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June 11th, 2012
 

Christie Vilsack Proposes Raising Taxes, Suggests She Wouldn’t Vote for Funding to Keep Troops Safe, Ducks Questions

(AMES, IA) – Iowans in the 4th Congressional District know where Congressman Steve King stands on the issues. Congressman King is consistently open and honest with voters, answers their questions and tells them where he stands on the issues.

Unfortunately for 4th District Iowans, Christie Vilsack continues to duck questions. Over the weekend on Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press,” 4th Congressional District Candidate Christie Vilsack proposed raising taxes on nearly 50,000 Iowa households, wouldn’t commit to having voted for funding our troops after the 9/11 attacks, a time of war, and continued her misleading attacks regarding Congress’ pay in a desperate attempt to distract voters from her strategy to duck questions on the issues.

“Congressman King has a consistent record of being honest, open and straight forward with voters and I’m shocked Christie Vilsack, who has been running for Congress for over a year, refuses to answer the most basic of questions asked of her,” said King for Congress Campaign Manager Jake Ketzner. “The truth is Christie Vilsack is afraid to admit that she, President Obama and Nancy Pelosi share the same positions on issues because she knows if Iowans in the 4th District find out, they won’t support her. Congressman King is proud to say he is against ObamaCare, for our brave troops, has a concrete plan to get America’s fiscal house in order and a plan to get Americans back to work.  Running for Congress isn’t a joke, and it is time for Christie Vilsack to start taking this race seriously by letting 4th District voters know where she stands.”

In case you missed it, here is a review of Christie Vilsack’s appearance on “Iowa Press,” with full explanations below:

  • Christie Vilsack wants to raise taxes on nearly 50,000 Iowa households

  • Christie Vilsack wouldn’t commit to keeping our troops safe or defending our country through military response after the September 11th attacks – a time of war.

  • Christie Vilsack ducked questions on ObamaCare, a job-killing law in the 4th District, not once, not twice, but six times.

  • Christie Vilsack ducks questions of same-sex marriage four times

  • Christie Vilsack misleads voters about Congressional pay raises in an attempt to distract voters from her desire to duck questions.

  • Christie Vilsack called a Balanced Budget Amendment to reign in Washington spending and give business the predictability and stability to create jobs “a gimmick.”
  • Christie Vilsack flip-flops: For English as the official language, she was for it before she was against it.
  • On immigration, Christie Vilsack admits she hasn’t thought much about her plan.

Christie Vilsack wants to raise taxes on nearly 50,000 Iowa households.

Christie Vilsack said she wanted to raise taxes on millionaires. Said Vilsack, “I think right now that if we ask millionaires to pay a little bit more that’s not too much to ask.”

Under Christie Vilsack’s plan, nearly 50,000 Iowa households would see their taxes sky rocket and with farmland going for an average of over $7,000 an acre in the 4th District, Christie Vilsack would look to raise taxes on family farm operations with 150 acres or more.

Christie Vilsack wouldn’t commit to keeping our troops safe or defending our country through military response after the September 11th attacks – a time of war.

Kathie Obradovich of the Des Moines Register posed the question, “…Are you saying that you would not have made the same decision under those circumstances?”

Vilsack responded, “Well, I wasn’t in those circumstances.”

Christie Vilsack ducked questions on ObamaCare, a job-killing law in the 4th District, not once, not twice, but six times.

Kathie Obradovich: “If the Supreme Court does happen to uphold the law, do you think that is the end of the story?  Or are there things that you would seek to change in that health care law?”

Christie Vilsack: “Well, I think it’s always better to have a bill than no bill and we have a bill and we don’t know what’s going to happen in the next few weeks. But there are a lot of great things in that bill and there are things we need to change, obviously.

Obradovich: “Like what?”

Vilsack: “But the good things — I think we need to focus on what we would want to keep regardless of what happens…

Obradovich: “I’ll ask you one more time — is there anything in particular that you would change?  Anything you have in mind that you would want to change no matter what happens with the Supreme Court?”

Vilsack: “Well, I think there are probably a lot of small things.”

Obradovich: “But no one big –“

Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson: So you support the mandate?

Vilsack: “No, I think there are a lot of — I think there are a lot of different ways that we can go about this creatively…”

Obradovich: “Are you saying you don’t support the mandate then?”

