Via Ben Smith, I thought for sure we’d get a bunch of new polls on this race this week but it’s been eight days since Rasmussen reported an 11-point lead. The fact that he’s running an ad isn’t all that interesting — he’s got to spend his money on something, after all — but if this race is in the bag, why is he also reversing course on ending the Bush tax cuts?
“I am committed to extending the Bush tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans for everybody making up to $250,000, but I would extend them for everyone,” the Democratic candidate for Delaware’s Senate seat told me on “GMA.”
“I’d be willing to extend them for several years for all Americans, of whatever income if that also allows us to reach a bipartisan compromise that makes real progress in offering tax relief to small and medium businesses, to the home office exception, to research and development,” he said.
That contradicts President Obama’s position and Coons’ own campaign website, which states “High-Income Bush Tax Cuts Should Expire on Schedule.”
Her big attack on him thus far has been for raising taxes; evidently, it’s effective enough even in big blue Delaware to have this guy suddenly pulling a volte-face. Hmmmm.
Two ads for you, actually, the first from Coons and the second O’Donnell’s new one. Interesting that he’s decided to attack here instead of pushing a more positive “Chris Coons loves apple pie and puppies” message. No doubt he’s worried about turnout, and let’s face it: He’s much more likely to get liberals excited by bashing O’Donnell than by pushing his own vaporous appeal.