The political world is buzzing about this ad produced by Republican congressional candidate Taylor Griffin alleging that Walter Jones — of all people — took sides with Barack Obama.
It’s succeeded in firing some people up — to the detriment of Griffin. Here’s Jenny Beth Martin with Tea Party Patriots:
[…] “Taylor Griffin’s new campaign advertisement, ‘The Difference’ – in which he falsely claims Rep. Walter Jones ‘is taking the President’s way. Congressman Jones empowered Obama to cut a deal with Iran. Jones caved to Obama’ – is an outrageous distortion, and Griffin should be ashamed of himself for stooping so low.[…]
Wow. An ‘outrageous distortion.’ Let’s find out more, shall we?:
“For the record, Rep. Jones voted in favor of ‘finding that the President has not complied with section 2 of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015’ (H. Res. 411, 9/10/15, Roll Call Vote 492); voted ‘against approving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action’ (H.R. 3461, 9/11/15, Roll Call Vote 493); and voted in favor of H.R. 3460, ‘to suspend until January 21, 2017, the authority of the President to waive, suspend, reduce, provide relief from, or otherwise limit the application of sanctions pursuant to an agreement related to the nuclear program of Iran’ (H.R. 3460, 9/11/15, Roll Call Vote 494).
“Let’s translate those votes into simple language, so even Mr. Griffin can understand:
“The first vote, for House Resolution 411, put the House of Representatives on record in support of the contention that
the President, by not submitting to the Congress certain side agreements he had struck with Iran, had violated section 2 of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which directs the President, within five days of reaching an agreement with Iran regarding Iran’s nuclear program, to transmit to Congress the te
xt of the agreement and also “any addition materials relating thereto, including … side agreements, implementing materials, documents, and guidance, technical or other understandings, and any related agreements, whether entered into or implemented prior to the agreement or to be entered into or implemented in the future.” But the President failed to give Congress a crucial side agreement between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
“Rep. Jones voted IN FAVOR of this resolution.
“The second vote was a simple vote on the agreement itself, called the ‘Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.’
“Rep. Jones voted AGAINST this resolution.
“The third vote was a vote to remove authority from President Obama to lift any sanctions against Iran – note the effective date, ‘to suspend until January 21, 2017,’ meaning the authority to lift sanctions would be available to the president who replaces Mr. Obama on January 20, 2017.
“It is beyond difficult to see how those three votes, taken together, could lead anyone to the conclusion that Rep. Jones ‘empowered Obama to cut a deal with Iran’ or ‘caved to Obama.’ In fact, it is impossible. These three votes show exactly the OPPOSITE – that Rep. Jones stood firmly AGAINST President Obama’s bad deal with Iran.
Martin also alleges that the basis for Griffin’s ad comes from a FOUR YEAR OLD letter — sent well before the 2015 deal with Iran was struck:
[…] “So how does Mr. Griffin arrive at his false conclusion? He relies on Rep. Jones’ signature on a March 2012 letter to President Obama, urging the President to pursue negotiations with Iran. That’s right, MARCH 2012. That letter was written THREE YEARS BEFORE the President’s bad agreement with Iran was signed.
“Rep. Jones signs plenty of other letters, in case Mr. Griffin was not aware. For instance, Rep. Jones writes a letter of condolence to the family of every American serviceman and servicewoman fallen on the fields of Afghanistan and Iraq. Perhaps if Mr. Griffin read a few of THOSE letters signed by Rep. Jones, he’d have a better understanding.
“Mr. Griffin’s ad shows that he cares not for the truth when it comes to campaigning. We hope the residents of North Carolina’s 3rd congressional district remember that when it comes time to vote on June 7.”