Halter misleading older voters

FactCheck.org: Halter’s Ad Misleading Senior Voters

In the final week of Arkansas’  June 8 runoff campaign for the Democratic Senate nomination, Lt. Gov. Bill Halter is running a misleading ad against Sen. Blanche Lincoln that accuses her of “cutting Social Security” and threatening to cut Medicare and Social Security in the future. For sure, there are differences between the two candidates. Lincoln is a strong supporter of reducing the deficit, and is on record as wanting to find “greater efficiencies” in entitlement programs, including Medicare and Social Security. But nothing she has done has resulted in cuts to Social Security benefits, and the Halter campaign provided no evidence to support that she wants to cut Medicare and Social Security benefits. The ad splices parts of two different Lincoln quotes together to leave a false impression.

Read the facts.

Highlights include:

The Halter campaign “spliced together two clips from the same debate … manipulating her words to make the unsupported claim that she will cut benefits.”

Ad “goes too far in saying that Halter ‘fought to protect it from cuts.’ In documents provided to us, the Halter campaign backs up this claim with various statements from Halter asserting the importance of Social Security –  such as an April 22, 2001 quote attributed to him in the Lewiston Morning Tribune that described Social Security as “the most important income security program in American history.” But stating general support for Social Security is not exactly fighting to protect it from cuts.


About patlynch
I am a broadcaster in Arkansas, a former freelance writer and political columnist in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Writing Coach. Speaker. Director of the Christian Foundations for Ministry program, and presently enrolled in the Anglican School of Ministry Master of Ministry program.

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