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FACT CHECK: ABC15 Finds Richard Carmona’s Ad Attacking Flake “Misleading”

Posted: October 8, 2012 at 9:30 am   /   by

From Jeff Flake for Senate:

Democrat Carmona called out for false attacking Flake as anti-veteran when Flake supported over 100 pieces of legislation supporting the military and veterans

PHOENIX – A new fact check conducted by Phoenix TV station KNXV-ABC 15 concludes Democrat Senate candidate Richard Carmona’s ad attacking Arizona’s Jeff Flake as anti-veteran is “misleading.”
Here are some excerpts from ABC 15’s investigation:

“’Flake voted repeatedly to cut veterans’ benefits.’ ABC15 determined that claim to be MISLEADING.

“The ad references four votes Flake cast from 2003 to 2006:

•    HCR 95, Vote 82 on 3/21/03

•    HCR 376, Vote 158 on 5/18/06

•    HCR 393, Vote 92 on 3/25/04

•    HCR 95, Vote 88 on 3/17/05

“Considering Flake supported nearly 100 pieces of legislation supporting the military and veterans, four doesn’t exactly constitute ‘repeatedly’ as the ad claims.

“’The ad then alleges Flake cut veterans’ health care and job training. Since this claim cites the same four votes, ABC15 determined it’salso MISLEADING.

“Furthermore, as the Flake campaign points out, the legislation Flake did support during that time frame actually increased spending on veterans programs in the end.”

“Arizonans want a Senator that they can trust,” said Andrew Wilder, communications director for Flake for Senate. “The truth is that Arizona’s Jeff Flake has a strong, proven record of standing up for our nation’s servicemen and women, and that’s a record he will continue in the Senate.”

Richard Carmona’s false attack ad has also received harsh criticism from veterans. Arizona’s senior Senator, John McCain, who is a highly decorated Vietnam veteran and a former prisoner of war, said: “Dr. Carmona’s false and negative attack on Jeff Flake is exactly the kind of politics that Arizonans are sick and tired of. These kinds of attacks aren’t going to help a single Arizona veteran get better care. I’ve worked with Jeff Flake on veterans issues for 12 years, so I know first hand that his commitment to Arizona veterans is strong. I look forward to working with him in the U.S. Senate to further advocate for the men and women who have served our nation.”

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FACT CHECK: ABC15 Finds Richard Carmona’s Ad Attacking Flake “Misleading”