Ad Check: Toomey Falsely Blames Sestak For Deficit Fueled By Policies He Supported

August 04, 2010 5:40 pm ET — Media Matters Action Network

Today, Pennsylvania GOP senatorial candidate Pat Toomey released a new campaign ad claiming that "Joe Sestak's votes have created a $1.5 trillion budget deficit for 2010." Watch:

The ad, however, is willfully misleading.  Despite the GOP effort to pin the deficit on President Obama and his allies in Congress, the fact remains that President Bush left behind a projected shortfall of $1.2 trillion when he vacated the White House.  The Bush tax cuts — which passed several years before Sestak was elected to the House — remain the largest factor contributing to the nation's fiscal hole.


Toomey, on the other hand, was serving in the House when the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 were approved.  He voted for both and is among the chorus of Republicans now pushing to make the cuts permanent, even though doing so would add significantly to the deficit.