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Spin Check: Bill and Barack Ad
BY Omar Villafranca

What is Spin Check? As part of our coverage of Decision 2010 and the elections that affect Texas, we put political ads to the test.

President Barack Obama made an appearance in a campaign ad in the governor's race. But it's not an endorsement.

It's no secret that Obama's poll numbers aren't too good in Texas, and Gov. Rick Perry's campaign is using that fact against Bill White in a new ad called "Bill and Barack."

"Just like Barack Obama when he ran for president, Bill White has made some lofty campaign promises that would cost taxpayers billions of dollars.
Bill White refuses to say how he'll pay for all that new spending.
But he won't rule out raising your taxes.
"Will you commit to this audience that as Governor, you would not raise taxes? No, I won't. Uh, in the uh...No, I won't. Uh, in the uh."
Bill White. Another Obama waiting to happen."

Let's spin check the ad.

The ad says:

"Just like Barack Obama when he ran for president, Bill White has made some lofty campaign promises that would cost taxpayers billions of dollars."

That's undecided.

White has made some campaign promises when it comes to border security and transportation and job creation. White has not released any exact dollar amounts or prices tags for his proposals.

The ad says:

"Bill White refuses to say how he'll pay for all that new spending."

That's TRUE.

White has told media outlets that he doesn't know the cost until he can get a full update on Texas' financial situation.

The ad says:

"But he won't rule out raising your taxes."

That's also TRUE.

In an interview with the Texas Tribune, White said he wouldn't agree to lower or raise taxes until he figured out where Texas stood financially.

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