Republicans Press Warner on Taxes
The National Republican Senatorial Committee isn't wasting any time going after Democratic senatorial candidate Mark R. Warner, who was governor between 2002 and 2006..
Even though the 2008 election is more than 13 months away, the RNSCC sent out a statement today challenging Warner to tell voters why he broke his 2001 campaign pledge not to raise state taxes.
According to the NRSC, Warner was quoted in the Richmond Times Dispatch during his 2001 campaign for governor as saying, "I will not raise taxes. I will not raise taxes. I will not raise taxes."
But Warner pushed for a $1.4 billion tax increase in 2004 to help close a budget shortfall.
Last week, the NRSC posted a video at www.dontmarkwarner.com that mocks Warner for raising taxes. The ad is designed to highlight what GOP officials say is Warner's trail of "broken promises."
"If Mark Warner is so anxious to talk about his record, here's a great starting point for him," Rebecca Fisher, a NRSC spokeswoman, said in the release. "Why did Mark Warner raise taxes?"
Warner spokeswoman Monica Dixon said voters will reject the Republicans' negative tactics. "He's been a candidate for a week and they have already launched the first negative ad of the campaign," Dixon said. "Is there a better example of why we need change in Washington?"
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