Canton Repository

September 18, 2004

New Bush ad focuses on Ohio

By Paul M. Krawzak
Copley News Service

WASHINGTON — President Bush’s campaign began running a new ad in Ohio on Friday, which asserts that re-electing the president would increase job growth in the state, benefit small business and lead to a simpler tax code.

“President Bush and our leaders in Congress have a common-sense plan to help Ohio’s economic recovery and create jobs, so small businesses can expand and hire,” says the 30-second spot, which follows an ad that Sen. John Kerry’s campaign began airing in Ohio two weeks ago.

Titled “Common Sense vs. Higher Taxes — Ohio,” the Bush spot is the campaign’s second ad focused on Ohio. The Kerry campaign has run two Ohio-based ads.

Polls have shown the economy is the top issue in the state, where economic recovery has lagged the rest of the nation since the 2001 recession.

While saying Bush and the GOP-controlled Congress would promote small-business growth through initiatives that develop new skills, the ad criticizes Kerry and “liberals in Congress” for proposing to raise taxes on 900,000 small businesses across the United States.

Earlier this month, a Kerry ad blamed Bush for the loss of 230,000 jobs in Ohio since he became president. The spot said Kerry’s economic plan would end the tax break for “shipping jobs overseas” and help small businesses provide health care for workers.

Backup for the Bush ad includes the president’s proposal to make several tax cuts he pushed through Congress permanent, including a provision that allows businesses to deduct up to $100,000 in new equipment from their taxable income.

Meanwhile, Bush said Kerry’s plan to “roll back George Bush’s tax cut for people earning more than $200,000 a year” is a tax increase that would hurt 900,000 small business owners who pay taxes on their business profits at individual income tax rates.

Responding, Kerry campaign spokesman Chad Clanton slammed Bush for the loss of “nearly 2 million jobs,” adding, “health-care costs have jumped 64 percent and the deficit’s sky high.”

The campaign said the Massachusetts Democrat would help small business and encourage job growth through tax deductions for business investment and the purchase of energy-efficient equipment, cutting red tape and a tax credit for businesses that add jobs.

The Bush campaign declined to say exactly where its latest ad will run in Ohio, or what it cost.