The PolitiFact report card on the presidential candidates

In the Republican debates and the avalanche of TV ads in Iowa and New Hampshire, the presidential candidates have made lots of claims about the credibility of their opponents -- and themselves. PolitiFact has checked hundreds of statements ranging from Mitt Romney's claim that Solyndra had robots that whistled Disney tunes (Half True) to Rep. Michele Bachmann's statement that the HPV vaccine can cause mental retardation (False). Collectively, those ... Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Fabrice Florin - Dec 30, 2011 - 3:27 PM PST
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Fabrice Florin
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by Fabrice Florin - Dec. 31, 2011

Insightful overview of how GOP candidates have fared in over 300 fact-checks from PolitiFact. These report cards are based on extensive factual evidence and sound research methodology from this leading fact-checking organization. Overall, Ron Paul has the most true claims, while Michele Bachmann has the most false claims, which matches my own informal observations. Thanks to PolitiFact, FactCheck.org and other trusted researchers for all your good work this year!

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Ben Ross
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by Ben Ross - Jan. 5, 2012

This survey give a false positive for the so called front runners. Some truths are more vital than others. The disproportional number of fact checks gives a muddy view of the candidates. The color chart is flashy , does nothing to tells us about the relationship of candidates to honesty or the issues the public is interest in.

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Patricia L'Herrou
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by Patricia L'Herrou - Jan. 2, 2012

this seems to be a good representation of the candidate's overall reliability of statements based upon facts. at least it meshes with my own perception of the (not following too closely) candidates campaign rhetoric. and it includes the perceptions i had of john huntsman whom a number of non-conservatives have thought to be relatively harmless. factual or not, this doesn't represent policies which the candidates espouse based upon fact or not; however lying and distorting say a lot about character and /or intelligence.

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Patrick McGuire
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by Patrick McGuire - Jan. 1, 2012

Now we need some research on why the public still supports the false claims. We also need a report why the mainstream media does not call out the candidates more often.

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