Troubling, indeed

Geraldine Sealey
April 7, 2004 9:31PM (UTC)

In its latest ad watch document, sounds a bit perplexed and annoyed, really, by Bush-Cheney '04's insistence on recycling attacks against John Kerry that Brooks Jackson and the other folks over at have already been kind enough to debunk.

Here's the latest: "Bush released yet another attack on Kerry April 1, an ad appropriately named 'troubling.' The Bush ad recycles a couple of bogus claims we've de-bunked before -- a misleading claim that Kerry voted for 'higher taxes' 350 times and a claim that 'Kerry's plan will raise taxes by at least $900 billion.' We pointed out previously that the 350-vote figure is so off base that it actually counts some Kerry votes for tax cuts as votes for 'higher taxes.' And as we said earlier, the only tax 'plan' Kerry has proposed is to repeal Bush's tax cuts for those making $200,000 a year or more, while giving some additional tax breaks to those further down the income scale. New in this Bush ad is a statement that Kerry voted repeatedly against tax relief for married couples and opposed an increase in the per-child tax credit. But the ad fails to tell the whole story -- omitting Kerry's oft-repeated promise to preserve both those tax breaks."

Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at

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