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Conservative group targets Webb in cap-and-trade radio ads

Anita Kumar

Americans for Prosperity, an anti-tax group that supports limited government and free trade, began airing radio ads in Virginia on Thursday urging Sen. Jim Webb (D) to oppose the cap-and-trade energy bill.

"Our own Senator Webb is refusing to take a position on cap and trade," the ad states. "Webb won't even promise to oppose cap-and-trade if they sneak it through after the election. ... If he sells us out, cap-and-trade will become law."

The radio ad specifically pressures Webb to vote against the bill if it is brought up during a "lame duck" session -- after Senate Democrats potentially lose seats but before any newly elected members take office in January.

"The last time the Senate voted on cap-and-trade, Senator Webb voted for it. Virginia can't afford him making that mistake again,'' said Ben Marchi, state director of Americans for Prosperity's Virginia chapter. "Not with Harry Reid and John Kerry planning a lame duck cap-and-trade bill that will bankrupt the coal industry. Webb must make a firm commitment to Virginians: no on cap-and-trade, and no on any major legislation in a lame duck session designed to cheat the American people and circumvent a national election."

Americans for Prosperity is targeting a handful of senators. The Virginia ads, costing $25,000, will run through Sept. 6.

Webb spokeswoman Jessica Smith declined to say which way the senator would vote. "Senator Webb has only taken one pledge during his time in the U.S. Senate -- to uphold the Constitution,'' she said. "He has consistently refrained from making commitments to lobbyists and special interest groups, and carefully reviews any legislation that comes to the Senate floor."

By Anita Kumar  |  August 26, 2010; 2:57 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Campaign Ads , James Webb  
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Webb "carefully reviews any legislation that comes to the Senate floor"? Then he read and knew everything that was in the health care bill, huh?

Posted by: JTR555 | August 26, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

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