Trade deals, jobs and outsourcing have been a constant issue in the 2016 presidential election.
In the race for North Carolina’s Senate seat this year, Democratic challenger Deborah Ross has attempted to bring the issue to light in a more local context.
In one ad Ross said her opponent, Republican Sen. Richard Burr, is beholden to corporate interests. PolitiFact NC has previously fact-checked one claim about Burr’s relationship with business interests, which you can read here.
Now PolitiFact is taking a look at the more recent claim, that Burr “voted to protect tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas but voted against a tax break to help working people.”
Ross isn’t wrong, but she’s fairly off-base in launching the attack because of what the bill she’s talking about actually would have done – or, rather, what it would not have done.
For all the details on why the ad’s statement was only rated Half True, read the full article here.
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PolitiFact North Carolina
Speaker: Deborah Ross
Statement: “Richard Burr voted to protect tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas but voted against a tax break to help working people.”
Ruling: Ross is technically correct about Burr’s voting record. But tax experts, even one from a left-leaning group, have said the bills in question were basically meaningless and wouldn’t have changed anything. Given that missing context, we rate this claim Half True.