Fact check done on ads run by two local candidates for Congress
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Recent
television ads aired by the campaigns in the 7th Congressional
District race contain some questionable references. The commercials approved by
Rep. Mike McIntyre and Sen. David Rouzer include claims made by the other
A political commercial recently
debuted by Sen. Rouzer's campaign tries to link Rep. McIntyre with President
Obama. The audio includes the statement "McIntyre says we are better off thanks
to Obama", while referencing a Cape Fear Watchdog report dating back to Sept.
3. You can see in the report here, that Rep. McIntyre is quoted saying "we are
better off in many ways in 2012 than in 2008", but he does not say it is
because of the President.
WECT news asked the Rouzer
campaign about that point, and whether the ad will continue to run. "The ad will continue to air," said Jessica
Wood, a spokesperson for the campaign. "McIntyre has said Southeastern North
Carolinians are better off in 2012 than in 2008, the period Obama has been
president. We believe that is what he was talking about."
Rouzer's campaign also claims there
are inaccuracies in an ad being run by the McIntyre campaign, featuring retired
Marine Corps General Charles Krulak. Gen. Krulak says in the television commercial
supporting Rep. McIntyre "Now his
opponent says he votes like Nancy Pelosi? Not true."
The numbers say Rep. McIntyre has voted with Rep. Pelosi a majority of the time
since 2007. Open-Congress.com shows Rep. McIntyre has voted with Rep. Pelosi 67% of the time since 2007, when she became
House Speaker after Democrats took over majority in that chamber. Click here to
see the comparison. Another source shows Rep. McIntyre voted with the party at least
90% of the time when Rep. Pelosi served as Speaker in the 110th
& 111th Congressional sessions. So far in the 112th
Congress, records show McIntyre has voted with his party 68% of the time.
McIntyre's campaign also cites figures
that the Congressman has voted with Republicans in the North Carolina
delegation 55% of the time since 2007.
"Mike McIntyre works
in a bi-partisan way to get things done, his voting record reflects that and
his work specifically in the district to help families and individuals who are
facing tough times shows a commitment to always help," said Lachlan McIntosh,
campaign manager for Rep. McIntyre's re-election campaign. "That's why the independent National Journal
has consistently ranked him as one of the most moderate Members of Congress and
pro business groups like the National Federation of Independent Businesses have
endorsed him. David Rouzer does not want voters to know the truth so he
makes things up."
Rep. McIntyre and Sen.
Rouzer will meet for their first face-to-face debate of the campaign Sept. 28,
in the WECT studios.
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