Sep 20, 2010 4:20 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Democratic Senate candidate Charlie
Melancon is blasting Republican Sen. David Vitter on fiscal policy
and Vitter's votes for several Bush-era spending measures.
The criticism hits Vitter in an area that has been his strength.
Vitter has positioned himself as a fiscal hawk who rails against
federal deficits and repeatedly complains of President Barack
Obama's stimulus program and other Democratic spending plans.
Melancon told the Press Club of Baton Rouge on Monday that
Vitter hasn't always been such a fiscal watchdog. Melancon says the
incumbent senator repeatedly voted for deficit spending when former
President George W. Bush was in office.
Vitter's campaign didn't immediately respond to a request for
comment about Melancon's remarks.
Melancon is challenging Vitter's bid for a second term in the
Nov. 2 election. Vitter leads most polls by double digits.