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Finalists announced for 2011 Lie of the Year

By Angie Drobnic Holan
Published on Friday, December 2nd, 2011 at 2:59 p.m.

Later this month, we'll announce PolitiFact's Lie of the Year -- the most significant falsehood of 2011, as chosen by the  editors and reporters on the PolitiFact National staff. We're reviewing claims we've rated False or Pants on Fire and will choose the one that played the biggest role in the national discourse.

We're also inviting you to vote for your favorite for the coveted Readers' Choice Award. (In previous years, both readers and the PolitiFact staff have selected the same falsehoods.) 

Here are our 10 finalists and a link to our survey so you can vote. We accept write-ins.

The Finalists

President Obama "went around the world and apologized for America." -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney

The Obama administration's review of obsolete regulations was "unprecedented." -- President Barack Obama

The vaccine to prevent HPV can cause mental retardation. -- Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann

"Republicans voted to end Medicare." -- The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and other Democrats

Abortion services are "well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does." -- Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.

Because of more restrictive voting laws, Republicans "want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws." -- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., and head of the Democratic National Committee

Scientists are "questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change. … (It is) more and more being put into question."-- Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry

Congressional Republicans have introduced dozens of bills on social issues and other topics, but "zero on job creation." -- Facebook posts

The economic stimulus created "zero jobs." -- The National Republican Senatorial Committee and other Republicans

"I didn't raise taxes once." -- President Barack Obama

Click here to vote in the PolitiFact Readers' Choice poll.

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