Kurt Bills' new ad takes Klobuchar's joke out of context, but what else do you expect? [VIDEO]
Given our nearly $16 trillion in national debt, Bills doesn't think Klobuchar should be making jokes on the job.
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If "Quick Kurt" Bills is elected to the U.S. Senate, he promises to refrain from telling a single joke during a hearing until our nearly $16 trillion national debt is paid down.
Okay, Bills didn't say that, but it's the implication of his new campaign ad. The spot, entitled "I Wish You Wouldn't," takes umbrage with the fact that Amy Klobuchar had the audacity to try and make a funny during Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan's 2010 confirmation hearing. It doesn't, however, bother to explain how a Supreme Court confirmation hearing has anything to do with getting the United States back in the black.
Here's a transcript, followed by the footage:
[Cue footage of Klobuchar questioning Kagan during the hearing]
Klobuchar: "...I guess it means you missed the midnight debut of the third Twilight movie last night. We did not miss it in our household and it culminated in three 15-year-old girls sleeping over at 3 a.m... I keep wanting to ask you about the famous case of Edward v. Jacob, or the Vampire v. The Warehouse... "
Kagan, a phony-looking smile on her face, cuts Klobuchar off: "I wish you wouldn't."
[Meanwhile, the following text scrolls at the bottom of the ad] Twilight? Really? Senator, what about issues like the national debt? [It's] DOUBLED since you've been in office. Unemployment? DOUBLED... We wish you wouldn't either!
In a statement, Mike Osskopp, Bills' campaign manager, says, "Amy Klobuchar is a lightweight, but the problems facing our country are heavyweight. She wastes her time talking trivialities when the issues we face are dire." Osskopp goes on to criticize Klobuchar for not agreeing to debate Bills more than two times this campaign season.
Of course, if your political opponent was 26 points behind you in the polls and had raised a mere $65,000 compared to your $5.5 million, you'd probably want to keep the debates to a minimum, too.
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