GIULIANI’S LATEST….The Washington Post notes that Rudy Giuliani will be running a new radio ad in New Hampshire starting today:
In the radio spot, Giuliani mentions his battle with prostate cancer and notes that his chances of surviving the disease in America were 82 percent, while in England his chances would have been 44 percent.
“You and I should be making the decisions about what kind of health care we get with our doctors, not with a government bureaucrat,” Giuliani says in the ad.
Steve Benen complains that “The WaPo piece simply passes along [Giuliani’s] claim as if it were true, and then inserts the ad into the horserace narrative.” That’s exactly right. I suppose Chris Cillizza and Shailagh Murray would say that they were just writing a short blurb on campaign tactics, not a policy piece, but the fact remains that they’ve passed along a bogus statistic because it was too complicated to explain what’s really going on behind Giuliani’s scary-sounding numbers. We’ll see if someone else picks up the slack.
In the meantime, read Jon Cohn for more on this. It’s several paragraphs long and doesn’t pretend that we know for sure everything that’s going on here, but that’s life. Sometimes it takes more than a single sentence to explain things.