Here’s a roundup of fact checks of these ads.
“Seen those ads attacking Thom Tillis? They’re false. Tillis fired the staffers.”
— voiceover of Thom Tillis (R) ad responding to Senate Majority PAC ad
“Before Congress, Cotton got paid handsomely working for insurance companies”
Simpson “voted to repeal the Wall Street bailout and repay taxpayers”
--voiceover of new ad for Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho)
--voiceover of attack ad against Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) by the campaign of Senate hopeful, Thom Tillis (R), North Carolina speaker of the House
--National Republican Senatorial Committee news release, citing a study by Americans for Tax Reform
-- voiceover of new Americans for Prosperity television ad
“TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline: Eliminate America’s reliance on foreign energy”
--headline on new television ad sponsored by TransCanada
This column has been updated with a response from TransCanada’s chief executive
--voiceover of new ad from Patriot Majority USA
“He’s blocked the Senate over 400 times.”
-- Voiceover of new Ken Cuccinelli television ad
“Cuccinelli compared immigration policy to exterminating rats.”
--Spanish language television ad sponsored by the Democratic Party of Virginia
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--voiceover of Terry McAuliffe ad, “Interfering”
--campaign literature from the Terry McAuliffe campaign
“Under Ken Cuccinelli’s tax plan, you could pay more in property taxes.”
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“Political insider and investor Terry McAuliffe cashed in, walking away with millions.”
“There’s bipartisan agreement that Obamacare isn’t working.”
— Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), in a new television ad sponsored by the Senate Conservatives Fund
“Democratic Senator Max Baucus, the lead author of Obamacare, says it’s a huge train wreck.”
— voiceover in a new ad, “Bailout Bevin,” by the Mitch McConnell campaign
(Part 2 of 2)
— voiceover in new TV ad, “Meet Matt Bevin”
(Part 1 of 2)
“In his book, Cuccinelli questions whether Medicare and Social Security should exist.”
Is this what Cuccinelli says in the book?
“If we can’t pick our own doctor, how do I know my family’s getting the care they need?”
— “Julie,” in a TV ad sponsored by Americans for Prosperity
What is it about children and health care?
— voiceover of a new ad, “Glitz,” by Patriot Majority USA and Senate Majority PAC
Time for a refresher course!
— voiceover in television ad placed by Friends of the Earth, released June 19, 2013
“When the president does it, that means it is not illegal”
— Former President Richard Nixon, as quoted in a new Sen. Mitch McConnell ad titled “Demand Answers”
Let’s take a closer look.
“Congressman Barrow’s Plan: Put the IRS in Charge of Your Healthcare. Fed Up?”
“Number of House members who voted in 2011 that climate change was a ‘hoax’: 240”
— text of a new video by Obama political arm, Organizing for Action
But there are polls — and there are polls.
Let’s find out more about this survey, and whether it justifies the language used by the NRA.
Let’s take a look at other elements of each side’s attacks.
— voiceover of a television ad by the Independence USA PAC
— voiceover of a Mitt Romney ad that ran in the final week of the 2012 campaign
“Shame on you, Congressman John Barrow . . . Tell Congressman John Barrow to Reject NRA Blood Money”
— video ad by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
There is something about the gun debate that inspires heated rhetoric on both sides.
— voiceover of a new National Rifle Association television ad, released Jan. 15, 2013
It’s hard to believe this nasty and brutish presidential campaign has come to an end.
Here are some of the lowlights of the 2012 campaign.
“Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan back a plan that cuts health services for veterans by 19%.”
— A mailer from the Democratic Party of Virginia
“Mitt Romney’s plan… …rolls back regulations on the banks that crashed our economy.”
“Catastrophic cuts to education”
“Millionaires will get one of the largest tax cuts ever…while middle class families pay more.”
— voiceover from a new Barack Obama ad, “Remember”
“Mitt Romney’s plan… …rolls back regulations on the banks that crashed our economy.”
MODERATOR: “Mr. President, thank you. Mr. Prime Minister, your response.”
MODERATOR: “Mr President, your rebuttal.”
OBAMA: “Obviously there are some differences between us.”
— Text of a “robocall” message sponsored by the Emergency Committee for Israel
— voiceover in unannounced Mitt Romney television ad running in Ohio
“Our Navy is smaller now than at any time since 1917.”
— Mitt Romney, in a new television ad
“The president began an apology tour of going to various nations and criticizing America.”
Mitt Romney, in another new television ad
— Voiceover from a new Obama campaign television ad
“Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”
“So, if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, it’ll bankrupt them.”
-- Excerpts of Barack Obama interview featured in an American Energy Alliance ad
— Voiceover in new Mitt Romney campaign ad titled “The Obama Plan”
“The debt will grow from 16 trillion to 20 trillion dollars”
— Mitt Romney, “in his own words,” in a campaign television ad
Obama campaign ads
-- Ad from the George Allen campaign
-- Ad from the campaign of Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine
This column has been updated
Let’s begin with a bit of background on the political careers of Kaine and Allen.
— voiceover from a new Mitt Romney campaign ad
— voiceover from new Obama campaign ad
-- Narration from Mitt Romney campaign ad
— President Obama, in a new two-minute television ad released Sept. 27, 2012
— Former president Bill Clinton, in an Obama campaign ad running since August
-- Narration from a new Romney campaign ad
Let’s check the Romney claims for factual accuracy and context.
“Medicare is going broke. It’s not politics. It’s math.”
— Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in a new Romney campaign ad titled “Least We Can Do.”
