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Michael Van Sickler

Staff Writer, Tampa Bay Times

Michael Van Sickler is a reporter for the Tampa Bay Times.


The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Michael Van Sickler

On an early date for Florida's presidential primary

Tarpon Springs takes its homeless to St. Petersburg.

"Ronald Reagan did amnesty."

"George Bush ... used a signing statement (on a FEMA bill) to say, 'I don't have to follow that, unless I choose to.' "

"No, I did not (have illegal immigrants working at his mansion)."

Rudy Giuliani is "probably the most underqualified man since George Bush to seek the presidency."

"I've got the most international experience here."

"She hasn't run a corner store. She hasn't run a state. She hasn't run a city. She has never run anything."

"John Edwards never -- has ever from the beginning of his political career has never taken PAC money or the money of Washington lobbyists. Ever." -Joe Trippi, senior campaign adviser

"The reality is, with a $2 trillion-a-year health care budget, we're spending more on health care, nearly 17 percent of our gross domestic product, versus 3.8 percent of GDP on the entire military budget."

Recent stories from Michael Van Sickler
Romney misses easy grounder

At the CNN/YouTube debate, the candidates argued about immigration, crime and Iraq. We found they generally got their facts right, although Huckabee distorted the facts on an education program for immigrants and Romney missed an easy one about the Red Sox.

What's in a resume?

The candidates have been making boasts and attacking each other over who has the most experience. We check their math.

Never say never

Edwards bans Washington lobbyist money, but not all lobbyist money.

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