October 20, 2010

Fact Check: Jari Askins is Misleading Voters About Her Record

Oklahoma City - Fallin for Governor Communications Director Alex Weintz issued the following statement today responding to Jari Askins' claim that she has been publicly opposed to President Obama's health care reform plan and cap and trade for over a year:

"Jari Askins has finally realized that voters are rejecting her liberal positions on issues and is trying to reinvent herself two weeks before the election. It's a desperate, last minute attempt to reinvigorate her failing campaign, and voters will see right through it.

"Oklahomans want a principled, conservative leader, not someone who arrives at a position when it's politically convenient. That's why conservative Republicans, Democrats and independents will all choose Mary Fallin for governor on November 2nd."

Fact Check

Claim: Jari Askins has opposed Barack Obama's health care plan and "cap and trade" for over a year

"Askins said for more than a year she has publicly opposed health care reform and cap and trade policies of the Obama administration." - Oklahoman, 10/20/10

Fact: Mary Fallin called on Attorney General Drew Edmondson to challenge the constitutionality of the federal health care overhaul in court; Jari Askins did not. And one day after her primary election victory, Jari said she was undecided about the bill.

"[Askins] said she hasn't made a decision on the bill. ‘Honestly, I'm still reading the bill,' Askins said." - Oklahoman, 7/29

Fact: Askins for Governor Campaign Manager Sid Hudson is quoted in today's issue of the Oklahoma Gazette explaining why Jari Askins does not speak out on issues like cap and trade.

Hudson: "Jari could give an opinion on cap and trade, but it's just an opinion. I think Oklahomans would prefer she be more concerned with helping run the state of Oklahoma." - Oklahoma Gazette, 10/20/10