New Noem ad, ‘Tea Time’: Rep. Kristi Noem’s newest reelection TV ad continues her trend of running against President Barack Obama and national Democrats more than engaging her actual opponent, Matt Varilek. Strikingly, the ad even mocks Obama’s 2008 campaign slogan.
It’s also similar to her most recent ad in another way: it’s slick, funny and not on terribly sound factual ground.
In the ad, Noem and her grandmother Arlys Arnold — but mostly Arlys — talk about Medicare and the Affordable Care Act. Here’s the transcript:
Arlys Arnold: This is my granddaughter, Kristi Noem.
Kristi Noem: Thanks grandma. You know, Medicare-
Arlys Arnold: Kristi wants to talk to you about Medicare-
Kristi Noem: That’s right. The president’s health care—
Arlys Arnold: About how Mr. Obama is robbing Medicare to pay for Obamacare. $700 billion in cuts—
Kristi Noem: It’s $716.
Arlys Arnold: That’s a big number. And what do we get? Government-run health care.
Kristi Noem: And that’s—
Arlys Arnold: That’s not change I can believe in. Did you want to say something, Kristi?
Kristi Noem: I think you said it all, Grandma. I’m Kristi Noem, and I approved this message.
Arlys Arnold: Do you want a cookie?
Fact-checkers like PolitiFact have rated the claim that the Affordable Care Act “robbed Medicare… to pay for… Obamacare” as Mostly False.
The only element of truth here is that the health care law seeks to reduce future Medicare spending, and the tally of those cost reductions over the next 10 years is $716 billion. The money wasn’t “robbed,” however, and other presidents have made similar reductions to the Medicare program.
We rate this statement Mostly False.
This being federal politics, however, every side has its own version of the facts.
All that aside, Noem’s grandmother Arlys is an effective surrogate for her. (I still prefer Booker, myself.)