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        {
            "id": 347,
            "slug": "polls-show-obama-beating-mccain",
            "speaker": {
                "slug": "barack-obama",
                "full_name": "Barack Obama",
                "first_name": "Barack",
                "last_name": "Obama"
            },
            "targets": [],
            "statement": "\"The last six polls, including this week's Time magazine, show that I beat John McCain by six or seven points.\" ",
            "ruling_slug": "mostly-true",
            "publication_date": "2008-02-11T00:00:00-05:00",
            "ruling_comments": "Sen. Barack Obama regularly makes the argument that he will be a stronger general election candidate than his primary opponent, Sen. Hillary Clinton.\n<p>\n In a speech at a campaign rally on Feb. 10, 2008, he continued to expound on that theme, this time citing poll numbers.\n</p>\n<p>\n \"The last six polls, including this week's\n <i>\n  Time\n </i>\n magazine, show that I beat John McCain by six or seven points,\" Obama declared at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va.\n</p>\n<p>\n At the time of of his speech, several polls indeed showed Obama beating McCain by a six-point or more margin. The\n <i>\n  Time\n </i>\n magazine poll showed him beating McCain by seven points, 48 to 41. An Associated Press/Ipsos showed him winning by six points, 48 to 42. A CNN poll showed him winning by eight points, 52 to 44.\n</p>\n<p>\n But those are three polls, not six. (For a neat summary of recent Obama-McCain polling, check out this\n <a href=\"http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/president/us/general_election_mccain_vs_obama-225.html#polls\">\n  link\n </a>\n from RealClearPolitics.com; we accessed it on Feb. 11, 2008.) We weren't able to find three other recent polls showing similar results.\n</p>\n<p>\n It's possible that Obama has access to private polls we haven't seen. We asked the campaign for a response but didn't hear back.\n</p>\n<p>\n So we will deduct a small amount on the Truth-O-Meter for his citing of \"the last six polls,\" but Obama's larger point is correct. Polls show he is winning against McCain, while Clinton either loses to McCain or beats him by a smaller margin. So we award this statement a Mostly True.\n</p>\n<p>\n</p>",
            "sources": "PollingReport.com,\n<a href=\"http://www.pollingreport.com/wh08gen.htm\">\n White House 2008: General Election\n</a>\n, accessed Feb. 11, 2008.\n<p>\n RealClearPolitics.com,\n <a href=\"http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2008/president/national.html\">\n  Election 2008: National Head-to-Head Polls\n </a>\n , accessed Feb. 11, 2008.\n</p>\n<p>\n</p>"
        },
        {
            "id": 342,
            "slug": "a-new-twist-on-an-old-distortion",
            "speaker": {
                "slug": "chain-email",
                "full_name": "Chain email",
                "first_name": "",
                "last_name": "Chain email"
            },
            "targets": [],
            "statement": "\"While others place their hands over their hearts, Obama turns his back to the flag and slouches.\"",
            "ruling_slug": "false",
            "publication_date": "2008-02-08T00:00:00-05:00",
            "ruling_comments": "A new chain e-mail against Barack Obama recycles some false charges and adds some false twists.\n<p>\n The e-mail, forwarded to us by several readers, provides a new spin on the false claim that Obama refused to put his hand over his heart during the Pledge of Allegiance.\n</p>\n<p>\n \"Barack Hussein Obama will NOT recite the Pledge of Allegience nor will he show any reverence for our flag,\" it says. \"While others place their hands over their hearts, Obama turns his back to the flag and slouches.\"\n</p>\n<p>\n We have previously examined e-mail allegations that he attended a radical Muslim school\n <a href=\"http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/237/\">\n  (so inaccurate we called it Pants on Fire),\n </a>\n that he took the oath of office with a Koran (also\n <a href=\"http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/238/\">\n  Pants on Fire)\n </a>\n and that his middle name is Mohammed\n <a href=\"http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/281/\">\n  (Pants on Fire).\n </a>\n We've also explored the questions surrounding\n <a href=\"http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1662530_1446035,00.html\">\n  this photograph\n </a>\n from\n <i>\n  Time\n </i>\n magazine's Web site, which prompted the allegations that he \"refused to say the pledge\"\n <a href=\"http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/169/\">\n  (also False).\n </a>\n</p>\n<p>\n Now comes a new allegation, apparently relying on the same photo. Since this one is new to many readers, we'll revisit some of our previous findings and address the new charge about slouching. (This is the first time we can recall slouching being used as the basis for a political attack.)\n</p>\n<p>\n The Obama photo was taken Sept. 16, 2007, in Indianola, Iowa, at the Harkin Steak Fry, an annual political event hosted by U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin. The caption on the\n <i>\n  Time\n </i>\n photo says Obama and the others \"stand during the national anthem.\"\n</p>\n<p>\n Obama was on stage with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Sen. Hillary Clinton and Harkin's wife Ruth.\n</p>\n<p>\n As the\n <i>\n  Time\n </i>\n caption indicates, the photo was taken during the national anthem, not the pledge, so the photo does not support the allegation that Obama \"turns his back and . . . slouches\" during the pledge. This is corroborated by\n <a href=\"http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=3759803\">\n  an ABC News video\n </a>\n of the occasion.\n</p>\n<p>\n It's clear from the video that the assembled Democrats are not turning their backs on the flag to make an antipatriotic statement. They are looking at the same point &mdash; presumably the woman singing the anthem.\n</p>\n<p>\n It is a matter of interpretation whether Obama is slouching as the anthem is played. The photo shows him with his hands clasped in front of his waist while the others have their hands over the heart (a point of anthem protocol that we addressed in\n <a href=\"http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2007/nov/08/obama-targeted-chain-e-mail/\">\n  this item).\n </a>\n But it doesn't look to us like he's slouching and there's no evidence to suggest his posture was making an antipatriotic statement.\n</p>\n<p>\n Obama has responded to these allegations by saying he often leads the pledge when he presides over the Senate, as seen in\n <a href=\"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC9veEouqqQ\">\n  this video from the Senate.\n </a>\n</p>\n<p>\n So once again, we find a chain e-mail is incorrect about Obama. We find the statement False.\n</p>\n<p>\n</p>",
