Angus King’s Recipe for Congress: No Budget, No Salary

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Maine independent Senate candidate Angus King speaks at a news conference in Brunswick, Maine.

Angus King thinks the U.S. Senate has no concept of time.

In his newest Senate campaign commercial, the independent ex-governor of Maine holds up a clock that reads 8:00, telling viewers that the half of the Senate would read it as 2:00 and the other half would say 4:30.

“Arguing about everything is why nothing gets done,” King says to the camera, adding that Congress has enacted a budget and all of the regular appropriations bills just four times in the past 30 years.

King says members of Congress shouldn’t get paid if they don’t pass a budget.

“You know what time it is really — it’s time for a change,” he says in the ad, which began running this morning in Portland, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG.

King leads in polls in the race to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe, though his early big advantage has shrunk somewhat after attacks from Republican groups supporting Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has attacked Summers and ignored Democratic state senator Cynthia Dill, who’s running a distant third in the polls. King is expected to caucus with Democrats if he wins the Nov. 6 election.

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