While Politico reporter David Cantanese was in Arkansas for last weekend’s U.S. Senate debates, he picked up an interview on a trending topic in the GOP primary.
As we’ve noted, State Sen. Gilbert Baker’s pursuit of Cong. John Boozman’s vote on the bank bailout bill in 2008 is the center-point of his primary election strategy.
State Sen. Glibert Baker is determined to make the remaining three weeks of his GOP primary fight in Arkansas a referendum on Washington bailouts.
On Wednesday Baker plans to launch a three-day “No Bailout” bus tour scheduled to stop in 21 cities, a trip that compliments a new flyer hitting Natural State mailboxes this week that seeks to link GOP Rep. John Boozman and Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln to the TARP program designed to save failing banks.
“Congressman Boozman and Sen. Lincoln voted for one of the largest taxpayer bailouts in American history,” reads the mailer which places Boozman’s picture next to Lincoln’s.
“Washington is broken and bailouts are part of the problem,” the mailer continues.
While Baker chases Boozman on the issue, the GOP front-runner has a defense and a comeback:
Boozman’s campaign responded to the flyer by pointing to Baker’s record on taxes.
"It is interesting that Mr. Baker claims to support tax cuts at all levels, when as a state senator he voted multiple times to increase taxes, including the largest tax increase in the state’s history,” said Boozman spokesman Patrick Creamer in a statement. “If he was so willing to break that promise and raise taxes as a state senator why should anyone believe he will keep this promise as a U.S. Senator?”
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