Kentucky's GOP congressional candidates add to trend of anti-stimulus ads

10/21/2010 07:23 PM

Republican congressional candidates Andy Barr in Central Kentucky and Todd Lally in Louisville both started airing new ads this week that knock their Democratic opponents for supporting the federal stimulus bill.

They’re not alone to try that approach. The Wall Street Journal reported this week that at least 170 commercials have aired across the country this fall criticizing the $787 billion stimulus bill, which was passed in the spring of 2009 and is officially called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Both of Kentucky’s Democratic congressmen, U.S. Reps. Ben Chandler of Versailles and John Yarmuth of Louisville, supported the legislation. And both have defended it, saying without it the recession would have been even worse and state governments would have been crippled without the extra money.

In Kentucky the legislation provided $3 billion. About a third of that went to prop up the Medicaid program, which covers health care for low income and disabled Kentuckians. And another third of it went to education to prevent deep cuts to public colleges and universities, as well as the school systems, according to the state’s site tracking of the dollars.

But Republicans, including Lally and Barr, have argued that the unemployment rate in Kentucky remains at 10% and nationally it is close to that. And public opinion has soured on the stimulus spending as worry over the federal deficit and debt has spread over the  last year.

Here’s a look at their approaches, as reported on Pure Politics:

- Ryan Alessi


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