BOISE -- A new campaign ad takes aim at Idaho Republican Congressman Mike Simpson, but tries to use Simpson's own words to do it.
Bryan Smith and Simpson are vying for the Republican nomination for the House seat in Idaho's 2nd Congressional District. The ad comes not from Smith's campaign, but a Super-PAC, Club for Growth Action.
It starts by claiming, Mike Simpson says he voted to repeal the Wall Street bailout. Fact-checkers call that false.
Two fact-checkers are referenced. First, the Washington Post acknowledges that Simpson did vote against funding the second half of the bailout, or the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in 2009. But also said, Simpson needed to provide more context that he voted for TARP a year earlier.
Second, FactCheck.org says those votes against funding TARP in 2009 aren't technically a repeal, as Simpson claims.
Although, the Club for Growth did call it a vote to repeal and repay back in 2009, and actually applauded Simpson for it.
The ad continues, Here's Simpson's own words. 'I voted for the $700 billion bailout. Everybody got that? My name's Mike Simpson. I voted for the $700 billion bailout.'
Again, Simpson did vote for TARP in 2008.
But one of Simpson's senior campaign advisors, Sarah Nelson, says there's not enough context provided, and that Simpson saw it as a necessary evil, At the time, Mike voted to prevent a meltdown of the U.S. financial system. If you put that full clip into context, Mike went on to explain, in the clip that they've used, why he took that vote.
The Smith campaign is not responsible for the ad. But, campaign manager Carrie Brown did say, Idaho s very own John Kerry, Congressman Simpson, seems to be for things before he is against them. Nothing shows how out of touch Simpson is with Idaho than his vote for the $700 billion Wall Street bank bailout.
The ad finishes by saying that Mike Simpson has been lying about Bryan Smith, and then repeats that quote from Simpson. The Simpson campaign said though, that they have never lied in their ads. The last ad watch KTVB did on a Simpson ad found no falsehoods.
Idaho's primary elections are coming up on May 20th. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.