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Udall campaign ads

<youtube size="tiny" align="right" caption="'Right Now' Udall Targets Gas Prices">oHWDcD9OMkw</youtube>

As reported by the New Mexico Independent, Udall began running this ad entitled "Right Now" during the month of June. In the commercial he articulates his ideas on what can be done to lower record-high gas prices in New Mexico.[1]

The ad makes a couple of claims:

  • Claim 1: "Is there anything we can do right now to lower gas prices? I’m Tom Udall and, first, stop hedge fund speculators from driving up the price of oil."

According to the fact sheet accompanying this ad, Udall, while a House Representative, voted for HR 637, Energy Markets Emergency Act of 2008, a bill that “directs the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to use all its authority, including the agency's emergency powers, to ‘curb immediately’ the role of excessive speculation in energy futures markets.”

  • Claim 2: "And get serious about alternative energy."

According to the fact sheet accompanying this ad, while in Congress, Udall wrote bi-partisan legislation that requires electric suppliers to provide 15 percent of their electricity using alternative energy resources and energy efficiency measure by the year 2020. The amendment passed 220-190. [H.AMDT.748 to H.R.3221, Vote #827, 8/04/07]



<youtube size="tiny" align="right" caption="'Tragedy' Udall Targets DUI Laws">Hz-Klz4lr8U</youtube>

As reported by the New Mexico Independent, Udall began running this ad entitled "Tragedy" during the month of July. In it, he discusses his goal of bringing about tougher drinking and driving laws.[2]

The ad makes one substantive claim:

  • Claim: "I was Attorney General back then … and I’d been fighting for tougher drunk driving laws. But it wasn’t until this happened that we were finally able to get tough laws passed."

According to the fact sheet accompanying this ad, while Udall was the Attorney General a legislative package was passed tighing drunk driving laws. The package lowered the legal limit for intoxication to 0.08 percent blood alcohol content (BAC) from the previous 0.10 percent BAC level; adopted a liquor control measure; appropriated $10 million to automate court record keeping; and required alcoholism screening for all DWI offenders and treatment for abusers.


<youtube size="tiny" align="right" caption="'Desert' Udall Speaks About NM Jobs">JbvWQba-BFs</youtube>

As reported by New Mexico FBIHop, Udall began running this ad entitled "Desert" in the month of June. In the commercial, he discuses his previous accomplishments while a House Representative of helping keep Cannon Air Force Base open and fighting to bring jobs to Los Alamos Research Laboratory.[3]

The ad makes one substantive claim:

  • Claim: "People in Washington think New Mexico is nothing but desert. They don’t think about our people and our jobs. That’s why when Cannon Air Force Base in my district was threatened I worked with Governor Richardson and Senators Domenici and Bingaman to keep it open."

According to the fact sheet accompanying this ad, Udall worked with rest of New Mexico's congressional delegation to keep the base open after the Pentagon named it on a list of bases it planned to close to streamline the military. Closing of the base would have cost 2,700 jobs at the base and an additional 2,000 indirect jobs. The area could have lost $200 million in economic benefits from the base if it was closed.


<youtube size="tiny" align="right" caption="'Crush' Udall Talks About Health Insurance">w7GQFyrbGac</youtube>

Udall began running this ad entitled "Crush" discussing his support for alternative energy sources. [4]

The ad makes one substantive claim:

  • Claim: "And I’ve fought to give every small business access to the same, health care plan we have in Congress."

According to the fact sheet accompanying this ad, Udall co-sponsored H.R. 1955, Small Business Health Benefits Program (SEHBP) Act of 2005. He also co-sponsored H.R. 2073, the Small Business Health Insurance Promotion Act. Both bills would open up the health care plan Members of Congress have to small business owners.


<youtube size="tiny" align="right" caption="'Now, Tom' Udall Talks About Health Insurance">heQ6IOMu3Zg</youtube>

According to Heath Haussamen's blog on New Mexico Politics, in August 2008 Udall began running this ad entitled "Now, Tom" discussing his support for alternative energy sources and attacking Pearce for voting against alternative energy funding. [5]


<youtube size="tiny" align="right" caption="'Middle Class Squeeze' Udall Talks About Health Insurance">Ia51FmVV5Qw</youtube>

Heath Haussamen reports on his blog on New Mexico Politics that in August 2008 Udall began running this ad (entitled "Middle Class Squeeze") blaming New Mexican financial trouble on Pearce and President Bush.[6]


Other ads

<youtube size="tiny" align="right" caption="Club for Growth ad">jrqqBAGVpR4</youtube>

As reported on Heath Haussamen's blog, the conservative-leaning Club for Growth began airing an add attacked Rep. Udall in August, 2008. [7]

The ad makes substantive claims:

  • Claim:



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