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Biden and Trump just released new ads. We checked them both.

Biden campaign launches two ads in battleground states, a which focuses on easing social tensions in the United States and another one attack the administration on the financing of Social Security.
President Donald Trump’s campaign a d pushes the idea that the worst times of the pandemic are behind us. It focuses on vaccine progress and job creation while gliding over remaining issues such as school reopenings, high case levels and the 11.5 million jobs still lost in the pandemic.

Here is a look at some of the misleading claims made in this ad campaign.

Social Security

In one of his ads, Biden says that Trump “proposes to eliminate a tax that pays nearly half [of] Social Security with no way to compensate for this shortfall.”

Biden is referring to Trump’s comments on the payroll tax, which the Social Security Administration says counted for 89% of Social Security income in 2019.

The facts first: While it’s true that Trump suggested scrapping the payroll tax, his comments were confusing. He said he would forgive any deferred payroll taxes and eliminate the tax altogether. Trump suggested that economic growth would cover the cost of eliminating the tax, which is highly doubtful.

On August 8, Trump signed a executive action allow employers to temporarily suspend social charges for certain employees, which is 6.2% of their salary. It also left open the possibility of forgiving deferred tax on the road.
As CNN has it reportedmany business leaders have opposed Trump’s push to defer payroll taxes, arguing that workers could end up owing more taxes if implemented.
The Office of the Chief Actuary of the Social Security Administration recently conducted a To analyse at the request of the Democratic senators on the effects that the elimination of the payroll tax would have. He found that the Social Security Trust Fund could be depleted in 2023 if there was no new source of income.

“Abolition of the payroll tax”

At a press conference on August 12, Trump said that if re-elected, “we will end the payroll tax. So that will mean between $5,000 and even more per family.”

Earlier in the press conference, Trump said that if elected, he would “completely and utterly forgive all deferred payroll taxes without, in any way, shape or form, harming Social Security — that money will come from the fund.” general”.

Later John Roberts of Fox News asked Trump “if you permanently cancel the payroll tax, how do you pay for Social Security?”

Trump said “we’re taking it out of the general fund” later suggesting “huge” economic growth would cover the loss in payroll taxes.

The general fund having already incurred billions of dollars in debt, coupled with the fact that the payroll tax brings in more than a third of federal revenue, some see Trump’s belief that economic growth could to recover these losses as fantastic.

Moreover, only Congress can end the payroll tax and it is unclear, with the House controlled by Democrats and the difficulty of rallying Senate Republicans behind such a proposal, how Trump would get rid of the payroll tax. end of the year.

White House staff have argued that Trump did not mean that he would strive to eliminate payroll taxes entirely, but that he would simply forgive deferred payroll taxes.

‘Close it’

After touting vaccine trial progress and job numbers, the Trump campaign a d says “but Joe Biden wants to change that” and plays a clip of Biden saying “I would shut him down”.

“Why would we ever let Biden kill countless American businesses, jobs and our economic future?” the ad continues.

The facts first: It is misleading. Biden was responding to a hypothetical scenario, not offering a national shutdown.

The clip is from an August 21 ABC interview where Biden was asked what he would do if experts told him to shut down the country if he was president. Biden said, “I would shut it down. I would listen to the scientists.”

You can read the full exchange here.

Biden was not suggesting that the United States should be shut down now. Moreover, the president cannot unilaterally shut down the country. They can offer advice and take other action, but their power to monitor restrictions put in place by states is limited.

CNN’s Tara Subramaniam contributed to this article.

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