TV Ads Target Voinovich, Snowe on Budget Resolution; Club for Growth Hits GOP Senators' Curbing of Tax Cuts

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TV Ads Target Voinovich, Snowe on Budget Resolution; Club for Growth Hits GOP Senators' Curbing of Tax Cuts


Byline: Stephen Dinan, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

A conservative tax-cut advocacy group will begin running television ads tomorrow against the two Republican senators who foiled the GOP's attempt to win a larger tax cut in the federal budget resolution last week.

The Club for Growth, which backs conservative candidates in primaries against more liberal Republican officeholders, is sponsoring the ads. They hope to convince Sen. George V. Voinovich, Ohio Republican, and Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, Maine Republican, to change their minds and support a larger tax cut.

"The ad basically makes the point that Bush needed strong allies in fighting the war and the French abandoned him. He needs strong allies here at home, and people like George Voinovich and Olympia Snowe abandoned him," said Stephen Moore, president of the club.

Last week, Mrs. Snowe and Mr. Voinovich refused to vote for the budget resolution until they won assurances the tax cut could not exceed $350 billion without the support of 60 senators. The budget would have failed had Mrs. Snowe and Mr. Voinovich not voted for it.

In addition to the Club for Growth, organizations like the National Taxpayers Union are trying to drum up phone calls from Mrs. Snowe's and Mr. Voinovich's constituents.

But another group, the Republican Main Street Partnership, will begin running newspaper and TV ads this weekend defending Mrs. Snowe, one of the most prominent members of the group.

The newspaper ad will defend Mrs. Snowe's vote as a win for fiscal responsibility and for programs that would have been underfunded if President Bush's full tax cut had been enacted.

The ad also denounces the comparison between the senators and France.

"Equating a vote on the budget resolution with the war in Iraq trivializes the sacrifices of the men and women serving there," a draft of the ad reads. …

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