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PolitiFact Florida rates the claims in Alex Sink's new 2-minute ad



Democrat Alex Sink is unveiling a new, hard-hitting ad that whacks Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott for alleged fraud at his former health care company, Columbia/HCA, as well as his current health care business, Solantic.

We (and likely you) have heard many of the claims before. Among them -- that Scott took the Fifth Amendment 75 times in a deposition, that Columbia/HCA paid $1.7 billion in fines, that Solantic has been accused of fraud.

But this ad is different.

It's two minutes long and produced as a faux-news magazine segment called "Fraud Files." The only giveaway the ad is political is the disclaimer saying the spot is paid for by the Florida Democratic Party.

How much of it is true? PolitiFact Florida decided to analyze the ad's claims.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 5:14pm]


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