            "sources": "<a href=\"http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1662530_1446035,00.html\">\n Time Photo from Tom Harkin's Steak Fry\n</a>\n<p>\n U.S. Code,\n <a href=\"http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode36/usc_sec_36_00000301----000-.html\">\n  NATIONAL ANTHEM, MOTTO, FLORAL EMBLEM, MARCH, AND TREE\n </a>\n</p>\n<p>\n ABC News,\n <a href=\"http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2007/11/obama-says-flag.html\">\n  Obama Says Flag Flap a Dirty Trick\n </a>\n</p>\n<p>\n RawStory,\n <a href=\"http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Obama_doesnt_put_hand_over_heart_1022.html\">\n  No hand over heart from Obama during national anthem\n </a>\n</p>\n<p>\n U.S. Marine Corps,\n <a href=\"http://www.unl.edu/nrotc/reference/MCO%20P10520.3B.pdf\">\n  Flag Manual\n </a>\n</p>\n<p>\n <a href=\"https://www.cnrnw.navy.mil/protocol/Navy_Social_Customs_and_Traditions.pdf\">\n  Social Customs: Traditions of the Sea Services\n </a>\n</p>\n<p>\n ABC News,\n <a href=\"http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=3759803\">\n  Video of anthem at steak fry\n </a>\n</p>\n<p>\n Washington Post FactChecker,\n <a href=\"http://blog.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/2007/11/obama_nabbed_by_the_patriotic.html\">\n  Obama Nabbed by the Patriot Police\n </a>\n</p>\n<p>\n Snopes.com,\n <a href=\"http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/anthem.asp\">\n  Hand Over Heart\n </a>\n</p>\n<p>\n Interviews: Anne Garside, director of communication for the Maryland Historical Society; Elizabeth Lasko, director of public relations for the National Association for Music Education\n</p>"
        },
        {
            "id": 343,
            "slug": "unions-gave-huck-their-gop-nod",
            "speaker": {
                "slug": "mike-huckabee",
                "full_name": "Mike Huckabee",
                "first_name": "Mike",
                "last_name": "Huckabee"
            },
            "targets": [],
            "statement": "\"I'm the only Republican who has gotten endorsements in this presidential race from major labor unions...\"",
            "ruling_slug": "true",
            "publication_date": "2008-02-08T00:00:00-05:00",
            "ruling_comments": "It's not often that we hear a Republican presidential candidate crowing about support from unions.\n<p>\n \"I'm the only Republican who has gotten endorsements in this presidential race from major labor unions, the international painters union as well as the machinists and aerospace workers &mdash; first time in over 100 years from either union,\" Huckabee said in a TV interview the day after Super Tuesday.\n</p>\n<p>\n Huckabee is correct on a few points here.\n</p>\n<p>\n Unions don't usually endorse Republican candidates, and they support Democratic candidates with contributions by margins of roughly 9 to 1, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.\n</p>\n<p>\n But this year, two unions decided to endorse candidates in the primaries for both parties: The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades with 160,000 members, and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers with 720,000 members.\n</p>\n<p>\n In the Democratic race, both unions endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton, and in the Republican race, both endorsed Mike Huckabee.\n</p>\n<p>\n We called both unions and they confirmed the \"100 years\" statement because it's the first time they've endorsed Republican candidates since they formed more than 100 years ago.\n</p>\n<p>\n James Williams, head of the International Painters, said the union decided to endorse Republicans this year as a way of reflecting the sentiments of their Republican members, who make up about 30 percent of the union. The painters mailed out a ballot to more than 160,000 members and asked them to vote in each race and Huckabee was the GOP choice.\n</p>\n<p>\n Add to that the fact that some members live in heavily Republican areas and are represented by Republican elected officials, he said. The endorsement is a way of reaching out beyond the unions' usual Democratic allies.\n</p>\n<p>\n \"The reality is that we have to work across the aisle with both Democrats and Republicans,\" Williams said. \"It hasn't been done in the last seven years. But hopefully whoever is elected next will realize we can't have this polarization.\"\n</p>\n<p>\n Huckabee may have won the endorsements because he actively campaigned for them. He was the only Republican to attend the national convention of the machinists' union in August 2007.\n</p>\n<p>\n He also speaks regularly on the need for fair trade agreements and the problems of working men and women. Critics and supporters alike have described him as an \"economic populist.\"\n</p>\n<p>\n Not that Huckabee's union record is flawless: Unions have criticized him for crossing picket lines of the Writers Guild of America to appear on late-night television shows, among other things.\n</p>\n<p>\n We searched for major union endorsements of any other Republican candidates and were unable to find one. A spokesperson with the AFL-CIO said the Huckabee endorsements were the only ones they knew of.\n</p>\n<p>\n There are a lot of unusual things about Huckabee, a bass guitar-playing, Chuck Norris-approved preacher. Add Republican and union-endorsed to that list. We find his statement True.\n</p>\n<p>\n</p>",
