Chris Dodd's file:

Democrat from Connecticut

Chris Dodd is a former U.S. senator from Connecticut, having served in that post from 1981-2011. Dodd also ran unsuccessfully for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination and was a member of the U.S. House prior to his service in the Senate. He was born in Connecticut in 1944, graduated from Providence College and earned a law degree from the University of Louisville. Dodd is married to Jackie Marie Clegg. They have two children.

Recent statements involving Chris Dodd

Sixty-two percent of all personal bankruptcies are "caused by medical problems."

On whether he wrote a provision that allowed AIG to dole out bonuses.

"Senator Chris Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, placed an amendment in the ‘stimulus’ bill that allowed for banks bailed out with taxpayer money — including AIG — to hand out huge bonuses."

"The fact of the matter is that my colleague from New York, Senator Clinton, there are 50 percent of the American public that say they're not going to vote for her."

"We've got some 37-million of our fellow citizens who are living in poverty; about 12-million or 13-million are children."

Recent stories featuring Chris Dodd

Goodbye, Joe: PolitiFact bids farewell to Joe Biden, the only two-time winner of our coveted "Pants on Fire!" rating.

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Iowa nice: In the final Republican debate, Rudy Giuliani used some creative new math to exaggerate his record on adoptions, while Fred Thompson was on target about taxes.

FACT SHEET: Who has been to Iraq?: We surveyed the 16 candidates to find out which ones have visited Iraq since the start of the war in March 2003. As of December 2007, nine have. Here are our findings along with a brief synopsis of each candidate's position on the war, taken from their Web sites.

Obama zapped by lightning claim: The Democrats slugged it out in a Las Vegas debate. We found several claims were true, but Obama was wrong about the probability of lightning strikes vs. undocumented worker prosecutions and Richardson was way off about the popularity of Vice President Cheney and HMOs.

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