Campaign 2010

May 12, 2011

Republican Freshmen Scare Tactic Hypocrites Complain About Truth

At a press conference this morning, a group of House Republican freshmen plan to complain about town hall meeting outrage toward their controversial budget that ends Medicare in order to pay for taxpayer giveaways to Big Oil companies and tax breaks for the ultra rich. The freshmen co-signed a joint letter to the President complaining about tactics that they said are designed to “scare” seniors. 


It turns out that at least half of the House Republicans involved in this attempt to divert attention from their vote to end Medicare ran or benefitted from false and misleading ads last cycle about Medicare or campaigned on the issue.


“House Republican freshmen used false and misleading scare tactics against seniors last year but are now afraid of the truth: their constituents are outraged that they voted to end Medicare while protecting Big Oil,” said Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Voters are smarter than the freshmen give them credit for, they can see through House Republicans’ hypocritical stunt to try silence their constituents’ outrage at Republicans vote to end Medicare and protect Big Oil.”


House Republican Medicare Hypocrites: 


Martha Roby (AL-02)

Tim Griffin (AR-02)

Paul Gosar (AZ-01)

Scott Tipton (CO-03)

Cory Gardner (CO-04)

Alan West (FL-22)

Robert Dold (IL-10)

Adam Kinzinger (IL-11)

Randy Hultgren (IL-14)

Bobby Schilling (IL-17)

Andy Harris (MD-01)

Alan Nunnelee (MS-01)

Renee Ellmers (NC-02)

Frank Guinta (NH-01)

Chris Gibson (NY-20)

Steve Stivers (OH-15)

Pat Meehan (PA-07)

Lou Barletta (PA-11)

Kristi Noem (SD-AL)

Blake Farenthold (TX-27)

Sean Duffy (WI-07)


Martha Roby: “This is The New Health Care Law. It Costs Too Much…Half Trillion Dollars in Medicare Cuts.” In a 2010 campaign ad, Martha Roby said, “This is the new health care law. It costs too much and explodes the deficit. 1,000 pages of rules and regulations. Massive new taxes and a half trillion dollars in Medicare cuts.” [Martha Roby’s YouTube Footage, Uploaded 10/10/10]


Tim Griffin: Campaign Said He Opposes Privatizing Medicare. In an October 1, 2010 press release, Tim Griffin touted his opposition to privatizing Medicare. [Tim Griffin for Congress Committee’s Press Release, 10/1/10]


Paul Gosar: NRCC Ran Ads for Gosar on Medicare Cuts. In 2010, the NRCC ran ads for Paul Gosar attacking his opponent for “cutting Medicare for seniors.” [NRCC campaign ad, 10/25/10]


Scott Tipton said “I’ll Never Put Our Seniors’ Future At Risk. No Cuts. No Privatization.” In his 2010 campaign ad, Scott Tipton said, “I’ll never put our seniors’ future at risk. No cuts. No privatization.” [Tipton campaign ad, uploaded 9/26/10]


Cory Gardner: Ran Ad Against Medicare Cuts. In 2010, Gardner ran a campaign ad against Medicare cuts. [Gardner campaign ad, 10/12/10]


Alan West: Ran Ad Against Medicare Cuts. In 2010, Allen West ran an ad against the “government takeover of health care” that would lead to “Medicare cuts.” [West campaign ad, 10/11/10]


Robert Dold: AAN Ran Ads for Dold on Medicare Cuts. In 2010, the American Action Network ran ads benefitting Bob Dold stating that health care reform meant “cuts in Medicare.” [American Action Network ad, 10/19/10]


Adam Kinzinger: Opposed $500 Billion Cut to Medicare. At a March 2010 meeting in Ottawa, Kinzinger criticized the health care reform law and claimed the bill will would cut $500 billion from Medicare over 10 years, remove 4 million people from Medicare, and place 15 million onto Medicaid. [News Tribune, 3/24/10]


Randy Hultgren: Ran Ad Against Medicare Cuts. In 2010, Randy Hultgren ran an ad against Medicare cuts. [Hultgren campaign ad, 10/13/10]


Bobby Schilling; said “I do not support cutting benefits to [Medicare and Social Security] at all.” In a 2010 Chicago Tribune survey, Bobby Schilling said, “I believe that there will need to be an increase in Medicare and Social Security withholding taxes. I do not support cutting benefits to these programs at all.” [Chicago Tribune, 9/13/10]


Andy Harris: NRCC Ran Ad Benefitting Harris on Medicare Cuts. In 2009, the NRCC ran an ad benefitting Congressman Andy Harris regarding Medicare cuts. [NRCC Ad, 8/28/09]


Alan Nunnelee: Ran Ad Against Medicare Cuts.  In 2010, Nunnelee ran an ad against Medicare cuts. [Nunnelee campaign ad, 10/20/10]


Renee Ellmers: Claimed it Was “Wrong” To Cut Medicare. Renee Ellmers said in 2010, “…Cutting Medicare By $500 billion Dollars to Pay for Obamacare. That’s Wrong.” [Ellmers campaign ad, uploaded 9/19/10]


Frank Guinta: Cited Medicare Cuts as a Reason to Oppose Health Care Reform. In January 2010, Frank Guinta’s campaign issued a press release arguing againt cutting Medicare by $500 billion.  “A bill that raises taxes, increases the cost of insurance for businesses and individuals, cuts Medicare by 500 billion...” [Friends of Frank Guinta Press Release via, 1/8/10]


Chris Gibson: On Medicare Vouchers: “I’m Not For It.” In an October 2010 Chris Gibson campaign stump speech, Gibson responded to claims that he supported “Medicare vouchers.” Gibson said, “ I didn’t even know what that (Medicare vouchers) was. I had to go look it up. So I did, and I’m not for it.” [Albany Times-Union, 10/7/10; Jimmy Vielkind’s YouTube Footage, Uploaded 2/3/11]


Steve Stivers: Chamber Ran Ads for Stivers on Medicare Cuts. In 2010, the Chamber of Commerce ran ads for Steve Stivers attacking his opponent who “voted to gut Medicare by 500 billion dollars.” [Chamber of Commerce ad, October 2010]


Pat Meehan: Ran Radio Ads on Medicare Taxes. In 2010, Meehan ran radio ads saying that health care reform would bring “Medicare taxes.” [Meehan radio ad, 7/14/10]


Lou Barletta: 60 Plus Ran Ads On Medicare Cuts for Barletta. In 2010, the 60 Plus Association ran ads for Lou Barletta saying that he voted for a health care plan that raised “taxes and cuts $500 billion from Medicare.” [60 Plus Association ad, 9/08/10]


Kristi Noem: Cuts to Essential Programs Like Medicare is The Wrong Direction. On the issue section of her campaign website, Kristi Noem wrote, “I will also work to repeal the trillion dollar health care bill passed this year that includes $500 million in cuts to Medicare.  The bill puts bureaucrats between patients and their doctor and pays for it with cuts to essential programs like Medicare. This is the wrong direction for health care.” [Kristi for Congress Website, accessed 4/20/11]


Blake Farenthold: Claimed The Health Care Reform Bill Would “Betray Seniors Who Rely on Medicare.” On March 16, 2010, Blake Frarenthold wrote that health care bill would “betray our seniors who rely on Medicare.” [Blake Farenthold for Congress’s Website, accessed on 4/20/11]


Sean Duffy: Duffy Ran Ad Against Medicare Cuts. In 2010, Sean Duffy ran ads against Medicare cuts. [Duffy campaign ad, 9/03/10]