Sen. Alexander responds to criticisms on voting record

Sen. Alexander responds to criticisms on voting record

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (source: U.S. Senate) U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (source: U.S. Senate)
Tenn. Rep Joe Carr (source: Tennessee State Assembly) Tenn. Rep Joe Carr (source: Tennessee State Assembly)

6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Sen. Lamar Alexander is responding to the criticism of his voting record by a new challenger and from conservative groups through a newly released radio ad.

The Senate Conservatives Fund released a radio ad Wednesday attacking Alexander over claims that he has supported the Affordable Healthcare Act.

"Obamacare is a job killer, yet Lamar Alexander refuses to do what it takes to stop funding for this liberal train wreck," the ad said. "It's time for Lamar Alexander to start listening to us and not his friends in Washington."

A group of Tea Party leaders also sent Alexander a letter earlier this month asking him to step down.

Thursday, Alexander released an ad which included a clip from a 2010 healthcare summit where Alexander confronts President Obama about his healthcare plan.

"Lamar, when you mentioned earlier that you said premiums go up, that's just not the case according to the congressional budget office," Obama said.

Alexander interrupts the president, saying: "Mr. President if you're going to contradict me, I ought to have a chance. The congressional budget office report says that premiums will rise in the individual market as a result of the Senate bill."

Obama continues to say no and a voiceover comes into the ad at this point saying that the president later confirmed that Alexander was correct.

Alexander told 6 News that despite claims he has a liberal voting record, he believes he has upheld conservative values.

"I left the state with zero road debt, low taxes, balanced budgets," Alexander said. "Tennesseans know I'm a conservative. I hope the score card they'll use when they think about me and anyone else running for the Senate is can they get anything done?"

Earlier this week, Rep. Joe Carr announced his plans to run against Alexander during the 2014 Republican primary.

Alexander, meanwhile, has picked up an endorsement from former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who sent a letter to supporters saying, "I've known a lot of conservative Republicans in politics and government but no one I've admired more than Lamar Alexander. For the good of our country, I am writing you to ask that you help him and ensure he is re-elected to the United States Senate."

"I'm proud to have Gov. Huckabee's support," Alexander said. "He is a strong conservative as I am but he also knows how to get results."

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