            "sources": "Interview with James Williams, general president of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades\n<p>\n Interview with Frank Larkin, spokesman for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers\n</p>\n<p>\n AFL-CIO blog,\n <a href=\"http://blog.aflcio.org/2008/02/08/writers-may-have-pact-huckabee-crosses-picket-lineagain\">\n  Writers May Have Pact. Huckabee Crosses Picket Line &mdash; Again\n </a>\n , Feb. 8, 2008\n</p>\n<p>\n The Center for Responsive Politics,\n <a href=\"http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/indus.asp?Ind=P\">\n  Labor: Long-term Contribution Trends\n </a>\n</p>\n<p>\n Palm Beach Post, \"Clinton, Huckabee woo labor activists,\" Aug. 28, 2007\n</p>\n<p>\n</p>"
        },
        {
            "id": 341,
            "slug": "it-tasted-like-chicken",
            "speaker": {
                "slug": "mike-huckabee",
                "full_name": "Mike Huckabee",
                "first_name": "Mike",
                "last_name": "Huckabee"
            },
            "targets": [],
            "statement": "<p>\"When I was in college, we used to take a popcorn popper . . . and we would fry squirrel.\"</p>",
            "ruling_slug": "true",
            "publication_date": "2008-02-07T00:00:00-05:00",
            "ruling_comments": "<p>\n In two recent appearances on MSNBC's\n <em>\n  Morning Joe\n </em>\n , former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee boasted about frying squirrels in a popcorn popper.\n</p>\n<p>\n \"When I was in college, we used to take a popcorn popper &ndash; because that was the only thing they would let us use in the dorms &ndash; and we would fry squirrel,\" he said on Jan. 18, 2008.\n</p>\n<p>\n When he appeared on the show three weeks later, on Feb. 6, co-host Mika Brzezinski asked him if he would come back and demonstrate his cooking techniques.\n</p>\n<p>\n \"I'm really ready to do that,\" Huckabee said. \"Because I think the country needs to be able to somehow get into those kind of culinary delights that they've been missing for a long time.\"\n</p>\n<p>\n Forgive us, but we were skeptical.\n</p>\n<p>\n We wondered if the former governor was truly an aficionado of cooked rodents, or if he was just making a play for the all-important squirrel-eating Republican voting bloc.\n</p>\n<p>\n So we tracked down Huckabee's roommate from Ouachita Baptist University, Rick Caldwell, to ask if the governor really had eaten squirrel.\n</p>\n<p>\n \"I was there,\" Caldwell said, quickly adding that \"I was not a co-conspirator to the actual frying of the squirrel. But I admit to partaking.\"\n</p>\n<p>\n Indeed, they had a popcorn popper in their room in the Daniel North dormitory in 1973 and Huckabee was quite the enterprising chef, said Caldwell, a longtime friend who is now an adviser to his presidential campaign.\n</p>\n<p>\n Huckabee devised a way to make faux doughnuts by punching holes in the middle of biscuits and then frying them in the popcorn popper. Once they were cooked, Huckabee and Caldwell would roll them in sugar. Caldwell says it was as good as a Krispy Kreme.\n</p>\n<p>\n The squirrel fry was a one-time thing, Caldwell said. A student living down the hall admired the popcorn popper and suggested it would be good for frying a squirrel. Caldwell was out of the room when they cooked it, but he got to sample the meat when he returned.\n</p>\n<p>\n \"It tasted like chicken,\" Caldwell said.\n</p>\n<p>\n No one on the PolitiFact staff had sampled a squirrel, so we turned to \"Bayou Bill\" Scifres, a retired outdoors writer from the\n <em>\n  Indianapolis Star\n </em>\n who runs\n <a href=\"http://www.bayoubill.com/index.htm\" target=\"_blank\">\n  All Outdoors,\n </a>\n a Web site that offers advice on cooking wild game.\n</p>\n<p>\n Bayou Bill loves a qood squirrel.\n</p>\n<p>\n \"There are so many ways to cook 'em!\" he told us. \"With hot biscuits and gravy and fried squirrel and corn on the cob &ndash; it's like dying and going to heaven!\"\n</p>\n<p>\n He said cooking them is easy:\n</p>\n<p>\n \"Fry them to a beautiful golden brown on all sides and then turn the heat down; cover the skillet and put in water or maybe good cooking wine. You just let them steam in that for 15 minutes or half an hour,\" he said\n</p>\n<p>\n We found recipes on other Web sites that also looked promising:\n <a href=\"http://www.backwoodsbound.com/zsquir8.html\" target=\"_blank\">\n  squirrel cacciatore,\n </a>\n <a href=\"http://www.backwoodsbound.com/zsquir23.html\" target=\"_blank\">\n  squirrel croquettes\n </a>\n and\n <a href=\"http://www.backwoodsbound.com/zsquir9.html\" target=\"_blank\">\n  squirrels in cream sauce.\n </a>\n</p>\n<p>\n Yum!\n</p>",
            "sources": "<p>\n YouTube,\n <a href=\"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj3QAzSWVA4\" target=\"_blank\">\n  Huckabee on Morning Joe\n </a>\n</p>\n<p>\n Interview with Rick Caldwell, Feb. 6, 2008\n</p>\n<p>\n All Outdoors,\n <a href=\"http://www.bayoubill.com/archives/2001/81501squirrel.html\" target=\"_blank\">\n  So how do you cook squirrel?\n </a>\n</p>\n<p>\n All Outdoors,\n <a href=\"http://www.bayoubill.com/archives/2002/080502column.html\" target=\"_blank\">\n  How to skin a squirrel\n </a>\n</p>\n<p>\n <a href=\"http://www.backwoodsbound.com/zsquir8.html\" target=\"_blank\">\n  Recipe for squirrel cacciatore\n </a>\n</p>\n<p>\n <a href=\"http://www.backwoodsbound.com/zsquir23.html\" target=\"_blank\">\n  Recipe for squirrel croquettes\n </a>\n</p>\n<p>\n <a href=\"http://www.backwoodsbound.com/zsquir9.html\" target=\"_blank\">\n  Recipe for squirrels in cream sauce\n </a>\n</p>\n<p>\n District of Columbia Health Emergency Preparedness,\n <a href=\"http://bioterrorism.dc.gov/biot/cwp/view,A,1252,Q,553192.asp#4\" target=\"_blank\">\n  What are the symptoms of Tularemia?\n </a>\n</p>\n<p>\n &nbsp;\n</p>"
        },
        {
            "id": 340,
            "slug": "one-man-found-his-winning-message",
            "speaker": {
                "slug": "john-mccain",
                "full_name": "John McCain",
                "first_name": "John",
                "last_name": "McCain"
            },
            "targets": [],
            "statement": "\"One man sacrificed for his country. One man opposed a flawed strategy in Iraq. One man had the courage to call for change. One man didn't play politics with the truth. One man stands up to the special interests.\"",
            "ruling_slug": "true",
            "publication_date": "2008-02-07T00:00:00-05:00",
