Associated Press: "...disconnected, out-of-context patchwork of Kaine sound bites.”
Roanoke Times: "creatively edited clips"
Associated Press: “…it neglects the role a crippling recession born under Republican President George W. Bush played in creating them.”
Daily Press: "One of the biggest false claims the latest American Crossroads ad contains is that Kaine supported $500 million in spending cuts to Medicare... This claim has been repeatedly debunked by PolitiFact as false as in these two 2011 fact checks..."
Richmond, VA - This week, Karl Rove rode to George Allen’s rescue for the third time, spending millions to date in outside money to flood Virginia airwaves with yet another misleading ad full of “creatively edited” claims that have been described as “false” and “partisan.” Adding insult to injury, Virginia news organizations note that the Rove attack rings more true for George Allen than Tim Kaine. As the Associated Press writes, "Allen, however, has also split time between duties as a Virginia elected official and head of a national partisan organization with the explicit goal of increasing the GOP Senate majority at the time.”
Unfortunately, these misleading, hypocritical attacks are what Virginians have come to expect from George Allen and Karl Rove, two key members of the fiscal wrecking crew that helped George W. Bush turn record budget surpluses into massive deficits, and take the economy to the brink of disaster. Since their first attempt to bail out George Allen's reelection effort, Crossroads' Virginia ads have been debunked and criticized by newspapers, editorial boards, and independent fact-checkers across the state, and called "erroneous," and filled with "demonstrable falsehoods and distortions."
Below is a sample of what Virginia media is saying about Karl Rove’s latest dishonest attack ad:
“American Crossroads, an independent super PAC that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of cash, is paying $1.6 million for the 30-second ad that knits together disconnected, out-of-context patchwork of Kaine sound bites.” [Associated Press, 06/14/12]
“I did some fact checking on the American Crossroads ad, as well, and found there were some problems.” [Aaron Martin, WSLS Fact Check, 06/14/12]
“The spot mixes creatively edited clips…” [Roanoke Times, 06/13/12]
“The ad also claims that Kaine is selling policies that he knows hurts Virginians, which of course is a partisan claim that really can't be proven either way.” [Aaron Martin, WSLS Fact Check, 06/14/12]
“…it neglects the role a crippling recession born under Republican President George W. Bush played in creating them.” [Associated Press, 06/14/12]
“The ad claims that Kaine supported $500 billion in Medicare spending cuts ... PolitiFact groups in Ohio and Oregon found similar claims against politicians in their states to be false.” [Aaron Martin, WSLS Fact Check, 06/14/12]
“One of the biggest false claims the latest American Crossroads ad contains is that Kaine supported $500 million in spending cuts to Medicare...This claim has been repeatedly debunked by PolitiFact as false.” [Daily Press, 06/13/12]
“Kaine’s camp also noted that the ad’s claim about Medicare cuts has been rated false by fact-checking organizations such as PolitiFact.” [Roanoke Times, 06/13/12]
“Allen, however, has also split time between duties as a Virginia elected official and head of a national partisan organization. For two years, during his previous Senate term, Allen was chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, with the explicit goal of increasing the GOP Senate majority at the time.” [Associated Press, 06/14/12]
“Democrats scoff at the attacks on Kaine as a Beltway insider, given that Allen previously served as National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman and later ran an Alexandria-based public policy firm.” [Washington Post, 06/13/12]
“But he's not the first recent sitting Virginia governor to head a national party. In 2000 President-elect George W. Bush asked Gov. Jim Gilmore to head the Republican National Committee. Many media outlets at the time wrote pieces that showed Rove himself was the acting force behind Gilmore's appointment.” [Daily Press, 06/13/12]
“Kaine, by the way, was not the first Virginia governor to serve simultaneously as a national political party chairman. Gov. Jim Gilmore accepted the top post at the Republican National Committee in 2000 following the election of George W. Bush. Bush’s top political advisor was none other than Rove, the co-founder of Crossroads GPS.” [Roanoke Times, 06/13/12]
“In the first ad that ran last November, American Crossroads claimed that under Kaine Virginia had ‘a big deficit.’ The Associated Press and others called this claim "erroneous" because Virginia, like most other states, are required by state law to have a balanced budget - i.e. deficit spending is not allowed.” [Daily Press, 06/13/12]
“Kaine’s campaign called the latest Crossroads ad ‘misleading,’ pointing to inaccuracies in previous ads.” [Richmond Times-Dispatch, 06/13/12]
“Not so fast, says the Kaine campaign, which points out that American Crossroads two previous ads against the former governor have been ‘debunked and criticized’ by newspapers, editorial boards, and fact checkers.” [Daily Press, 06/13/12]