Presidential candidates often make historical references to emphasize points or justify positions. A lot of the time, though, they get their facts wrong -- to the dismay of historians.
The Democrats slugged it out in a Las Vegas debate. We found several claims were true, but Obama was wrong about the probability of lightning strikes vs. undocumented worker prosecutions and Richardson was way off about the popularity of Vice President Cheney and HMOs.
Fred Thompson says Mike Huckabee raised lots of taxes in Arkansas. Huckabee responds that he cut taxes "almost 100 times." We find Thompson on solid ground but Huckabee stretching the truth.
Update: Fred Thompson has a mixed record on tort reform. He's opposed some bills because of his preference for states' rights, but supported others.
The Republican candidates mixed it up during a lively debate in Orlando. They stretched the truth on crime and defense, while Huckabee was Pants-On-Fire wrong about the Founding Fathers.
The candidates from both parties want to distill the SCHIP debate into nuggets that satisfy their base voters.
Mitt Romney has consistently opposed gay marriage, but he changed positions on a constitutional amendment on civil unions.
In a rich biography of success, he sometimes overstates his record.
The freshman senator calls for bipartisanship. But when he votes, it's nearly always with his party.