            "ruling_comments": "In advance of the Potomac Primary on Feb. 12, 2008, Republican front-runner John McCain released a TV ad in Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland that has played to other markets in this primary process.\n<p>\n \"Never Surrender\" is a 30-second spot that shows images of Sen. McCain as a prisoner of war, walking alongside Ronald Reagan and on the campaign trail. Its claims are well supported.\n</p>\n<p>\n &bull;\n <b>\n  \"One man sacrificed for his country.\"\n </b>\n</p>\n<p>\n McCain served 22 years in the U.S. Navy, including five as a prisoner of war after his plane was shot down in Vietnam. He has been honored with the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross.\n</p>\n<p>\n Of his remaining Republican contenders, only Rep. Ron Paul has military experience. He served as a medical doctor in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 to 1965 in San Antonio, Texas, and in the U.S. Air National Guard from 1965 to 1968. He did not go to war as McCain did. That appears to be the distinction drawn here. (\n <i>\n  Read our fact sheet on \"Who was in the military?\"\n </i>\n <a href=\"http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2007/dec/21/fact-sheet-who-has-served-military/\">\n  here.\n </a>\n )\n</p>\n<p>\n &bull;\n <b>\n  \"One man opposed a flawed strategy in Iraq. One man had the courage to call for change. One man didn't play politics with the truth.\"\n </b>\n</p>\n<p>\n Although he has been one of the Senate's strongest and most vocal advocates of the war in Iraq, leading recent debates against Democratic bills to set a timetable for withdrawal, McCain has also been one of the Bush adminstration's biggest Republican critics.\n</p>\n<p>\n As far back as mid 2003, shortly after the invasion of Iraq, McCain was warning that the United States needed to send more troops to Iraq and more money to Iraq reconstruction efforts, or else face a deep and long-lasting insurgency that would threaten America's mission there.\n</p>\n<p>\n Which, of course, is exactly what has happened. He was also a strident critic of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, telling interviewers that he lacked confidence in Rumsfeld as far back as 2004 &mdash; meaty criticism for a top Republican on the Armed Services Committee.\n</p>\n<p>\n \"There's not enough (troops), and we are in a very serious situation, in my view, a race against time. We need to spend a whole lot more money to get the services back to the people. We need to get the electricity going, the fuel, the water. And unless we get that done and get it done pretty soon, we could face a very serious situation,\" McCain told NBC's\n <i>\n  Meet the Press\n </i>\n on Aug. 24, 2003.\n</p>\n<p>\n \"Time is not on our side. People in 125-degree heat with no electricity and no fuel are going to become angry in a big hurry. The sophistication of the attacks on U.S. and allied troops have increased. And what we do in the next several months will determine whether we're in a very difficult situation or not, and there's still time, but we've got to act quickly.\"\n</p>\n<p>\n As for his claim that just \"one man\" opposed the strategy in Iraq, that's a bit of a stretch: Independent experts and many congressional Democrats have lavished criticism on the administration's strategy in Iraq.\n</p>\n<p>\n But among his Republican competitors for the presidential nomination, McCain is right. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has suggested that he, too, would take a different route in Iraq than the president, but McCain was clearly there first.\n</p>\n<p>\n &bull;\n <b>\n  \"One man stands up to the special interests.\"\n </b>\n</p>\n<p>\n This is a reference to McCain's strong opposition to what he calls wasteful pork barrel spending and earmark projects. Taxpayers for Common Sense, a Washington-based group that watches for such things, says McCain holds the title of pork-fighter and has honored him with its \"Treasury Guardians\" award.\n</p>\n<p>\n Overall, it's an effective TV ad with accurate claims. We give it a True.\n</p>\n<p>\n</p>",
            "sources": "Interview with Dick Bennett, president, American Research Group Inc. of Manchester, N.H.\n<p>\n Meet the Press,\n <a href=\"http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3080247/\">\n  Interview with John McCain\n </a>\n , Aug. 24, 2003\n</p>\n<p>\n Council on Foreign Relations,\n <a href=\"http://www.cfr.org/publication/6502/us_situation_in_iraq_and_afghanistan.html?breadcrumb=%2Fpublication%2Fpublication_list%3Fgroupby%3D3%26type%3Dtranscript%26filter%3D2003\">\n  John McCain speech\n </a>\n , Nov. 5, 2003\n</p>\n<p>\n Council on Foreign Relations,\n <a href=\"http://www.cfr.org/publication/6973/iraq.html?breadcrumb=%2Fpublication%2Fpublication_list%3Fgroupby%3D3%26type%3Dtranscript%26filter%3D2004%26page%3D4\">\n  John McCain speech\n </a>\n , April 22, 2004\n</p>\n<p>\n Meet the Press,\n <a href=\"http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6531547/\">\n  Interview with John McCain\n </a>\n , Nov. 21, 2004\n</p>\n<p>\n Fox News Sunday,\n <a href=\"http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,165667,00.html\">\n  Interview with John McCain\n </a>\n , Aug. 14, 2005\n</p>\n<p>\n American Enterprise Institute,\n <a href=\"http://www.aei.org/events/filter.,eventID.1446/transcript.asp\">\n  Panel discussion with John McCain\n </a>\n , Jan. 5, 2007\n</p>\n<p>\n JohnMcCain.com,\n <a href=\"http://www.johnmccain.com/About/\">\n  About John McCain\n </a>\n</p>\n<p>\n PolitiFact.com,\n <a href=\"http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2007/dec/21/fact-sheet-who-has-served-military/\">\n  FACT SHEET: Who was in the military?\"\n </a>\n Dec. 21, 2007\n</p>\n<p>\n PolitiFact.com,\n <a href=\"http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/273/\">\n  \"There are a few blips on the record,\"\n </a>\n Jan. 6, 2008\n</p>\n<p>\n</p>"
        },
        {
            "id": 338,
            "slug": "obama-voted-consistently-for-abortion-rights",
            "speaker": {
                "slug": "barack-obama",
                "full_name": "Barack Obama",
                "first_name": "Barack",
                "last_name": "Obama"
            },
            "targets": [],
            "statement": "\"Sen. Obama has always had a 100 percent prochoice rating.\"",
            "ruling_slug": "true",
            "publication_date": "2008-02-06T00:00:00-05:00",
