdock counters that he didn't place jobs in jeopardy, because he didn't manage Chrysler into bankruptcy. He said he's received ‘lots of pats on the backs’ for fighting to protect retirees. ‘I didn't take a pledge that I would support every job in Indiana under whatever means it takes to do it,’ Mourdock said. ‘The oath I took said I would support the laws of Indiana and support the Constitution of the United States. Constitutional rights for people for which I had a fiduciary responsibility were being violated, and I had no choice to do what I did. I certainly have no regrets.’” [Indianapolis Star, 10/19/10]
But we can’t afford it. Donnelly and Obama: perfect for each other, perfectly wrong for Indiana. 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]
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]


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