David Joyce runs “deceptive,” “Trump-like” TV ads, mirroring national GOP strategy

Thursday, October 11, 2018
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ICYMI: David Joyce runs “deceptive,” “Trump-like” TV ads, mirroring national GOP strategy
Editorial Board says “Joyce has drawn an unflattering portrait of himself, reduced to a Trump-like moment in which he’s just making it up”

Novelty, OH – Over the last two weeks, Congressman David Joyce has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on TV ads lying to voters about Betsy Rader’s position on healthcare. His desperate, “transparently misleading” move has been called out for inviting “questions about his own judgment” and has earned him a “Four Pinocchios” rating from the Washington Post fact checker–a status reserved for lies they consider “whoppers.”

Joyce’s ad parrots a lie about Democratic opponents that’s become Congressional Republicans’ national strategy in an effort to deceive and scare voters away from moderate candidates. The same lie was delivered by President Donald Trump in an op-ed on Wednesday, which has been widely discredited. The Akron Beacon Journal demonstrated a level of prescience on Tuesday, saying “Joyce has drawn an unflattering portrait of himself, reduced to a Trump-like moment in which he’s just making it up.”

Both of Joyce’s TV ads of the campaign have been called out for their dishonesty. The Akron Beacon Journal also criticizes Joyce’s first TV ad, saying, “Joyce crafted a false impression of his own position” on healthcare, pointing out, in a different piece, that “there’s no dumping the past entirely.” Cleveland.com’s Sabrina Eaton notes that Joyce “erased boasts on his campaign website about his more than 30 votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Akron Beacon Journal Editorial Board: Dave Joyce makes it up

October 9, 2018
Key Points:

  • Dave Joyce appears at the start of his recent television ad to give his required approval. Perhaps the calculation was: Viewers will forget, even overlook the “Friends of Dave Joyce” and “Approved by Dave Joyce” surfacing in smaller print at the spot’s end.
  • This is an attack ad that backfires. The Republican incumbent, seeking a third two-year term in the U.S. House representing the 14th District, wants to raise doubts about Betsy Rader, the Democratic challenger. Instead, Joyce invites questions about his own judgment.
  • The trouble for Joyce is that Rader does not support the Sanders plan — something she has made clear during the campaign. Her approach, a reflection of her experience as an attorney working at the Cleveland Clinic and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, does not involve a government takeover of health care or ousting people from their current health coverage. Rader wants to move the country closer to universal access to adequate and affordable care. As part of getting there, she proposes giving everyone the choice of buying into Medicare.
  • Joyce and others may object to the expansion concept. That shouldn’t include wholly distorting an opponent’s position or resorting to such scare tactics. In an earlier ad, Joyce crafted a false impression of his own position. He did break from President Trump in voting against Republican legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. He also previously voted, on multiple occasions, to repeal the law — without a firm plan for a replacement.
  • In attacking his opponent for a position she did not take, Joyce isn’t alone. The spot is part of a pattern across the country, the National Republican Campaign Committee, the Congressional Leadership Fund, attached to Speaker Paul Ryan, and individual Republican candidates seeking to make the same false link. The Washington Post Fact Checker assessed the line of attack last week and awarded Four Pinocchios, its grade for “whoppers.”
  • Campaigns are about drawing distinctions. Dave Joyce has drawn an unflattering portrait of himself, reduced to a Trump-like moment in which he’s just making it up.

Washington Post: GOP ads falsely depict Democrats as supporters of Sanders’s health plan

October 4, 2018
Key Points:

  • So it goes in this year’s cycle of attack ads. With a numbing similarity, ads produced by the NRCC, the Congressional Leadership Fund (affiliated with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan) and individual Republican candidates all charge Democrats with supporting a universal health-care plan backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — even if the Democrats are not supporters of the Sanders plan.
  • The good news here is that these transparently misleading tactics are being spotted by local newspapers. The Lexington Herald-Leader called out Rep. Garland “Andy” Barr (R-Ky.) when he ran an ad that charged: “Amy McGrath’s single-payer socialist plan. Government run health care, eliminates private plans, costs $32 trillion, doubles your federal taxes and ends Medicare as we know it.”
  • It’s simply absurd to tag all Democrats with the same broad brush, particularly in the Bishop and CLF ads featuring elderly narrators outraged that their Medicare will be taken away. No, it won’t.

Politico: ‘Just ridiculous lies’: Dems incensed over misleading GOP ads on Medicare for All

October 10, 2018
Key Points:

  • The GOP is hammering Democratic challengers in swing districts over a plan putting the government in full control of the health care system, betting that voter backlash over the multi-trillion dollar proposal will tip crucial House races to Republicans. There’s just one problem: Few of the targeted Democrats actually support such a plan.
  • In battleground districts from California to Kentucky to New York, Democrats have gone out of their way to distance themselves from Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) $32 trillion single-payer proposal, only to be attacked for endorsing the plan anyway in Republican ads that range from misleading to outright false.
  • That’s why Republican lawmakers facing reelection are also running away from their Obamacare repeal vows. The party’s failed efforts to replace the law only served to boost its popularity. Now with voters overwhelmingly naming health care as their top issue this election cycle, the backlash to the GOP Obamacare overhaul threatens to cost it control of the House.
  • That’s left Republicans grasping, largely unsuccessfully, for an effective response. In attacking Medicare for All, Republicans said they think they’ve found a way to shift the conversation to their advantage.
  • The deceptive Medicare for All ads deride Democrats for supporting a “government takeover of health care” and a massive tax increase, or wanting to “end Medicare as we know it.” All are clear echoes of the rhetorical playbook Republicans used successfully to stir voter anxiety against Obamacare.