If someone says two mutually exclusive things, one of them must be untrue.
Back in 2007, McCain made some remarks referring to his daughter’s new Prius:
…when a College of Charleston student asks Mr. McCain, a 71-year-old Republican from Arizona, what he personally is doing to reduce greenhouse gases, he offers that he bought one of those eco-trendy cars for his 22-year-old daughter, Meghan.
“What’s it called, a Purr-ess? Pryuss? Peer-uss?”
“Prius,” someone calls out.
“Yeah, Py-russ,” the candidate clarifies.
“O.K., Prius, Prius,” Mr. McCain says like a chastened schoolboy. “I ought to know the name of it; I paid for it.”
But American automakers are upset that McCain would buy a Japanese hybrid over an American alternative. McCain responded to a direct question on the issue:
“Actually, I think she bought it”
There has been lots of coverage on the reported flip-flop. We don’t have the records of who actually purchased the car, but one of these must be true and one must be a lie. According to the rules, if a lie is corrected, it is not counted against their tally. There is some wiggle room for McCain too: “i think” is a subjective term, and one of the two statements falls outside our window of tracking lies (before the conventions). For all these reasons, this will rest in the “almost lie” category.
Related, on September 7, 2008 McCain said to WXYZ,
I’ve bought american literally all my life and I’m proud.
Newsweek reports that he and Cindy have 13 cars registered in their name, and not all are American:
But the rest of his fleet is not all-American. There’s a 2005 Volkswagen convertible in the garage along with a 2001 Honda sedan…Cindy McCain’s name is on 11 vehicles, though not the one she actually drives. That car, a Lexus, is registered to her family’s beer-distributor business and is outfitted with personalized plates that read MS BUD.
UAW President Ron Gettelfinger is pretty upset, along with many others in Detroit.
But is it a lie? The one car he does have registered in his name is a GM made 2004 Cadillac CTS. The others are in Cindy’s name. Therefore this could actually be true, and we’ll note it as an almost-lie.
tip via Jim