You Got to Be Kidding Me!

Factcheck.org Whoppers of 2008

Posted in 2008 Election, Politics by Stacy McMahon on October 7, 2008

Factcheck.org has their “Whoppers of 2008” feature out early, since they’ve “already seen such a large number of twisted facts, misleading claims and outright falsehoods”. Sounds about right to me. So besides the obvious (Palin’s disingenuous claim that she was a voice in the wilderness opposing the bridge to nowhere) what’ve they got for us? Some of my favorites:

  • Obama’s misleading claim that McCain wants to give a tax break to Big Oil. “…these tax cuts are the result of an across-the-board decrease in corporate tax rates, which would also benefit companies that provide alternative energy.”
  • McCain’s claim that Obama canceled a visit with injured soldiers because there weren’t going to be any cameras. “Obama had previously visited wounded soldiers at Walter Reed and in Baghdad – both without cameras in tow. He did cancel a visit to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany after the Pentagon told him that […] an Obama foreign policy adviser, would not be permitted to accompany him. Obama said afterward that he had ‘a concern that maybe our visit was going to be perceived as political.'”
  • McCain’s figure of $700 billion paid for oil, to “countries that don’t like us very much”. “That’s an exaggeration. In fact, we actually pay more like $536 billion for the oil we need, and one-third of those payments go to Canada, Mexico and the U.K.” Of course that’s still $175 million more than I’d prefer to pay to subsidize terrorists.
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