The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has pulled $600,000 in advertising from the Louisville TV market in mid-October, money presumably set aside to promote the candidacy of incumbent Congressman Baron Hill.
While Republicans eagerly point to such a move as a sign of weakness in the Hill campaign, Hill's campaign spokesman Daniel Altman says it is just the opposite, that the campaign is being run so well that the national Democrats are able to utililize that money to help more embattled incumbents and that the DCCC is still spending "over $250,000 more than the NRCC on this race by our most recent count. We have their full support."
Meanwhile, the National Journal rankings of House races appears to back up Altman's view, as the magazine has dropped Hill off its list of top 60 House seats in danger.
Some incumbents, such as Baron Hill, D-Ind., and Dina Titus, D-Nev., have seen their stock improve as a barrage of early TV ads have helped them overcome the toxic environment in their districts
Hill has been hammering Young on Social Security, yesterday marking 100 days since Hill challenged Young to "pledge to protect Social Security from privatization."
“My opponent’s failure to respond on this issue is disappointing," Hill said in a statement, "The voters deserve a candidate that will respect them enough to say where he stands, even when they differ on issues. I have always told the voters where I stand. It is disappointing to see others who refuse to do the same.”
Young has drawn fire from Hill for calling the funding for Social Security a “a Ponzi scheme,” and referring to Social Security and Medicare as “social welfare programs."
But the Todd Young campaign is countering Hill's attack ads with a new report from FactCheck.org. The non-partisan project which monitors accuracy in U.S. politics, says Hill’s television ads are “incorrect” and “without evidence.”
Statement from the Young campaign:
Baron Hill has been in Congress for 12 years. And yet his case for reelection rests, not on his accomplishments, but exclusively on telling lies about his opponent.
Why? Because his record includes voting for the $1 trillion stimulus, the cap and trade energy tax that would double Indiana utility rates, and President Obama’s government takeover of health care that will cut $500 billion from Medicare. And since Hill returned to Congress in 2006, Indiana’s unemployment rate has increased 121 percent.
Baron Hill is entitled to his own opinions, but not his own facts. And no amount of dishonesty can obscure his disastrous record.