Fact Check: Democrats' ads against McCain

April 30, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Democratic Party took on John McCain over Iraq and the economy, but two new Democratic attack ads are bending the truth.

The first ad shows selected portions of a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, in which John McCain says it would be fine with him if the U.S. stayed in Iraq for 100 years.

"Maybe a hundred (years). That would be fine with me."

The Democratic Party ad shows the price paid for the past five years in Iraq and repeats Senator McCain's clip.

Fact Check:

The ad serious misrepresents what McCain said. Here is a clip of what he said at that New Hampshire town hall meeting.

"Maybe a hundred! We've been in Japan for 60 years. We've been in South Korea for 50 years or so. That would be fine with me, as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed."

That is what McCain really said about 100 years in Iraq. The second Democratic Party ad is entitled "Better Off." In the ad McCain is asked if "Americans are better off than they were eight years ago."

"I think you can argue that Americans overall are better off because we have had a pretty good, prosperous time with low unemployment low inflation. A lot of good things have happened. A lot of jobs have been created. I think we are better off overall."

Fact Check:

If McCain's answers seemed out of date, it's because they are. The clip is from a CNN debate last January. It shows a graphic showing 1.8 million jobs. That's wrong. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports show that there are 5.4 million more job. It's true there are 1.8 million more people unemployed but that doesn't contradict McCain's statement that lots of jobs have been created.

The ad also claims gasoline prices are up 200 percent. But that's only partially true. The DNC is measuring the increase from December 2001, when the price of a gallon of gas fell to $1.11 because people weren't traveling after the September 11th terrorist attacks.

FactCheck links

FactCheck.org: DNC vs. McCain

FactCheck.org: McCain's $5,000 promise


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