Ads Call Pro-Tax GOP Senators 'Franco-Republicans'

By Jeff Johnson | July 7, 2008 | 8:29 PM EDT

Capitol Hill ( - A new television advertising campaign compares two liberal Republican senators, who voted to reduce President Bush's proposed tax cuts, to the French, who opposed military action to remove Saddam Hussein's dictatorship from power in Iraq.

"President Bush has won significant military victories in Iraq with the help of strong, dependable allies," said Club for Growth (CFG) President Stephen Moore during a news conference at the National Press Club Friday. "Why are his so-called allies in the Senate so eager to impede economic progress?"

CFG is targeting Republicans George Voinovich of Ohio and Olympia Snowe of Maine who, Moore said, "have single-handedly thwarted the central piece of President Bush's economic stimulus package.

Moore's group - which was founded in 1999 "to elect pro-economic growth fiscal conservatives" - supported Bush's plan to eliminate the double taxation of dividends. The group felt that "to increase economic growth, employment and productivity," tax cuts passed in 2001 and scheduled to slowly take effect over a number of years needed to take effect immediately.

"Senators Voinovich and Snowe need to realize that a substantial tax cut is necessary and affordable," CFG stated in a press release. "These critically important tax cuts will increase personal savings and investment and will also help the stock market."

Moore noted that the strategy of cutting taxes to free capital, which will then be spent by investors, "is precisely the strategy Ronald Reagan used to win the Cold War.

"We triumphed against the Soviet Union thanks to a combination of vast military and economic prosperity," he argued. "The goal of the terrorists is to disable the U.S. economy. Pro-growth tax cuts are a powerful defense mechanism to foil this strategy."

The ads compare the senators' opposition to tax cuts to France's opposition to military intervention in Iraq.

"President Bush courageously led the forces of freedom. But some so-called 'allies' like France stood in the way," a voice-over announcer says as a photo of French President Jacques Chirac fades into a photo of Snowe in one ad and Voinovich in another. "At home, President Bush has proposed bold job-creating tax cuts to boost our economy. But some so-called Republicans like George Voinovich stand in the way."

Voinovich implied in an April 15 press release that he supported reducing the amount of taxpayer money returned to the people because a larger tax cut was doomed to failure.

"A larger tax cut would be subject to a 60-vote point of order and could not win approval," he said. "I've always been very confident that the Senate will stick to its guns and pass a tax cut no larger than $350 billion."

Snowe touted her efforts to fight "revenue reductions" in an April 11 press release announcing the agreement to limit the president's tax cut package.

"This commitment achieves all of the goals Senator Voinovich and I have been working for these past six weeks," she said. "This agreement will assure that revenue reductions will be limited to $350 billion."

While both senators said the budget, which contained the paired-down tax cuts, would - as Snowe put it - "impose discipline on our federal spending," Moore disagreed.

"Now is not the time to cave in to the big spenders in Congress," he argued.

"We must stoke the fires of America's powerful engine of economic growth so that it runs on all cylinders," Moore continued. "A strong economy is necessary for a strong America."

Moore's Club for Growth is credited with having raised more than $10 million in the 2002 election cycle, which - CFG claims - helped elect 17 members of Congress who agree with their pro-growth ideals.

The CFG ads began airing Saturday in the Columbus, Ohio, and Portland and Bangor, Maine, television markets.

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