Monday, January 28, 2008

Presidential Candidates: Check Your Facts!

A few quick examples of false statements in the recent U.S. campaigns for the nomination of the Republican and Democratic parties:

1. Mitt Romney has apparently denied publicly what his advertising campaign has affirmed.

2. Mitt Romney seems to have made a false statement about Mitt Romney's foreign policy stance.

3. Barack Obama appears to have put some words in Hillary's mouth.

4. Fred Thompson seems to have some facts on the Iraq Study Group wrong.

5. Hillary Clinton seems to have falsely claimed that Bush has decreased funding for the National Institute of Health.

6. While it is a subjective statement, Rudy Giuliani's claim that he is among the 4-5 best-known American's in the world, appears to be false by any estimation.

7. Barack Obama seems to have falsely claimed that gas prices have never been higher than now.

8. Mike Huckabee seems to have greatly exaggerated the number of signers of the Declaration of Independance who were also clergymen.

If this is already going on, what will happen once these people get elected? It doesn't get any easier to be truthful and accurate once the complexities of being in office are in place.

Of course, when you say a lot, it is easy to say things that aren't accurate. But, it must also be noted that these sort of inevitable errors are usually multiplied when we try to be "wishy-washy" and dance around with the facts. To err is human, but by the same token when the same errors are repeated over and over, it should give us cause for concern.

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Anonymous Mike D. said...

Interesting Post!

I've been listening to a few podcasts lately from some of the right and left-wing talk shows, as well as reading some political blogs, and I think it will be a while yet before there is a clear frontrunner, at least on the Republican side.

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