FACT CHECK: Mourdock’s Friends Try to Hide His Pattern of Extreme Positions

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Indianapolis, Ind.--Today, Joe Donnelly’s campaign responded to the latest attack ad from Richard Mourdock’s national friends.

“Richard Mourdock has a pattern of extreme TEA Party positions that his special interest friends are trying to hide,” said Elizabeth Shappell, communications director.  “Hoosier voters aren’t buying what Mr. Mourdock is selling: questioning the constitutionality of Social Security and Medicare, cutting $5 billion from Hoosier students, and trying to eliminate over 100,000 Hoosier jobs.  So, Mourdock’s friends are trying to mislead the voters of Indiana.  The truth is, Joe Donnelly has a proven record of breaking with his party to do what is right for middle class families here in Indiana.”

Script The Truth
Narrator: Obama and Pelosi’s reckless spending put us $16 trillion in debt. And Joe Donnelly said 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 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]

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]
Obama and Pelosi wasted billions on the failed stimulus. And Joe Donnelly said yes. Recovery Act Included $288 Billion In Tax Cuts. From PolitiFact: “Nearly a third of the cost of the stimulus, $288 billion, comes via tax breaks to individuals and businesses. The tax cuts include a refundable credit of up to $400 per individual and $800 for married couples; a temporary increase of the earned income tax credit for disadvantaged families; and an extension of a program that allows businesses to recover the costs of capital expenditures faster than usual. The tax cuts aren't so much spending as money the government won't get -- so it can stay in the economy.” [PolitiFact.com, 2/17/10]
Obama and Pelosi fought for a massive middle class tax hike. And Joe Donnelly said yes. 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]
A vote for Joe Donnelly is a vote for the Obama-Pelosi agenda. Say no to their yes man. 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]

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]

Joe Donnelly has voted with John Boehner nearly 60% of the time over his lifetime. [Opencongress.org, accessed 10/15/12]

In 2009, Donnelly voted against the American Clean Energy and Security Act, commonly known as Cap and Trade. The Associated Press reported that although 211 Democrats and 8 Republicans backed the legislation, Donnelly believed it could jeopardize jobs. “The legislation has too many uncertainties in terms of the effect it would have on manufacturers and other businesses and the Hoosiers they employ,” Donnelly said. “In particular, I am very concerned that the bill would put us at a competitive disadvantage relative to other emerging economic powers like China and India.” [Associated Press, 6/27/09]

In July 2011, Donnelly voted in favor of passage of a bill which would speed up the decision by the Obama administration on the Keystone Oil Pipeline. According to the Associated Press, “lawmakers endorsed a Nov. 1 deadline for the State Department to decide whether to approve the $7 billion project. A Canadian company wants to build a 1,900-mile pipeline to carry crude oil extracted from tar sands in Alberta, Canada, to refineries in Texas.” [Associated Press, 7/26/11] The bill passed, 279-147. [HR 1938, Vote #650, 7/26/11]

In 2010, Donnelly voted against the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to legal residency for hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants first brought to the United States illegally by their parents. Donnelly also criticized the Justice Department’s lawsuit against the state of Arizona over the state’s immigration law. “The federal government should have stayed out of it. Arizona is trying to deal with a large amount of challenges that they have because of their location. We’d be a lot better off at the federal level by providing additional border agents and providing additional assistance than filing suit.” [HR 5281, Vote #625, 12/08/10; South Bend Tribune, 9/28/10]




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