In Nevada’s 3rd congressional district, the Dina Titus campaign recently took a page from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s playbook and launched a misleading ad with components similar to those in a DCCC ad earlier this year. At issue is the misrepresentation of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which yesterday drew a strong reaction from the pledge’s sponsor, Americans for Tax Reform.
The Titus ad also takes out of context and changes the meaning of a comment about Congress and creating jobs by Republican candidate Joe Heck. Here’s the Titus ad:
But Heck’s full quote does talk about how Congress can help create jobs:
The role of Congress is not to create jobs, it is to set the conditions under which the private sector creates jobs. And you do that through a stable, fair, predictable tax base, you do that by not pursuing onerous regulations on small, medium and large businesses. And that is where we need to get back to, that limited government that sets the conditions for the private sector to thrive.
In addition, the no-new-taxes pledge signed by Heck commits him to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses” and to “oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.” The pledge does not say anything specific about tax breaks or credits, nor does it say anything about jobs or jobs overseas.