NRCC Hits Brad Miller on Debt Limit Vote

Posted June 3, 2011 at 10:16am

Updated: 1:31 p.m.

The National Republican Congressional Committee is leveraging Friday’s lackluster jobs numbers to hit Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.) with a cable television ad knocking him for voting to raise the debt ceiling.

A GOP source confirmed that the NRCC is going up with a three-week cable buy for the ad in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C., media market. The total cost of the ad buy is just less than $14,000.

“The national debt is now $14 trillion,” a somber female narrator intones in the spot. “And Congressman Brad Miller just voted for 2 trillion more debt, without any budget cuts. More American debt means fewer American jobs.”

The unemployment rate ticked up to 9.1 percent in May, according to figures released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. On Tuesday, Miller, along with 96 other Democrats, voted to raise the debt limit.

In a statement to Roll Call, Miller swatted away the new ad and stood by his vote.

“In the last months, House Republicans have voted to increase the national debt by $6 trillion, but not to pay our bills when they come due,” Miller said. “I haven’t voted with them on that, and I’ll be happy to defend those votes.”

In 2010, Miller won re-election to a fifth term with 56 percent of the vote. In the first quarter of this year, Miller raised $32,000, and he had $69,000 in cash on hand at the end of March.

The NRCC is also targeting Miller and 10 other Democratic Members with calls emphasizing their debt limit votes.

The TV ad and the calls all include references to the fact that the U.S. is increasing its indebtedness to China. A recent BBC poll showed that 54 percent of Americans had a negative view of China’s growing economic influence in the world.