Both candidates played loose with the facts at the second Presidential Debate in St. Louis Oct. 8. We offer a sampler of the dubious and sometimes false statements made by each of the candidates.
A Bush-Cheney ’04 ad claims Kerry would raise taxes on 900,000 small businesses and “hurt jobs.” But it counts every high-salaried person who has even $1 of outside business income as a “small business owner” — a definition so broad that even Bush and Cheney have qualified while in office,
It quotes negative comments from newspapers, but doesn’t mention that they are editorial expressions of opinion.
Study published by Bush’s Treasury Department contradicts Bush’s campaign.
The President’s ad recycles bogus claims, then tells only part of the story about Kerry’s position on tax breaks for couples and children.
Kerry supported an increased tax on Social Security benefits, but he also supported a repeal and Bush didn’t.
Bush campaign falsely accuses Kerry of voting 350 times for tax increases. Bush’s own words mislead reporters.
Attack ad revives question of whether Kerry’s numbers add up.
Straining the facts at Iowa’s debate on Sunday Jan. 4.
Republican National Chairman Ed Gillespie said “80% of the tax relief for upper income filers goes to small businesses.” That’s untrue – and a classic example of a statistical distortion gone amok.