— Vice President Biden, at the Democratic convention, Sept. 6, 2012
Medicare “is going broke.”
— President Obama, Aug. 15, 2009
We have bipartisan agreement! Medicare is going broke, busted, bankrupt…or is it?
— State Sen. Barack Obama, at a conference at Loyola University, Oct. 1998 [missing section in bold]
— Narration from Mitt Romney campaign ad
Let’s see whether the graphs in this ad are more true to the facts.
So where does the GOP candidate get his numbers?
— Former steelworker Joe Soptic, in a new ad by Priorities USA
— Voiceover in television ad by the Emergency Committee for Israel
--voiceover in new Mitt Romney television campaign ad titled “Cherished Relationship”
As Woody Allen once put it, “80 percent of success is showing up.”
— Voiceover in a new Obama campaign ad
“Barack Obama on the Economy”
— headline in a Romney campaign ad, followed by President Obama speaking:
Another day, another out-of-context quote?
— Disillusioned Obama voter Michael Goldstein, in an ad by the Republican Jewish Coalition
-- Narration from Romney campaign ad
-- 2010 remarks from Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), featured in Romney campaign ad
— Narration from Obama campaign ad
— Voiceover of new Barack Obama campaign ad
— Voiceover from Crossroads GPS ad “Stopwatch”
“Romney Economics: It didn’t work in Massachusetts, and it won’t work now.”
— Slogan of a new series of Obama campaign ads
— worker in latest Obama campaign ad
— Voiceover of new Crossroads GPS television ad
“Promise broken: Obamacare raises 18 different taxes.”
“If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” (quote from Obama, 2009)
--Assertions in a new Crossroads GPS ad, released Wednesday
“The unemployment rate for Americans 18-29 is 11.6%.”
“Student loan debt is now over $1 trillion.”
— From a fact sheet on the Crossroads Generation Web site
The production values are better, but not the message.
Take a look and compare.
Obama ad (2012)
--worker at company acquired by Bain Capital
“It was like a vampire. He came in and sucked the life out of us.”
Ted Kennedy ads (1994)(go to 1:00 mark)
--worker at a company acquired by Bain Capital
“They cut the wages...we no longer had insurance... basically cut our throats.”
--more quotes from workers
— Former steel worker Joe Soptic, in a new Obama campaign ad on Mitt Romney’s business record
“President Obama might forget the recession but America hasn’t.”
--text from a new RNC web video, May 11, 2012
--President Obama, Remarks in Seattle, May 10, 2012
When a political campaign quotes an opponent, watch out. Some important context may be missing.
Let’s look at what Obama and Romney really said.
“I wanted to arm you with the facts about the latest attack from Big Oil.”
— Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter, in a video release
— Koch response video
“Under President Obama, is America moving forward or backward?”
“It’s getting more expensive for healthcare, more expensive for gas, more expensive overall.
“Four years of Obama moving America ... backward.”
— Narration from American Crossroads ad
— Ad from President Obama’s re-election campaign
— New TV advertisement by Americans for Prosperity
“How exactly does President Obama spend your tax dollars?”
— New TV advertisement by the American Future Fund
Let’s take a look at some of the specific claims.
“Mitt Romney. If he wins, we lose.”
— Voiceover of a new television ad by Priorities USA Action
Here’s some context for the claims made in the ad.
— Narration from an ad by AmericanDoctors4Truth
— narrator of a new Rick Santorum TV ad, as a photo of Barack Obama morphs into one of Mitt Romney
So do these claims add up? Let’s take them in the order in which they were made.
--Voiceover in a Republican National Committee TV ad about the Obama health care law
Be wary of the single data point, exploited either by Democrats or Republicans.
Let’s review the facts one more time, knowing it probably won’t be our last.
— Voiceover in new National Republican Senate Committee Web ad, March 22, 2012
Narrator Tom Hanks: “He knew from experience the cost of waiting [on health care reform].”
— Musician Pat Boone, in a television ad sponsored by the 60 Plus Association
Someone must be falling for this stuff, however, or else it would not keep getting repeated.
“Mitt Romney — against individual mandates except when he’s for them.”
— New DNC Web ad attacking Romney
“Only ten percent of people in unions today actually voted to join the union.”
— Voiceover from an ad sponsored by the Center for Union Facts which aired during the Super Bowl
“No candidate in American history has ever run more negative ads than Barack Obama.”
— Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), speaking on CNN, Jan. 31, 2012.
But is this really the case?
Let’s take a closer look:
— voiceover in a new Mitt Romney ad attacking Newt Gingrich
President Obama “kept a campaign promise to toughen ethics rules”
--new Obama campaign ad
Newt Gingrich, meet Michael Moore!
— Newt Gingrich ad attacking Mitt Romney
“As Speaker, Gingrich supported taxpayer funding of some abortions.”
--from a new ad in Iowa sponsored by “Restore Our Future”
Let’s take a tour through some of the more egregious fouls in the ad.
— Comments in recent ad by pro-Romney PAC Restore our Future
We resisted writing about Mitt Romney’s first television ad when it was released just before Thanksgiving, on the grounds that the issue — whether the ad misquoted President Obama — had been thoroughly and quickly discussed. We sometimes also see little need to fact check items that have been already debunked by one political faction or the other.
— Former governor Mitt Romney on Fox News, Nov. 29, 2011
— Texas Gov. Rick Perry, in a new television ad attacking President Obama
— Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, Nov. 15, 2011
What’s going on here?