Fact Check: Scott Tipton vs. John Salazar

By: Rick Montanez Email
By: Rick Montanez Email

There is more political mudslinging, this time 11 News puts two congressional attack ads to a ‘Fact Check.’

It’s a heated race between incumbent Democratic Congressman John Salazar and his Republican opponent Scott Tipton.

Both of their ads make big claims. The attack on incumbent John Salazar portrays him as an over-spender. "John Salazar has failed Colorado tax payers," the Tipton ad said. This is an opinion, however.

"He promised us more jobs, but delivered a 787 billion dollar stimulus bill," the ad said.

John Salazar did vote in favor of spending that money. But that, according to Recovery.gov, created nearly 18,000 jobs in Colorado. While unemployment dropped a bit after the stimulus was put into play, it's now higher locally than it was when the stimulus bill passed.

"Salazar protected wall street executives with massive bonuses during our economic crisis," the ad claimed.

The Salazar camp told 11 News this is a 'complete lie.' Salazar originally voted no for the economic recovery plans in 2008. But, in 2009, he supported the TARP Reform and Accountability Act. That basically imposed new regulations and transparency for those companies receiving a bail out from the 2008 recovery.

Now let's flip to the other ad. "Scott Tipton's reckless budget plan would have devastating consequences," Salazar’s ad claimed. This is an opinion, an exaggerated prediction made by the Salazar camp based on a letter penned by Scott Tipton for his supporters.

"…cutting Social Security and Medicare spending in half,” the ad said.

The letter Salazar is referring to says Tipton has "a vision for a federal government that is half the size and cost that it is today." The letter, sent to 11 News by Tipton’s and Salazar’s camps, never makes any direct claims about Social Security or Medicare.

"…slashing veterans and military benefits in half," the next claim said. This claim, again, is misleading. Veterans and military benefits were never mentioned in the letter, a letter the Tipton camp says is a 'vision' not an actual ‘budget plan’ like the ad suggests.

This mudslinging is mostly that, muddy. Scott Tipton says economic recovery will happen with less spending, while John Salazar has increased spending to spur recovery.

Next week, 11 News will ‘Fact Check’ claims made by all three candidates for Governor.


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