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Sharron Angle Campaign Ad: Harry Reid Buys Viagra For Child Molesters

You could use a lot of words to describe this political season’s campaign ads, but boring wouldn’t be one of them. Some hits have included ‘Taliban Dan,’ ‘I’m Not A Witch,’ and ‘I Didn’t Go To Yale.’ Now Sharron Angle is throwing her hat in the ring with ‘Big Clue,’ an ad attacking Sen. Harry Reid. In thirty seconds, she approves of a number of claims, the most salacious being: “Reid actually voted to use taxpayer dollars to pay for Viagra for convicted child molesters and sex offenders.” Um, zing?

Angle’s claim might sound familiar to seasoned news junkies, who will remember an ad from another Republican senatorial candidate, Don Benton of Washington, which said Sen. Patty Murray “voted to use taxpayer money to give Viagra to sex offenders.” That ad, like Angle’s, refers to amendments to the healthcare reform bill on which fifty-seven Senators voted “yea.” Factcheck.org discredited Benton’s Viagra claim, saying:

There was nothing in the new law that would “require qualified health plans to limit the type of benefits that can be offered based on the plan beneficiary’s prior criminal convictions.” But strictly speaking, Murray voted against a Viagra ban, and not explicitly to provide Viagra, as this ad claims.

Presumably, Factcheck will judge Angle’s new attack ad similarly. But attack ads are way less fun when they’re discredited, so enjoy it while you can.

UPDATE: Party’s busted, Factcheck just declared Angle’s Viagra claim to be both “shocking” and “misleading.”

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