Thursday, October 30th, 2014

'Relax, dude, it was a rally speech'

Ron Paul speaks during a campaign stop in West Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 3, 2012. Later that night, he made an incorrect statement about public views of the gold standard.
Ron Paul speaks during a campaign stop in West Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 3, 2012. Later that night, he made an incorrect statement about public views of the gold standard.

Ron Paul has a pretty good record on the Truth-O-Meter -- a larger share of Trues and Mostly Trues than the other Republican candidates -- but in a speech this week he wrongly characterized a poll about public support for the gold standard.

When we investigated his claim, we got a fun response from his campaign spokesman Jesse Benton:

"Relax, dude, it was a rally speech to supporters, not a major policy speech or a debate."

We've been called a variety of names by campaign spokesmen -- some not suitable for publication! -- but this is the first time in a while we've been addressed as "dude."

So Dude! Here's our Truth-O-Meter item, which rated the claim False.