In the latest debate among the Democrats, Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama sparred over their plans for health care and Social Security. We found both presidential candidates guilty of exaggerations and questionable claims.
Former Sen. Fred Thompson got the facts straight for his GOP debate debut Oct. 9. But former Mayor Rudy Giuliani added to a lengthening string of exaggerations and misstatements:
The mid-term elections of 2006 brought an unprecedented barrage of advertising containing much that is false or misleading.
In half a dozen ads, Democrats accuse a number of GOP House incumbents of voting repeatedly to “raid the Social Security Trust Fund.” That line was bunk when Republicans used it against Democratic candidates in the past, and it’s bunk now.
Several ads being aired by Republican House candidates try to frighten both old and young away from supporting their Democratic opponents, who, the Republicans claim, will “cut benefits for seniors” and “raise Social Security taxes” on workers.
Republicans are tagging Democratic opponents across the country for wanting to “give Social Security benefits to illegal immigrants.” But nobody’s proposing paying benefits to illegals.
Debunked again and again, a false e-mail keeps circulating claiming members of Congress don’t pay Social Security taxes.
Democrats harness false assumptions to generate projections that individual Social Security accounts would be losers.
The group’s latest TV ad passes off Social Security’s problems as minor; claims Bush’s solution would demolish the program.
A conservative group again overstates the Social Security shortfall, and attacks Democrats for doing nothing.