'Aqua Buddha,' FairTax and more
- Chris Cillizza notes that we are down to the final 14 days before Election Day, and he's starting to take votes on which is the nastiest Senate race. Is it the Kentucky Senate race between Rand Paul and Jack Conway? The campaign for Florida's 8th Congressional District between Rep. Alan Grayson and state Sen. Daniel Webster? You can go to The Fix to vote now. But before you do, you should inform your vote with a quick tour of some recent ad watching from around the Web.
- By now most people have seen the infamous "Aqua Buddha" ad from the Conway campaign. It is certainly weird, but is it true? Well FactCheck.org found that "the ad's most dramatic claims are well documented." But FactCheck also points out:
The Conway ad does contain a claim we find to be misleading. It claims that Paul wants to "end the [tax] deduction for religious charities." That's based on Paul's supposed support for the FairTax proposal, which would replace the federal income tax with a broadly based sales tax on nearly all purchases -- and thus eliminate the need for any deductions. And Paul's campaign is now denying that he supports the FairTax anyway, according to The Associated Press.
- Media coverage of the Delaware Senate race between Chris Coons and Christine O'Donnell is leading to a lot of discussion over O'Donnell's interpretation and understanding of the Constitution. But on the state's airwaves, the O'Donnell campaign is running a set of ads that the Associated Press says is "mixing truth and fiction." The bottom line:
While Democrat Chris Coons raised property taxes and sewer fees several times during his six-year tenure as head of New Castle County, O'Donnell's claim that he drove the county to the brink of bankruptcy doesn't hold water.
- A little farther down ballot, the Oklahoman looks at a response ad in which one candidate for lieutenant governor defends himself from attacks from his opponent over a bill that both voted for. The Daily Mail, of Hagerstown, Md., finds charges that have been debunked nationally in direct mail being sent by Democratic state delegate candidate Brien Poffenberger.
- Finally, Ezra Klein explains how he came to be featured in an attack ad against Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet. The ad attacks Bennet for being the "deciding vote on Obamacare," which is an old attack ad trick. There is no way to differentiate which one senator cast the "deciding vote" for the health care law. Especially because final reconciliation of the bill passed the Senate 56-43 with one abstention.
- Justin Bank
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