McDonnell Airs New TV Ad
Republican Bob McDonnell launched a new TV ad today that calculates the cost of a pair of proposals that Democrat Creigh Deeds has indicated he supports -- a gas tax increase and the federal cap and trade bill.
The ad assume Deeds would support a gas increase, which has voted for many times in the past, to raise the $1 billion that he says is needed for road and transit improvements. In Virginia, the gas tax produces roughly $50 million per penny, and would take a 20-cent increase to produce $1 billion a year. McDonnell's ad uses information from the state Department of Taxation to determine that a 20-cent increase would cost a household with two cars an average of $300 a year.
The ad assumes Deeds supports a climate proposal with a greater emissions cap than the one being considered by Congress. The cap and trade number comes a U.S. States Department of the Treasury report that found that Americans would see an impact of $1,761 per household if the bill passed.
The ad calculates the number over four years. It is airing statewide except for Northern Virginia:
"Creigh Deeds has the only realistic plan to solve Virginia's transportation crisis,'' said Jared Leopold, Deeds spokesman. "Bob McDonnell's dishonest ads are a desperate attempt to distract from his 'phony baloney' transportation scheme that would take $5.4 billion from Virginia schools. On transportation, the contrast is clear: Creigh Deeds has an honest plan, Bob McDonnell has dishonest, negative ads."
Read the script below:
Creigh Deeds has unequivocally committed himself to higher taxes.
Deeds supports tax policies that will cost families $7,800 over four years.
His billion-dollar gas tax increase would add twenty cents to a gallon of gas.
Cost to families: $1,000
Deeds called for Washington's mandatory cap and trade energy tax.
Cost to families $6,800.
Killing up to 56,000 Virginia jobs.
Creigh Deeds ' tax policies will cost $7,800
October 7, 2009; 10:39 AM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Campaign Ads , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell
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