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KMIR6 Fact Checks Key Statements in Congressional Debate

Jessica Flores

KMIR6 Fact Checks Key Statements in Congressional Debate

CREATED Oct. 13, 2012
During the fiery debate between Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack and her democratic challenger Dr. Raul Ruiz, the candidates spent more time mudslinging last night than debating the issues. It's fair to say both candidates stretched the truth at times. 
 
KMIR6 fact checked statements repeated throughout the one-hour debate:
 
Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack attacked Dr. Raul Ruiz for his 1997 arrest at a Thanksgiving protest. Those charges for disorderly conduct were later dropped.
 
BONO MACK: "He opposes what Thanksgiving stands for and what it represents. He even called for smashing Plymouth rock, a symbol of America's freedom. He said and I quote, 'crush this rock and all that it represents.'"
 
Ruiz admits he did say that quote, but he says he doesn't oppose Thanksgiving. "It was a symbolic statement that I made many years ago to say that we need to improve relationships between Native Americans and our governement," said Ruiz.
 
BONO MACK: "He has recieved financial support from Sean Penn-- a man who is close to Venezuelen Hugo Chavez-- who is no friend of America. Dr. Ruiz even recieved support from the infamous billionaire Soros family."
 
According to Opensecrets.org, it's a fact that actor Sean Penn donated $5,000 to Ruiz. However, the site shows no record of contributions directly to Ruiz from George Soros. 
 
RUIZ: "She's voted to increases taxes on the middle class through the Ryan plan, all of this in order to keep tax breaks for multimillionaires and tax breaks and subsidies for corporations who ship jobs overseas."
 
Bono Mack did vote for the Ryan plan, and according to an analysis by the Tax Policy Center, the plan would likely result in tax cuts for the wealthy.
 
RUIZ: "She even voted to turn medicare into a voucher program which would cost seniors $6,000 a year in out of pocket costs."
 
According to Factcheck.Org, this isn't entirely true. She did vote for the Ryan budget, but claims that it would cost seniors more than $6,000 are based on an outdated Ryan budget from last year. His most recent plan is more generous.
 

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