Liljenquist goes up with new ad against HatchMay 25, 2012
By: Ashley Killough
(CNN) - The candidate challenging longtime Sen. Orrin Hatch in Utah’s GOP primary issued his second ad on Friday, blasting Hatch for increased spending in Washington.
While former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist has been railing against Hatch in recent weeks for declining to take part in a televised debate, Liljenquist held back from raising the issue again in his latest commercial.
“Sen. Hatch has repeatedly voted to raise his own pay. He’s voted for bailouts,” Liljenquist says in the 30-second spot, titled “Record.”
He then goes on to make the case that if elected senator, he would “balance the budget, cut wasteful spending and eliminate pensions in Congress.”
Liljenquist, an underdog attempting to take down a six-term senator, has stepped up his attack line on Hatch in recent weeks, urging the incumbent to agree to a televised debate. He released his first ad earlier this week and devoted the entire spot to trumpeting his debate challenge.