FACT CHECK: Mourdock is the Candidate Who Will Say Anything to Get Elected

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Indianapolis, Ind.--Today, Joe Donnelly’s campaign responded to Richard Mourdock’s latest attack ad trying to distract from his “my way or the highway” campaign.

“Richard Mourdock is the candidate who will say anything to get elected,” said Elizabeth Shappell, communications director.  “Joe has been and always will be a bipartisan, common sense voice for Hoosier middle class families.  Richard Mourdock is now attempting to hide his true, TEA Party ways: calling for more ‘zealots’ in the Republican Party, saying the highlight of politics is to ‘inflict’ his opinion on others, and declaring that bipartisanship should consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view.  Now, he wants to claim that he will work with Democrats--yet cannot name one Democrat who he would work with.  Truly, Mr. Mourdock is like the kid on the playground who will take his bat and ball and goes home if he doesn’t get his way.”

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V/O: Joe Donnelly’s real record?  Donnelly’s voted for higher taxes 28 times.
Joe Donnelly opposes allowing present tax rates to expire on any income levels. Reported the New York Times, “Representative Joe Donnelly, a Democrat running for an Indiana Senate seat, announced Tuesday he would vote for the Republican plan to extend all the Bush-era income tax rates when it comes up in the House next week.”[New York Times, 7/24/2012]
The taxpayer-funded bailout of Wall Street. Donnelly Supported the TARP Oversight and Accountability Act. In 2009, Donnelly voted in favor of placing new strict requirements on banks and other financial institutions that accept government assistance under the Treasury Department’s $700 billion financial rescue program. The House measure included requiring recipients of government money to prove they are using the money to increase lending to consumers and small businesses, limit the ability to use the money to finance mergers, and bar them from paying bonuses to top executives until the money is repaid.  The measure also would help distressed homeowners avoid foreclosure. Homeowners in part would be helped by the creation of a “safe harbor” that would protect loan servicers that modify troubled mortgages from lawsuits by investors in the mortgages. The reform also allowed for funds to be used to assist the domestic auto industry. [HR 384, Vote #26, 1/21/09]
New wasteful spending we can’t afford. 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]
Donnelly’s plan for the Senate?  Keep Harry Reid and the liberal Democrats in charge. 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]
And cancel out Dan Coats’ vote to repeal Obamacare.  Joe Donnelly.  Just another liberal who will say anything to get elected. 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]



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