            "ruling_comments": "The Clinton campaign has raised doubts about Sen. Barack Obama's record on abortion rights because he voted \"present\" rather than \"no\" on seven antiabortion bills when he was in the Illinois state Senate.\n<p>\n The day before the Super Tuesday primaries, an e-mail from the head of the Connecticut National Organization for Women took issue with those votes, prompting a response from U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, an Obama supporter, who said the effort by NOW was divisive.\n</p>\n<p>\n \"The facts are clear &ndash; in the Illinois state Senate, choice advocates asked strong prochoice legislators like Senator Obama to vote 'present' on Republican-designed bills like a ban on partial-birth abortion to protect a woman's right to chose,\" DeLauro wrote. \"Senator Obama has always had a 100 percent prochoice rating.\"\n</p>\n<p>\n We're addressing the votes with\n <a href=\"http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/339/\">\n  this item\n </a>\n and\n <a href=\"http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2008/feb/06/obama-abortion-debate/\">\n  this article,\n </a>\n so here we'll focus on Obama's record.\n</p>\n<p>\n Indeed, DeLauro is correct. Obama has 100 percent congressional voting ratings from NARAL Prochoice America for his three years in the U.S. Senate. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund similarly gave Obama a perfect score on its 2006 congressional scorecard.\n</p>\n<p>\n He also earned 100 percent records for his votes in eight years as a state senator, according to Pam Sutherland, president and CEO of the Illinois Planned Parenthood Council. (She is neutral in the presidential race and her group has not endorsed a candidate.)\n</p>\n<p>\n \"He has always voted in favor of abortion rights,\" she said.\n</p>\n<p>\n So we find DeLauro's statement to be True.\n</p>\n<p>\n</p>",
            "sources": "NARAL Prochoice America,\n<a href=\"http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/elections/statements/obama.html\">\n Obama scorecard\n</a>\n<p>\n Planned Parenthood,\n <a href=\"http://www.ppaction.org/ppvotes/Scorecard.html\">\n  2006 Congressional Scorecard\n </a>\n</p>\n<p>\n Washington Post,\n <a href=\"http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/04/AR2008020402980.html\">\n  NOW Again Attacks Obama's Illinois Voting Record on Abortion Bills,\n </a>\n Feb. 5, 2008\n</p>\n<p>\n Obama campaign,\n <a href=\"http://www.barackobama.com/factcheck/2008/01/08/fact_check_obamas_strong_proch.php\">\n  Obama's Strong Prochoice Record\n </a>\n</p>\n<p>\n Interview: Pam Sutherland, Illinois Planned Parenthood Council\n</p>\n<p>\n</p>"
        },
        {
            "id": 339,
            "slug": "he-voted-present-which-is-similar-to-no",
            "speaker": {
                "slug": "hillary-clinton",
                "full_name": "Hillary Clinton",
                "first_name": "Hillary",
                "last_name": "Clinton"
            },
            "targets": [],
            "statement": "<p>In the Illinois Legislature, Barack Obama \"voted 'present,' instead of yes or no\" on seven votes involving abortion rights.</p>",
            "ruling_slug": "true",
            "publication_date": "2008-02-06T00:00:00-05:00",
            "ruling_comments": "<p>\n As the Democratic race has tightened, the Hillary Clinton campaign has portrayed Sen. Barack Obama as inconsistent on abortion rights.\n</p>\n<p>\n \"In the Illinois state Senate, on issue after issue, my opponent voted 'present,' instead of yes or no. Seven of those votes were on a women's right to choose,\" Sen. Clinton said in a December 2007 speech in Iowa. In the days leading up to Super Tuesday on Feb. 5, 2008, several other groups repeated the charge against Obama via e-mails.\n</p>\n<p>\n The facts here are not in dispute. Obama did vote present on seven bills that attempted to restrict abortion. His defenders argue that it was a tactic to disrupt legislation that would be used against Democrats in swing districts.\n</p>\n<p>\n It's worth pausing here to explain what the \"present\" vote means. The Illinois Legislature allows members to vote \"yes,\" \"no,\" or \"present.\" Bills need \"yes\" votes to pass, so a vote of \"present\" counts the same as a \"no.\" Thus, Obama's \"present\" votes on bills seeking to restrict abortion counted the same as if he had voted \"no.\" All of the bills passed by in the Senate by sizable margins.\n</p>\n<p>\n The seven votes were on proposals that abortion opponents have successfully passed in other places. Two bills outlawed the late-term procedure that opponents call partial-birth abortion. Two bills required parental notification for minors seeking abortions. Three bills were for so-called \"born alive\" legislation, which require doctors to administer medical care to aborted fetuses that survive the abortion process in hopes that the fetuses can survive.\n</p>\n<p>\n No one questions that Obama opposed the seven pieces of legislation; indeed, he is mentioned in news reports from the time as being against several of the measures. Rather, Obama's critics say he ducked a \"no\" vote; supporters say it was a tactical move.\n</p>\n<p>\n Those interpretations seem to have split the leaders of the Illinois abortion rights movement.\n</p>\n<p>\n Obama should have voted \"no\" on those bills, said Bonnie Grabenhofer, president of the Illinois chapter of the National Organization for Women, which has endorsed Clinton.\n</p>\n<p>\n \"We think the way you talk about a bill and the way you stand up is important,\" she said. \"It was a strategy that allowed people to take political cover as opposed to talking about why the bill was a bad bill and clearly saying no.\"\n</p>\n<p>\n But Pam Sutherland, president and CEO of the Illinois Planned Parenthood Council, said Obama was helping advance a prochoice agenda by voting present.\n</p>\n<p>\n \"He always was going to vote 'no' on these bills. We needed to keep some of our moderate Democrats from voting yes, which is something you never want to happen,\" Sutherland said.   By having a well-known supporter of abortion rights also vote present, it gave other Democrats cover, she said.\n</p>\n<p>\n Regardless of the interpretation of the \"present\" votes, Obama has received extremely positive ratings from organizations that promote abortion rights. Even Grabenhofer's organization, the NOW Illinois political action committee, endorsed Obama twice after the \"present\" votes. The group did not endorse in the U.S. Senate race in 2004, she said, in part because of the present votes.