Articles from January, 2008

Showdown in Simi Valley

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.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Thursday, January 31st, 2008 at 5:19 p.m.

FACT SHEET: Economic policy

We check out the latest on President Bush's economic stimulus package and where the candidates stand on economic issues.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 at 6:43 p.m.

So long, Mayor Giuliani

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.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 at 4:56 p.m.

Another flap over flip-flops

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.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, January 28th, 2008 at 7:40 p.m.

McCain's last-minute attack about Iraq

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.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Sunday, January 27th, 2008 at 5:11 p.m.

Fumbled facts in Florida

We find some exaggerations and mistakes at the Republican debate in Boca Raton.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Thursday, January 24th, 2008 at 12:46 a.m.

Adding up the Fair Tax

Mike Huckabee says a national Fair Tax will be like a "magic wand." We say magic wands don't exist.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008 at 7:42 p.m.

He said, she said

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.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 at 7:10 p.m.

The military signing bonus squabble

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.

By Robert Farley :: Published on Monday, January 21st, 2008 at 8:08 p.m.

Rudy's Florida pitch

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.

By Robert Farley, John Frank :: Published on Friday, January 18th, 2008 at 7:51 p.m.

McCain's POW record attacked, again

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.

By Shawn Zeller :: Published on Thursday, January 17th, 2008 at 8:03 p.m.

Pulling punches in Vegas

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.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Wednesday, January 16th, 2008 at 6:36 p.m.

The fight over 'amnesty'

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."

By Adriel Bettelheim :: Published on Tuesday, January 15th, 2008 at 7:22 p.m.

FACT SHEET: Immigration

A breakdown of the immigration issue, including candidate-by-candidate positions.

By Adriel Bettelheim :: Published on Tuesday, January 15th, 2008 at 6:11 p.m.

The "Fairy Tale" Fracas

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.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, January 14th, 2008 at 6:31 p.m.

E-mail slams Obama on religion, race

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.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, January 11th, 2008 at 7:55 p.m.

Send a debate question

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.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, January 11th, 2008 at 3:05 p.m.

Giuliani's energy juggernaut

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.

By Asjylyn Loder :: Published on Thursday, January 10th, 2008 at 7:09 p.m.

Obama targets Cayman 'tax scam'

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.

By Alex Leary :: Published on Wednesday, January 9th, 2008 at 7:03 p.m.

Truth-O-Mail

Hundreds of readers have signed up for our twice-weekly e-mail, which describes our latest rulings. To sign up, click here.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Tuesday, January 8th, 2008 at 6:31 p.m.

What should we check?

Our story about the Obama chain e-mail was suggested by a PolitiFact reader. If you have a suggestion for facts or chain e-mails we should check, click here to email us.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Tuesday, January 8th, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.

Examining their Senate records

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.

By Adriel Bettelheim :: Published on Tuesday, January 8th, 2008 at 4:55 p.m.

Who's the candidate of change?

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.

By Bill Adair, Amy Hollyfield :: Published on Monday, January 7th, 2008 at 7:20 p.m.

Anti-Mormon screed targets Romney

A strident letter attacks Romney's religion and argues -- falsely -- that Mormons want to rescind the U.S. Constitution.

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Monday, January 7th, 2008 at 10:34 a.m.

Two parties, one night

We find some truth, some exaggerations and a Pants-on-Fire falsehood at the dual debates in New Hampshire.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Sunday, January 6th, 2008 at 6:56 p.m.

Dual debates

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.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Saturday, January 5th, 2008 at 8:20 p.m.

Romney's tax claim against McCain

Romney says McCain has flip-flopped on the Bush tax cuts. He's right, but McCain has an explanation.

By Adriel Bettelheim :: Published on Friday, January 4th, 2008 at 6:32 p.m.

Mitt's mutt mauls Mike

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.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, January 4th, 2008 at 5:26 p.m.

Goodbye, Joe

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

By Angie Drobnic Holan :: Published on Friday, January 4th, 2008 at 3:23 p.m.

Huckabee ad aired

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.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Friday, January 4th, 2008 at 3:23 p.m.

Huckabee's 'liberal' problem

No one doubts Mike Huckabee's sincerity as a social conservative, but his sympathy tax hikes and government programs haunts him.

By Neil Skene :: Published on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 at 5:59 p.m.

Advertisement
How to contact us:

We want to hear your suggestions and comments.

For tips or comments on our Obameter and our GOP-Pledge-O-Meter promise databases, please e-mail the Obameter. If you are commenting on a specific promise, please include the wording of the promise.

For comments about our Truth-O-Meter or Flip-O-Meter items, please e-mail the Truth-O-Meter. We’re especially interested in seeing any chain e-mails you receive that you would like us to check out. If you send us a comment, we'll assume you don't mind us publishing it unless you tell us otherwise.

Browse The Truth-O-MeterTM:
Subscribe: