Republican Senate nominee Joe Miller proclaims on his Web site that global warming “may not even exist.” It’s a position that you’d think that someone at the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee might have scrubbed in the nearly two months since Miller defeated Sen. Lisa Murkowski in a GOP primary, following a tradition of tidying up the campaigns run by troublesome candidates.
While Nevada nominee Sharron Angle and Delaware nominee Christine O’Donnell have hired big name lawyers and press aides to bring themselves more in line with mainstream Republicans, and each has revamped her Web site, Miller’s remains completely unchanged.
Miller, a far-right Republican who has never held elected office, hasn’t backed down a bit from his ultra-conservative stances. He’s continued to do interviews with national press where O’Donnell, Rand Paul and others have largely avoided the media with the exception of Fox News.
Miller has left the issues section of his website untouched, despite provocative conservative positions on issues such as health care, climate change, and government spending.
The summer Angle softened up and even removed entirely some of her hardline positions on environmental issues such as Yucca Mountain and offshore drilling. But Miller has maintained his stance on cap and trade, noting that “The science supporting manmade climate change is inconclusive.”
His site reads, “Should we take drastic measures to combat something that may not even exist, burdening our already struggling economy with billions in new taxes and regulations?”
Miller has also left his remarks on health care and government spending as-is. He dubs the current path of government spending the “road to serfdom”, claims that there is “no Constitutional authority” for the new health care legislation and also adds that it “actually encourages rising costs and inefficiency.”
When tea party favorite Angle won the nomination in Nevada, her campaign made some swift and significant changes to her primary website that largely toned down her strong conservative rhetoric.
The highlights from her original site include her desire to eliminate the Department of Education, her belief that “illegals” should be discouraged from living here by “eliminating benefits for non-citizens and anyone living in the U.S. illegally,” and her willingness to remove any “regulations that prohibit off shore drilling.” On her new and improved site, her campaign softened the rhetoric on these stances and in some cases even removed the issue statements entirely.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reposted the old version of her site, prompting a complaint from the Angle campaign. Team Reid pulled Angle’s issue stances together into one new page, still up and running. Angle’s campaign threatened with a lawsuit, but a Reid spokesman defended their actions in a press release: “What was good enough for Nevada voters to read during the primary should be good enough for them now…”
Angle deleted some of her more unusual stances, and has publicly backtracked on others, insisting she never promised, for example, to get rid of Social Security (she did). Miller hasn’t shied away from his extreme position on Social Security, telling CNN that “absolutely” a young person would not have a federal Social Security program if he gets its way.