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Ward used same statements in September

Interestingly, some of the same statements that congressional candidate Vaughn Ward removed from his campaign website today after The Spokesman-Review noted that they’re identical to statements on other candidates’ and congressmen’s websites, also crop up in a Sept. 5, 2009 Q-&-A interview with the “Idaho Conservative Blogger” site. In his answer to ICB’s Question No. 5, on how to create more jobs in Idaho, the second half of the first paragraph of Ward’s answer, starting with “The best way to help Idahoan families,” is the same as a removed Ward position statement that matched the campaign website of Chad Lee, a candidate for Congress in Wisconsin’s 2nd District, though there are some very small changes - for example, Lee’s site says, “The best way to help Wisconsin families.”

The second paragraph of Ward’s answer to Question No. 5 matches his removed position statement on trade, in which the first two sentences echo the website of Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Nebraska, and the rest repeats a statement from Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., including a tout for “my roadmap legislation;” Ryan is the sponsor of the sweeping “Roadmap for America’s Future” legislation, which Ward said today he hasn’t reviewed.

The second half of Ward’s answer back in September to ICB’s Question No. 7 echoes  his now-pulled position statement on tax relief, in which all but the first sentence matches the website of Rep. Geoff Davis, R-Kentucky, including a reference to “establishing tax-exempt individual development accounts,” which Ward now says he hasn’t explored.


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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