Sal Pace for Congress
Democrat Sal Pace is out with the second television ad of his campaign, a spot featuring his retired father who just moved to Colorado.
“Dad’s a retired auto mechanic living on Social Security, and he just had a heart attack. Without Medicare, he wouldn’t have health care,” Pace says in the ad.
Text on the screen says, “Congressman Scott Tipton voted to raise Medicare premiums by $6,400.”
The ad ends with the words “Real life” and features Pace visiting his dad at home and doing household chores. However, it was not filmed at his dad’s real house.
“The word disingenuous comes to mind when you use a fake house and are doing fake chores in an ad about ‘real life.’ This misdirection is a perfect parallel to Sal’s campaign,” said Tipton’s campaign manager, Michael Fortney, in a news release.
Tipton voted twice to convert Medicare into a voucher program. But independent fact-checking groups such as Politifact and FactCheck.org have called the $6,400 claim outdated and misleading. It’s outdated because it is based on an analysis of a Republican budget from 2011 that since has been replaced by one with fewer cuts to Medicare beneficiaries. And the cuts would not apply to current retirees, such as Pace’s father, but only to people age 55 or younger.
Pace stood by the ad’s assertions.
“People 55 and under are still paying into Medicare after a lifetime of hard work,” Pace said in an interview.