Titus, Heck Spar Over Attack Ads, Stimulus Bill In Debate

(Updated at 11:45 a.m. on Oct. 21, 2010, to include Gov. Gibbons comments.)

Questionable attack ads and the role of the federal government in job creation were the top issues in an energized debate Wednesday between Rep. Dina Titus and Republican challenger Joe Heck in one of the most closely watched house races of the Nov. 2 general election.

Titus, D-Nev., was questioned about an ad criticizing Heck, a physician, for failing to support an insurance company mandate to cover a cervical cancer vaccine while serving in the Nevada state Senate. The ad says Heck is, “dangerous to women.”

Titus said she stands by the ad, which came about after Heck opposed a bill requiring insurance companies to provide the vaccine. Heck opposed the coverage as another costly insurance company mandate that would increase the cost of health care.

Heck said also there were concerns about the new vaccine and potential side effects and noted that Titus received a campaign contribution from a group supported partly by the CEO of the company that makes the vaccine after her favorable vote.

Heck was challenged about an ad suggesting that Titus, who supported the health care reform law in her freshman term in the House, voted to provide taxpayer funded Viagra to convicted sex offenders.

Heck said, under the bill, rapists can get the drug and Titus voted for the bill.

In the debate on the  Face To Face television program, host Jon Ralston said the ad is inaccurate and has been denounced as a distortion of reality. He urged both candidates to denounce the two ads.

Both candidates in the 3rd Congressional District race refused to budge from their defense of the ads, which are being run by third party groups and not the candidates themselves.

In the discussion of the ads, Titus also said the group paying for the Heck attack ad is clearly identified but the company running the ad against her on the health care bill, the American Action Network, does not have to disclose its donors.

Titus said the house has passed the Disclose Act to identify such donors and she said Heck opposes the measure.

“As his running mate likes to say, ‘man up’, sign up, put your name on something that you want to say,” she said.

Heck responded that he has had no discussions and taken no position on the Disclose Act.

“The only thing that has been true in the Congresswoman’s commercials are the phrase when she says, ‘I’m Dina Titus and I approve this message’.”

The Heck-Titus race is viewed as key as to which party will control the House of Representatives after the Nov. 2 election. Polls show the race is close.

Titus and Heck, who were colleagues in the Nevada state Senate, also sparred over the stimulus bill approved by Congress in February 2009.

Heck said the economy has gotten worse since the bill was passed, while Titus said the economy would be much worse off without the jobs provided by the $787 billion spending measure.

Titus said the bill has created jobs in Nevada, adding that a staff member with ”your own governor from Nevada,” identified 2,000 teaching jobs that have been saved in Clark County. Titus also criticized Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons and his administration for the slow pace of much of the stimulus spending.

Ralston later replied, “he’s not just my governor, either, by the way, he’s your governor too.”

Titus lost to Gibbons in her bid for governor in 2006.

Gibbons said today in response:  “Again Dina Titus does not know what she is talking about. The stimulus funds awarded to Nevada were spent and are being spent as expeditiously as possible in order to create as many new jobs as possible.

“Dina Titus should be embarrassed that her influence garnered Nevada the distinction of being the state that was awarded the lowest amount of stimulus funds per capita,” he said. “She has done nothing to help Nevada families.”

Heck said his role as a member of Congress would be to craft policy to allow the private sector to create jobs. Heck said President Obama made the same point in September.

Heck said reasonable regulations are appropriate, but some regulations, including those in the new health care law, will burden small business.

Titus said her job as a member of Congress is to create jobs given the terrible state of the economy. Tax breaks, for small businesses in the stimulus bill, for hiring returning veterans and the unemployed, are ways Congress can help create jobs, she said.

  • hsr0601

    A businessman is drowning in the ocean.
     
    Stimulus : we should rescue him immediately.
     
    Power first : Nope ! How do we pay for it. Just let him go under much like Lehman Brothers.
     
    Stimulus : He is dying right now.
     
    Power first : Nope ! You can’t save his money bag.
     
    Stimulus ( clock is ticking ) : : We can do everything.
     
    Power first : We are serious about jobs. Where are jobs ?

    Equation :

    Depression : New Deal = Great Recession : Stimulus Package (Groundwork) + Incomplete Energy Independence or A Jobs law

    The Problem = The destructive war & military waste + Stimulus Package
    Therefore = Incomplete Energy Independence or A Jobs law – The destructive war & military waste
    Criticism = Stimulus Package (Groundwork)
    Conclusion = Gambling on Iraq Oil + weapon sell Again + Double-dip Depression

    Cure = Slashing the destructive war & military waste + Completion of Energy Independence or A Jobs law

    Anger at These :
     
    Gambling on Iraq Oil Again : A Drop in the Bucket Vs. Growing Population & Demand World-wide. The Age of Cheap Oil = A Thing of the Past.
     
    1. At this time, it looks like the oil-friendly country is gambling on Iraq oil again, citing a big government & deficit, and therefore the world-wide stimulus package worth trillions and health care reform in America are now at stake.
     
    2. Of the money by the money for the money is getting a society nowhere near prosperity.
    Gambling on party of “no idea” is sure to be much like Throwing an Egg of Economy Against a Rock.
     
    The outcome of government take-over :
     
    1. In banking industry, the result of government take-over is big bonus parties backed by the tax-payer’s invaluable cash.
     
    2. In healcare reform, the outcome of government take-over is to dump ill children when needed most.
     
    3. In oil spill, the administration should be held responsible for its deregulation, urging a big government
     
    Chanting deficit :
     
    1. Amid chanting deficit, the same old failed policy.
     
    2. Amid chanting deficit, hands-off approach over huge trade deficit from oil money spill & trade imbalance with China from remorseless health care premium.
     
    3. Unfortunately, as a direct consequence of remorseless health care premium, numerous folks have no choice but to hang onto affordable offerings, since one in two households is said to face a hard decision between necessity & drug.
     
    4. Inaction cost in relation to health care reform totals $9trillion over the next decade.
     
    5. Over the next 10 years, total Bush tax cut costs will equal $3.9 trillion, …. the tax cuts would increase deficits by nearly $4 trillion between 2005 and 2014.
     
    The most critical debt : Personal Bankruptcy
     
    1. The current recession came from Personal Bankruptcy largely as a consequence of the relentless health care costs, pain at the pump, and the subsequent subprime mortgage crisis.
     
    Facing huge trade deficit from oil money spill & trade imbalance with China, the primary economic policy of previous administration was ” spending baby “to the great delight of republicans’ sponsors.
     
    2. By comparison, the recovered stock market value alone, around $1.5 trillion, is nearly twice as much as the stimulus package, set aside all the other benefits.
     
    As always, the republicans and unqualified media let folks locked in a box. ruling out the positive effects.
     
     
    The most promising deficit-cut of government : Slashing the destructive war & military waste
     
    1. Slashing the destructive war & military waste alone supposedly could be enough to balance the budget.
     
     
    Energy Independence : An Only Way to Desperately-Needed Job Growth
     
    1. My response to the question : where are jobs ?
    In the trade deficit, exactly in the severe and persistent oil money spill, taboo of ” do not add to the deficit” party.
     
    2. Under the existing Bush tax cut for lavish bonus parties, a sole job plan for the republicans, the country already saw millions of job cuts.