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Dewhurst statement could be PolitiFact Lie of the Year

By Angie Drobnic Holan, W. Gardner Selby
Published on Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 at 10:13 a.m.

Later this month, PolitiFact National is set to announce PolitiFact's Lie of the Year -- the most significant falsehood of 2010, as chosen by our editors and reporters. We're examining claims we've rated False or Pants on Fire and will choose the one that played the biggest role in the national discourse in the past year.

For the coveted Readers' Choice award, we're also inviting PolitiFact readers to vote on the most important lie. (Last year, both honors went to the same lie -- "death panels.")

Here are the eight finalists -- including statements by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst  of Texas and U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Lubbock. Readers may also write in another choice.

The Truth-O-Meter items listed at the right will take you to our original reports, with complete source lists.

Which of these was the biggest lie of 2010?

"The president of the United States will be taking a trip over to India that is expected to cost the taxpayers $200 million a day." -- Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.

ObamaCare is a "government takeover" of health care. -- Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio; Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla.; the Republican Party of Florida; Wisconsin Lt. Gov.-elect Rebecca Kleefisch; and others

"Taliban Dan" Webster thinks wives should submit to their husbands. -- Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla.

"The stimulus has not created one private sector job." -- Gov.-elect Rick Scott, R-Fla., and others

"Ninety-four percent of small businesses will face higher taxes under the Democrats' plan." -- Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, and others

"Phoenix is the No. 2 kidnapping capital of the world." -- Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, R-Texas, and U.S. Rep. John McCain, R-Ariz., and others

The ethics report "exonerates me." -- Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.

Republicans want to dismantle or privatize Social Security. -- Florida Democratic Party and other Democratic candidates

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Researchers: Meghan Ashford-Grooms

Names in this article: David Dewhurst, John McCain, Randy Neugebauer

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