McCain Drops False Claim From Stump Speech
LIMA, Ohio — Has Sen. John McCain taken a gander at FactCheck.org recently? It would appear so. When we asked him last week about the Website’s reports that found many of his recent ads contain false or misleading information, he claimed he didn’t know anything about the Website. But, at a town hall meeting here today — his first town hall in a week — McCain corrected one of his frequent criticisms of Sen. Barack Obama that was debunked by the nonpartisan fact-checking Website on July 8. As recently as last week, the Arizona senator said that Obama has voted for tax increases on individuals who earn as little as $32,000 per year. Today, the likely Republican nominee altered his charge to bring it more in line with FactCheck.org’s analysis:
"Sen. Obama says he’s only raise taxes on the rich, but in the Senate he voted for tax hikes that would have impacted people making just $42,000 a year."
The analysis notes that the vote in question, which was for a budget resolution that would have allowed most of the Bush administration 2001 and 2003 tax cuts to expire, would have affected people with an income of $41,500 or more — and it has no relation to Obama’s current economic policy proposals.
Keeping the bastards honest…it’s what we do. Now, if McCain would only address the other 10 reports FactCheck.org has issued about his ads since late June.