Lange Highlights ‘Broken Promises' in Ad; Braley Taps Clinton for Health Vote

By James Lynch and Rod Boshart, Reporters


By Kara Kelly

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Following his “Compact with Iowans,” 1st District Republican challenger Ben Lange is airing an advertisement highlighting what his campaign calls his opponents broken promises.

In the ad that begins running Friday, Lange contrasts his promise to tell the truth, face the nation’s problems and “do what I say I’m going to do” with what he calls Braley’s “say one thing, do another” track record.

“Why won’t Congressman Bruce Braley level with us?” a narrator asks before listing a series of alleged flip-flops by the three-term Waterloo Democrat.

It continues Lange’s attack on Braley’s trustworthiness. So far, Lange, who is hoping for better results than when he challenged Braley in 2010, has questioned Braley’s acceptance of lobbyists’ money, Chinese investments and violation of House rules by campaigning outside of his congressional district.

The Braley campaign, which also launched an ad this week featuring former President Bill Clinton, has rejected the charges and asked “Why won’t Ben Lange tell the truth?”

The Lange ad that will run in the Cedar Rapids media market –which covers most of the 20-county 1st District – and select cable markets, Lange hits at Braley for saying he supports a balanced budget amendment after voting against it.

“In Iowa, Braley says he supports balancing the budget,” the narrator says. “But in DC he votes against it. Braley promised to get tough on Wall Street, but he bailed them out. Braley promised a full and frank debate on health care, then he helped cram through ObamaCare in the dead of night. Worse, Braley backed a government takeover more radical than ObamaCare.

“Congressman Bruce Braley: Says one thing, does another,” the ad concludes.

The new Braley ad relies almost exclusively on a clip from Clinton’s speech at the recent Democratic National Convention in which he defends President Obama’s health care reform. Braley supported the plan. Clinton rejected GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s claim Obama “robbed” Medicare to fund ObamaCare.

According to Politico, Braley’s is the first ad anywhere to feature the Clinton speech.

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