Posted at 1:07 PM on October 17, 2006
by Tom Scheck
Amy Klobuchar's campaign released a new ad today that gives the mistaken impression that Ms. Klobuchar prosecutes cases as the Hennepin County Attorney, wants to lower taxes and would help seniors with their prescription drug costs. Heidi Frederickson, press secretary for Mark Kennedy's Senate campaign released the following statement:
"It's nice to see, that after 7 ½ years as Hennepin County Attorney, Amy Klobuchar is finally in a courtroom. Unfortunately it was for an ad to advance Ms. Klobuchar's political career, not actually to prosecute criminals who have been terrorizing the innocent residents of Minneapolis.
"Likewise, Ms. Klobuchar has about as much credibility talking about taxes as she does about reducing crime. During this campaign alone, she has called for nearly $3 trillion in job-killing tax increases. Mark Kennedy is committed to getting spending under control so we can keep taxes low and continue growing jobs.
"Unfortunately for seniors, Ms. Klobuchar's record doesn't get any better. She would have opposed the Medicare Part D program that 84% of seniors are satisfied with and is saving them an average of $1,200 per year. Now she wants to change Part D by modeling it after the VA program. The problem is, less than 1 out of 5 prescription drugs approved by the FDA since 2000 are allowed by the VA system. No matter how Ms. Klobuchar tries to spin it, that's rationing drugs for our seniors and Mark Kennedy won't allow that."
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I'm getting the feeling that the two U.S. Senate candidates aren't going to settle this argument anytime soon.