Montana’s Congressional candidates debate tonight, and it’s likely Daines is worried. He’s definitely not going to want to talk about his unpopular plans to end Medicare and cut Social Security benefits. So, Daines’ major goal tonight will be to avoid discussing it.
This isn’t going to be easy. Daines is already on the record saying in the Billings Gazette that he would have voted for the so-called Ryan budget, the conservative budget blueprint that was endorsed by the GOP-TEA-Party controlled House.
This budget would end Medicare’s guaranteed benefit in favor of taxes for oil companies–and give tax breaks to corporations who outsource American jobs overseas. The Congressional Budget Office estimated it will increase health care costs by an extra $6,359 for every future Medicare beneficiary. That means all of us, if we’re lucky enough to live that long.
The non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities wrote:
“The measure […] stands out as one of the most ideologically extreme pieces of major budget legislation to come before Congress in years, if not decades. […] The legislation would inexorably subject Social Security and Medicare to deep reductions.”
So, Daines desperately needs to try to switch topics. But rather than coming up with anything of his own to talk about, Daines instead decided to plagiarize his own opponent’s campaign ads. In his new ad released today, Daines repeatedly calls himself a problem solver, something Kim Gillan said about herself in her first television ad 19 weeks ago.
If Daines has any success in tonight’s debate it will be because he’s using Gillan’s lines.
The debate will air live on MontanaPBS, TONIGHT, SEPTEMBER 25, from 7 – 8:30 PM. It will also be simulcast on Montana Public Radio and Yellowstone Public Radio, streaming on-line at www.montanapublicmedia.org.