9 Days: Dole and McCain are 9 out of 10 for Bush

DAY 9

By the numbers, the number 9 has been a significant one for Elizabeth Dole. She voted 92% of the time with President Bush, and she has been ranked 93rd in effectiveness. But it doesn’t stop there. Dole looked out for her Big Oil and Gas friends by voting to protect their tax breaks 9 times. She voted five times to increase the debt limit, bringing it to $9 trillion. She worked against the best interests of North Carolina families when she voted against increasing child care spending by $9.1 billion over 10 years. And in the ninth month of 1999, while North Carolinians on the coast were picking up the pieces after Hurricane Floyd devastated their lives, Dole made a rare trip to the state to raise money. Dole and McCain have both voted with George Bush nine times out of ten, and North Carolina can’t afford more of the same.

AFTER VOTING WITH BUSH 9 TIMES OUT OF 10, THE DOLE & McCAIN TEAM DOESN’T OFFER CHANGE, JUST MORE OF THE SAME

92%: Dole Voted With President Bush 92% Of The Time. From 2003 to 2007, Dole voted with President Bush 92% of the time. In her first year in office, she supported his positions 98% of the time. [Congressional Quarterly Vote Studies, viewed 3/3/08]

90%: McCain Voted With President Bush 90% Of The Time. From 2001 to 2007, John McCain voted with President Bush an average of 90% of the time. [Congressional Quarterly Vote Studies, viewed 10/12/08]

DOLE HAS PROVEN THAT SHE IS AN INEFFECTIVE SENATOR FOR NORTH CAROLINA FAMILIES

93rd: Dole Is The 93rd Most Effective Senator In Washington. According to the 2008 Power Rankings survey, Dole ranks 93rd on the list of Senators ranked by effectiveness. A report by McClatchy noted that, “Dole outranks only two senators who were elected before her and one of them is shamed Idaho Sen. Larry Craig.” [McClatchy, 3/8/08; Congress.org, Power Rankings 2008]

9 Votes: Dole Has Voted To Protect Tax Breaks Or Incentives For Big Oil At Least 9 Times. Since coming to Congress, Dole has voted at least 9 times to protect billions of dollars in tax breaks and subsidies for oil companies already reaping record profits. [Vote 146, 6/10/08; Vote 425, 12/13/07; Vote 222, 6/21/07; Vote 118, 5/11/06; Vote 331, 11/17/05; Vote 332, 11/17/05; Vote 341, 11/17/05; Vote 213, 7/29/05; Vote 89, 5/11/04]

$9 Trillion: Dole Voted 5 Times To Increase Debt Limit To Nearly $9 Trillion. Since 2003, Elizabeth Dole has voted to raise the debt limit five times, bringing the limit to $8.9765 trillion, a 50 percent increase. [Vote 54, 3/16/06; Vote 76, 3/17/05; Vote 213, 11/17/04; Vote 57, 3/11/04; Vote 202, 5/23/03; AP, 3/16/06; Chicago Tribune, 3/17/06]

$9 Billion: Dole Voted Against Increasing Child Care Spending By $9.1 Billion Over 10 Years. In 2003, Dole voted against an amendment that would have increased child care spending by reducing Bush tax cuts. The vote was on an amendment that would have increased mandatory child care spending by $4.6 billion over five years and $9.1 billion over 10 years. [Vote 90, 3/25/03]

9/99: After Hurricane Floyd Devastated North Carolina In 1999, Elizabeth Dole Visited The State To Raise Campaign Money. On September 16, 1999, Hurricane Floyd hit the North Carolina coast with 110-mph winds and an 11-foot wall of water. According to the Associated Press, emergency workers in boats and “Marines in helicopters” had to rescue “more than 1,500 people from roofs and trees” in the North Carolina coastal plain. Five days later, Elizabeth Dole visited North Carolina to raise money for her presidential campaign. The next day, she visited New York to attend another fundraiser, where she joked about not having time to get her dry cleaning done. Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported that the ground in North Carolina was “too soggy to bury the dead.” The Associated Press went on to state, “Dead hogs and chickens bob along with kitchen chairs and coffins in the filthy floodwaters… it could be weeks before some places dry out.” [Raleigh News and Observer, 9/23/99; Winston-Salem Journal, 9/22/99; Greensboro News and Record, 9/22/99; Associated Press, 9/22/99]

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