Hayhurst Criticizes Stutzman On No Tax Hike Pledge

By Scott Sarvay

September 30, 2010 Updated Sep 30, 2010 at 12:23 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - A candidate for Congress calls out his opponent for going back on a "no tax hike" pledge.

Democrat Dr. Tom Hayhurst summoned reporters for a morning news conference, criticizing Republican Marlin Stutzman's voting record on taxes.

Hayhurst cited a vote by the state senator in 2009 in support of an unemployment insurance tax hike for businesses that the Indiana Chamber of Commerce called one of the biggest tax hikes in state history.

Hayhurst also pledged, if elected, to vote to extend tax cuts.

Hayhurst says, “I think it's unfortunate that Washington did not vote on extending tax cuts for the middle class until after the election. I think that needed to be taken care of and I support maintaining those tax cuts for one year or until our economy becomes more stable."

Stutzman has not yet responded to our request for a comment on hayhurst's criticism.

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