NRCC's TV ad against Ben Chandler criticizes him and Obama for making 'economy worse'

11/28/2011 08:41 AM

National Republicans are resuming TV ads against Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler of Versailles that accuse him of “making the economy worse” by supporting President Barack Obama’s most recent spending proposal aimed at creating jobs.

The new spot by the National Republican Congressional Committee begins airing today and will run on cable in the 6th District for two weeks, said NRCC spokeswoman Joanna Burgos.

The NRCC is spending $7,280 over the next two weeks to air the ads, according to information in the public ad files of Insight Communications — cn|2’s parent company.

The commercial begins with the audio clip of broadcast news coverage that mentioned that Chandler voiced support for Obama’s $447 billion jobs package in September that included payroll tax cuts, credits for companies that hired unemployed workers and infrastructure spending.

“Hold it. Ben Chandler did the same thing with President Obama’s first failed stimulus program,” the ad’s announcer says, referring to the $789 billion stimulus plan Congress passed in 2009.

The spot goes on to quote Chandler from his 2008 endorsement of Obama saying he believed Obama would “provide the steady hand” the country needs.

Here’s what Chandler said in September after Obama unveiled his latest proposal:

“The best way to jumpstart our economy and solve our fiscal crisis is by putting Kentuckians back to work. That will go a long way to reducing the deficit, and I’m pleased the President’s focus is on creating jobs, strengthening our middle class and small businesses, and growing our economy.”

Chandler has broken with the president on some issues, including the health care reform bill in 2010. And he has voted with the Republican majority on some issues, such as this month’s vote for a constitutional amendment to require a balanced federal budget.

Republican Andy Barr, who lost to Chandler by 648 votes in 2010, has announced he plans to run again in 2012.

The 6th congressional district currently covers 16 counties in Central Kentucky but is likely to change by next year because of redistricting.

The national parties have taken a strong interest in this race. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ran radio ads against Barr this summer while the NRCC bought three weeks of TV ads in June against Chandler.


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