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FACT CHECK: It’s a perfect storm of Frankenfacts

November 3, 2012 • Business


FILE – In this Nov. 1, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama gestures while speaking at a campaign event at Austin Straubel International Airport in Green Bay, Wis. And now, to conclude, a few parting misstatements. Come Wednesday, or sometime after if the election result is still in the balance, only one man will be left standing and the loser’s inventory of misleading claims, out-of-context assertions and warped-reality advertising will fade into some inglorious corner of history. But we’re not quite done with them yet. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — And now, to conclude, a few parting misstatements.

Come Wednesday, or sometime later if the election result is still in the balance, only one man will be left standing and the loser’s inventory of misleading claims, out-of-context assertions and warped-reality advertising will fade into some inglorious corner of history. But we’re not quite done with them yet.

In campaign speeches that serve as closing arguments, President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney are still at it. Romney is still misrepresenting the impact of Obama’s health care law on your wallet. Obama is still masking the sticker shock of his plan to tax the rich.

Call it a perfect storm of Frankenfacts. Here’s a sampling of the claims coming from the stump and the airwaves in the campaign’s 11th-hour tempest:

OBAMA in Green Bay, Wis., on Thursday: “It’s time to use the savings from ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to start paying down our debts here and rebuilding America. Right now, we can put people back to work fixing up roads and bridges. Right now, we can expand broadband into rural neighborhoods and make sure our schools are state of the art.

THE FACTS: If saying things over and over could make them true, this would be true.

But it’s not. This claim is the kudzu of the Obama campaign, the weed that regrows no matter how many times it’s whacked.

The wars were financed mostly with borrowing, so ending them does not Login to read more

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