Republican congressional candidate Brooks Wicker has launched his first ad of the general election campaign, and it attacks Democratic incumbent John Yarmuth over the country’s increasing debt under President Obama.
The online ad features Yarmuth at a town hall meeting three years ago at Central High School discussing the president’s pending health care overhaul. Yarmuth faced a series of questions from constituents, many of whom opposed the legislation.
It criticizes the congressman for saying he didn’t know how the government would pay for the rising cost to entitlement programs on top of the Affordable Care Act.
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Wicker campaign manager Michael Wray says Yarmuth needs to be held accountable for the poor economy and that he voted for bills that added to the debt.
“When John Yarmuth took office unemployment nationally was barely over 4.5 percent and Louisville was barely over 5 percent. When Republicans took control, Democrats and their leadership under President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and John Yarmuth, they added $5.6 trillion to the national debt,” he says.
The Yarmuth camp argues that the “I don’t know” quote in the video taken is out of context and that the congressman did answer the question about how to pay for health care reform. In another YouTube video of the town hall forum, Yarmuth says tax surcharges and Medicare reforms would help pay for the president’s health care overhaul.
“They’re going to make whatever excuses they can make to justify Congressman Yarmuth’s abysmal economic record,” says Wray. “The truth comes down to Congressman Yarmuth has continually voted for programs that there was not funding for.”