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Debt Compromise Opposed By GOP Senate Contenders

August 2, 2011
"This isn't the bill I would have written. But a vote against this bipartisan bill is a vote against Montana's veterans, active-duty troops, seniors and small businesses, and Montanans deserve better. A vote against this bipartisan bill is a vote against real spending cuts," Tester said in a statement. And in New Mexico, former GOP Rep. Heather Wilson put out a statement opposing the bill, saying she is worried that the consequences to national security would be "severe." "After all the debate surrounding this bill, in the end, it is just not good enough and I do not support it," Wilson said. "Our government still spends far more money than it takes in, and this bill does very little to change that. If we want a better bill, we need a better Senate." Both of Wilson's Democratic opponents, Rep. Martin Heinrich and state Auditor Hector Balderas, supported the bill. Heinrich voted for it on Monday, and Balderas released a statement supporting it Tuesday. Republican Lt. Gov. John Sanchez was against it. Republican Greg Sowards also would have voted no. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., supported the legislation. That positions her opposite GOP Rep. Todd Akin, who voted against the measure in the House on Monday. Former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman, another Republican candidate, also came out against the measure Monday. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., voted for the measure, while the two GOP frontrunners in the Sunshine State race -- former Sen. George LeMieux and former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner -- were critical of the measure. Meanwhile, the two Republican senators facing serious primary threats from their right went in different directions. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, opposed the legislation while Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., supported it. Hatch's opposition to the debt ceiling compromise defuses the issue in a potential matchup against Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who is likely to attack Hatch from the right. Chaffetz voted against the measure in the House on Monday. In Indiana, Lugar's GOP opponent, Treasurer Richard Mourdock, is opposed to the measure. Rep. Joe Donnelly, the likely Democratic nominee, voted yes. "Though the bill isn't everything we wanted, it's still a victory for conservatives over President Obama's out-of-control spending and big government policies. And we stopped his efforts to increase taxes dead in its tracks," Lugar said. In Ohio, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, voted for the measure while GOP Treasurer Josh Mandel said he would not have supported it. "By killing an up-or-down vote on Cut, Cap and Balance, Sherrod Brown once again told taxpayers that he will do everything he can to protect the tax-and-spend culture in Washington," said Mandel. "I would have voted against the debt deal and in favor of the Cut, Cap and Balance plan which includes the important requirement of a balanced budget." Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, who thus far hasn't attracted any top GOP competition, voted yes. Republican candidate Scott D'Amboise was critical of Snowe's vote. In the solidly Republican state of Nebraska, both leading contenders for the Senate race came out against it. Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., doesn't have an opponent with a vote in Congress, but he is one of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents. Nelson was one of just seven Democratic (or Democratic-caucusing) members of the Senate to vote no. Attorney General Jon Bruning, the GOP frontrunner in Nebraska who faces a primary challenge, also said he opposes the measure. "The proposed debt ceiling agreement does not address the larger issue of reforming how Washington spends our tax dollars and finances its excesses. I cannot support it," said Bruning in a statement.
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