Dishonest Claims From James: Akron Press Club Edition

October 11, 2018

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On Tuesday, Congressman Jim Renacci spoke at the Akron Press Club, where his appearance was once again littered with bizarre claims and inaccurate statements.

Take a look:

What Renacci Said: “I have met with the labor unions and said, ‘I love labor. I believe in labor.’”

The Reality: When running for governor, Congressman Renacci committed to supporting Right-To-Work legislation, which would be devastating for unions. He even ran an ad against his opponents in the governor’s race hitting them for not supporting it.

What Renacci Said: “So if we are going to look at the direction our country’s going, number one, we better look at the history and the evaluation of what our debts and deficits.”

The Reality: The GOP tax bill Congressman Renacci brags about being “an architect” of blew a $1.5 trillion hole in the deficit.

What Renacci Said: “So what Governor Kasich does or doesn’t do - I do know this the last time I talked to him, which was about a year ago…”

The Reality: Congressman Renacci told the National Journal’s Zach Cohen last month that he had reached out to Governor Kasich, but hadn’t heard anything back. Looks like his calls are still going unanswered…

What Renacci Said: “I support pre-existing conditions. I support, I support making sure that pre-existing conditions are maintained. I support making sure the caps on health insurance are eliminated and I support keeping your children on until the age 26.”

The Reality: Congressman Renacci continues to repeat this blatant falsehood, showing just how worried he is that his extreme healthcare stance will hurt his electoral prospects. But here are the facts – Congressman Renacci has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act – which provides protections for those with pre-existing conditions and allows individuals to stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26 – at least seventeen times. He’s also voted to block amendments that would specifically protect those two aspects of the ACA.

What Renacci Said: “Medicaid expansion is not working.”

The Reality: Medicaid expansion in Ohio has helped more than 700,000 people get the coverage they need, including more than 150,000 Ohioans seeking addiction treatment.

What Renacci Said: “I’ve already signed on to term limits. I believe the Senate should be two terms and the House should be no more than three or four terms.”

The Reality: In July, Congressman Renacci signed a stunt term limit pledge limiting House members to three terms. As a four-term Congressman, Renacci was immediately in violation of his own pledge.

What Renacci Said: “Listen, the easiest thing in political world is lie and not tell the truth.”

The Reality: This line could define Congressman Renacci’s whole Senate campaign – he repeatedly lies to help himself get ahead.

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