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Halvorson Demands Jackson Take Down Radio Ad

Obama's Healthcare Reform, Jackson's radio ad and 88 votes.

Updated March 6, 2011

Second District Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.'s latest campaign ad has his opponent up in arms, as it accuses Debbie Halvorson of voting against President Barack Obama 88 times during her time in Congress from 2009 to 2011

“She voted 88 times with the Republicans and 88 times against President Barack Obama?" said a woman in the ad, identified as Congresswoman Corrine Brown. "She’s crazy.”

Halvorson actually hasn't disputed the 88 votes, but stated she supported the president 90 percent of the time in 2010, adding Jackson only did so 80 percent of the time the same year.

The candidates actually voted the same way more than 1,500 times when they held office at the same time.

But the latest not-so-new point of contention is Obama's healthcare bill. Halvorson said Jackson's ad accuses her of not supporting it, which she says is not true.

"I voted for President Obama’s Healthcare Reform law," Halvorson said. "People need access to healthcare and I know what it’s like to live without healthcare as do many of the residents in our district."

The candidate has asked Jackson to take down the ad, claiming it is a "lie to his constituents."

“I continue to be appalled by Congressman Jackson’s blatant lies, but I suppose I shouldn’t be since Congressman Jackson says he is inspired by Republican Newt Gingrich," Halvorson said in a release. "When you tell so many lies as he does, it’s hard to keep them straight."

This just keeps getting uglier. Have you heard Jackson's ad? That do you think of this latest argument between the candidates?

Chicagoheightsmike February 29, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Debbie, just stick with your issues and plans if you win this Primary. Oh Wait, you been talking about what you did in the State House. What about the Federal?
macsosub February 29, 2012 at 02:07 PM
I'm glad that at least she voted against Obama some of the time. When will the mind-numbed Cook County as well as the 2nd District voters realize that they need to break away from the Democrats all-together?
Mahdee February 29, 2012 at 02:23 PM
I don't know if she can win as it will be hard for her to take a bit out of JR. hold on the South Side of the City; however I know my mother and sister both are taking about going her way as they feel JR. has done little for them and does not return calls. I personal have not made up my mind who I will Vote for; as I too feel JR. has done little for me personal as I feel this way about him and our State Sen. They both need to be replace as they are doing little to nothing too me and they both don't return calls. However, I don't know how good it will be to have the devil that I don't know; or just keep the one I do!
Mahdee February 29, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I don't know if she can win as it will be hard for her to take a bite out of JR. hold on the South Side of the City; however I know my mother and sister both are talking about going her way as they feel JR. has done little for them and does not return calls. I personal have not made up my mind who I will Vote for; as I too feel JR. has done little for me personal. And I feel this way about JR. and our State Sen.; they both need to be replace as they are doing little to nothing too me and they both don't return calls. However, I don't know how good it will be to have the devil that I don't know; or just keep the one I do!
WA Mama February 29, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I am happy to have my reps vote against party on some issues - that shows that they are able to make decisions based on their own qualities as a person, not simply as a party affiliate. It also gives me a better chance to see that person's qualities and make a better decision at the polls. I can not vote for someone simply because s/he voted with the party. That's an idiot and I can't have that person in office.
Resident February 29, 2012 at 03:20 PM
In answer to your question: When the Republicans move a little closer to the middle instead of so far right that they're horizontal.
db February 29, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Electing a qualified, competent representative: Even though it is another newspaper, it might be worth your while to read the Chicago Tribune editorial published on February 23d. It really says it all. Even with all his 'warts' and who in the political mainstream does not have warts, this is the final point of the editorial: in this race: Halvorson is alarmingly unqualified to represent the district. Having followed both of their histories, I have to agree with the Tribune. DB
Chicagoheightsmike February 29, 2012 at 03:47 PM
DB, did you get a chance to see the video on the editorial interview between Congressman Jackson and Halvorson. She was a train wreck , could not answer any questions on Federal issues, she kept repeating we need jobs and not telling us how etc. Its pretty bad when the editorial board just told her, "You don't know correct"? She just sat there with this blank look on her face without a clue. Even I felt bad for her, I believe she knew it was over than. Maybe she should run for Mayor or Crete or State office again.
Tim F February 29, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Somebody needs to vote against Oblabla. It's the taxpayers that are horizontal face down.
Steve Burke February 29, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Well, we can either elect an unqualified person, or re-elect an incompetent one. We all have to learn new things in life.
exheights February 29, 2012 at 11:31 PM
I would like to know their position on the proposed Crete prison....where do they stand?
jc March 02, 2012 at 05:11 AM
All political ads are lies and distortions; their only benefit is for the advertizing industry. JR survives on the Jackson name and his recent scandal has quickly been forgotten. as was his fathers! i would rather elect someone who does claim to have all the answers than someone who says he does and does not deliver. A lot of unanswered questions about JR's involvement in the Blogo scandal as well.
jc March 02, 2012 at 05:14 AM
that should read..."I would rather elect someone who does NOT claim to have all the answers....
I agree with Park Forest Mayor John A. Ostenburg, who recently wrote "Mention to almost anyone ... 'Jesse Jackson Jr.' and you will likely be met with a visceral reaction: pro or con,"... "Recently, I have seen a decidedly more humble J.J. Jr." I also agree with Lara Washington of the Sun-Times, who wrote "Humble?" ... "Not the Jackson I know". "Jackson has come out swinging, with no humility in tow. "My" (Lara's and mine) "h" word is Hubris". He is pulling out all the stops," ... "Suddenly, no cause escapes Jackson's attention." ... "He has slammed Halvorson's voting record, claiming she opposed Obama's agenda ... She disputes that, and the facts back her up." I also agree that, the Congressman is ... "all Big Hat, No Cattle, grasping and untrustworhty." The 2nd deserves a representative who works for the district, not one, who just comes out when the Klieg lights come on. I suggest that, if we do not support Debbie Halvorson, during early voting, or, on March 20th, the 2nd Congressional District, will get "the representation, it deserves".
Gareth Andrews March 18, 2012 at 07:21 PM
That ad is a most insulting piece of pandering. President Obama is, by default, the head of the Democratic Party. The ad implies that if you're with him you're on the side of Right, and if you're against him, you're on the side of Wrong. On each issue. Please. Is the President the Messiah? Should congressional representatives not exercise indpendence of thought and voting, informed by their constituents? If this is the best that Jackson has to offer, he's sad.

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