FactCheck.org analysis of 2007 campaign advertisements
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from 2007 AdWatch (number of quotes indicated):
- Bill Richardson (3) New Mexico Former Democratic Governor (2002-2010) and Cabinet Sec'y
- Hillary Clinton (2) Cabinet
- John Edwards (2) Democrat
- John McCain (4) Republican
- Mike Huckabee (1) Arkansas Former GOP Governor (1996-2006); Pres. candidate (2008)
- Mitt Romney (10) Massachusetts Former GOP Governor (2003-2006); Pres. candidate (2008)
- Rudy Giuliani (14) New York Former Mayor of NYC
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1. From presidential debates
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| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Mitt Romney: FactCheck: TV ad ignores recency of conversion to pro-life.
Budget & Economy|
John McCain: AdWatch: Outrageous to spend $233M for bridge to nowhere.
John McCain: FactCheck:Bridge-to-Nowhere never built; would serve 200,000.
John McCain: FactCheck: Criticized “Woodstock museum,” but skipped vote.
Mitt Romney: AdWatch: Cap discretionary spending at inflation minus 1%.
Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: crime NOT at record high when Rudy took office.
Rudy Giuliani: AdWatch: Got tough on drugs like meth in Massachusetts.
Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: Romney’s tough-on-drugs meth bill never passed.
John McCain: FactCheck: Criticized $3M “bear DNA” study, but voted for it.
Mitt Romney: FactCheck: Romney had 700 line-item vetoes, President cannot.
John Edwards: AdWatch: Universal health care by July 2009.
John Edwards: FactCheck: President cannot remove Congress’ health care.
Rudy Giuliani: AdWatch:Cancer survival rate 82% in US; 44% in socialized UK.
Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck:Cancer survival rate 74% in UK; not 44% as claimed.
Hillary Clinton: AdWatch: Ensured health coverage for Guard & Reserve.
Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: Only BETTER health coverage for SOME Reservists.
Rudy Giuliani: AdWatch: Firefighters Union blames Giuliani for 9/11 deaths.
Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: Radio failure PARTLY responsible for 9/11 deaths.
Mike Huckabee: FactCheck: Yes, supported scholarships for AR illegal aliens.
Mitt Romney: AdWatch: Huckabee ok’ed tuition & scholarships for illegals.
Mitt Romney: FactCheck: Took hard-line on illegals, but only late in term.
Mitt Romney: AdWatch: No driver’s license & in-state tuition for illegals.
Mitt Romney: FactCheck: MA state cops never enforced immigration laws.
Mitt Romney: FactCheck: Took no action against 4 Mass. sanctuary cities.
Rudy Giuliani: AdWatch: New citizens must read, write, & speak English.
Rudy Giuliani: AdWatch: Deport convicted criminals who are illegal aliens.
Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: English literacy already required for citizenship.
Bill Richardson: AdWatch: Over 80,000 new jobs; NM 6th in nation.
Bill Richardson: FactCheck: NM gained 68,100 new jobs, not 80,000 as claimed.
Bill Richardson: FactCheck: NM ranks 17th in job growth; not 6th, as claimed.
Principles & Values|
Rudy Giuliani: AdWatch: NYC was “most successful turn-around in 50 years”.
Mitt Romney: AdWatch: Stood up for conservatism in most liberal state.
Mitt Romney: FactCheck: VT would disagree that MA is most liberal state.
Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: Cut NYC taxes by $5.4B, not $9B as claimed.
Rudy Giuliani: AdWatch: Cut or eliminated 23 NYC taxes; and created surplus.
Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: Cut 14 NYC taxes, not 23 as claimed.
The above quotations are from FactCheck.org analysis of 2007 campaign advertisements.