Politician, lobbyist, fibber too?
After Dan Coats and his campaign thought it was smart to smear Brad Ellsworth's record in Congress, Colonel Moe Davis, the Chief Prosecutor in the Guantanamo military commissions, spoke out against Coats in a video denouncing the smear and defending Brad Ellsworth in a video. Now Politifact.com has called Coats out:
“We've fact-checked lots of ads about health care reform and Medicare. But an ad in the Indiana Senate race makes the novel claim that seniors will now be forced into "Barack Obama's government-run health care program." That sounds like a scary prospect -- until you realize that seniors are already in a government-run health care program, Medicare, and have been for 45 years. The law wouldn't force them to join any plan they aren't already in...”
Politifact rated the ad/video as an outright lie with its ‘Pants On Fire’ rating
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