Campaign 2010

Sep 26, 2008

DCCC Releases New Ad on Hayes Supporting Bush Economic Policies for 8 Years

The DCCC today released a new ad holding Representative Robin Hayes (NC-08) accountable for supporting Bush's bad economic policies and unfair trade deals that caused North Carolina to lose almost 225,000 manufacturing jobs.  The ad can be viewed here:

In the ad, Hayes' claims about standing up to President Bush are shot down and voters are reminded that when President Bush pressured him, Representative Hayes cast the deciding vote for CAFTA.

"Robin Hayes' consistent support of President Bush's economic policies show just how out of touch he is with the hardworking families of North Carolina," said Kyra Jennings, Southern Regional Press Secretary at the DCCC.  "Robin Hayes' votes against the interests of his district have sent thousands of jobs overseas, and now he is trying to lie about his record.  The people of North Carolina's 8th District deserve a representative like Larry Kissell, who shares their concerns and will stand up for the district every time."

The DCCC began airing ads earlier this week holding Representative Hayes accountable for his record of voting with Big Oil: 


  • Hayes Cast Deciding Vote in Favor of CAFTA:

After initially voting against the bill, Hayes switched his vote and cast the deciding 216th vote in favor of CAFTA, breaking a tie that forced Republican leaders to hold the vote open 40 minutes.  If Hayes had held fast to his promise to vote against CAFTA, the bill would have failed. [Charlotte Observer, 7/29/05]

  • For Weeks Prior to Vote, Hayes Vowed to Oppose CAFTA:

"I am flat-out, completely, horizontally opposed to CAFTA," Hayes said earlier this month. "It's not in the best interests of the core constituency I represent," he said another time. "Every time I drive through Kannapolis and I see those empty plants, I know there is no way I could vote for CAFTA," he said on a third occasion. [News & Observer (Raleigh, NC), 7/29/05]

  • Bush Personally Called Hayes to Lobby for CAFTA Vote:

According to the National Journal's CongressDaily, President Bush personally called Hayes to lobby for his support of the CAFTA trade deal. "For Hayes, Boustany, Fitzpatrick and LaTourette, the pitches included phone calls from Bush." [National Journal's CongressDaily, 7/28/05]

  • In Tears, Hayes Cast Deciding Vote in Favor of Fast Track Trade Authority

In 2001, in another infamous vote against the interests of his constituents, Hayes cast the deciding vote in favor of legislation to give President Bush broad authority to negotiate trade deals known commonly as Fast Track.  [HR 3005, Vote #481, 12/06/01]

On the floor of the House, Hayes broke down in tears. According to The Hill newspaper, House Majority Whip DeLay walked over to put his arm around Hayes and assured him that he hadn't just sealed his defeat in the upcoming midterm elections. [The New Republic, 3/04/02]

  • Hayes Promised to Vote Against Fast Track Bill Hours Before Voting For It:

According to the Raleigh News & Observer, "Just an hour before the vote, Hayes met with several unemployed mill workers from his district who had traveled to Washington to lobby against the bill," and told them he would vote against the legislation. [News & Observer (Raleigh, NC), 1/20/02]  

  • Voted to Give $40 Billion in Tax Breaks to Companies that Ship Jobs Overseas:

In June 2004, Hayes voted in favor of the American Jobs Creation Act.  According to the AFL-CIO, the bill contained nearly $40 billion in tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. [HR 4520, Vote #259, 6/17/04; AFL-CIO 2004 House Scorecard,]

  • Voted For $350 Billion Tax Cut For The Rich, While Giving 50 Million Households Nothing:

In May 2003, Hayes voted in favor of legislation to adopt an irresponsible tax cut package that deepened the nation's fiscal crisis and left middle-income households out in the cold. [HR 2, Vote #225, 5/23/03]

  • North Carolina Has Lost Nearly 225,000 Manufacturing Jobs Since Bush Took Office:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state of North Carolina had 743,400 manufacturing jobs in January 2001 when President Bush took office.  In July 2008, the state had 518,500 manufacturing jobs.  The difference amounts to a loss of 224,900 manufacturing jobs since Bush took office. [Bureau of Labor Statistics, "At a Glance Tables," accessed 9/24/08]