\n</p>\n<p>\n Steve Trombley of Planned Parenthood in Chicago has defended Obama's prochoice bona fides, even though Planned Parenthood has not endorsed in the race.\n</p>\n<p>\n \"Barack Obama has always been committed to a woman's right to choose. He has a 100 percent pro-choice voting record both in the U.S. Senate and the Illinois Senate,\" Trombley wrote in a statement posted on the Obama campaign Web site.\n</p>\n<p>\n \"I don't know why Illinois NOW has changed its opinion of Barack Obama since his record has remained the same and since his time as a state senator, he has only demonstrated a full and steady commitment to choice,\" Trombley added.\n</p>\n<p>\n Both Clinton and Obama have their supporters among the abortion rights movement.\n</p>\n<p>\n Clinton arguably has the bigger endorsements. She has been endorsed by the National Organization for Women and EMILY's List, an organization dedicated to electing prochoice women.\n</p>\n<p>\n Obama has some high-profile endorsements as well, such as Kate Michelman, former president, NARAL Prochoice America, who sided with Obama after John Edwards dropped out of the race. Obama also has the support of U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, the first executive director of EMILY's List, who has publicly defended Obama as a strong supporter of abortion rights. We checked her statement\n <a href=\"../../../../statements/338/\" target=\"_blank\">\n  here\n </a>\n and found it to be True.\n</p>\n<p>\n Two other large groups, NARAL Prochoice America and Planned Parenthood, are not endorsing. Planned Parenthood, however, has given both candidates 100 percent ratings for their records on abortion.\n</p>\n<p>\n We stipulate that there are clearly different interpretations of the significance of Obama's \"present\" votes. But there's no doubt he made them. So we find Clinton's statement to be True.\n</p>\n<p>\n &nbsp;\n</p>",
            "sources": "<p>\n Hillary Clinton campaign Web site,\n <a href=\"http://facts.hillaryhub.com/archive/?id=4497\" target=\"_blank\">\n  Fact Check: Hillary's Iowa Remarks\n </a>\n , Dec. 20, 2007\n</p>\n<p>\n Barack Obama campaign Web site,\n <a href=\"http://www.barackobama.com/factcheck/2008/01/08/fact_check_obamas_strong_proch.php\" target=\"_blank\">\n  Fact Check: Obama's strong prochoice record,\n </a>\n Jan. 8, 2008\n</p>\n<p>\n Illinois State Legislature,\n <a href=\"http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/legisnet90/status/900SB0230.html\" target=\"_blank\">\n  SB 230: Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act\n </a>\n , 1997.  Senate bill\n <a href=\"http://www.ilga.gov/senate/transcripts/strans90/ST031897.pdf\" target=\"_blank\">\n  passed\n </a>\n .\n</p>\n<p>\n Illinois State Legislature,\n <a href=\"http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/legisnet90/status/900HB0382.html\" target=\"_blank\">\n  HB 382: Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act\n </a>\n , 1997\n</p>\n<p>\n Illinois State Legislature,\n <a href=\"http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/legisnet92/status/920HB1900.html\" target=\"_blank\">\n  HB 1900: Parental Notice of Abortion Act\n </a>\n , 2001. Bill\n <a href=\"http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/votehistory/srollcalls92/920HB1900_05162001_010000T.PDF\" target=\"_blank\">\n  passed\n </a>\n .\n</p>\n<p>\n Illinois State Legislature,\n <a href=\"http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/legisnet92/status/920SB0562.html\" target=\"_blank\">\n  SB 562: Parental Notice of Abortion Act\n </a>\n , 2001. Bill\n <a href=\"http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/votehistory/srollcalls92/920SB0562_04062001_006000T.PDF\" target=\"_blank\">\n  passed\n </a>\n .\n</p>\n<p>\n Illinois State Legislature,\n <a href=\"http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/legisnet92/status/920SB1093.html\" target=\"_blank\">\n  SB 1093:Law to protect Liveborn children\n </a>\n , 2001.  Bill\n <a href=\"http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/votehistory/srollcalls92/920SB1093_03302001_028000T.PDF\" target=\"_blank\">\n  passed\n </a>\n .\n</p>\n<p>\n Illinois State Legislature,\n <a href=\"http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/legisnet92/summary/920SB1094.html\" target=\"_blank\">\n  SB 1094: Bill to protect children born as result of induced labor abortion\n </a>\n , 2001. Bill\n <a href=\"http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/votehistory/srollcalls92/920SB1094_03302001_029000T.PDF\" target=\"_blank\">\n  passed\n </a>\n .\n</p>\n<p>\n Illinois State Legislature,\n <a href=\"http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/legisnet92/status/920SB1095.html\" target=\"_blank\">\n  SB 1095: Bill defining \"born alive\" defines \"born-alive  infant\"  to include infant \"born alive at any stage of development,\"\n </a>\n 2001. Bill\n <a href=\"http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/votehistory/srollcalls92/920SB1095_03302001_030000T.PDF\" target=\"_blank\">\n  passed\n </a>\n .\n</p>\n<p>\n Chicago Sun-Times, \"Bill proposes care for fetus after abortion,\" March 31, 2001\n</p>\n<p>\n Chicago Sun-Times, \"Ban on partial-birth abortion clears panel,\" March 5, 1997\n</p>\n<p>\n Interview with Bonnie Grabenhofer, president of the Illinois chapter of the National Organization for Women\n</p>\n<p>\n Interview with Pam Sutherland, president and CEO of Illinois Planned Parenthood Council\n</p>\n<p>\n Barack Obama campaign Web site,\n <a href=\"http://women.barackobama.com/page/community/post/stephaniefine/C7Ly\" target=\"_blank\">\n  Setting the Record Straight\n </a>\n , by Steve Trombley, Feb. 5, 2008\n</p>\n<p>\n EMILY's List,\n <a href=\"http://www.emilyslist.org/candidates/hillary_clinton/\" target=\"_blank\">\n  Hillary Clinton endorsement\n </a>\n</p>\n<p>\n National Organization for Women,\n <a href=\"http://www.now.org/press/01-08/01-08.html\" target=\"_blank\">\n  Hillary Clinton makes history\n </a>\n , Jan. 8, 2008\n</p>\n<p>\n The Huffington Post,\n <a href=\"http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kate-michelman/why-im-endorsing-barack-_b_84658.html?view=print\" target=\"_blank\">\n  Why I'm endorsing Barack Obama\n </a>\n , by Kate Michelman, Feb. 3, 2008\n</p>\n<p>\n The Associated Press,\n <a href=\"http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/connecticut/ny-bc-ct--primaryelection0202feb02,0,7808129.story\" target=\"_blank\">\n  Connecticut Democrats endorse Obama for president\n </a>\n , Feb. 2, 2008\n</p>\n<p>\n Planned Parenthood Action Fund,\n <a href=\"http://www.ppaction.org/ppvotes/08_prochoice_candidates.html\" target=\"_blank\">\n  100% Prochoice Presidential Candidates\n </a>\n , 2008\n</p>\n<p>\n &nbsp;\n</p>"
