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October 31, 2012

Tisei seeking to make history

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Republican super PACs and other partisan groups have spent millions on ads attacking Tierney and his wife. Tisei’s own campaign hasn’t shied away from fanning the flames. Tierney, in turn, has called Tisei “shameless.”

“I think most people look at this ... and just don’t believe him,” Tisei said of Tierney. “He has not been honest or forthright.”

Tisei’s liberal stances on social issues have earned him a moderate label, although his views swing substantially to the right when it comes to fiscal issues. The national debt is a chief concern for Tisei, who says spending cuts are needed. He wants to simplify the tax code, is open to restructuring social programs like Medicare to ensure their future viability and wants to reduce regulations on business.

He has said he would not vote for Paul Ryan’s Republican budget, but called it a good starting point for discussion. Tisei is against raising taxes and repeatedly voted against tax hikes in Massachusetts, receiving high marks from anti-tax groups during his time in the state Legislature.

Unlike many Republicans, however, Tisei has refused to sign Grover Norquist’s famous tax pledge, because he believes that closing loopholes and tax deductions to increase revenue is fair game.

Tisei swears he will not be afraid to say no to Republican House Speaker John Boehner, and has told him that to his face. He was independent-minded in the Legislature, he said, and will be the same in Washington. Tisei says that if he believes something isn’t right for the district, he’ll vote it down, despite the consequences it might have for him in his own caucus.

“The way I look at this, I’m not going to Washington to be there for 10 or 15 or 20 years, or to be there forever. I’m going for a specific mission. Whether it’s a couple terms, I’m going there to straighten out the country,” Tisei said.

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