Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Putting Steele and Kaine to the Truth-O-Meter

'This Week' host Jake Tapper interviewed DNC Chairman Tim Kaine and RNC Chairman Michael Steele.
'This Week' host Jake Tapper interviewed DNC Chairman Tim Kaine and RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

The election results in Kentucky and Hawaii were a big topic on ABC's This Week on May 23, 2010, and -- no surprise! -- the Republican and Democratic chairmen read the tea leaves differently.

We checked a claim from each:

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine claimed that the Democratic candidates in the Kentucky Senate primary each got more votes than Republican nominee Rand Paul, which Kaine suggested was a sign of Democratic strength in the fall election. We rated that Half True.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said the victory of a Republican in a special election in Hawaii was a good sign, noting that Hawaii had a strong history of rel-electing incumbents. We checked the history for Hawaiian incumbents and found Steele was right. He earned a True.