DeMint Warns South Carolina TV Stations That Democrats’ New Attack Ad Is ‘Factually Untrue’

July 23, 2009 - 8:04 AM
Sen. Jim DeMint's attorney is reminding S.C. television stations that FCC regulations do not permit broadcasters to air false advertising by groups such as the Democratic National Committee.
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) says his attorney is letting South Carolina television stations know about “factually untrue” statements in a new political attack ad released by Democrats.
 
DeMint’s attorney is reminding those TV stations that FCC regulations do not permit broadcasters to air false advertising by groups such as the Democratic National Committee.
 
The DNC ad, released on Wednesday, plays an audio clip of DeMint slamming Obama’s health care overhaul: “If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him,” DeMint says.
 
The new DNC ad also says Sen. DeMint supports “no plan at all” for health care. That is simply not true, the senator says, pointing to his “decade-long record of authoring major health care reform legislation with Republicans and Democrats.”
 
DeMint in June introduced the Health Care Freedom Plan, which he says would reduce the number of uninsured by over 22 million.
 
President Obama, without mentioning DeMint by name, has used the Republican’s Waterloo comment to suggest that Republicans are more interested in scoring political points then they are in helping people who need it: 
 
Obama quoted DeMint’s comment on Monday, then told the American people to "Think about that. This isn't about me. This isn't about politics. This is about a health care system that is breaking America's families. ... We can't afford the politics of delay and defeat when it comes to health care -- not this time, not now."
 
“Beyond the fact that the President’s accusations are patently false, it is disturbing that he and his team would respond to a policy debate with political attack ads,” DeMint said in a news release on Wednesday. “The American people deserve a real debate of ideas, which is why I've offered major health care reforms every year that I've been in the Senate.
 
“These false personal attacks are exactly the tactics the president promised to change. I strongly encourage the President to live up to his campaign promises and work honestly with me and other Republicans to make health care affordable and accessible for every American,” said Senator DeMint.
 
 “I’m not against the president,” DeMint told Fox & Friends on Thursday morning. “I do believe that if we lose this health care battle, we could lose a lot of what we fought and died for as a country.”
 
DeMint told Fox & Friends that Obama has been “on a mad tear to expand government, spending, debt, taxes, taking over General Motors, and now he wants to take over health care. And I feel like our country’s on the edge of a cliff, and if we allow him to ram another thing through Congress that no one has read – that doesn’t meet the promises that he’s made to the American people – he’s going to move right on through to cap-and-trade, electricity taxes…we need to stop him. It’s not personal, it’s not political, this is really bad policy, and we need to slow it down…”