FACT CHECK: National Republicans Try to Distract from Mourdock’s “My Way or the Highway” Campaign

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Indianapolis, Ind.--Today, Joe Donnelly’s campaign for U.S. Senate responded to the National Republican Campaign Committee’s latest misleading ad attacking Joe Donnelly.

“This is yet another misleading ad from national Republicans trying to clean up Richard Mourdock’s ‘my way or the highway’ mess of a campaign,” said Paul Tencher, campaign manager.  “The truth is that Joe Donnelly has a record of being an independent, common sense voice for middle class families.  He cares about the people of Indiana, not a political party.  What’s clear is that Washington Republicans are trying to mislead Hoosier voters in order to distract from Mourdock’s call for more partisanship and questioning the constitutionality of Social Security and Medicare.”


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The Truth

V/O: Joe Donnelly says yes to the Obama-Pelosi bankrupting, job-killing agenda.   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]

In January 2011, Donnelly did not vote in favor of Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House. Instead, he and 10 other Democrats voted in favor of North Carolina Democrat Heath Shuler. [Roll Call, 1/05/11; Politico, 1/05/11; Indianapolis Star, 1/06/11; CQ Today, 1/05/11]

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]
Yes to trillions in new spending. 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]
Yes to Obamacare.   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]
Donnelly said yes to their plan to cut Medicare for seniors by billions, paid for by massive middle class tax increases.   Health care reform does not cut Medicare.  This claim has repeatedly been found to be false. The Washington Post called it “misleading,” and found that the health care bill “actually puts Medicare on a more solid financial footing.” Other independent fact checkers agree and stressed that “time and again” they've pointed out exactly how misleading this claim is.  [Washington Post, 6/14/11; FactCheck.org, 9/17/10, 8/20/10, 3/19/10, 6/13/12]

Mourdock supports the Ryan Budget, which would have repealed all the benefits of health care reform, but adopted all but "$10 billion of the nearly $500 [now $716B] billion in Medicare savings."  "It’s rather rich for Republicans to complain about $500 billion in supposed cuts to Medicare that they themselves would retain."  Mourdock’s plan would also raise healthcare costs for seniors by over $6,000.  [Washington Post, 6/14/11; CBPP,4/15/11; Senate Vote 77, 5/25/11; House Vote 277, 4/15/11]
A vote for Joe Donnelly is a vote for the Obama Pelosi agenda.  Say no to their yes man. 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]

In January 2011, Donnelly did not vote in favor of Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House. Instead, he and 10 other Democrats voted in favor of North Carolina Democrat Heath Shuler. [Roll Call, 1/05/11; Politico, 1/05/11; Indianapolis Star, 1/06/11; CQ Today, 1/05/11]

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