        },
        {
            "id": 337,
            "slug": "actually-not-so-very-large",
            "speaker": {
                "slug": "john-mccain",
                "full_name": "John McCain",
                "first_name": "John",
                "last_name": "McCain"
            },
            "targets": [],
            "statement": "In the Florida Republican primary, \"we got a very large percentage of the, quote, conservative vote.\"",
            "ruling_slug": "barely-true",
            "publication_date": "2008-02-05T00:00:00-05:00",
            "ruling_comments": "In a\n<i>\n Face the Nation\n</i>\ninterview on Feb. 3, 2008, host Bob Schieffer asked Sen. John McCain if he could win the general election if conservatives decide to sit it out.\n<p>\n \"Oh, I would doubt that,\" McCain responded. \"But I am confident we are already seeing many of the conservatives, and in the state of Florida, we carried Florida in a Republican-only primary. We got a very large percentage of the, quote, conservative vote.\"\n</p>\n<p>\n Exit poll results from Florida show McCain is on shaky ground here.\n</p>\n<p>\n Among self-described \"conservative\" Republican voters, 29 percent voted for McCain, according to a CNN exit poll. That's hardly a huge number. In fact, it's less than the 37 percent of conservatives who voted for Mitt Romney.\n</p>\n<p>\n \"He didn't even get a plurality,\" said Stuart Rothenberg, who edits the independent Rothenberg Political Report in Washington, D.C. \"I don't consider that a large percentage. They (conservatives) haven't warmed to him entirely.\"\n</p>\n<p>\n What's more, the more conservative the voter, the less likely the vote for McCain. Among Republicans who described themselves as \"somewhat conservative,\" 35 percent voted for McCain, better than Romney's 32 percent. But among \"very conservative\" voters, McCain won just 21 percent. Romney more than doubled his tally with 44 percent, and Mike Huckabee nearly tied McCain in this category with 20 percent.\n</p>\n<p>\n We might be inclined to give McCain more leeway on his claim to a \"very large percentage\" of conservative voters in Florida if it had significantly improved from earlier primaries. But it hasn't.\n</p>\n<p>\n Among self-described conservative voters in the New Hampshire Republican primary, McCain got 30 percent of the vote; compared to 38 percent for Romney. About the same as in Florida.\n</p>\n<p>\n In South Carolina,  where 69 percent of those who participated in the Republican primary consider themselves \"conservative,\" McCain got 26 percent of the vote, compared to 35 percent for Huckabee and 16 percent for Romney.\n</p>\n<p>\n \"I don't see him gaining,\" Rothenberg said. \"He still hasn't demonstrated that he can coalesce the conservative vote.\"\n</p>\n<p>\n Now, at the end of the day, Rothenberg said, if McCain is running against Sen. Hillary Clinton or Sen. Barack Obama, the conservative voters likely will back him.\n</p>\n<p>\n But as for McCain's characterization that conservative support in Florida was \"very large,\" it's too relative a concept to call it False. But when it's less than half, less than your opponent and when it hasn't even gone up, we can say it's Barely True.\n</p>\n<p>\n</p>\n\n<br/><br/><i>Editor's note: This statement was rated Barely True when it was published. On July 27, 2011, we changed the name for the rating to Mostly False.</i>",
            "sources": "CNN,\n<a href=\"http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/primaries/results/epolls/#FLREP\">\n Exit poll,\n</a>\nfor the Florida Republican Primary\n<p>\n CNN,\n <a href=\"http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/primaries/results/epolls/index.html#SCREP\">\n  Exit poll,\n </a>\n for the South Carolina Republican Primary\n</p>\n<p>\n CNN,\n <a href=\"http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/primaries/results/epolls/index.html#NHREP\">\n  Exit poll,\n </a>\n for the New Hampshire Republican Primary\n</p>\n<p>\n Interview with Stuart Rothenberg, who edits Rothenberg Political Report in Washington, D.C., Feb. 4, 2008\n</p>\n<p>\n</p>"
        },
        {
            "id": 332,
            "slug": "50000-started-war-without-body-armor",
            "speaker": {
                "slug": "hillary-clinton",
                "full_name": "Hillary Clinton",
                "first_name": "Hillary",
                "last_name": "Clinton"
            },
            "targets": [],
            "statement": "\"George Bush sent people to war without body armor.\"",
            "ruling_slug": "mostly-true",
            "publication_date": "2008-02-04T00:00:00-05:00",
            "ruling_comments": "In the Democratic debate in Los Angeles on Jan. 31, 2008, Sen. Hillary Clinton criticized the Bush administration for failing to give American soldiers in Iraq the resources they require. She leveled this accusation:\n<p>\n \"We had to fight to get body armor. You know, George Bush sent people to war without body armor.\"\r\nThe issue of body armor &mdash; who gets it and whether it's the right kind &mdash; has been a source of intense scrutiny nearly from the start of the war in Iraq.\n</p>\n<p>\n A March 7, 2005, story in the\n <i>\n  New York Times\n </i>\n by reporter Michael Moss detailed a deadly miscalculation by the military near the start of the war in April 2003. Army Gen. Richard A. Cody decided to stop buying bulletproof vests after a determination that some 50,000 soldiers not on the front lines could do without them. In the following weeks, Moss wrote, \"Iraqi snipers and suicide bombers stepped up deadly attacks, often directed at those very soldiers behind the front lines.\" Cody quickly ordered bulletproof vests for every soldier. But it took 167 days to start getting those vests to soldiers due to production and paperwork delays. Some soldiers waited months more.