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David Baumann
The latest Truth-O-Meter items from David Baumann

"Whether in Illinois or Washington, Barack Obama has bridged partisanship to bring about significant reform."

"If Sen. Hillary Clinton could enact all of her campaign proposals, taxpayers would be faced with financing more than $777.6-billion in new spending over one White House term."

"Hillary's baby bond proposal would give $5,000 to each of the 4-million babies born in the U.S. each year, totaling $20-billion per year, multiplied by four years = $80-billion."

"Mayor Giuliani's lawsuit killed the line-item veto."

"John McCain is right on that one. The line-item veto is the best tool the president has to rein in excessive spending."

"With the resources it takes to execute just over three months of the Iraq war, we could fully fund the expansion of health care for needy children that Bush vetoed."

"With one stroke of his pen, President Bush has denied health insurance to 3.8 million kids who were due to get it under this bipartisan expansion of the Children's Health Insurance Program."

"Another one he should veto is the SCHIP program, which he should say 'Take the C out of, because now it's for everybody, like every other entitlement program.'"

"Earmarked dollars have doubled just since 2000, and more than tripled in the last 10 years."

"We spent $223-million on a bridge in Alaska to an island with 50 people on it."

Recent stories from David Baumann
Spend-O-Meter vs. Truth-O-Meter

Once you accept some assumptions about how they did the math, the RNC does a pretty good job crunching Clinton's numbers.

Sparring over spending

It's true that Rudy Giuliani sued to end the president's line item veto, it's just not clear how much that means.

Keeping it simple, sometimes wrong

The candidates from both parties want to distill the SCHIP debate into nuggets that satisfy their base voters.

Still fighting the last war

Sen. John McCain has a history of attacking 'earmarked' spending, but his facts are in the past, too.

Romney: turning over the turnaround label

In a rich biography of success, he sometimes overstates his record.

Does Obama practice what he preaches?

The freshman senator calls for bipartisanship. But when he votes, it's nearly always with his party.

Thompson's gun claim low on ammo

He says more guns mean less crime. But the academic research is inconclusive.

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