In Nebraska, Terry Targets Big Spending

Posted August 24, 2010 at 11:14am

Rep. Lee Terry’s first TV ad in his re-election campaign goes right after concerns on deficits and federal spending.

“In Nebraska, we understand you don’t borrow what you can’t pay for,” the Republican says in the ad. “That’s why I opposed the trillion-dollar stimulus that stimulated more government. And why I supported cutting the pork the big spenders added to the budget.”

The 30-second spot is airing on broadcast and cable in the Omaha market. It doesn’t mention Terry’s Democratic opponent, state Sen. Tom White.

White was among the first Democratic challengers named to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Red to Blue” program in March. A lawyer, White was first elected to the unicameral state Legislature in 2006.

Terry was elected in 1998 to represent Nebraska’s most competitive House district. In 2008, the district supported President Barack Obama over Sen. John McCain, 50 percent to 49 percent, and Terry encouraged a surge of Obama-Terry voters. He won with 52 percent against Democrat Jim Esch, a second-time candidate.