\n</p>\n<p>\n Many soldiers heading to Iraq bought their own body armor despite assurances from the military that it would be provided.\n</p>\n<p>\n In April 2005, the Government Accountability Office reported on shortages of critical force protection items, including individual body armor. The problems were caused, the report concluded, due to materials shortages, production limitations and distribution problems.\n</p>\n<p>\n But by and large, everyone eventually got body armor.\n</p>\n<p>\n In ensuing years, the issue became whether the military was using the right kind.\n</p>\n<p>\n In January 2006, the\n <i>\n  New York Times\n </i>\n cited a secret Pentagon study that found that as many as 80 percent of the Marines killed in Iraq from wounds to the upper body could have survived if they had body armor that reached a soldier's shoulders, sides and torso.\n</p>\n<p>\n In March 2007, Clinton and fellow Democratic Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia sent a letter to the Comptroller of the United States, calling on him to initiate a GAO investigation to reassess the body armor systems used by the military.\n</p>\n<p>\n The following month, the GAO issued a report, which concluded that \"Army and Marine Corps body armor is currently meeting theater ballistic requirements and the required amount needed for personnel in theater, including the amounts needed for the surge of troops in Iraq.\"\n</p>\n<p>\n Nevertheless, with emerging technology and debate over the best type of body armor, the GAO is reassessing body armor, said Roger Charles, vice chairman of the nonpartisan Soldiers for the Truth Foundation, which has been at the forefront of the body armor debate.\n</p>\n<p>\n Clinton's comment about troops heading into war without body armor, while it wasn't true for all, was true for some soldiers at the beginning of the war. So we rate Clinton's comment Mostly True.\n</p>\n<p>\n</p>",
            "sources": "Democratic debate,\n<a href=\"http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/31/us/politics/31text-debate.html\">\n Transcript,\n</a>\nJan. 31 2008\n<p>\n New York Times,\n <a href=\"http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/07/politics/07armor.html?_r=1&amp;adxnnl=1&amp;oref=slogin&amp;adxnnlx=1201893139-UHOwbumlYhSB7etFzRg00g\">\n  \"Pentagon Study Links Fatalities to Body Armor,\"\n </a>\n by Michael Moss, Jan. 7, 2006\n</p>\n<p>\n Defense Department Office of Inspector General,\n <a href=\"http://www.dodig.mil/IGInformation/archives/D-2007-049.pdf\">\n  \"Equipment Status of Deployed Forces within the U.S. Central Command,\"\n </a>\n Jan. 25, 2007\n</p>\n<p>\n U.S. Government Accountability Office,\n <a href=\"http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d07662r.pdf\">\n  \"Defense Logistics: Army and Marine Corps' Individual Body Armor System Issues,\"\n </a>\n April 26, 2007\n</p>\n<p>\n Sen. Hillary Clinton,\n <a href=\"http://www.senate.gov/~clinton/news/statements/record.cfm?id=274752\">\n  \"Senators Clinton & Webb Call for Investigation Into the Effectiveness of Body Armor Issued to Our Troops,\"\n </a>\n news release, May 18, 2007\n</p>\n<p>\n New York Times, \"Many Missteps Tied to Delay of Armor to Protect Soldiers,\" by Michael Moss, March 7, 2005\n</p>\n<p>\n Associated Press, \"Soldiers in Iraq still buying their own body armor,\" March 26, 2004\n</p>\n<p>\n Interview with retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Roger Charles, president of Soldiers for the Truth Foundation, Feb. 1, 2008\n</p>\n<p>\n</p>"
        },
        {
            "id": 335,
            "slug": "mccain-voted-against-cuts-now-supports-them",
            "speaker": {
                "slug": "citizens-united-political-victory-fund",
                "full_name": "Citizens United Political Victory Fund",
                "first_name": "",
                "last_name": "Citizens United Political Victory Fund"
            },
            "targets": [],
            "statement": "John McCain \"voted against the Bush tax cuts, both times.\"",
            "ruling_slug": "mostly-true",
            "publication_date": "2008-02-04T00:00:00-05:00",
            "ruling_comments": "The advocacy group Citizens United Political Victory Fund launched an ad that at first appears to be an attack on Sen. Hillary Clinton, making several charges about votes and political positions.\n<p>\n \"One candidate voted against the Bush tax cuts, both times,\" the narrator states, among other charges.\n</p>\n<p>\n A photo of Clinton slides over to reveal Sen. John McCain; the narrator says, \"Hillary Clinton? No. John McCain.\"\n</p>\n<p>\n \"John McCain. Surprisingly liberal,\" the ad concludes.\n</p>\n<p>\n The ad is correct that McCain voted against tax cuts proposed by the Bush administration two times, in 2001 and 2003. McCain was on the losing end of those votes; the tax cuts passed. In 2006, McCain changed position and voted in favor of extending the tax cuts. McCain has explained his position by saying that although he opposed the cuts when first proposed because of budget issues, rescinding the tax cuts after they were in effect would be the equivalent of a tax increase.\n</p>\n<p>\n The ad gets it right that McCain voted against the tax cuts in 2001 and 2003. But by using the word \"both,\" it implies there were only two votes. It doesn't mention the 2006 vote when McCain changed position and voted in favor of a tax cut extension. (Clinton voted in favor of the 2006 tax cuts as well.)\n</p>\n<p>\n We have to deduct a little bit for leaving the impression that there were only two votes on the tax cuts, but the ad is correct that McCain voted against the measures. So we find the statement that McCain voted against the Bush tax cuts \"both times\" to be Mostly True.\n</p>\n<p>\n</p>",
            "sources": "U.S. Senate,\n<a href=\"http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=107&amp;session=1&amp;vote=00170\">\n McCain 2001 vote opposing tax cuts\n</a>\n<p>\n U.S. Senate,\n <a href=\"http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=108&amp;session=1&amp;vote=00196\">\n  McCain 2003 vote opposing tax cuts\n </a>\n</p>\n<p>\n U.S. Senate,\n <a href=\"http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&amp;session=2&amp;vote=00010\">\n  McCain 2006 vote favoring tax cuts\n </a>\n</p>\n<p>\n The Almanac of American Politics, National Journal ratings of elected officals, 2006\n</p>\n<p>\n</p>"
        }
    ]
}