In an effort to paint himself as an independent who doesn’t always toe the party line, Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg (R) is touting his opposition to the House Republican budget in an ad released by the Montana Republican party. Rehberg, who is running to unseat Sen. Jon Tester (D), voted against the GOP’s budget plan for the second consecutive year because of its draconian cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.
The ad mentions multiple votes on which Rehberg bucked his party before adding that he “refused to support a Republican budget plan that could harm the Medicare programs so many of Montana’s seniors rely on”:
Rehberg was one of 10 Republicans to vote against the budget in 2012; he was one of four to oppose it in 2011. Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), who also opposed the budget this year, has circulated campaign flyers explaining that he voted against the budget “because of the plan’s negative impact on northern West Virginia seniors.”