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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  • by CMH Location: Colorado Springs on Oct 22, 2010 at 02:26 PM
    the 23% tax increase issue is not between this 2 Candidates but between Bennet (D) and Buck(R)..Bennet clamis on his ads that Buck wants to increase taxes by 23% when if fact the proposed tax while controversial is designed to REPLACE the ALL Federal Income and Payroll tax with cash rebates to offset the taxes on essentials, that would mean no more taxes taken out of your check and paying the 23% tax only one what you buy.
  • by staying_informed Location: ColoSpgs on Oct 22, 2010 at 02:11 PM
    read more about the 23% tax here: http://m.factcheck.org/2010/10/sales-tax-spin/ they are all lies.
  • by stay informed Location: Colo Spgs on Oct 22, 2010 at 02:08 PM
    Al & LMJ the tax issue you guys are talking about wasn't between this 2 candidates but between Bennet & Buck, Bennet claims on one of his ads that Buck wants to AD a 23% tax increase when in FACT Buck has never said that, the so called increase is actually trying to get rid of the Federal and Income tax altougheter: Democrats are running misleading ads in several House and Senate races accusing Republicans of supporting a "23 percent national sales tax." The ads fail to mention that the proposed tax — while controversial — is designed to replace all federal income and payroll taxes, and comes with cash rebates to offset the sales tax on essentials such as food, clothing and medical care for everyone. Some of those being attacked have not actually said that they support the tax plan specifically, or have only voiced mild support for it. You can find more of this at: http://m.factcheck.org/2010/10/sales-tax-spin/
  • by ERICB Location: CS on Oct 22, 2010 at 01:40 PM
    Politicans are criminals in there own way.They lie to get elected ,then take money from special interest groups like unions ,city of commerse groups,lawyers ,doctors ,teachers unions. So who cares who wins .THE PEOPLE ARE THE ONES GET SCREWED
  • by LMJ Location: Durango on Oct 22, 2010 at 12:03 PM
    I found this article because I was trying to fact check the unbelievable 23% claim. Being new to the state it is difficult to know who has really done what. I wish the 23% tax claim had been addressed.
  • by Al Location: Grand Junction, Co on Oct 21, 2010 at 05:44 PM
    I know Salazar is not paying for it but how could you have missed the biggest lie of all. Salazar supporters saying Tipton would impose an additional tax of 23% on the public. What a crock. And that is all you hear every day. LIE LIE LIE
  • by Rick Montanez Location: KKTV on Oct 21, 2010 at 10:11 AM
    Thanks for the comment Harry, but I did check the facts. I read through all the votes that were cited. I also read through and double checked what those votes mean and how they were put into action. These reports actually take me several days to research. Thanks for watching!
  • by Harry Location: LJ Co. on Oct 21, 2010 at 06:43 AM
    I think your "Fact Check" segment is a great idea but going to the candidates party for rebuttal is hardly checking the facts. They write the ads.
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