Campaign '04: Putting It In Context

A periodic look at the charges being made against the presidential candidates--and the facts behind them

THE CHARGE: "He supported a 50¢-a-gallon gas tax. If Kerry's tax increase were law, the average family would pay $657 more a year." --AD FOR GEORGE W. BUSH attacking his opponent on energy issues

THE CONTEXT: The Bush campaign bases this charge on 10-year-old statements in the Boston press in which Kerry discussed the potential deficit-reducing merits of such a tax. Soon thereafter, however, he renounced the idea. In fact, his campaign says Bush's top economic adviser supported a 50¢ gas tax as recently as...

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