The pace of campaign commercials is picking up in the race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.
The frontrunner, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, is airing an ad citing the courage of his father and what must be done by the current generation to cut government spending.
But one of the commercial's claims on the condition of the nation's finances is just false.
In the ad, Dewhurst talks of his father, who died when Dewhurst was three, and compares their generations.
"My dad flew a bomber on D-Day. The greatest generation built the greatest nation on earth," Dewhurst says in the ad.
That claim is true. As NBC reported in 2009, Dewhurst and his brother found in a visit to the D-Day Museum in France that their father flew a B-26 on June 6, 1944 over Normandy.
In the next claim in the commercial, Dewhurst says: "The next generation spent us into bankruptcy."
But in describing how the federal government under the baby boom generation spent too much, Dewhurst's claim is false.
Dewhurst's campaign points to government debt — especially under President Obama &mash; that made rapid increases.
Indeed, noted economist Robert Lawson, the Fullinwider Chair in Economic Freedom at SMU Cox School of Business, told WFAA "the U.S. is quickly approaching a level that calls into question its ability to honor its obligation to repay the principal and interest owed to bondholders."
But as PolitiFact found twice checking nearly identical claims of GOP presidential candidates Ron Paul and Gary Johnson, the nation is not bankrupt, and found those claims false.
No court has ruled the government is unable to pay its debts, and two of three rating agencies still give the U.S. a AAA credit rating, indicating a "minimal credit risk."
Dewhurst goes on to say he would cut spending "to the bone," and "balance the federal budget like we do in Texas."
That's true. The Texas Constitution requires a balanced state budget.
But not so fast regarding the context of the claim, since the budget Dewhurst backed — and now touts — was balanced with accounting tricks.
Republican lawmakers moved the last month of payments from the state to local districts into the next budget and underfunded Medicaid almost $5 billion, leaving that to the next legislature to fill the gap over the budget's final six months.
For now, Dewhurst's record on the budget is part of his Senate campaign.
Regarding cutting federal spending and balancing the budget, he says, "All we have to do is what's right."
Republican primary voters decide if Dewhurst is right for them on primary day, May 29.