Below is an email from the Landrieu Campaign:
CASSIDY AD ATTACKING SENATOR LANDRIEU ON IMMIGRATION AND VETERANS BENEFITS RATED AS ONE OF ‘THE FIVE BIGGEST GOP WHOPPERS THIS ELECTION CYCLE’
Statement attributable to Landrieu campaign Communications Director Fabien Levy:
“It’s a telling sign that the only way Congressman Cassidy and his campaign have stood out among the nation’s 507 major races — gubernatorial, Senate, and House — is by consistently making lamentable lists of running the most false, misleading, and hypocritical ads in the country. With no real issues to run on and no real record to stand on, fabricating Senator Landrieu’s record is all he has left.”
ICYMI –MSNBC this weekend ranked an ad by Congressman Bill Cassidy that falsely accuses Senator Mary Landrieu of prioritizing undocumented immigrants above veterans as one of the “five biggest GOP whoppers this election cycle.” The ad also received a trifecta of takedowns from the nation’s most prominent fact checkers, as The Washington Post’s Fact Checker, PolitiFact, andFactCheck.org called the ad “false” and “ridiculous,” with an “extra level of hypocrisy.”
Congressman Cassidy continues to rack up unfortunate accolades for his fictitious advertising. The Washington Post’s Fact Checker recently ranked two separate ads attacking Senator Mary Landrieuas the fourth and fifth most widely read fact checks in the countryin September. The Fact Checker gave their lowest rating of “Four Pinocchios” to both ads, a rating reserved for what they call the biggest “whoppers.”
Pants on fire: The 5 biggest GOP whoppers this election cycle
By Aliyah Frumin, October 25, 2014
Sen. Landrieu voted to fund benefits for illegal immigrants ahead of vets
In a Senate campaign ad, Louisiana Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy – who is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu – charges that his opponent chose benefits for illegal immigrants over veterans. But fact-checkers say she did no such thing.
A bit of background: A bipartisan budget passed in the Senate in December 2013 that reversed some of the spending cuts known as the sequester. It included a provision to lower the cost-of-living adjustments for some military retirees. Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama tried to reopen the amendment process so he could introduce a measure to remove the cuts in military pensions by eliminating a loophole that he argued allowed illegal immigrants to get child tax credits.
Democratic Sen. Patty Murray – who spearheaded the budget deal – argued that reopening the amendment process late in the game would mess up the entire bipartisan deal so she and all the Senate Democrats (which includes Landrieu) voted against the measure, which ultimately failed.
Fact-checkers skewered Cassidy’s claim. Politifact argued Cassidy presented “the false dichotomy that Landrieu had a choice between funding undocumented immigrants and veterans in the budget agreement. That amendment never actually came up for a vote.” Factcheck.org agreed, saying the ad sets up a “false choice.”
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