His ad says “the middle class is paying a bigger share of America’s tax burden.” True. But it’s a smaller burden all around. And the richest still pay the most.
New ad claims Bush inherited an economy “already in recession” and that 41 million seniors “now have access to lower cost prescriptions.” Wrong on both counts.
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 ad claims Kerry’s healthcare proposals would put “big government in charge” of medical decisions. In fact, Kerry’s plan would leave 97% with the insurance they have now — while up to 27 million who aren’t insured would gain coverage.
Bush and Kerry both have problems with the facts at their meeting in Coral Gables.
Selective use of Kerry’s own words makes him look inconsistent on Iraq. A closer look gives a different picture.
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,
Bush and Kerry both pepper their standard political speeches with misleading claims.
Bush falsely claims Kerry voted repeatedly to raise premiums. Kerry’s spot blaming Bush alone for the latest increase isn’t much better.
A new MoveOn PAC ad implies machine guns are becoming legal, which isn’t true. And it blames Bush, even though Bush said he would have extended the ban on assault weapons.