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Pro-Obama ad assumes too much

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An ad produced by a Super PAC in support of President Obama assumes a bit too much.

Priorities USA Action produced an ad that makes a lot of assumptions based on a budget with little specifics.

"Take away his toys and he'll play with a stick."

This ad called "Stick" claims Mitt Romney will make steep cuts in education in order to pay for a $250,000 tax cut for millionaires.

"But if you take away early childhood education, slash K-12 funding and cut college aid for middle class families, they won't go far."

Those claims are based on a budget proposed by Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

He proposed a 10-year, $5.3 trillion plan that cuts spending and changes entitlement programs but it doesn't outline what those cuts may be.

So the Super PAC. uses analysis from the pro-Obama National Education Association which charges Ryan's numbers mean a cut of 2-million kids from Head Start over the next decade.

On K through 12 funding, a cut from the federal government could force states and towns to make reductions in education...

Another group claims Pell Grants for college students would be cut.

During the first presidential debate, Mitt Romney said this.

"I'm not going to cut education funding.  I don't have any plan to cut education funding and grants that go to people going to college.  I'm planning on continuing to grow, so I'm not planning on making changes there."

But the ad targets education and questions Republican priorities.

"If Mitt Romney wins, the middle class loses."

The claims in this ad are speculative.

Ryan's budget does not specify any cuts in Head Start, K-12 funding or college aid and Mitt Romney has said he will develop his own plan.

So while the charges in the ad may be plausible, they are guesses right now, making this ad false.

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