"And Tommy Thompson? He raked in millions on K Street working for a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm that represents pharmaceuticals and insurance companies. So how could Hovde or Thompson ever represent us?"
The group's North Dakota spot responds to a recent ad from Rep. Rick Berg (R-N.D.) that featured his mother saying he would protect Social Security and Medicare. Both Berg and his opponent, former North Dakota Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp (D), have focused on Medicare and healthcare in their race.
"In North Dakota, candidate Rick Berg is using his mom to falsely claim he would never harm Medicare. But in Washington Congressman Berg voted not once but twice to drastically cut Medicare and to essentially end Medicare," the ad says. "Experts say Berg's plan more than doubles out-of-pocket expenses to seniors and raises the age of eligibility to 67. Rick Berg's changed — he's gone Washington."
The Virginia ad, the group's third of the cycle, hits former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) as a big spender while complimenting former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine's (D) spending record — a theme Kaine's campaign has pushed hard.
"On government spending, Virginia voters should know the facts. Tim Kaine cut nearly $6 billion in state spending and balanced the budget as governor. But George Allen? Allen voted for $121 billion in earmarks. Earmarks for imported fire ants, Alaskan berry research and DNA study of bears in Montana. No wonder Allen turned America's largest surplus into a massive federal deficit."
Allen's campaign fired back.
"It's a telling act of desperation for Tim Kaine and his allies to pat him on the back for complying with the Virginia constitution requiring a balanced budget," said Allen spokeswoman Emily Davis in a statement. "Virginians know that Tim Kaine chose to spend his last year as governor traveling the country, giving speeches and raising money to champion Democrats' failed policies that have added $5 trillion to the national debt."
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