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Nebraska Democrats are taking Republican U.S. Senate candidate Deb Fischer to task for signing an anti-tax pledge.
The state Democratic Party argued Monday that Fischer's refusal to consider raising any taxes meant that “tax breaks” for the wealthy would continue.
Aaron Trost, Fischer's campaign manager, said the Democrats' latest attack was proof that Democrat Bob Kerrey's campaign was having trouble gaining traction.
“It shows desperation that they're launching negative attack ads this early,” said Trost.
Kerrey and Fischer are running for the open senate seat currently occupied by Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., who is retiring.
The Democrats' criticism came in a television advertisement that was the first negative broadside against Fischer since she won her party's nomination in the May primary.
Meanwhile, more than $2 million has been spent by independent super PACs to criticize various positions by Kerrey.
The Nebraska Democratic Party paid for the ad against Fischer. Fischer is shown in dark, grainy images, while a narrator intones that she is seeking “special” treatment for millionaires and “hobnobbing with party bosses” in Washington, D.C.
The argument that Fischer supports tax breaks for the wealthy is based on her decision to sign an anti-tax pledge put forth by Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.
It also is based on the fact that Fischer opposes the so-called Buffett Rule, named after Omaha investor Warren Buffett. He has urged President Barack Obama to raise the tax rate for the nation's wealthiest.
“She signed the Norquist pledge, which means she'll continue the super low rates for the wealthy,” said Vince Powers, the national committeeman and soon-to-be-chairman of the Nebraska Democratic Party.
Trost said Fischer stood by her opposition to any tax hikes.
He also questioned how Democrats could criticize Fischer for signing the pledge when its highest ranking Nebraska official — Sen. Nelson — also signed.
As for the allegation that Fischer attended a Washington fundraiser, Trost said it was true. He noted that Kerrey also has attended numerous fundraisers in the nation's capital and in other cities outside of Nebraska.
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