Republicans attack President's Chattanooga visit with TV ad

Republicans attack President's Chattanooga visit with TV ad

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The President is scheduled to make his remarks in Chattanooga at 1:30 p.m. The President is scheduled to make his remarks in Chattanooga at 1:30 p.m.
Linda Haney questions the ad's assertion that Tennessee is the third freest state Linda Haney questions the ad's assertion that Tennessee is the third freest state
White House Deputy Press Secretary for the Economy Amy Brundage deflected the attack. "What the President said is his door is always open. He wants to talk to Republicans and Democrats about how we can continue our economic recovery." White House Deputy Press Secretary for the Economy Amy Brundage deflected the attack. "What the President said is his door is always open. He wants to talk to Republicans and Democrats about how we can continue our economic recovery."

By GENE PATTERSON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

CHATTANOOGA (WATE) – President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Chattanooga Tuesday, and full-court press is expected by the Tennessee Republican party.

The President is expected to offer several policy initiatives to jump start job growth for middle-class Americans.

However, a television ad, which began airing Monday and continues Tuesday, welcomes the President to the Volunteer state by suggesting Tennessee is succeeding despite Mr. Obama's "liberal" policies.

"Welcome to Chattanooga, Mr. President, welcome to America. We're succeeding in Tennessee, not because of your liberal policies but in spite of them," an announcer says in the television ad. "Fourth in job creation, in the top five for business and the third freest state in the country, thanks to Republican leadership."

The ad also points out that Tennessee is a right-to-work state and has one of the lowest debt levels of any state in the Union.

White House Deputy Press Secretary for the Economy Amy Brundage deflected the attack. "What the President said is his door is always open. He wants to talk to Republicans and Democrats about how we can continue our economic recovery. The idea's he's talking about are not partisan ideas."

Knox County Democratic Party Chair Linda Haney wasn't so charitable. In a statement released to 6 News, Haney questioned a number of the Republican assertions, including job creation.

"I don't know they can make that statement...We are at 8.5 percent unemployment, which is one point higher than the national average," said Haney.

Haney also questioned the ad's assertion that Tennessee is the third freest state. "Exactly what does that mean? I guess free to see the Republican leadership…spend their time gutting workers compensation, taking away prevailing wage protection and treating the working poor like enemies, not to mention the attack on our educators."

The President is scheduled to make his remarks in Chattanooga at 1:30 p.m.

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