It's simple. We count the lies from the candidates (P/VP), their official campaigns, and their immediate surrogates from the conventions until election day to hold them accountable for their statements. We expose the lies to reveal the truth and when we see a lie, we document it so all the world can see. 1 lie, 1 point, with the current score at the top of every page.

Obama’s 100% negative lie

October 17th, 2008
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Why do candidates ever use absolute terms like 100%?

OBAMA: And 100 percent, John, of your ads — 100 percent of them have been negative.

MCCAIN: It’s not true.

OBAMA: It absolutely is true.

A quick search yielded this ad, which does not mention Obama, and focuses on McCain’s strengths. CNN and MarketWatch (part of the Wall Street Journal digital network) have also called the claim by Biden and by Obama false.

Perhaps Obama referred to a study by the Wisconsin Advertising Project mentioned on MarketWatch:

Sen. John McCain did go “100% negative” for at least one week during his current campaign for the presidency, a study finds….the Wisconsin Advertising Project says the GOP candidate aired only negative ads for the week of Sept. 28 to Oct. 4…Throughout the entire campaign from June 4 to Oct. 4, 47% of McCain’s ads have been negative, 26% were positive and 27% were a mix. For Obama, the mix has been 35% negative, 39% positive and 25% mixed.

It may be true for 1 week, but without that qualification to say 100% of McCain’s ads have been negative is a lie.

McCain’s lie about Obama’s Supreme Court vote

October 16th, 2008
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In the third presidential debate, John McCain said:

Sen. Obama voted against Justice Breyer and Justice Roberts on the grounds that they didn’t meet his ideological standards. That’s not the way we should judge these nominees. Elections have consequences. They should be judged on their qualifications. And so that’s what I will do.

Justice Stephen Breyer was confirmed to the Supreme Court in 1994, 7 years before Barack Obama was in the Senate. McCain’s lying when he says Obama voted against Breyer’s confirmation.

Palin’s lie about the investigation into her ethics violations

October 16th, 2008
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Sarah Palin has been under investigation for ethics violations regarding the termination of a senior staff member since prior to her nomination. The Alaska legislature released their findings on October 10, 2008. In response to to question around their report’s findings, Sarah Palin told the Anchorage Daily News on October 13, 2008:

I’m very very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing, any… any hint of any kind of unethical activity there. Very pleased to be cleared of any of that.

The legislation’s report stated in its summary:

Finding Number One

For the reasons explained in section IV of this report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abuse her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) provides The legislature reaffirms that each public officer holds office as public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust.

Palin was found guilty of both legal and ethic violation. When she said she was cleared or wrongdoing, she was lying.

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