Articles from January, 2008
We check the facts from the Republican debate and again find John McCain is incorrect when he says Mitt Romney supported a timetable to withdraw from Iraq.
We check out the latest on President Bush's economic stimulus package and where the candidates stand on economic issues.
The ever quotable Rudy Giuliani gave PolitiFact lots of things to check this election season. Here's a look back at highlights from the Giuliani file. We mark John Edwards' departure as well.
John McCain makes fun of Mitt Romney for changing positions on abortion and gun control. McCain's jibes may not be polite, but they are accurate.
In an attack shortly before voters headed to the polls in Florida, John McCain brings up Iraq, saying Mitt Romney urges a withdrawal date. But we find Romney won't set a timetable for leaving.
We find some exaggerations and mistakes at the Republican debate in Boca Raton.
Mike Huckabee says a national Fair Tax will be like a "magic wand." We say magic wands don't exist.
The Democratic debate in Myrtle Beach featured sharp comments by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. We found Clinton continued to distort Obama's comments about Ronald Reagan, while other claims were closer to the truth.
Hillary Clinton says the Pentagon is trying to take away the signing bonuses of soldiers who get wounded in combat and that she's part of an effort in Congress to end the practice. But her words are somewhat misleading.
In a TV ad aimed at voters in Florida, Rudy Giuliani makes claims about cutting taxes, welfare reform and a national insurance fund. We find he's mostly right on two, but wrong on the other.
In a flashback to 2000, Sen. John McCain faces unfounded allegations about his past. This time, a flyer from the Vietnam Veterans Against John McCain alleges he's a traitor.
The Democratic candidates held a friendly chit-chat in Las Vegas. We found they got some facts right and stretched the truth with a few others.
Heading into the South Carolina primaries this month, immigration is a hot topic in the Republican race. Specifically, Sen. John McCain's role and the issue of "amnesty."
A breakdown of the immigration issue, including candidate-by-candidate positions.
A Clinton attack on Barack Obama's Iraq record turns into a campaign brawl. We look at what's a fairy tale and what's not.
An anonymous e-mail says Barack Obama belongs to a racist, anti-American church. We find that the church teaches black empowerment, not racism, and that it claims Africa as its ethnic heritage. We also find, yet again, that Obama isn't Muslim.
St. Petersburg Times Editor Paul Tash is a moderator at the Jan. 24 GOP presidential debate in Boca Raton, and he wants to make sure your concerns are addressed. If you have a question in mind for the candidates, time to step up to the mike! Click here to send your question.
Rudy Giuliani makes a case that the United States lags behind foreign nations when it comes to energy infrastructure. But he overstates the foreign energy juggernaut and ignores enormous energy investments at home.
A building in the Cayman Islands houses thousands of corporations. Sen. Barack Obama calls it "the biggest tax scam on record." But until legislation currently proposed by Obama and others becomes law, it isn't.
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Wondering what Obama has accomplished in the Senate? Here's our examination of the candidates' Senate accomplishments, which was prompted by a New Year's Eve attack by Sen. Joe Biden.
It's a matter of opinion which Democratic front-runner is the candidate of change, but here are some PolitiFact rulings that might help you decide.
A strident letter attacks Romney's religion and argues -- falsely -- that Mormons want to rescind the U.S. Constitution.
We find some truth, some exaggerations and a Pants-on-Fire falsehood at the dual debates in New Hampshire.
We're checking facts from the dual debates in New Hampshire. We've got our first item posted on the left, about Rudy Giuliani's misleading claim on defense. We'll have others posted as we get them checked.
Romney says McCain has flip-flopped on the Bush tax cuts. He's right, but McCain has an explanation.
The campaign has its first attack dog - and he's right! Check out our fact-check of Spike's attack in the lower left of this page.
PolitiFact bids farewell to Joe Biden, the only two-time winner of our coveted "Pants on Fire!" rating.
Amid much fanfare, Mike Huckabee last week announced he was refusing to air a negative ad attacking Mitt Romney. But our friends at FactCheck.org have discovered the ad has aired at least 10 times.
No one doubts Mike Huckabee's sincerity as a social conservative, but his sympathy tax hikes and government programs haunts him.