Why Isn’t Bob Kerrey Campaigning With President Obama?

August 13, 2012


From Economic Policies To Social Issues, Bob Kerrey Agrees With President Barack Obama On Everything

OMAHA, Nebraska, August 13, 2012 - Bob Kerrey is surprisingly absent during President Barack Obama’s visit to Council Bluffs, Iowa today.

Kerrey has endorsed President Obama for re-election and agrees with Obama on nearly every single issue.

Recently, Kerrey said that when it comes to President Obama’s policies, “I don’t what the heck I’d do differently.”

“Bob Kerrey can pretend to be a moderate on the campaign trail, but that doesn’t change the fact that he would be an automatic vote for the failed policies of Barack Obama and Harry Reid,” said Fischer campaign spokesman Daniel Keylin. “Whether it’s supporting President Obama’s healthcare bill and Wall Street bailouts, or opposing a commonsense balanced budget amendment, President Obama and Senate Democrats know they can count on Bob Kerrey to continue advancing their tax and spend, big-government agenda.”

Bob Kerrey
President Obama
Balanced Budget Amendment
Opposes

“Kerrey said it wasn’t necessary to put a balanced budget amendment in the Constitution. ‘We’ve just got to do it,’ he said…” (Jordan Pascale, “Kerrey talks small-business woes, entitlement reform to LIBA,” Lincoln Journal Star, 6/18/12)
Opposes

Obama: “We don’t need a balanced budget amendment,” he said. “We simply need to make these tough choices and be willing to take on our bases.” (Stephanie Condon, “Obama: We don’t need a balanced budget amendment,” CBS News, 7/15/11)
Cap and Trade
Supports

“I’m on the board of the Natural Resources Defense Council. And climate change legislation is the top of their agenda. I have the, I would say, unenviable task of trying to persuade a group of eight to 10 Senators to vote in the affirmative.” (Bob Kerrey, Remarks At Tishman Auditorium, New York City, 10/22/09)
Supports
“The White House pushed for cap and trade as part of a larger climate change bill in 2009.” (Charles Riley, “For Obama, some promise kept, some broken, CNN, 6/1/12).
Harry Reid
Supports

Kerrey: “We need more Harry Reids.” (Alexis Simendinger, “Reid Faces His Biggest Test In Health Care Reform,” The National Journal, 11/21/09)
Supports

Obama: “If I’m gonna help middle-class families all across this country live out their dreams, then I wanna have partner in the United State Senate named Harry Reid.” (President Obama, 10/26/10)
Obamacare
Supports

Kerrey: “‘I still believe the president is right, and that doing nothing is bad. It will get worse. The system itself is rewarding the wrong thing. There is good reason to change the system.’” (Kirk Victor, “Are Dems Risking A Lose-Lose Situation?” The National Journal, 8/1/09)
Supports

Obama: “Everyone in this room knows what will happen if we do nothing. Our deficit will grow. More families will go bankrupt. More businesses will close. More Americans will lose their coverage when they are sick and need it most. And more will die as a result. We know these things to be true.” (President Obama, Address to Joint Session of Congress on Health Care, 9/9/09)
Oil Drilling
Opposes

“Bob Kerrey opposes efforts to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling and fought for tough oil-spill liability legislation” (Kerrey For President, On Energy & the Environment, paragraph 7)
Opposes

“Obama opposes drilling in ANWR and the administration’s offshore leasing plans call for making more waters available in the western and central Gulf of Mexico and eventually off Alaska’s coast, while keeping the Atlantic and Pacific off limits through at least 2017.” (Ben Geman, “Sen. Graham: Obama’s ‘all of the above’ energy plan isn’t from the ‘heart’,” The Hill, 4/11/12)
Partial Birth Abortion
Supports

Kerrey voted twice against bills that would have banned partial-birth abortion. (S. 1692, CQ Vote #340: Passed 63-34: R 48-3; D 14-31; I 1-0, 10/21/99, Kerrey Voted Nay), (H.R. 1122, CQ Vote #71: Passed 64-36: R 51-4; D 13-32, 5/20/97, Kerrey Voted Nay)
Supports

“Now, when you describe a specific procedure that accounts for less than 1% of the abortions that take place, then naturally, people get concerned, and I think legitimately so. But the broader issue here is: Do women have the right to make these profoundly difficult decisions? And I trust them to do it.” (Barack Obama, 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007)
Raising Taxes
Supports

In 1993, Kerrey cast the deciding vote for President Clinton’s budget, which raised taxes by $241 billion, and what Kerrey called, “the biggest tax increase in the history of the country.” (H.R. 2264, CQ Vote #247: Adopted 50-50: R 0-44; D 50-6, 8/6/93), (NBC’S, “Meet The Press,” 1/23/00)
Supports

“Obamacare…includes at least 20 new taxes or tax increases on American families and employers.” (Peter Roff, “How Obamacare Taxes Hurt Seniors,” U.S. News & world Report, 7/10/12
Stimulus
Supports

Kerrey: “Well, you know, they had a terrible hand they got dealt, and I do think for the most part, you know, you look back on the stimulus plan. There is plenty to criticize in it, but God they had to do something.” (Fox Business Network’s, “Imus In The Morning,” 9/23/10)
Supports

Obama: “There is no disagreement that we need action by our government, a recovery plan that will help to jumpstart the economy.” (President-Elect Barack Obama, 1/9/09)
TARP
Supports

Kerrey: “I wasn’t crazy about TARP, I wasn’t crazy about the Stimulus, I wasn’t crazy about a lot of the things the Federal Reserve was doing, but I don’t know what the heck I’d do differently.” (Bob Kerrey Speech, 2012)
Supports

“…I don’t agree with some of the ways the TARP programs were managed, but I do agree with the broader rationale that we must provide banks with capital and the confidence necessary to start lending again.” (President Barack Obama, Speech at Georgetown University, 4/14/09)

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