Truth Test: Defining your opponent in the race for US Senate - - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - |

Truth Test: Defining your opponent in the race for US Senate

Oklahoma’s US Senate race and how the candidates are trying to define each other as too liberal - or too conservative. Republican Tom Coburn makes the liberal charge against Democrat Brad Carson in a new television ad.

News on 6 reporter Emory Bryan puts it to the truth test. The first thing to notice on this ad is the end.

Tom Coburn: "I'm Tom Coburn and I approved this message." It's the first attack ad the Coburn campaign has run against Brad Carson. Coburn said last week the tone of his commercials would change - and this ad proves it. Announcer: "Do you recognize this big time liberal? Here are a few hints. He's voted for taxpayer-funded abortions." That passes the truth test - but bears some explanation.

The State Department helps out charities in foreign countries, some of which perform abortions. Carson voted for the abortion funding - but the majority voted against it. It has nothing to do with abortions in this country. Announcer: “Is one of the biggest spenders in all of Congress. Voted against passing welfare reform, twice! And against the Bush tax cuts.” That's true - the Democrat Carson voted against the Republican led welfare reforms and the Bush tax cuts - but both passed without him.

And it's true that a conservative tax watchdog group gave Carson low grades for holding spending down. Announcer: “It's Brad Carson, who may just be the most liberal politician in all of Oklahoma.” Now that's a pretty strong claim - but so subjective - we can't tell if it's true or not.

The Carson campaign takes exception to the ad - a spokesman said “Congressman Carson is one of the most conservative Democrats in the U.S. Congress."

The ad was approved by Coburn and paid for by the National Republican Senatorial Committee - the first of his "soft money" ads since the primary. You can expect to see more soft money ads from both sides as the election gets closer.

A couple of new ads started Monday for Brad Carson. They attack Coburn. The News on 6 will check the truth behind them in the coming days.
Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103 is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.