The Democratic presidential hopefuls faced CNN host Anderson Cooper and a handful of citizens who submitted questions in video format. We found a few misstatements.
Bush tax cuts
With election day approaching the tempo of ads is increasing, but not the level of factual accuracy. Both sides are making false or misleading claims in their ads.
Bush claims most of his tax cuts went to low- and middle-income persons. Kerry says Pell Grants were cut. Don’t believe either.
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.
Bush and Kerry both pepper their standard political speeches with misleading claims.
A Club for Growth PAC TV ad released July 26 accurately cites Kerry’s changing positions over the years on welfare reform, the death penalty for terrorists, and gasoline taxes. But it also falsely implies that he’s voted to raise taxes 350 times, a claim we’ve de-bunked before.
New ad says his cuts are “the largest tax relief in history.” Some experts disagree.
Attack ad revives question of whether Kerry’s numbers add up.
The President can’t keep his figures straight. And most people are getting less than he implies.
The General says he can’t understand why they voted for Bush tax cuts. Well, they didn’t.