April 27th, 2010
05:56 PM ET
10 years ago

Coats releases new ad, loans campaign $200,000

Republican Dan Coats is up with his second television ad in Indiana.

Republican Dan Coats is up with his second television ad in Indiana.

Washington (CNN) – Indiana Senate hopeful Dan Coats went on the air Tuesday with his second television ad of the Republican primary season, the same day it was revealed he loaned his campaign $200,000.

With just one week remaining until primary day, the TV commercial targets the Obama administration's fiscal policies, which Coats says are "taking our country in the wrong direction."

"As a conservative, I fought against higher taxes and big spending," the former senator says in the ad. "President Obama is taking our country in the wrong direction – and I had to step up. Whether it's the big power grab they call health care, or the debt they're passing on to our kids, we need experienced conservative leaders who represent Hoosier values."

Coats, who served in the Senate between 1989 and 1999, is hoping to return to Washington, but faces fellow Republicans John Hostettler and Marlin Stutzman in the GOP primary.

Coats adviser Kevin Kellems told CNN Tuesday that the ad will air statewide, and is complemented by a sizable statewide radio buy.

Kellems also said that Coats loaned his campaign $200,000 on April 22, a move designed to "plug a temporary gap between pledges and receipts." The loan was first reported by the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call.

Coats, who served as the United States ambassador to Germany following his tenure in the Senate, felt compelled to return to Washington because of the "reckless tax and spend policies" of the Obama administration, Kellems said in a statement.

"Because of the reckless tax and spend policies of President Obama and company, Dan and Marsha Coats decided to step up and do their part to help get our nation back on track and Hoosiers back to work," Kellems said.

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  1. Livin' the good life

    which Coats says are "taking our country in the wrong direction."

    ??? And he thinks Bush was going the "right" way? What is wrong with THAT!?... Beau Colby.

    April 27, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. Terry from West Texas

    It is a typical Conservative lie to argue that Conservatives oppose big spending. Ronald Reagan doubled the national debt during good economic years when we could have paid the debt down. Bush Sr. did as much deficit spending in 4 years that Reagan did in 8. Bush Jr. added $5.5 TRILLION dollars to the national debt. In all, Reagan-Bush-Bush added $8.5 TRILLION to the nation's debt.

    The only president that reduced the deficit during his term in office was a moderate, Bill Clinton. The last president who balanced the budget was that good Liberal Harry Truman. Conservatives spend like there is no tomorrow, and they borrow to do it.

    April 27, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. Livin' the good life

    Plus, I'll tell you what, does not this "party" of whatever they call themselves make you as sick to your stomach as much as it does ME? People in general "now-a-days" are all about..."what's in it for ME? what cha' gonna do for ME? How does THAT benefit ME?" Sick and sad. What happened to the America I grew up in where people ACTUALLY CARED for another human being instead of themselves?...Beau Colby

    April 27, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  4. No Incumbents 2010

    How a Washington lobbyist who moved away from Indiana 10 years ago, can win in the Year of the Tea Party, is beyond my comprehension. Is RINO Coats going to talk about what he has done in the last 10 years? Influence peddilng. Maybe Coats can talk about the earmarks he requested for his lobbying clients. Coats' campaign is a cruel joke against the voters who demand real change not old establishment re-treads looking for a cushy retirement.

    April 27, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    What tax? I am getting tired of these idiots saying this stuff. If it where up to them we would still be waiting for the economy to turn around on its own. It's like their miss guided idea og global warming. Just stick your head in the sand and it will all go away.

    April 27, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. guy from NM

    Look at the sharks!! Republicans and Democrats! Sickening to watch them lie and no one in the corporate media is asking them the tough questions. Eat your values Coats,whatever they are.

    April 27, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  7. Michele

    I am so sick of Republicans complaining that the country is "going in the wrong direction." Guess what, dummies? He didn't head it into the ditch, your precious Republican Congress and President did that. And we were in debt thanks to them far before Obama ever took office. So stop with the whining and the lies. You have no plans other than the same old crap that doesn't work. Oh, and saying "Hell, NO!" That isn't a plan...it's a copout. The GOP had better grow up and take some responsibility before we vote them ALL out of office.

    April 27, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  8. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    The rich buying their way into our government.

    April 27, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    Yeah, health care was a "big power grab"...the Dems got spineless, refused to even consider single payer, dropped the public option without a fight and then reached out and grabbed the insurance industry's "junk" and gave it a sloppy hand job. How anyone could say that giving people subsidies to buy PRIVATE insurance is a power grab is beyond me: UNLESS IT IS CODE FOR "BEWARE, THE DEMS HAVE WON MORE VOTERS BY ACTUALLY HELPING PEOPLE AND THEREFORE GRABBED THEMSELVES MORE POWER." This is about which PARTY is in power and has more power, not about the government having more power over our lives and choices.

    April 27, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  10. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    PS. Mr. Coats, the ONLY ones paying higher taxes are those who earn $250,000 or more. "To whom much is given, much is asked." ~ Jesus.

    April 27, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  11. Mike

    So Mr. Coats, you are sure that you were in Germany & not on the moon during the Bush years?

    April 27, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    Are the repugs are running against Obama or others in their states? They all sound like mccain. Still sore about losing and making sure he goes down in history as a sorry old man.

    April 27, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |