FactCheck.org analysis of 2008 campaign advertisements
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EXPLANATORY NOTE by OnTheIssues.org:
FactCheck.org analyses the veracity of statements made during political races.
OnTheIssues.org summarizes two sets of analyses:
1. From presidential debates
2. From presidential TV & radio advertisements
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-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, November 2007
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Mike Huckabee: FactCheck: AR violent crime rate increased under Huckabee.
Ron Paul: FactCheck: NAFTA Superhighway not a conspiracy; it’s I-35.
Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: Yes, more legislation & sponsorships than Obama.
Barack Obama: AdWatch: My plan costs $2,500 less per family than Clinton’s.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Unclear if Obama’s plan costs less than Clinton’s.
Hillary Clinton: AdWatch: My plan costs $1,700 less per person than Obama’s.
Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: “$1,700 less than Obama plan” misinterprets study.
Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: Yes, Hillary’s plan might include wage garnishing.
Barack Obama: AdWatch: punishing uninsured families doesn’t make sense.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Hillary’s plan does mandate; but so does Obama’s.
Barack Obama: AdWatch: Pressure insurance & drug companies to change.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: OPPORTUNITY to insure all, but no GUARANTEE.
Barack Obama: AdWatch: Don’t make it illegal not to have health care.
Rudy Giuliani: AdWatch: “Ready” with executive experience in crises.
Principles & Values|
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Did not say “I will stand with the Muslims”.
Sarah Palin: Endorsed by Sen. Ted Stevens.
Ron Paul: AdWatch: Taxpayer’s best friend: never supported an increase.
Hillary Clinton: AdWatch: cut taxes for the middle class.
Mike Huckabee: AdWatch: Your worth is from God, not your checking account.
Mike Huckabee: FactCheck: 90 cuts + 23 tax increases: net $505M increase.
Mike Huckabee: AdWatch: Signed first-ever broad-based tax cut in Arkansas.
Mike Huckabee: FactCheck: Passed broad-based tax cut, but not “first ever”.
Mitt Romney: AdWatch: More change in next 10 years than in 10 centuries.
Mitt Romney: FactCheck: Ludicrous exaggeration to compare 10 centuries.
The above quotations are from FactCheck.org analysis of 2008 campaign advertisements.