Democrat Shelli Yoder is launching her first TV ad of the general election in Indiana’s Ninth Congressional District race that touts the political newcomer as a champion for middle-class Hoosiers.
The 30-second spot features Yoder talking directly to voters and pledging to protect entitlement programs.
Yoder goes after Republican incumbent Todd Young, accusing the freshman of backing a plan to privatize Social Security and turn Medicare into a voucher program. Presumably, Yoder is talking about Young’s support of GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s budget plan.
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Young, however, has not shied away from his relationship to Congressman Ryan nor has he run from that vote on the House Budget Committee.
When Ryan was announced as Mitt Romney’s running mate earlier this year, Young embraced the choice as a sign that Romney was serious about leading the country back to prosperity and highlighted their work together in Congress.
“At a time when unemployment remains above 8 percent,” Young said in a statement in August. “Our national debt nears $16 trillion and political debate threatens to stall recovery, America needs leaders willing to put pen to paper and outline a clear path forward for our country. Ryan—with whom I’ve worked on the Budget Committee to draft such a bold, comprehensive and coherent vision for America’s future—is exactly that sort of leader.”
Since taking office, Young has said that entitlement reform is necessary due to a projected shortfall in Medicare and Social Security. He has also scolded both the White House and Congress for dodging tough decisions to make the country’s safety net more solvent.