Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Republicans launch TV ad against Mike McIntyre

 Verne Strickland Blogmaster / August 21, 2012


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Mon., at 1:19 by

This post has been updated with the McIntyre campaign’s response to the ad.

The National Republican Congressional Committee late last week began airing television ads criticizing U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre’s support of President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package. The ad says the taxpayer-funded stimulus was used for foreign companies and to create jobs in China.

“More taxes, more spending, more jobs overseas. Is that what’s best for us?” the narrator says in the ad.

View the ad.

Republicans repeatedly have sought to link McIntyre to Obama’s policies. McIntyre’s campaign counters that he is an independent voice for the district. McIntyre faces Republican state Sen. David Rouzer of Johnston County in the 7th Congressional District, which includes all or parts of 12 Southeastern North Carolina counties.

In its response to the ad, the McIntyre campaign listed beneficiaries of stimulus dollars, saying McIntyre has “always sought to help give our area an economic advantage by helping rural communities, fire departments, law enforcement, our schools, and dredging and beach projects – all of which have had a positive impact on Southeastern North Carolina.”

McIntyre, his campaign said in a statement, has also voted to eliminate the marriage tax, voted for the original Bush tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 and to extend them permanently, and voted to eliminate the marriage tax.

His campaign also said McIntyre has fought to preserve Social Security and Medicare and is a friend to small businesses as evidenced by his recent endorsement from the National Federation of Independent Business.