The presidential campaign ads are heating up with less than 3 months to go before Americans will cast their votes determining who will become the next leader of our country. Fact checking sites like Politifact and Factcheck.org are working overtime to determine which campaign attack ads are true, false or some mixture of the two.
Some of the most recent ads have not yet been debunked by the fact-checking sites, but several of the premises upon which they are based have been clearly debunked.
The last 3 attack ads on Obama released by the Romney campaign and correlated falsehoods that have been debunked are shown here:
Here’s what the President actually said at a speech in Pueblo, Colorado:
OBAMA: I said I believe in American workers, I believe in this American industry, and now the American auto industry has come roaring back and GM is number one again. So now I want to do the same thing with manufacturing jobs not just in the auto industry, but in every industry. I don’t want those jobs taking root in places like China. I want them taking root in places like Pueblo.
Here’s the video:
This ad is the same “slice and dice” editing job preformed by the Romney campaign last month to attempt to assert that Obama is anti-small business.
Here’s the video:
This Romney Attack ad continues a theme used by Governor Rick Perry in which he accused the President of creating a war on religion after Obama appealed the Don’t Ask; Don’t Tell Policy, allowing gays to serve openly in the military.
In this ad, Romney is referring to the part of the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA)/ (Plan B) that mandates that religiously affiliated employers (not religious institutions themselves) cover the cost of contraception in their health care plans at no charge to the employee. This mandate’s wording was adjusted to allow any employers with moral or ethical objections to request that the insurer cover the extra costs of the coverage.
The ad compared Romney’s praise of Pope John Paul II, who helped to officially end atheist communism in Poland with the healthcare mandate and asks the question, “When religious freedom is threatened, who do you want to stand with?”
The general accusations as they relate to religious freedom and ACA were debunked when Newt Gingrich leveled the same accusations this past January. No doubt this ad will be revealed as false in the next few days.
Here’s the video:
This Romney attack ad received a “Pants on Fire” rating by Politifact. Read here.
In addition to the easily debunk-able ads that Romney’s campaign have released lately, Romney stated on his Facebook page that Obama is trying to “undermine” the voting rights of military members through a lawsuit filed in Ohio.
David Axelrod, a senior adviser to the Obama campaign argued with Fox News Host Chris Wallace stating, (Romney’s statement] is “completely false and misleading. What that lawsuit calls for is not to deprive the military of the right to vote on the final weekend on the campaign. Of course, they should have that right. What that suit is about whether the rest of Ohio should have the same right”
Politifact said that Axelrod’s characterization is right.
It is interesting to note that none of the Obama campaign ads have received a false or “Pants on fire” rating by the Fact-checker sites.
Be sure to check out all future attack ads you see on Obama with one of these reputable fact-checking organizations and then help spread the truth. Romney’s campaigns ads are not only disingenuous, but out-right mendacious and distorting in every imaginable way in trying to defeat President Obama; nothing new there, but it is heating up as election day draws nearer. Arm yourself with facts and spread them in the face of the lies as quickly as possible. The independent and other undecided voters often hear only the much heavily funded propaganda being backed by the ridiculously huge SuperPacs supporting Romney. The truth must be wielded swiftly and conclusively.
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