Warner: Youíve heard a lot of false charges from my opponent in
this yearís governorís race. Let me set the record straight. I will not
raise taxes. As a fiscal conservative, I know government has to live
within its means. Iíve simply said letís trust the people. The people of Northern Virginia want the right to vote locally on how to fund transportation. They should have that right. Their vote would only affect them, not anyone else in Virginia. Despite my opponentís attempts to mislead you, thatís the truth.
Warner wants to deflect Earleyís charge that he would raise
taxes. Warner says he will not raise taxes, but supports a proposed
referendum in Northern Virginia that if passed would allow the region to
raise taxes to fund transportation needs.
The ad also echoes other statements in which Warner has sought to
frame the debate in terms of trust, not taxes, fitting into a theme
casting Earley as a typical politician running a negative campaign full
of false charges.
In a slightly different version of this ad running downstate, Warner
inserts a line telling voters that the referendum applies only to
residents of Northern Virginia, addressing charges from Earley that
Warner would support proposals in other regions.
THE WASHINGTON POST