Speaking of outside spending, NPR's All Things Considered did a spot on attack ads yesterday afternoon that poked holes in an ad critical of Joe Sestak by Crossroads GPS, the group led by Bush strategist Karl Rove. (Listen here.)
Here's what PolitiFact's Bill Adair had to say to NPR's Melissa Block:
Adair: We rated that barely true on the Truth-O-Meter. Specifically, we were looking at 'Did Sestak truly vote to gut Medicare? The number's right. That's the number of seniors in Pennsylvania who get Medicare Advantage, which is a certain type of Medicare program which offers extra benefits.
Under the health-care reform law that Sestak voted for, there are probably going to be some cuts in Medicare Advantage but only to its extra benefits, things like vision care, not to the core program. So that one got a barely true on our Truth-O-Meter.
Our man in DC Dan Malloy had many of the same problems with the ad's claims when it premiered in late August. The ad is below:
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