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Timing of Joe Donnelly's Support for Tax Cuts Suspicious

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Location: Indianapolis, IN

State Treasurer and U.S. Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock reiterated his long-held position against President Obama and Washington Democrats' plan to raise taxes on small businesses. In a press release today, Congressman Joe Donnelly agreed with Treasurer Mourdock.

"For months, Congressman Joe Donnelly was silent about the pending Obama-Pelosi-Reid tax increase. Today, Congress Donnelly suddenly opposes the increase," stated Treasurer Mourdock. "Sorry Congressman Donnelly, no one is buying your "Joe come lately' routine!"

True to his, "for it-against it" pattern, Congressman Joe Donnelly has been all over the map when it comes to supporting tax cut extensions.

* In 2006, Donnelly Said He Favored Making Permanent All The Tax Cuts Except Those For The Top 1%, Which Could Also Be Made Permanent As Long As The Budget Is Balanced. Donnelly: "I support making all the tax cuts permanent immediately, except for the top 1 percent of wage earners. For the top 1 percent, I support those tax cuts as well, as long as the budget is balanced. Until that time, we can't afford to lose that revenue stream." (James Wensits, "Chocola, Donnelly Weigh In," South Bend Tribune, 9/25/06

* Donnelly Said The Cuts For The Top Income Earners Should Be Revisited When The Economy Recovers. Donnelly: "We should then revisit the cuts for the top 2 percent of income earners to see if our budgets are in better shape and our economy has recovered." ("Candidate Q&A: U.S. House Candidates On The Federal Debt," Journal and Courier [Lafayette, IN], 9/9/10)

* Donnelly: "[I] Support Extending All Of The Bush Tax Cuts." "Donnelly said Friday the last thing working families and small businesses needs at this time is a tax increase. "That's why I voted for the largest middle-class tax cut in history, providing tax relief to 95 percent of working families, and that's why I support extending all of the Bush tax cuts,' he said." (Ken de la Bastide, "Tax Reform On The Table," Kokomo Tribune, 10/30/10)

"Now, I challenge Congressman Donnelly to join me in calling on Senate Democrats and Obama to make these cuts permanent," stated Treasurer Mourdock. "I call upon Congressman Donnelly to take a pledge to stay in Washington, DC, during the August recess to address both this dire issue and the pending automatic $600 billion cuts to defense scheduled to take place in January as well."

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