Faux News Calls Team McCain on Their Fiscal Dishonesty
Chris Wallace interviewed McCain campaign manager Rick Davis. The lies from Mr. Davis started from the first question:
WALLACE: According to a recent poll — and let’s put it up — people rate Obama’s ads as positive by a margin of 38 percent to 13. But they view McCain’s ads as negative 31 percent to 19. Mr. Davis, why is the McCain campaign spending so much time and so much of its money attacking Obama?
DAVIS: Well, first of all, I don’t think that we are spending that much time and money attacking Obama. And I would say Obama is spending exactly the same amount of time attacking us and, frankly, probably more money. Obama started negative campaigning on John McCain long before we started punching back, and I think a lot of our effort is really to get back into this game, try and galvanize some of the public attention back onto this race, make sure everybody understands there’s two people in this race, not just one, and I think we’ve been successful in doing that.
Wallace then shows a McCain ad claiming Obama has raised taxes on people making $42,000:
WALLACE: All right. Let’s take a look at one of your campaign’s recent ads. Here it is.
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NARRATOR: Life in the spotlight must be grand. But for the rest of us, times are tough. Obama voted to raise taxes on people making just $42,000.
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WALLACE: Mr. Davis, especially that last sentence, isn’t that misleading?
DAVIS: Nothing misleading about it. Barack Obama voted for a budget resolution that would have increased taxes on people, families, making $42,000. What’s misleading about that?
WALLACE: Well, in fact, it only would be single people making $42,000. It would be families making over $60,000. But Obama — as you say, he voted for a non-binding budget resolution that overall talked about doing away with the Bush tax cuts. In fact, he says, that’s not his tax plan, that he supports a middle-class tax cut. And I want to put something up on the screen. The non-partisan Tax Policy Center says someone making $37,000 a year under Obama’s plan would get a tax cut of $892. Under McCain’s plan, they get a tax cut of $113.
Davis rattles on ending with “Who’s going to cut your taxes and hold down spending as president of the United States John McCain”, which of course is just more dishonesty. Wallace continues:
WALLACE: But again, when you have a nonpartisan group saying that, in fact, for the exact group that you’re talking about, people making $37,000, $40,000 a year, that Obama would cut their taxes more than McCain…
DAVIS: Then Obama should put that in an ad. We’re going to talk about the things Obama has said and done in the United States Senate and on the campaign trail, and that includes his vote to increase taxes on people making $42,000 a year.
Davis is not referring to a vote on any tax legislation but I guess Wallace grew tired of this dishonest ad and decided to move on. When a Republican is called out for dishonesty by Faux News – now that really is news!