Sarah Palin's 18 lies tonight
John Aravosis (DC) · 10/03/2008 01:23:00 AM ET · Link
SARAH PALINS 18 LIES TONIGHT
1. FANNIE MAE/FREDDIE MAC: Palin said it was John McCain who pushed so hard with the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac reform measures, but fact checkers say thats Quite A Stretch And Barely True, and that McCain was a latecomer to the discussion.
2. FUNDAMENTALS ARE STRONG: Palin tried to say John McCain saying our economy was strong but McCain has used the phrase The Fundamentals Of The Economy Are Strong At Least 16 Times This Year.
3. PARTISAN POLITICS: Palin said McCain is known for putting partisan politics aside to just get the job done, but he has voted with Bush 90% of the time in the Senate and bragged about his support for Bush on important issues.
4. TAXES ATTACK: Palin repeated the attack that Obama voted for higher taxes 94 times, which the New York Times says is false, CNN says is Misleading, and FactCheck.org says is inflated.
5. TOBACCO REGULATION: Palin said to look at the tobacco industry as an example of McCain pushing for even harder and tougher regulations. But McCain opposed expanding the SCHIP childrens health insurance program for 5.8 million children because it would increase tobacco taxes.
6. SPENDING INCREASES: Palin said Obama is is proposing nearly a trillion dollars in new spending, but didnt mention that he has also proposed cuts to balance it out, an attack CNN has already debunked as misleading and that ignores the far larger cost of McCains tax cuts and spending hikes.
7. HEALTH CARE: Palin claimed Obamas health plan is government run which has been widely debunked as a canard.
8. HEALTH CARE. Palin says taxes wouldnt go up under the McCain health care plan, a fact even his own campaign has acknowledged isnt true.
9. TROOPS: Palin repeated what the AP called the highly misleading attack that Obama opposed funding for the troops, and Factcheck.org notes that the same methodology would lead to the same conclusion for McCain.
10. GLOBAL WARMING: Palin said I dont want to argue about the causes for global warming, when she has clearly taken the position that she doesnt not believe it is man-made.
11. MCCAIN IS CONSISTENT: Palin said McCain doesn't tell one thing to one group and then turns around and tells something else to another group, when that is exactly what he has done on immigration, telling Hispanic leaders he was for comprehensive reform instead of the enforcement focused approach he has taken with conservatives.
12. MCCLELLAN NOT MCKIERNAN: Palin referred to the US commander in Afghanistan, David McKiernan as McClellan.
13. MCKIERNAN ON SURGE: Palin said that [McKiernan] did not say a surge wouldnt work in Afghanistan, when just yesterday he said The word I dont use for Afghanistan is surge, McKiernan stressed, saying that what is required is a sustained commitment to a counterinsurgency effort that could last many years and would ultimately require a political, not military, solution
14. KILLING CIVILIANS. Palin said Obama had said that all we're doing in Afghanistan is air raiding villages and killing civilians and such a reckless, reckless comment and untrue comment again hurts our cause. That's not what we are doing there. Unfortunately, the Associated Press says that Obama was right in discussing a critically important point about avoiding civilian casualties.
15. TEACHING: Palin said we need to make sure that education in either one of our agendas, I think, absolute top of the line, when McCain has repeatedly favored tax cuts for the wealthy over funds for more teachers and class size reduction.
16. PARTISAN APPOINTMENTS: Palin said You do what I did as governor. And you appoint people regardless of party affiliation. Democrats, independents, Republicans, you walk the walk, don't just talk the talk when she repeatedly appointed friends and supporters to positions for which they werent qualified.
17. FOCUS ON CLIMATE CHANGE: Palin falsely claimed that she was the first governor to form a climate change subcabinet, when at least 28 states had already taken action.
18. DARFUR DIVESTMENT: Palin claimed that when I and others found out that the state had money invested in Sudan that we called for divestment, when the reality is that Palins appointees worked to kill a Darfur divestment plan.