Campaign 2010

May 17, 2010

Earth to Congressman Pearce: Your ‘Background’ Is In Creating Our Economic Problems; Now You Can Fix

During his time in Washington, D.C., Steve Pearce helped implement the failed economic policies that caused the greatest economic downturn in recent history, turned record surpluses into record deficits, and caused New Mexico’s families to struggle.

In fact, Pearce oversaw a $4.3 trillion increase in the federal debt, voted against border security funding and agents at least five times despite giving lip service to the need for border security, talked a good game about supporting our men and women in uniform but voted against funding for veterans’ programs 13 times – and even backed George W. Bush’s plan to privatize Social Security and subject seniors’ benefits to greedy Wall Street traders and the whims of the stock market.

And now Pearce says because he has a ‘background’ in all these issues, he wants to head back to Washington to do it all again!

"Steve Pearce says he wants to return to Washington, D.C., to address all the 'dramatic problems' we now face – but apparently Pearce has forgotten that his ‘background’ in these issues was helping create them," said Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  "Fortunately, New Mexico families that are still digging out of the economic mess Pearce and his pals helped cause haven’t forgotten anything."


  • Pearce told the Albuquerque Journal, “We're facing dramatic problems right now. There are dramatic internal problems, we're in a couple of wars, we have dramatic economic problems. I have a background in all three.” [Albuquerque Journal, 5/16/10]
  • Pearce said that he supported President Bush’s plan to turn over a portion of Americans’ Social Security so they could invest it themselves. [Clovis News Journal, 11/27/07]
  • While Pearce was in office, the public debt grew $4.3 trillion, from $6.3 to $10.6 trillion. [, accessed 2/03/10]
  • Pearce voted against veterans programs. [Vote #1171, 12/17/07; Vote #1050, 11/6/07; Vote 224, 5/26/05; Vote #149, 4/28/05; Vote #87, 3/17/05; Vote #82, 3/17/05; Vote #71, 3/15/05; Vote 478, 9/29/04; Vote #301, 6/24/04; Vote #567, 10/21/03; Vote #450, 7/25/03; Vote #82, 3/21/03; Vote #17, 1/29/03]
  • Pearce voted against border security funding and agents at least five times. [Vote 491, 6/15/07; Vote 445, 9/14/06; Vote 255, 6/12/06; Vote 56, 3/16/06; Vote #160, 5/5/05]
  • Pearce hailed the decision to award a COPS grant to the Las Cruces Police Department, but voted to slash Community Oriented Police Services funding. [Domenici Press Release, 9/15/05; Vote 248, 6/14/05; Vote 244, 6/14/05; Vote 330, 7/7/04]