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Fact Checker: Ad compares Daines, Gillan stances on big issues

By Emily Adamson, KECI Reporter, eadamson@keci.com
Published On: Oct 07 2012 09:40:21 PM MDT
Updated On: Oct 08 2012 08:12:24 AM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

NBC Montana's ‘Fact Checker’ series continues, as we take a look at a new TV ad for Montana’s U.S. House race.

The ad called ‘Differences’ is paid for by Steve Daines for Montana. Kim Gillan has yet to release an attack ad, so NBC Montana has taken some of the claims in the ad and compared the candidates for Montana’s U.S. House seat, side by side on the issues.

'Daines signed a 'no tax increase pledge.'

This statement is true. Steve Daines did sign the ‘Americans for Tax Reform: Taxpayer Protection Pledge’ in 2011. It's a pledge signed by politicians across the country that have joined with the advocacy group, vowing to oppose quote any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses.

'Gillan voted for over 50 tax increases.'

Gillan has voted against bills to reduce taxes. In 2011 she voted against SB 372, the Business Equipment Tax bill that reduced taxes on class-8 business equipment from three percent to two percent. However, Gillan says she supports cutting taxes for working families and extending tax break programs.

'Daines fights to appeal Obamacare.'

The words on the screen and the words the audience hears are different. While the commercial’s narrator says ‘Daines fights to repeal Obamacare’ the screen reads ‘Daines will fight to repeal Obamacare.’ Either way, he hasn’t started that fight just yet, because he doesn’t currently have an office. Though, Daines has stated multiple times that if elected he plans to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

‘Gillan supports Obama's unaffordable health care law.’

Gillan does support the Affordable Care Act. She has stated several times she doesn't think it's perfect.

'Steve Daines endorsed by the NRA'

The National Rifle Association (NRA) did endorse Daines and other candidates for the 2012 election.

'Gillan opposes gun owners’ rights'

While the NRA didn't endorse Kim Gillan, they didn't give her a failing grade either. Gillan was given a 'C' which is according to the NRA website is the grade for a candidate with a mixed record or positions on gun related issues. The non-partisan website Project Vote Smart quotes Gillan in an interview saying she does support the second amendment and Montana's gun laws.