(Ah good…now the campaign ads start. – promoted by Middle of the Road)
The day before President Obama visits Denver to attend fundraisers for Sen. Michael Bennet, Republican Senate frontrunner Jane Norton unveiled an ad campaign today aimed at tying Bennet to the Obama administration’s deficit spending. The ad doesn’t mention Bennet. Here’s the TV version:
The ad’s script and Norton’s deficit proposals follow.
Here’s the ad’s transcript, from the Norton campaign, though the TV ad released doesn’t have an announcer but displays those words in titles. There’s a radio version that’s almost identical.
ANNOUNCER: The President’s coming to Denver and Colorado needs to send him a message.
JANE NORTON: Mr. President, as a candidate you came to Denver and promised to “go through the federal budget…eliminating programs that no longer work…”
You’ve done just the opposite – massive spending and debt.
It’s ruining our economy and it’s wrong.
Mr. President, you should pledge to balance the budget or else decline to seek re-election. That’d be change we could believe in.
I’m Jane Norton. I approved this message. Let’s Stand Up, Colorado.
“Let’s Stand Up, Colorado,” appears to be the Norton slogan.
Here’s what the Norton campaign proposes:
- Cut discretionary spending by 20 percent and then freeze it for three years. This shouldn’t be hard to accomplish – all it would require is a return to 2008 levels.
- Use what’s left of the stimulus and TARP money to pay down the debt. It will show the American people you’re serious about fiscal responsibility.
- End your quest for a government healthcare takeover.
- Then cut taxes on small businesses. Ronald Reagan showed that it works. When small businesses can create jobs through a lower tax burden, tax receipts actually go up.
- End earmarks.
- Finally, do what you promised. Go through your budget line by line and eliminate wasteful programs until the federal government is not spending a dime more than it makes.
What say you, Polsters? Does Norton have her economics right? Is it a good idea to slash federal spending and suspend the stimulus while the country is still getting out of a recession?