October 6th, 2010
08:06 PM ET
11 years ago

Melancon ad highlights opposition to Democratic priorities

(CNN) - Rather than telling Louisiana voters what he stands for, Rep. Charlie Melancon is telling voters what he doesn't stand for.

The Democratic Senate candidate released a new TV ad Tuesday touting his opposition to Democratic priorities such as the so-called "cap and trade" energy bill and landmark health care reform.

" ... and I told President Obama his moratorium of off-shore drilling was a job-killer here in Louisiana, and I passed a bill through the House to end it."

The bill Melancon refers to in the ad has not yet been given a vote in the Senate, and the hold on all off-shore drilling projects in the Gulf of Mexico still stands.

Melancon is trailing his Republican opponent, incumbent Sen. David Vitter, by double digits according to recent polls. President Obama lost the state to Sen. John McCain in 2008 by 19 points.

Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Melancon • David Vitter • Louisiana
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Clwyd

    He doesn't belong in the party if he thinks that insurance companies should be allowed to deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions. We need to do some house cleaning and get rid of the Anti-Bellum southern Dixie-Crats.

    October 6, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  2. T'SAH from Virginia

    "Rather than telling Louisiana voters what he stands for, Rep. Charlie Melancon is telling voters what he doesn't stand for."

    And you know what? We will tell you where your going when this is all over!!! You were elected by your constituents to accomplish President Obama's agenda!! You FAILED!!!

    VOTERS – get out and vote in November 2010 so we can keep the EXTREMIST out of office!!!

    This is T'SAH and I approve this message!!

    October 6, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  3. vic, Nashville TN

    I wish he lose he can’t stand for his party if come to DC he won’t cooperate with party so lose

    October 6, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  4. James B

    As a progressive democrat, I would not vote for Mr. Melancon. What good is a democrat if he doesn't support fundamental planks of his party. A quick review of the census data shows that less than 20 percent of the people in Lousiana are college graduates and medium income is less than $40,000. It is clear that the vast majority of the population would greatly benefit from healthcare reform. Also, understanding the underlying causes of the BP oil spill is a logical and necessary action. The moratorium, would have affected only a small number of exploratory wells. I am quite sure if another spill were to occur, this individual would also be blaming the president for not solving the problem. What a hypocrite. Again, I would not vote for Mr. Melancon.

    October 6, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  5. stufthis

    Sorry Charlie, anyone who voted against health reform should not be elected. As a democrat, if your big plan is to run as a republican, you will not be able to beat family values Vitter until your name appears in the DC Madame's book of clients.

    October 6, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  6. Jerry

    Lies, lies. Just like our fearless "Thug-in-Chief", President NObama. And now, even Michelle NObama wants to get into the lying game by campaigning for hand picked Democrats. Those not picked will be the ones thrown under the bus. These people are an embarrassment to all America stands for.

    This administration is the pits. God help us all!

    October 6, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  7. dennis

    Another Democrat running with new tennis shoes away from Obama while he is looking for votes to get elected! Who is the fool who thinks once this clown is elected he'll talk the same tune? Harry Reid will slap him around one time, and those tennis shoes will be found in the Gulf of Mexico! Ok America stand by while the Democrats sail us down the river of moral corruption, government take over of our industries, they alread run the banks, wall street, the unions, our schools, medical complex, and insurance! Next they'll come to your house with ID's to invade privacy, take away your money to give to union bosses and fund union medicals and retirement! Obama will take over the Judicary and write up a new constitution Democrats will outlaw all opposion groups, and line people up for opposing him!

    October 6, 2010 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  8. anthony

    So now that we know what your against, what will you actually do besides vote in opposition to your party?
    Any solutions, or are you just another obstacle in the road to recovery?

    October 6, 2010 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  9. Leslie

    Melancon, another corporatist! What a sad human being! He wants the middle class to suffer while the rich get richer!

    October 6, 2010 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  10. normajean

    Baloney....the presidents moratorium on drilling in the gulf was temporary and for a very limited number of rigs. I want the Dems to win but i'm getting fed up with lies and misinterpretations.

    October 7, 2010 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  11. George of the jungle

    Thats because he doesnt know where he stands just like the rest of the repos, No ideas at all.All they can do is complaine and send out pledges that make no sense and add nothing to our economy. When the wingnuts get done we wont have any minimum wage or social security or health care only tax breaks for the wealthy and to hell with the middle class. Wake up America. Vote them out in November. They think they are winning so prove them wrong. They underestemated us before

    October 7, 2010 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  12. David(D) vs Golith(R)

    This guy is a clown. He cries like a baby on the BP spills, but ignores the fact that the health care bill save lives. I hope Melacon(children of the corn) loose big.

    October 7, 2010 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  13. Four and The Door

    You have got to hand it to his political advisors... they are more in tune with what's going to win than David Axelrod!
    But the fact that an incumbent Republican Senate candidate is in the lead tells us all that Americans are smarter than they are given credit for. It's not incumbent Senators that are in trouble...it is incumbent Democratic Senators on the endangered list. They made the bad decisions...every one of them...and they need to go. Obama's Grande Plan didn't work for America.

    October 7, 2010 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  14. King

    This democrat is being too political he have a red state failure mentality. Fool you should proud to be a dem. Dem philosiphy is simple get money into the hands of the middle class and poor because they are the demand half of the supply and demand economy. When they have money the spend it quickly at the shop, the stores and businesses in the local area stimulating the area with jobs. The repugs want to take money from these people and give to the rich. When last a rich man bought something in your hood or area.

    October 7, 2010 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  15. J.V.Hodgson

    Good for him. I do not know why this is even news. His constituents probably already knew. My offtake on this is it should be clear that not only here but in other states democrats at least debate amongst themselves and are not totally ideologically driven, and do vote against.

    On the other hand thre republican party is so ideologically driven they voted almost 100% in the House and Senate on key legislation against every major bill. In addition to which they held up so many (and still are ) senior government appointments to be purely disruptive and waste time, or making governance more difficult. Paricularly infuriating when all those eventually voted on never got less than 64 senate votes an many in the 90's what a disagrace.
    I think MR melancon is telling Louisina voters exactly what he did easily documented and provable stand for = voted for.
    The opening paragrapgh of the blog as written in the negative rather than positive clearly defines CNN'S political leaning towards the Republicans. So sad

    October 7, 2010 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  16. Von Bismark-Vienna, Austria

    Of course he is a white guy coming from the south it's no wounder.Can someone tell me how the TEA Party is diferent from the White Citizen Council? What the documentary of this truth on Al Jazeera's People and Power.

    October 7, 2010 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  17. vwrtb_30

    So what.. They are both republicans...

    October 7, 2010 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  18. vs101

    With Democrats like these, who needs Republicans. Looks like he is going to lose. Since he dislikes Democratic ideas, and votes against them, why is he a Democrat. He is utterly useless and I hope he loses so a better candidate can emerge next time. Good riddance.

    October 7, 2010 06:48 am at 6:48 am |