National GOP group stepping up support for Paulsen in hot 3rd District race

The National Republican Congressional Committee is weighing back into the hot 3rd Congressional District race (Erik Paulsen vs. Ashwin Madia) to replace the retiring Rep. Jim Ramstad.

A new NRCC ad attacking Madia went up today. Here it is.

I’m not sure how much money NRCC is putting behind the ad, but its appearance is significant because the committee had recently canceled two weeks’ worth of TV time it had reserved for Paulsen. It looked like it might be abandoning him to shift money to endangered incumbents, including Minnesotan Michele Bachmann. This ad means they have not abandoned him completely.

The ad continues a theme of Paulsen’s current ad, which is based on the very dubious claim that Madia favors allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire in their entirety. All of the numbers in the ad are based on that premise, which is false. Madia favors keeping the tax cuts for households with less than $250,000 in income.

Paulsen and the NRCC are relying on quotes taken out of context at three candidate forums in which Madia seemed to be talking about the entire Bush tax cut package. But the Madia campaign has produced video showing that in at least two of the three cases, Madia made clear at the very same event that he was talking about the tax cuts for the top 2 or 3 percent of earners.

Here’s the longer excerpt from one of those events in November of 2007.

If you watch the whole clip, you’ll find that Madia says, “We gotta let the Bush tax cuts expire,” but says less than a minute later that “we can darn well have the top 1 percent sacrifice their tax cuts.”

The full clip is seven minutes long, but the discussion of the tax cuts occurs in the first three minutes.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 10/22/2008 - 03:30 pm.

    The Republican party, individual campaigns (like Paulsen’s and McCain’s) and groups like the National Chamber of Commerce have all claimed in their ads that the Obama tax plan will “RAISE YOUR TAXES” or that we will all have to pay “AN AVERAGE INCREASE OF $1,700” per year. These ads are deceptive at best.

    The Obama plan would let the Bush tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 expire but would continue the cuts now in place for those making less than $200,000 (and perhaps increase them). Ninety-five percent of us will get a cut or pay no more.

    If I lived in the Third, I would certainly vote for the candidate who supports the Obama plan (Madia) instead of the one (Paulsen) who supports the Bush/McCain desire to finish its transfer of the country’s wealth to those at the very top. Let’s not forget that Paulsen is a signer of the notorious no-tax pledge, either, and therefore would be in favor of cuts to essential programs in order to balance budgets.

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