Their Own Research Admits Brown's Vote "Does Not Cut Social Security Or Medicare"
Concord, N.H. - Today, the New Hampshire Republican State Committee released the following statement in response to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee's new ad that desperately tries to distract from Jeanne Shaheen's vote to cut Medicare:
"In an act of desperation, the Democrats chose to run a blatantly false ad attacking Scott Brown while deliberately ignoring Senator Jeanne Shaheen's vote to cut Medicare, an important program that many seniors in the Granite State depend upon," said New Hampshire GOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "The truth is Scott Brown has never voted to cut Medicare, and this effort to distract New Hampshire voters from Senator Shaheen's record of voting with President Obama 99 percent of the time won't work. Senator Shaheen put the needs of President Obama before the needs of New Hampshire seniors when she voted to cut Medicare and on November 4 we need to hold her accountable. She and her allies should be ashamed of themselves."
Shaheen Voted For ObamaCare, Which Cut $716 Billion From Medicare. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #396: Passed 60-39, 12/24/09, Shaheen Voted Yea)
Shaheen Voted To Allow ObamaCare To Raid Medicare
In December 2009, Shaheen Voted Against Legislation That Would Prevent Medicare From Being Raided To Pay For ObamaCare. "To prevent Medicare from being raided for new entitlements and to use Medicaresavings to save Medicare." (S. Amdt. 2942 To S. Amdt. 2876 To H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #368: Rejected43-56, 12/7/09, Shaheen Voted Nay)
· The Democrat-Controlled Senate Rejected Attempts From Raiding Medicare To Pay For ObamaCare. "The latest such maneuver came when the Senate rejected an attempt by Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., to prevent Medicare from 'being raided' to pay for health care. The vote was 43-56. The bill calls for cuts totaling $460 billion over a decade from projected Medicare spending, much of which would be used to provide subsidies to help lower and middle-income Americans purchase health care." (David Espo, "Senate Dems Seek Expansion Of Medicare, Medicaid," The Associated Press, 12/8/09)
While ignoring Senator Shaheen's vote to cut Medicare, this falsely attacks Scott Brown. The ad specifically cites a Boston Globe on article on August 8, 2011 that's entitled, "Brown to Seniors: Social Security, Medicare could be cut." But according to Factcheck.org, that article doesn't support the ad's claim. The Globe article doesn't say Brown advocated for cutting Medicare and Social Security.
In fact, the DSCC's own research admits that the vote in question "does not cut Social Security or Medicare."
The ad also points to Scott Brown's vote in favor of "Cut, Cap, and Balance." This bill specifically exempted Social Security, Medicare, veterans benefits, and interest paid on the debt from spending caps while requiring a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, according to Factcheck.org.
And according to Politifact on "Cut, Cap, and Balance," "the cap would have exempt spending on Social Security, Medicare, veterans benefits, or interest on the debt."