Reality Check: Last week of Cruz, Sadler ads in U.S. Senate campaign

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by BRAD WATSON

WFAA

Posted on November 1, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 1 at 7:30 PM

Unlike the Republican primary and runoff for U.S. Senate, where tens of millions of dollars were spent on TV commercials, the November campaigns of Democrat Paul Sadler and Republican Ted Cruz are much quieter.

But both are up on the air with ads in this last week making claims false, true, and needing some context.

The heavily-favored Cruz keeps his ad positive, highlighting his family story. "That promise inspired my father to escape torture in Cuba and flee to Texas," Cruz says in the ad.

That claim is true, but it leaves the viewer to infer Cruz's father fled because of Castro and communism -- not so fast.

As reported during the primary by the Texas Tribune and others, Cruz hasn't always told the whole story about his father, who fought alongside Castro and then split, was tortured by the dictatorship in power, and then left.

In his ad, Democrat Sadler extols his record from the 1990's claiming, "four times a top legislator."

That's true. Texas Monthly magazine named Sadler one of the best state lawmakers four times during his years of service from 1991-2003, as state representative from East Texas.

Then Sadler attacks Cruz saying, "Ted Cruz is the most extreme senate candidate in Texas history."

That's false. Cruz does shares some positions with other far-right Republican candidates, like wanting to abolish six federal agencies and a wall on the Texas/Mexico border, but other candidates in just recent history go further.

Libertarian senate candidate John Jay Myers would close all foreign U.S. military bases, end the drug war and except for criminals, remove all barriers to immigration. 2008 Republican primary candidate Larry Kilgore's big issue was Texas secession from the U.S.

"I hate that flag up there," Kilgore told a 2009 rally on the state capitol steps. "That flag that's above the Texas flag, that's the United States flag. I hate the United States government."

Kilgore got nearly 227,000 votes in the primary -- almost 19 percent.

What's not extreme in the November election for voters in the senate race is the number of ads airing from the campaigns and outside PACS.



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