“McMahon threatened to eliminate the department of education and to cut early reading programs and college Pell Grants.” (CT US Senate)

Claim:  “McMahon threatened to eliminate the department of education and to cut early reading programs and college Pell Grants.”

Ad(s):  Cards (Sleight of Hand)

Sponsor(s):  Majority PAC & Connecticut’s Future PAC

Air Dates:  Sept. 21-25, 2012

Total Estimated Spending On This Claim:  $30,880

Race:     Connecticut U.S. Senate

Markets:  Hartford

Stations:  WCCT, WFSB, WTIC, WTNH, WVIT

FactCheck.org Summary:  “This distorted claim is based on a news account of an answer that McMahon gave at a candidate forum held by a Tea Party activist in April 2010 during McMahon’s first failed Senate race. McMahon was asked what three or four federal agencies she would “dismantle.” She prefaced her remarks by saying, ‘I’m not sure that I know an agency should be totally dismantled and done away with until I’ve had an opportunity to look at it more.’ She then went on to say that the Education Department should get a ‘first look,’ claiming that it is inefficient and ineffective. McMahon, a former member of the Connecticut Board of Education, also said she is a ‘strong, strong proponent of state and local educational systems’  and supports standardized testing. McMahon did ‘threaten’ to consider eliminating the Education Department. But that’s as far as the Democrats can take it. Even if she did, it’s not accurate to say – without any other evidence – that she believes in ‘cutting early reading programs and college Pell grants.'”

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