Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo criticized big-ticket spending policies by Congress during the last three years in a campaign video released on YouTube Wednesday. Crapo brought up his votes opposing the 2008 $700 billion bailout of the U.S. financial system and the 2009 $787 billion stimulus bill. The video made no mention of his opponents in this year's election, including Republican primary challenger Claude "Skip" Davis.
“We must change this direction that Congress is taking us,” Crapo said in the video. “Congress must stop its irresponsible agenda of unrestrained spending, massive growth of government, new taxes, and restriction of personal freedoms.”
Crapo declined to be in a televised debate with Davis. Two Democratic candidates are running to challenge him in the November election. Six years ago, Crapo was re-elected with 99.2 percent of the vote over Democratic write-in candidate Scott McClure. Crapo had raised $3.4 million for this year's election and had $2.8 million cash on hand left as of March 31, according to OpenSecrets.org, which also reported that none of Crapo's opponents had filed reports with the FEC.