Vilsack: “I think that we’re going to see a lot of different ways that we can make sure that everybody has access.  So, it might be the mandate, it might not be the mandate.”

Henderson: “We’re journalists, though, we like black and white.  Are you for the mandate or are you against it?”

Vilsack: “I don’t — I’m not for it or against it.”

Christie Vilsack ducks questions of same-sex marriage four times

Obradovich: “In that context, do you agree with President Obama that same sex couples should be allowed to marry?  Or is that also a distraction?”

Vilsack: “Well, I think that we have dealt with that issue in Iowa.  Our Supreme Court has dealt with it.  Our Constitution basically says that we see everyone — everyone should be equally protected under the law.”

Obradovich: “And you think that that’s the way it should be?  If it came up for a vote of Iowans would you vote to keep it that way?”

Vilsack: “Well, our Supreme Court has already decided so I think we need to move on.  People are not talking about those issues with me out there.  People are talking about the economy and they are talking about –”

Obradovich: “President Obama is talking about it.  People are talking about same sex marriage here in Iowa and around the country.”

Vilsack: “I know but I think — I know he has been talking about it recently and certainly if it came to a vote — tell me what vote you’re asking.”

Obradovich: “Well, no –”

Henderson: “If you were in Congress, would you vote to support a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage nationwide?”

Vilsack: “Well, if I were in Congress I would vote to do away with DOMA because I think the state should make that decision.”

Iowa Public Radio’s Dean Borg: “The Defense of Marriage Act.”

Obradovich: “It should be a state issue — and as a resident of Iowa if the Iowa legislature asked for a constitutional amendment to require marriage to be between a man and a woman only would you vote for that?”

Vilsack: “Well, that is a state issue.  I’m running for Congress and so I’ve told you how I would vote in Congress.  I would vote to make sure that people had the opportunity at the state level to make that decision.”

Christie Vilsack misleads voters about Congressional pay raises in an attempt to distract voters from her desire to duck questions.

Christie Vilsack’s campaign is misleading voters in a desperate attempt to distract them from her inability to answer questions directly and duck the issues like ObamaCare, balancing our budget and raising taxes.

We’ve seen her game of ducking questions before, but the whole state of Iowa saw it this weekend on “Iowa Press.”

The simple truth is Congressman King has never voted to increase his pay on a stand-alone vote. The only stand-alone vote on pay raises Congressman King ever voted on was a vote not to receive a pay raise and in February 2012 Congressman King voted to freeze his own pay.

Christie Vilsack called a Balanced Budget Amendment to reign in Washington spending and give business the predictability and stability to create jobs “a gimmick.”

Henderson: “Would you support a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution?”

Vilsack: “Well, that is what Steve King talks about and I think it’s a gimmick.”

Balancing the budget is not a gimmick and forcing Congress to do it through a bipartisan Balanced Budget Amendment would mean predictability and stability in Washington, which would allow business to expand and reinvest profits into technology, research and a better compensated workforce.

Iowans call a balanced budget common sense, not a gimmick. Additionally, the State of Iowa follows a law that prohibits spending more than 99 percent of annual incoming revenue projected by the Revenue Estimating Conference. Iowa’s spending limitation law has lead to a healthy cash reserve, balanced budget and stability for Iowa families and businesses to grow.

Christie Vilsack flip-flops: For English as the official language before she was against it.

In an August 24, 1994 column in the Mount Pleasant News, Christie Vilsack wrote, The time has come to make English the official language of this country.”

But this weekend on “Iowa Press” Christie Vilsack said, “…I don’t think we need to declare English as the official language of the United States.”

The pattern of ducking questions and changing positions is troubling. Voters in the 4th Congressional District know where Congressman King stands.

Congressman King authored the English as official language bill in Iowa and the bill was signed into law by Gov. Tom Vilsack in 2002 and continues to fight for English as the official language of America in Congress today.

On immigration, Christie Vilsack admits she hasn’t thought much about her plan

Obradovich: “Would you suggest some sort of extended worker visa or something like that while they’re waiting?  Some way to get them to a legal resident status while they were waiting?”

Vilsack: “I haven’t really thought about that part of it…”

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