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Volleys of Tax Votes: A September Blizzard in Ohio

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) accuses GOP incumbent Sen. Mike DeWine’s Democratic challenger, Rep. Sherrod Brown, of voting for higher taxes – over 35 times, according to a TV ad. Brown, in a response ad, defends himself, saying he “voted to cut taxes for the middle class 33 times,” and charges DeWine with voting for “the Bush tax breaks for the wealthy,” for “taxes on Social Security,” and with wanting to put Social Security into “risky stock market investments.”

A Misleading Appeal To Fear

The pro-Bush group Progress for America is running a TV ad appealing directly to Americans’ fear of terrorists, saying bluntly “These people want to kill us.”

Hello? Hello?: Democrats Blame Corker for Missed 911 Calls

Republicans cry foul over a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee TV ad attacking Republican Senate candidate Bob Corker, the former mayor of Chattanooga. It said, “Thanks to Bob Corker’s failures as Mayor, more than thirty-one-thousand 911 calls went unanswered.”

An Election-Year Virus

Debunked again and again, a false e-mail keeps circulating claiming members of Congress don’t pay Social Security taxes.

Misquoting Lincoln

Bush supporters falsely quote Lincoln as advocating arresting, exiling or hanging members of Congress who damage military morale in wartime.

New RNC Web Ad Blurs History

Another video on homeland security twists Democrats’ words and exaggerates “the Republican record.”

Democrats Ask, Do You Feel Safer?

A Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee ad that appeared on the Internet this week attacks the record of “Bush and the GOP” on homeland security, but makes some factual stumbles.