What’s Really On The Ballot

Posted: Nov 03, 2014 10:55 AM
What’s Really On The Ballot

If you are a Democrat running for Senate this year, there is one person who you hoped would never show up at your campaign events: President Barack Obama.

Across the country, Democrat candidates have been desperate to convince voters they don’t really support the Democrat president. How gullible do they think you are?

Some candidates, like Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky, actually refused to admit they voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012. These are Democrats who clearly voted for the Democrat president, but they don’t even have the courage to say so.

In a recent debate, Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire was asked a simple yes or no question: Did she approve of President Obama’s job performance? She wouldn’t even give a yes or no answer. There’s no doubt she approves, but she knows the voters do not.

Why are Democrats behaving this way? Because their greatest fear is that voters will remember that they support President Obama’s policies.

After all, Americans are tired of the president and his misguided agenda. We’re frustrated with ObamaCare and the rising cost of healthcare. We’re fed up with the way government spends money we don’t have. We want the Keystone Pipeline and affordable energy, and we cannot understand why the president is standing in the way. We’re confused by the president’s dithering on foreign policy and by his sluggish response to threats like ISIS and Ebola. We’re shocked that he wants to go around Congress and bring terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay into our country.

Despite what they may say, Democrats vying for a seat in Congress would support these misguided policies in office. Democrat Senators running for re-election have voted for President Obama’s policies for almost six years. Every Democrat incumbent in a competitive race has supported the president at least 90 percent of the time. For example, Kay Hagan in North Carolina has voted with him 99 percent of the time this year.

That means these policies are “on the ballot” this year, to use the president’s own words. Voting for a Democrat candidate is voting for the Obama agenda. It’s voting to keep a Democrat majority in the U.S. Senate—and voting for the gridlock that it has produced.

In the last two years, the Republican-led House of Representatives has passed over 350 bills, including over 40 jobs bills, that the Democrat-controlled Senate will not even put up for a vote. It’s shameful. This country needs more jobs, yet Democrats have stood in the way of good pro-jobs, pro-free market, bipartisan legislation. If we send Republicans to the Senate and elect a Republican majority, we can end the gridlock, finally get that legislation moving, and get the economy growing faster.

Those are Republicans’ priorities: economic growth and job creation. We also want to work toward flexible healthcare, affordable energy, school choice, a balanced budget, a strong defense and secure borders. And above all, we believe more decision making should be left to our states, our communities, and our families. Bureaucrats in Washington, DC, already have too much control over our lives.

These are things Republicans stand for—and they stand in stark contrast to the priorities of President Obama and his fellow Democrats.

So if you want to simplify the choice we face, it boils down to this: If you want to put more power in the hands of President Obama and D.C. lobbyists and bureaucrats, vote for the Democrat on the ballot. If you want to put more power in your hands to make decisions that are in your best interest, vote Republican.

Democrat candidates won’t tell you now, but they support President Obama. As the president said on a radio show recently, “These are all folks who vote with me. They have supported my agenda in Congress.”

Don’t you deserve leaders who will support you instead?