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?