WaPo: Bush and Kerry Both Liars; Bush Moreso

The Washington Post has compiled an article based on studies from various scholars which contends that both Kerry and Bush are habitual campaign misrepresenters. From the article “From Bush, Unprecedented Negativity”:

Kerry, too, has made his own misleading statements and exaggerations. For example, he said in a speech last week about Iraq: “They have gone it alone when they should have assembled a whole team.” That is not true. There are about 25,000 allied troops from several nations, particularly Britain, in Iraq. Likewise, Kerry said several times last week that Bush has spent $80 million on negative and misleading ads — a significant overstatement. Kerry also suggested several times last week that Bush opposed increasing spending on several homeland defense programs; in fact, Bush has proposed big increases in homeland security but opposed some Democratic attempts to increase spending even more in some areas. Kerry’s rhetoric at rallies is also often much harsher and more personal than Bush’s.

But Bush has outdone Kerry in the number of untruths, in part because Bush has leveled so many specific charges (and Kerry has such a lengthy voting record), but also because Kerry has learned from the troubles caused by Al Gore’s misstatements in 2000. “The balance of misleading claims tips to Bush,” Jamieson said, “in part because the Kerry team has been more careful.”

Good to see we’re back to voting for a lesser of two evils. You’d think people would learn than they should be more concerned about moral clarity and straightforward-ness instead of terms like “electability”.

From Bush, Unprecedented Negativity [Washington Post]

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